Even though the film is only showing in Tamil with no subtitles for $20, I might still try to go. At the very least, I think I will write a nice guide to Endhiran for lazy American journalists because I have a feeling we'll be seeing some puff pieces on how 'wacky' the film is.
Anyways, let's hit the GOSSIP!
* A certain section of the Hollywood blogosphere is upset that the censor boards wants a gay sex scene cut from Dunno Y.... I actually have another guide for lazy American journalists on this topic that I wrote and never posted... hmm... maybe I should revamp it and post that one, too. (Explaining, for example, that even heterosexual sex is given the stink-eye from the censor board.)
* Case in point, there will be no boy-on-girl kiss in the Telugu remake of Love Aaj Kal.
* Farah Khan is now on twitter! So far she has posted some gems like this:
* Is Bollywood ruining the Punjabi pop scene?
Says Harbhajan Mann: ""I think to some extent Bollywood is also responsible for the fading popularity of the genre. The film industry has hijacked Punjabi music. There are so many films that have Punjabi songs. And if you have actors like Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif dancing to Punjabi beats, who would see our songs."
He later goes on to bitch about how in Hollywood, music and films are separate and if it was that way in Bollywood, he would be super-duper popular. This is one thing I hate - the idea that IN HOLLYWOOD they do things right only. You can't force people to like you and you can't force people to listen to your music. If the masses want Akshay and Katrina dancing to "Jee Karda" then that is what they will buy tickets to see. Commerce is a tough mistress but if you want to be a professional musician, you can't sit around whining about how Bollywood has stolen your audience.
* Shahid Kapoor has been tapped to play the reluctant fundamentalist in Mira Nair's film of the same title - it's about a Pakistani man in America after 9/11.
* Poor Ali Zafar is overwhelmed in Mumbai and didn't recognize Katrina Kaif although she had a good sense of humor about it.
When asked about this embarrassing incident, Katrina shrugged it off with a laugh, “It’s true. Ali looked at me quite strangely at the party last week. What’s the big deal? He’s new to Bollywood. It will take him time to know everyone. I’ve been here for four years. I still don’t know everyone.”
Good girl, Kat!
* Is Shiney Ahuja going to be part of Big Boss 4?! OMG! If I was one of the ladies in that house, I would be complaining really loudly to my manager right about now.
* John Abraham is getting back into shape for a jeans campaign.
Two reviews for Anjaana Anajaani make it sound like the Indian equivalent of one of those Hollywood films where the lead couple traipse around through exotic locales being trendy, angsty, and over-privileged. I've got one word: PASS.
A love story described by some of the film’s creators as both the “greatest” and “strangest,” Anjaana Anjaani is not your everyday romantic comedy fair. The film is actually precipitated by thoughts (and plans) of suicide of two young people, played by Ranbir and Piggy Chops, who struggle to find any traction in their respective professional and love lives.
However, story writer Mamta Anand and screenplay writers Advaita Kala and Siddharth Anand reserve the best for the post-interval portions, when the story moves from New York to Las Vegas to San Francisco. The road trip and the varied experiences and emotions they share make it a compelling watch. Of course, the story tends to get a bit predictable towards the end, but come on, don't we like our love stories to have happy endings?
Siddharth Anand has handled the subject with flourish. Besides, the film is not merely rich in substance, but is equally alluring when it comes to style and overall look. The DoP [Ravi K. Chandran] plays a major role here. The film bears a magnificent look all through and the panoramic and exotic locales of America only make every frame stand out. The costumes - Mamta Anand for Ranbir and Manish Malhotra for Priyanka - are trendy.
And there are only two characters - no mummy, daddy, friends, etc... what is the point?