Did you know?! THREE new releases today and I couldn't be more excited!
First of all, there is Hisss, the Jennifer Lynch-directed Nagin movie. The review from Taran Adarsh is extremely negative but in a way that makes me think I'll probably enjoy the film.
Films like Hisss make you realize what's going wrong in Bollywood today. On one hand, we celebrate the new stories being told in our movies and on the other, we churn out a Hisss, which is badly scripted, poorly enacted and carelessly directed. Believe me, it's easy to solve the crossword puzzle in newspapers than it is to understand what exactly is going on in this film.
As for director Jennifer Lynch, she needs a crash course in film-making pronto. The visual effects seem straight out of a B-grade Bollywood film.
Um... considering that Jennifer Lynch is David Lynch's daughter AND that she makes films like Boxing Helena about a lady who has all her limbs cut off and is kept in a box, we can assume that B-grade Bollywood film is exactly what she was going for.
Just because Jennifer Lynch is from California, doesn't mean she makes "Hollywood" movies.
(Read about Hisss special effects!)
Now, onto my recent nemesis... Jhootha Hi Sahi has been getting spectacularly awful reviews!
Tyrewala obviously wants to make a smart, funny film, on the lines of You’ve Got Mail and Notting Hill but except for a few lines, the writing is laboured and tries too hard. His control over the movie wavers and sub-plots are weaved sporadically into the main narrative.
Also, Mishka is one of the most regressive heroines I can remember, coming across as this needy girl who doesn’t take up a scholarship to Paris because her ex-boyfriend had promised they would go together — before he dumped her, that is.
And from Sonya Chopra:
Jhootha Hi Sahi is a disappointing effort. This mainstream Hollywood fare with Indian tadka, served cold, is hardly appetizing.
* Stop everything... PREITY ZINTA AND RANBIR KAPOOR!!!! This had better happen.
* Aishwariya Rai wants to do more Tamil films.
* Himesh Reshemmiya claims to be working with High School Musical's Vanessa Hudgens and Shakira.
* Bebo has realized that Madhur Bhandarkar is full of shit and is back out of Heroine. GOOD FOR YOU, BEBO!
* Salman Khan gives a nice interview to India Today.
Gen-Now's Bad Boy superstar insists he is more professional in his approach today. "Earlier, I would do films even when I knew they were bad because of many reasons - I needed to buy a house; some of those movies were being made by friends; or even to atone for a previous film having done badly. Now, I've learnt what to do and what not to," he says.
* Apparently, the Indian government is cracking down on foreign performers in Bollywood films.
* It's going to be high rise apartments where Kamalistan studios used to stand.
* Dia Mirza talks to the Pune Mirror:
Any marriage plans?
I have been asked this question since I was 13. Every Indian girls has to bear this. If you are from Hyderabad, half your are married by the time you are 18.
By 23, they give up on you. I think the media and society need to evolve from this aspect. I don’t think getting married is the epitome of womanhood. As wonderful as it is and as important as it is, I don’t think it is the end of all and be of all.
* My nemesis Rachel Saltz takes her poison pen to the South Asian Film Festival in New York.
Almost all the films I saw feature young male protagonists with nothing to do but wander aimlessly through urban landscapes, whether driving Daddy’s Mercedes in Islamabad (“Slackistan”) or knocking about Kolkata in a pal’s rickshaw (“Loser”). Mostly these fellows don’t work, but if they do, they’re probably baby gangsters.
Or else they dream of escape and of becoming artists — photographers, maybe, or rappers or, best of all, filmmakers. They dream of pointing a camera at the world they inhabit and documenting their lives.
* Yash Chopra didn't like Dabangg.
* Deepika Padukone for Race 2.
* Google is going to try to combat piracy by launching a music service.
* And it's not Bollywood but read about the future of film and television distribution!
The digital living room battle will take place over the next 5-10 years, not just the next 1-2. But with the introduction of Apple TV, Google TV, the Boxee Box, and other initiatives it's clear that this battle will heat up in 2011. The following is not meant to be a deep dive but rather a framework for understanding the issues. This is where the digital media puck is going.
Aishwarya Rai on the cover of Filmfare and...
Vivek Oberoi at the premiere of RC - courtesy of Southscope! You can see more pictures here.
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I love Bollywood - and all the ridiculous things that happen in Bollywood - but it doesn't mean that I can't occasionally make fun of various celebrities and films.
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