Good morning! I hope everybody is well...
So... thank you to everyone who has commented on my take on the Rishi Kapoor vs. Karan Johar kerfuffle. I absolutely take your point that Rishi Kapoor is overreacting. (And I believe I said as much in my post.) I guess where I differ in my opinion is that I think that Rishi is within his rights to overreact and lash out. He's a proud Daddy and from the old guard of Bollywood - a time when they did things differently in public. I'm not saying that he's correct to do so, just that he has the right to overreact however he wants.
Deepika and Sonam know Rishi and, considering that Rishi and Neetu were never too fond of Deepika in the first place, if they want this to end they should just apologize and next time keep their mouths shut when asked about the size of Ranbir's package. Respect for elders is important and even if Ranbir wants his father to back down, he would never ever say anything in public about it... and probably not in private either.
Moving on to the second thing I said that got everybody mad at me... I also got some push back when I said that Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey is not for white people.
Okay, here is the thing, as a white Bollywood fan, I understand that there is a line between appreciating Bollywood films, claiming them as something that's mine, too, and in appropriating culture that is INDIAN and not mine. I'm not saying that white people can't like Bollywood (I'm white and I love it) or that white people can't like films about freedom fighters fighting the British (I love Lagaan, 1942: A Love Story, Rang De Basanti, and, yes, even Mangal Pandey). What I am saying is that when a film's main appeal is arousing feelings of patriotic sentiment in the (Indian) audience, then it is not meant for me to watch it or write about it critically.
All the positive reviews I read went something like this:
"Blah blah blah patriotism and feeling proud to be Indian and diligence to evoking a period feel but the plotting is dull and the performances are... *mumble mumble* but Sikander Kher is great."
(The negative reviews just harped on Abhishek's performance and the dull plotting.)
Look at it this way, if I were Japanese would I want to watch Pearl Harbor? No. But would I want to watch Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers? Sure, why not. One is "America, F*** YEAH" and the other is exploring the American experience in WWII.
That is what I meant when I said KHJJS is not for white people to really talk about and why I'm not going to see it. I have no business discussing Indian patriotism, so I'll be watching Black Swan this weekend and waiting to get my hands on Phaas Gaye Re Obama.
I think race is something we white Bollywood fans don't discuss enough and I'm happy to be the one to start the conversation, whether you agree with me or not.
Anyways... *climbs off soap box* ...GOSSIP!
* Read a hilarious one-star review of Break Ke Baad!
With Break ke Baad, one should finally write “R.I.P.” for this genre (often based on mediocre Hollywood movies) now that moronic directors with a supercilious attitude towards what they offensively call “mainstream Bollywood” (strangely both these traits go together, for the genuine talents never term Hindi cinema derogatory!) are coming in by the painful sack-fuls.
* And then catch up on your filmi gossip from the 1940s and 50s.
* Botown is releasing an album of classic Bollywood film songs that sounds pretty interesting.
* Filmi illnesses are not meant to diagnose actual illnesses.
* Katrina Kaif eats biryani! (And is cute while doing so!)
* Abhishek Bachchan thinks he is lucky to have lasted 10 years in Bollywood.
"I didn't think I would get any films after my first film. I genuinely didn't believe it. I haven't really given them any reason to like me or like my work; so why should they spend their time and effort on me?" said the actor who is being appreciated for his performance as freedom fighter Surjya Sen in his just released Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey.
* Saif Ali Khan and Vidya Balan are teaming up again. He'll have plenty of time since Race 2 is delayed again.
* Aamir Khan is growing a mouche!
Note from Filmi Girl:
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.
If you don't like my sense of humor, please just move on by - Trolls are not appreciated and nasty comments will be deleted.
xoxo Filmi Girl