OH DEAR LORD! Talk about a terrible start to the day - somebody actually took the time to interview my nemesis, Rachel Saltz, the woman who reviews Bollywood films (badly) for the New York Times.
Read it here:
TA: So [Bollywood's new visibility] is not translating to a wider audience?
I don’t think so. “Joe America” has now heard of it and thinks it’s amusing, but doesn’t really come out to watch the films. Most Friday night folks don’t like subtitles or long emotional movies.
There aren’t any Bollywood film boy buff’s the way Hong Kong cinema had a boy buff fan following. The cinephiles haven’t cottoned on because the films don’t have an intellectual cache and that holds true even for art films from Bombay, today. The audience even at Imaginasian (a theater in midtown Manhattan) is predominantly South Asian.
I agree with her somewhat but I can't get over how obnoxious her reviews are to take this seriously. Plus, she seems to have internalized the idea of the male film fan as the marker of what is worthwhile.
* Sonam and Deepika won't be joining Ranbir's world tour - which may or may not be related to their KWK comments. I think Katrina's participation precluded Deepika's and (honestly) does anybody really need to see Sonam Kapoor perform live? What songs would she do?! "Masakalli" for 20 minutes? (She's also been taken to task for a fashion don't at a recent event - although nobody seems concerned at her alarmingly low weight.)
And Deepika is whining that she is given a tough time because she is not from a filmi family. Really? Because from here it looks like Sonam is getting a rough time, too. And maybe this will be a lesson for the girls that you don't call people cheaters - even in jest - on national TV if you want to remain friends with their influential fathers.
* Atif Aslam is joining Ranbir's WORLD TOUR!
* I get so annoyed at the hand-wringing over smoking. Now, an NGO is blaming Bollywood and regional cinema for youth smoking. REALLY? That's so insulting to our intelligence - so just because Ajay Devgn smokes, I'm going to smoke?
On a related note, the Guzaarish team put out this statement:
"The scene in which the character played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is shown smoking was merely a creative requirement for the script. We understand that as a healthcare professional, it is your prerogative to oppose any activity that may promote smoking. However, whilst we appreciate your concern, we would also like to mention that the film Guzaarish is not about smoking and neither does it promote smoking in any manner whatsoever," reads the letter addressed to NOTE General Secretary Shekhar Salkar.
These pedantic anti-smoking people have too much time on their hands. If anybody takes up smoking exclusively due to Guzaarish perhaps we should be more concerned that the person would seem to have no common sense and/or offer to sell them the Brooklyn Bridge.
* Munnis in Pakistan are tired of Munni Badnaam Hui.
And Malaika Arora Khan is annoyed that Sonakshi Sinha is performing to the song.
* Cherry is going for a buff body in his next film!
* AR Rahman's Durban concert was a bust - including a performance with a DVD of Lata Mangeshkar.
"WALLAH RE WALLAH!"
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