Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sunday Gossip!

Yesterday my sister and I went to go see Fast Five - which was AWESOME! It was basically a masala potboiler minus the songs. My one complaint is that nobody told me earlier that Vin Diesel is HOT! How did I go so long without knowing this?! He's beefy but has such gravity to him - and a sweetness about his expression. Believe me I went right home and added like five of his films to my Netflix queue!

The film takes place in Rio and is a spin on the classic heist genre. Among the things I approve of: Vin Diesel's gang is composed of a rainbow of people, men AND ladies; the stunts look realistic and not a whiff of CGI visual barf; and ALL the characters all have their own charming personalities.



Now - today's gossip!



* Bruce Sterling over at
Wired magazine tackles the Bollywood-wikileaks connection.

“If lack of lines of credit was a problem till 2000, in more recent times it was the oversupply of money that affected film production in India, noted the cable. (((If there’s an “oversupply of money,” why would you HAVE to make a profit? You’d be like a golddigger actress besieged by Stage-Door Johnnies.)))

* Read a VERY interesting piece on actresses of ordinary background who have married into
wealth and power.

Anita Shetty, a prominent Mumbai lawyer, says, "Marriage all over the world is still dominated by the male superiority principle. If a commoner woman marries a titled or famous or rich man, she can glow as the reflection of his glory. Her social position enhances in direct relation to his riches and power. But it is still not the same if a commoner man marries a princess. In the British royal family, men who married queens or princesses have wielded little, if any, power — from Prince Albert, the Duke of Edinburgh, to Sir Anthony Armstrong Jones (Princess Margaret’s husband) and Vice-Admiral Timothy Lawrence, (Princess Anne’s husband) the story is the same.

By marrying a queen or princess, a man does not become a king or prince. But a woman marrying a king or prince, instantly holds the title of Princess or Queen!"


* Check out a
masala-flavored comic book!

The creator of this B-grade Bollywood movie spoof comic, 23-year-old Delhi-based writer Adhiraj Singh, says, “This was my tribute to cheesy dialogues, lousy plots, Jeevan-esque villains, hammed clich├ęs and everything tacky and dramatic in Bollywood and Bhojpuri cinema. Ubima, as the character is fondly called by fellow Beeharis and by Kitty, his slutty sex-kitten double agent love-interest, falls into senseless, illogical situations and muscles his way through his enemies, trying to save the day. He is the only one who takes this seriously.”

* Move over 20-somethings!
30-something heroines are big in Bollywood!

Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 30 is far sexier than her younger counterpart. Leena Mogre, a celebrity fitness trainer, says, “Modern women are aware of the changes in their body. They are educated and hence they know how to take care of their body. Most actors in their 30s ensure that they maintain a healthy diet, because they are answerable to people around them or have a high-responsibility job. They neither binge nor starve. Even the pregnant women enroll in advance to deliver a healthy baby and also look fit after delivery.”

*
Filmfare's Jitesh Pillai discusses which stars run the best kitchens.

Tabu can serve you masala dosa and khichdi. Her dining style is inimitable - in the exotic Ishtaa in Hyderabad to little eating joints in Chennai. She took a two-day baking class once and made sandesh from scratch for me. It seeped into my taste buds like the effect of her performances. Her mom makes the best kheer I've ever had. Tabu cooks, speaks and performs from the heart, and it shows.

* Ali Zafar is
in love with Bollywood.

Rumour has it that you’re about to sign another Bollywood film?

There is more in the pipeline, I would say at least two movies, but it’s too soon to disclose anything about them.

Any plans for Lollywood?

I haven’t come across any offers which don’t have me holding a gundasa with moustaches and a big belly. So none for Lollywood as yet.


* Ranbir Kapoor doesn't like
remakes.

Speaking about the trend of remakes, Ranbir said, “I don't support the trend of remakes. The movie is already a part of film history — how can you recreate that? It is like challenging it. Let’s keep them as they are.”

To which Filmi Girl says, "WORD!"

* Rana's
Nenu Naa Rakshasi has already been declared a flop.

1 comment:

Bombay Talkies said...

Haha, anytime I disagree with your opinion on a film or actor I'm going to have to remind myself about our *vastly* different opinion of American films too. You couldn't pay me to see something like Fast Five.

Agree with Ranbir as well. I hate the remake concept--even when it's a remake of a film in another language. It annoys me to no end that there's an American remake in the works of The Lives of Others and Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

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