Good gossip today - the SECRET DIARY of an IPL cheerleader, Mimoh puts me on his hit list, KJo gives his prescription for Bollywood's ailments (hint: it's better marketing), find out if SRK is looking haggard on purpose or not, and check out the just-released trailer for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara!!* Find out about the woman behind the SECRET DIARY of an IPL Cheerleader! And then find out what happens when a Western girl runs into Indian media's self-censorship.
* Here is a movie I'm going to be looking forward to - a heist film starring Arshad Warsi, Ranvir Shorey, and Vinay Patak! They're going to be backing up nepotism's latest creation, Jackky Bhagnani, in an Ocean's 11 style film.
Honestly, I find Jackky Bhagnani much more appealing than Harman Baweja or Mimoh or Adyayan Suman because his on-screen persona is less dickish but his acting skills are about on par with the other three. If the director is smart and lets Arshad, Ranvir, and Vinay run away with the film, it might end up being very enjoyable!
* And speaking of, how did Mithun Chakroborty produce such a loathsome son?
What made it tougher for him, says Mimoh, was seeing other star kids 'get their due'. "I would see all these other star-sons bag the best roles and date the hottest girls in the industry. I'd wonder when my turn would come."
If Haunted 3D was a mild success, I guarantee you that it's not because of Mimoh but in spite of him.
Plot revenge against THAT, jerk.
* Hrithik Roshan. Krrish 3. 3 roles. It is CONFIRMED!
* Rahul Bose hates fabricated controversy before a film's release. Don't we all, Rahul... don't we all.
* Jiah Khan might change her name but would it change her luck?
* Karan Johar, in an article feature the most unflattering photo ever, which is most of the reason why I'm posting it, declares his vision for fixing Bollywood.
"There has been no rise in global talent. Earlier, production houses would not understand the value of marketing but slowly and steadily people understood business dynamics – we have learnt to market films, hence while releasing a film utmost importance is given to the economic structure. However, having lack of proper marketing know-how, at times we over-market the film. Also, we go over-budget. This causes great losses - we should always strike the right balance; we need to understand the economy of films very strongly. We need to understand the economic model and standards to bring up the standards for our future films."
Right. Economics will save Bollywood.
* Now, read a thoughtful take on the same topic.
The fact of our decline having been established, it becomes necessary to consider the reasons behind it. Having given the issue some thought, I’ve isolated six major causes of the present low quality of Indian films: cliques, censorship, copyright, complexity, conflict and colour. The most well-recognised is the first. The industry is controlled by a few families whose scions are, for the most part, self-absorbed and complacent. Those creating the most interesting cinema—Anurag Kashyap, Vishal Bharadwaj and Dibakar Banerjee lead this pack—originated outside the feudal hierarchy. They depend on a nascent and niche multiplex market which does not yet provide the kind of alternative space that funding from the National Film Development Corporation did until the 1990s. The continuing clout of Abhishek Bachchan is possibly the most egregious example of the power of the oligarchy; it’s the equivalent of Rohan Gavaskar being picked for 100 test matches despite maintaining an abysmal average.
* Read up on the debate over sequels.
* This article completely misreads Shahrukh Khan.
Not Shah Rukh Khan. And this is a compelling contrarian story in Indian popular culture, where the elite and the famous are fervent devotees of youthfulness; where six-year-old girls wear Munni skirts and 50-year-olds preen in capri pants. In stark contrast, SRK looks unambiguously on the wrong side of 40, even though he is at the centre of all attention. His wrinkles are pronounced, he looks tired, even haggard.
The thing is that I think that SRK doesn't want to look haggard - he looks like he is trying to stay thin to stay "youthful" but because of his age, it just shows wrinkles.
Or am I misreading?
What do you think?
Finally, check out the new trailer for ZNMD!