Today in Gossip - the Globe and Mail assembles some bizarre Top 10 lists; happy birthday to Mithun-da; happy anniversary to Lagaan; and MORE!
* HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MITHUN-DA!
* It's Bollywood 10... WHAT? day over at Canada's The Globe and Mail:
Top 10 Greatest Actors is the LAZIEST list ever assembled and includes (wait for it...) John Abraham, Arjun Rampal, and Abhishek Bachchan.
Top 10 Greatest Actresses - is not quite as lazy and includes Meena Kumari as well as (are you ready...) Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone.
Top 10 Greatest Musical Numbers - is a weird assemblage of songs from Pakeezah (GREAT) to No Entry (are you for real?)
Top 10 Bollywood films you need to see - was assembled in (I'm guessing) 5 minutes and includes Guru and every Aamir Khan film from the past decade.
Top 10 Most Romantic scenes - is probably the best of the lists but includes scenes from Salaam Namaste (did anyone find that movie romantic?) and Anjaana Anjaani (did anyone see that movie?)
Get it together, GLOBE AND MAIL!
* The AFP tries and fails to outdo my Outsider in Bollywood series.
Film director Anurag Kashyap, who is married to Kalki Koechlin, said foreigners bring a fresh perspective in front of and behind the camera, particularly at a time when the industry needs new ideas. "All the foreigners bring a point of view and sensibility," said Kashyap, best known for his 2004 film Black Friday, about the 1993 bomb blasts in Mumbai that killed more than 250 people. "A person involved from outside brings an objectivity with them and that makes you see things in a much broader way."
There is so much of fail in this article - not to mention that Kalki Koechlin may be white but she was born and raised in India. Clearly the author took 10 minutes to look up some names on Wikipedia and then made a couple calls to get quotes. YAWN!
* Actors for a connection to Deaf fans after playing Deaf roles.
* Is Imran's quest to lower the drinking age part of a publicity stunt for Delhi Belly?
* Mallika Sherawat is charmingly blunt and exactly like you think she will be in this candid interview.
I felt [Hisss] was a great amalgamation. Bollywood is a great subject for the Hollywood guys. I thought it was a great set up. I don’t know why was there so much outrage about the movie. I dunno… what did you guys think? Has anyone seen it? Jennifer Lynch (director) was suffering from chronic back pain. And yeah when you say ‘different’ we all know it means ‘shit’ (laughs). These two words ‘different’ and ‘interesting’, we always use them to escape. But see, it was an experiment. Now sometimes experiments go right, sometimes they go wrong. But the idea is to go on experimenting.
* Vidya Balan turns down Kamal Hasaan.
* Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan talk Lagaan. And another article on the film.
* The remake of Angoor... starring Shahrukh Khan?
* Interesting piece by Joginder Tuteja on the Censor Board.
Picture this. 'DK Bose' is the talk of the town, for right as well as the wrong reasons, and even as the parents and their 9 year old kids (ref: Anubhav Sinha's tirade against the song) totally understand the connotations of the song, the makers are sounding completely oblivious to the 'double meaning' here. Censors felt the same too and passed the song with flying colours.
The immediate accusation that comes in is - 'Would the Censors have been equally oblivious had the film come from a lesser banner and starred the likes of an Emraan Hashmi or a Riteish Deshmukh or a Tusshar Kapoor?' Now these are the new generation actors known for their naughty films and are hence readily available candidates for further scrutiny. Would the double meaning have resulted in only one meaning? The one which stands for 'vulgar'?
Would the Board have just looked at these men and their films and said - 'Bhaag DK Bose, Aandhi Aayi?'
(Speaking of the song, Kailash Kher says he would never be comfortable singing something like that.)
Picture time! Lagaan press meet with Aamir and ex-wife Reena, who produced the film. You can really see how he has turned back the hands of time... she looks older than he does. I just finished watching Mangal Pandey and the contrast is REALLY obvious between 2005 and now.