Today in gossip - India shuts down file sharing sites; the Roy Kapur family; lots of little bits on ZNMD; Ajay casting news; Bodyguard trailer; and MORE!
Let's start with some links I had put up over on my FB page...
* Open Magazine talks to the Roy Kapurs.
His mother would tell them stories about their grandfather, Raghupath Roy Kapur, who arrived from Lahore in the 1950s and squandered his newly-inherited fortune on three films. “We grew up listening to that folklore,” he laughs, adding, “That was the only filmi connection. The sad part is I haven’t even seen any of my grandfather’s films, so I don’t know what the fuss is all about. I wish I had that much money to blow away on my film.”
* Nisha Susan thinks ZNMD has all the hallmarks of a chick flick.
In many ways ZNMD is better than many new chick flicks. Unlike recent Hollywood romantic comedies (also known as ways to make Katherine Heigl more hateful) the protagonists are not subjected to gross public humiliation. It does not centre around a star that necessarily makes the heroine’s best friend look bad. (Aisha was a very baffling in this aspect because it gave everyone except Sonam Kapoor fun things to do).
* And Ajay Devgn is going to be... SON OF SARDAR. Sonakshi Sinha is co-starring.
* This whole Monkeys of Mumbai animated Hollywood film makes me very uncomfortable. A bunch of white guys gets together to make a movie based on the Ramayana? It just sounds like a recipe for misunderstanding. An Eastern religion + the studio that thinks that bees and ants are all male...
Can you imagine if the roles were reversed? A Bollywood studio making a cute animated film starring monkeys and based on the story of Jesus? Yeah.
Anyways, the potential disaster has Enchanted director Kevin Lima at the helm now.
* India cracks down on file sharing sites in advance of Singham in order to prevent piracy. What governments and studios don't understand is that it's not a question of watching a film online OR going to the theater. If you prevent people from downloading the film, they either won't see it or they'll just pick up a pirated disc. Studios would be better off doing what F.A.L.T.U. did and offering a streaming version for a reasonable fee.
Watching online does not take the place of the theater experience.
* Remember that bitchy interview with Frieda Pinto, well, it seems I wasn't the only one who thought she was acting too big for her boots. Bollywood sends a retort.
Filmmaker David Dhawan lashes out, “Woh kaun si achhi filmein kar rahi hai (as if she is doing good films in Hollywood.)”
Oh, David... are you referring to the 18% fresh score that her Miral received on Rotten Tomatoes or the 43% score that You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger got? Perhaps you are referring to her upcoming film - Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Wow, she's really doing such great work...
* Georgia (the country) is getting ready to host filming for a Tamil movie.
* PETA objects to the running of the bulls scene in ZNMD.
* Hrithik Roshan is too perfect for television. (And he wants a sequel to ZNMD.)
* Kajal Agarwal is proud to be a South Indian actress but thinks lines are blurring between the industries.
* While I'm already blocking out time to review Agent Vinod for my flop movies series. Saif is now wanting to write a graphic novel to release with the film.
* Is Ranbir out of The Reluctant Fundamentalist because he didn't want to grow a beard?
* Ranveer Singh canceled his birthday party for reasons unknown... It's because I couldn't make it, right, Ranveer? Well, we'll hang out next time!
* Meanwhile, Anushka Sharma says her personal life is nobody's problem.
* Karishma Kapoor walks out of Delhi Couture Week.
* Kalki Koechlin is profiled.
* I'm not sure what to make of this piece on the Punjabi culture of Bollywood.
What explains this dominance of Punjabis in Bollywood? The answer is their culture. Much of India's television content showcases the culture of conservative Gujarati business families. Similarly, Bollywood is put together around the extroverted culture and rituals of Punjabis.
The sangeet and mehndi of Punjabi weddings are as alien to the Gujarati in Surat as they are to the Mohajir in Karachi. And yet Bollywood's Punjabi culture has successfully penetrated both. Bhangra has become the standard Indian wedding dance. Writer Santosh Desai explained the popularity of bhangra by observing that it was the only form of Indian dance where the armpit was exposed. Indians are naturally modest, and the Punjabi's culture best represents our expressions of fun and wantonness.
Lastly, BODYGUARD trailer!!
I've already watched this like 10 times - it looks really fun!