Today in gossip - Ajay, Shahrukh, Fraaandships, the usual assorted nonsense, and psychedelic bachelor boys (don't YOU want to know!)
* Ugh. This is the most insulting essay. Rahul Bhatia says that Bollywood thinks its audience is stupid but it seems more like RAHUL BHATIA is the one who thinks Bollywood audiences are stupid... presumably for not liking the same films he does.
So Hindi cinema today, or at least the part of it aiming to bust blocks, relies on extensive research if not outright faith in the certainties of heroes and item songs and good beating evil. “I think this comes from a lack of storytelling instinct,” says Abbas Tyrewala, taking a drag.
Right... and exactly why should we listen to Abbas "His Last Film Was A Major Bomb Because It Was Terrible" Tyrewala on this subject?
Maybe the problem isn't that audiences are dumb, it's that certain filmmakers and pundits have forgotten how to watch masala films from a mythological viewpoint. And MAYBE so-called "hard-hitting" films don't connect with audiences is that the people living those lives don't want to see them reflected back to them by rich, out-of-touch Bollywood filmmakers who think they know everything about "the poors."
* 3 Idiots takes China by storm!
"One of the students said she saw the movie because she heard about it from a Chinese celebrity who was promoting it on thenet," Wang adds. With magical backdrops, catchy songs, colourful clothes and action packed, dramatic scenes, Indian films and serials transport the Chinese away from their mundane desk office jobs and transport them to a magical, bubble gummy world where a rich girl can marry a poor boy, good always conquers evil, money isn't everything and love reunites all."
Hmm... they forgot to mention the part where Rahul Bhatia thinks audiences are STUPID for liking all those things... strange...
* I knew Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge looked promising! Not only did Shor director Krish DK tweet his appreciation of the film yesterday but it's getting great reviews!
* Kabir Khan is a day late and a dollar short - now he bans cell phones and cameras from the sets of Ek Tha Tiger.
* Imran Khan's favorite comedy? A Fish Called Wanda.
* Is Nikhil Advani making a female-driven film? I hope so! I know his films don't connect with everybody but I genuinely enjoy his way of storytelling.
* Oosaravelli remake? Who could possibly take over from Jr. NTR?! You know I'm a Sallu fan but his dancing skills are nowhere near the level of Tarak's.
* The wax figure of Preity Zinta is still having trouble finding a leading man for her film.
* The Big B is shooting his piece for The Great Gatsby.
* And Ajay is out of Vishal Bhardwaj's next.
* I couldn't make it all the way through this piece but maybe you'll enjoy lengthy gushing over how successful Ra.1 is going to be.
It may be a superhero film, but Ra.One promises just the right emotional tug. It’s being pitched as a simple film about a husband, a wife, their son and the bad guy. SRK calls it a “father-son story”. He plays Shekhar Subramaniam, a games developer who makes a robot called Ra.One (reference to Random Access Version One) because his son wants a game where the villain is more powerful than the hero. His alter ego, G.One, is a superhero with a H.A.R.T.
(Reading that just made me throw up in my mouth a little... "H.A.R.T"?! Ughhh... Somebody call Don to come over here to kick G.1's butt really quick.)
And enjoy Gopichand in an extremely delightful song promo for upcoming Mogudu!
PSYCHEDELIC BACHELOR BOYS!