Monday, December 31, 2012

Filmi Girl's Top Ten Films She Didn't Get to See in 2012!

One of the difficult things in following Indian films it that only a few get distributed here in America and fewer still get English subtitles. I am very grateful that my local theater has begun screening Tamil films and even more grateful that the Tamil film industry has begun subtitling them!

Between the lack of distribution and my limited amount of time to watch films, it's only understandable that some fall through the cracks. Here are the ten I wanted to see in 2012 but never got the chance.


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Filmi Girl's Top 10 Heroes and Heroines of 2012!

What’s Bollywood without charismatic heroes and heroines?! Let’s show some love for the men and women who carry the weight of a film on their shoulders.


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thursday Gossip: BACK TO WORK edition!

Good morning!! I hope everybody who celebrated had a nice Christmas... I'll be in and out until after the holidays. We'll see how much time I have to write.


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Filmi Girl's Top 10 Scene Stealers of 2012

Some people love strong heroes, some people love plucky heroines, but I love a good scene stealer. Those unsung actors and actresses who can take a three line role and turn it into the most memorable part of film. Those actors and actresses whose names rarely appear in awards shows but without whom, Bollywood would become a much more boring place.

Here is my tribute to my favorite mothers, sisters, brothers, villains, comedians, and best friends of 2012!


Monday, December 24, 2012

Filmi Girl's Top Ten Flops of 2012!

The real marker of a flop isn’t piddling box office returns, though box office can be a good marker for audience interest. A flop is a film that fails to accomplish its goal, whether that is making a blockbuster or kickstarting a debutant’s career. And, for some reason, I can’t get enough of them. Why do they get rejected? Why do they get made? What is revealed in their failings?

In that spirit, here are my top ten failures of 2012, with the BIGGEST failure coming last!


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Filmi Girl's Top 10 Song Picturizations of 2012!

It’s always fun to look back at the year that was and I want to start with my favorite song picturizations of 2012. This isn’t a definitive list by any means and includes mostly songs from films I saw. Picturizations are fun on youtube but, in my opinion, context really matters but there are those songs that transcend the film.

So here we go in reverse order!


Dabanng 2: A Second Place Finish

Sequels are tricky. Does the audience really want to find out what happens next or do they just want to watch the same movie again? Rohit Shetty seems to have solved the problem fairly well, refining the Golmaal formula with each pass, distilling the Golmaal essence to its purest form. Arbaaz and Salman Khan, on the other hand, with Dabanng 2, have given us what a film that extracted what they enjoyed most about Dabangg. Unfortunately, it’s not what the rest of us found so engaging. That’s not to say that Dabanng 2 is a bad watch...exactly. But it’s certainly not a good film by any measure. If you are amused by Salman Khan being amused at bad puns and silly pranks, then Dabanng 2 might be worth a watch but anybody expecting another Dabangg will be sorely disappointed.


Friday, December 21, 2012

Special Chabbis Trailer!



No news today because I'm heading to New York City in a few... to go see Dabangg 2!!

Instead, please enjoy the trailer for Special Chabbis! I'm not quite sure what to make of it - I can't imagine Akshay agreeing to do a straight "hindie" film (especially not after what he's said about doing 8 x 10 Tasveer) but it seems that "hindie" is what the trailer is aiming at.

Interesting...

(Also. JIMMY SHERGILL! Be still my heart!)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thursday Gossip: OMG OMG! Alex Pandian is coming!!!

I'll be in New York City tomorrow to watch Dabanng 2 if anybody is interesting in joining, drop me a line! AMC Empire 25. Salman Khan. (On the screen.) Whistling and cheering are mandatory.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wednesday Gossip: The Hang-The-Bastards/Where's My Bikini Girl Edition.

Just a quick note - I did listen to the first part of that BBC World Service piece on Bollywood "Breaking Barriers and it's... okay. There is an undertone of "Western ideals about individualism and consumerism are progressive" that I found uncomfortable but I suppose that's to be expected from a BBC program.

The two things I think are worth picking out are a) Dibarkar Banerjee saying flat out that he doesn't care if non-metro audiences see his films or not and b) a student in charge of a group protesting the increased amount of sex and violence in films arguing that keeping A rated films off television and mainstream theaters is for her freedom - freemdom to be in a public space without it becoming sexualized or dangerous.

It's just two very different views of cinema clashing in the multiplex.

The documentary has very little sympathy for the young woman and her freedom, just FYI. And doesn't seem to think that masala films can offer social commentary as well as escapism.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tuesday Gossip: Where My Ladies At Edition

The BBC World Service has a two part documentary on Bollywood today. I haven't been able to listen (yet) so I can't tell you how good it is or what it focuses on.

And those looking for Dabangg 2 Salman interview coverage check out Get Filmy's post on the topic!


Monday, December 17, 2012

Monday Gossip: New Computer Edition!

Good morning, friends!!! My apologies for unexpectedly abandoning you for a few days. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you will know that my trusty lap top died and (being a bad digital citizen) I had nothing backed up. I lost EVERYTHING. And I needed a new computer.

I'm typing from my reluctantly purchased, brand new one right now but I had many drafts and recordings that were just gone. I needed a few days to mourn.

Anyways. All is more or less back to normal and I am the proud owner of an external hard drive so this won't happen again if I can help it!

Thankfully there was nothing new at the box office, so I didn't really miss anything (I think.)

Now, news.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Thursday News and my own Open Letter to Anurag Kashyap

I was going to write a separate post about this last night but, to keep my blood pressure reasonable, decided to just do it as part of news. I posted the link the other day to an open letter to Anurag Kashyap from a female filmmaker named Shilpa Munikempanna, who was unhappy with how she was treated by the team of Anurag Kashyap's 12/12/12 Project. The project was to take 12 short segments from 12 different filmmakers and combine them into one complete film. Apparently, Shilpa's film did not meet the standards of the project and was dropped.

I'm not going to comment on whether or not they were right to do so because a) they probably were and b) it's beside the point. What has really made me furious is the way Anurag Kashyap - and his supporters - have flat out dismissed Shilpa's concerns about sexism (and other 'isms).

Here is a thought - when orchestras introduced blind orchestra auditions more women were hired. Why? Not because the panels doing the hiring hated women but because in the music world, as in the cinema world, there is a deep rooted bias against taking women seriously. When Anurag Kashyap says this: "I think you are more conscious being a woman than others are of you being one." I want to throw something at him. How can he know what it's like to be the one woman in a group of men? How can he know what it's like to try and find technicians and cameramen and others to you seriously as the person in charge of a film set instead of just wanting to work with you in the hopes of getting in your pants?

When Anurag Kashyap says gender wasn't an issue, what is he basing that on? Did he institute a "blind reading" of applications before selecting which ones he was going to use? Did go out of his way to ensure a healthy number of women applicants? Were there women on the panel selecting scripts? Anurag sounds more like Stephen Colbert when he claims to be colorblind and his attacks of her in the press and online have come across as nothing more than one of those big bullying guys who cry Reverse Discrimination every time their privilege is exposed.

Here's the deal: I know from experience that being a woman (especially a young woman) in a male dominated industry is tough. You have to work 10 times as hard as the average man and must balance a fine line of being neither too "feminine" (nobody takes a director in a skirt and heels seriously) or too "butch" (you'll get labeled a bitch or dyke for behavior that would be praised in a man.) You have to deal with guys that think working with you means you are interested in dating them. Especially in an industry like filmmaking, you have to deal with guys who are bitter about women in general and think "women in film" means Katrina Kaif in a bikini in front of the camera.

Does Anurag Kashyap hate women? No, but he is a part of a sexist industry and seems to think that he alone among the thousands of men working in it is untouched. I call bullshit.

My open letter to AK: Stop acting like a big bully towards Shilpa. You have all the power here; Shilpa has none. If I was a filmmaker, I would not want to work with you after the sexist garbage being spewed from you and your supporters.

I'll give the final word to this comment from Amol Bhatt from a Times of India article on the spat:

sexiest to pata nahi but moviemaker me to best he...

And now news.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wednesday Gossip: Happy 12/12/12 Day!!!

A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the man himself... Rajinikanth!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tuesday Gossip: PC's WORLD MUSIC AWARD Nomination edition

A big happy birthday to Dilip Kumar, who celebrated by doing a slew of interviews.

Which were the best years of your life?

My childhood in Peshawar. I was filled with curiosity about everything around me. I would follow my mother everywhere and listen to the stories she and my aunts told each other — some eerie and spooky, some charming and idyllic. They would recite verses written by famous Persian poets and I would try and fathom their meaning. Those were wonderful years.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Khiladi 786: Can the critics just shut up already?

“That was the worst movie I’ve ever seen,” said the woman in the bathroom stall next to mine after a screening of Khiladi 786. Judging by her voice, I suspect - though I can’t confirm, for obvious reasons - that this was the same woman who, as we were exiting the theater, whipped around with a sarcastic, “Aren’t you glad we something brainless?” thinking that I was her husband instead of an awkwardly tall white girl.

Clearly, Khiladi 786 is not the movie for everybody. And unsurprisingly it has gotten a real bashing from the critics for things like - and I saw this mentioned in two reviews - there is more than one singer doing Akshay’s playback. Well, pardon my lack of shock. I seem to recall hearing Kishore Kumar and Mohammed Rafi both singing for the same hero in the same film on more than one occasion. Should we start a petition or something? Is this really what the critics are wasting their time picking on? How come none of the critics cry about reality when stars with very obvious plastic surgery are playing simple village girls or when we’re supposed to think an almost 50 year old man is actually 25?


Monday Gossip: Under the Knife Edition!

Sigh. My Khiladi 786 review to be posted tonight after I've had some time to mull it over. The short version is: I really enjoyed it but then I really enjoy loud, shouty Akshay comedies. Of the loud, shouty comedy genre, Khiladi 786 is a fine specimen and Himesh doesn't ruin it too much, putting in an inoffensive comedic performance that put me in mind of those roles that brothers of famous actors end up doing, Rajendra Nath or Anoop Kumar-style. We all know it's a charity gig but why not let him do it.

Anyways, I have a feeling my review will be the only one that isn't massively snotty like all the others. Do click on that for an example of the least helpful way to review an Akshay Kumar comedy film.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sunday Gossip: Two Trailers!

There isn't much news today, unless you're interested in Priyanka's PR team refuting stories from earlier this week that Deepika had replaced her as the face of Garnier or bullshit puff pieces from the AP about how Bollywood is aiming for America and Europe.

So, instead, have two trailers!

Mumbai Mirror with PRAKASH RAJ BEING A BADASS and, oh yeah, that other guy... what's his face... from Aazaan. Whether or not this film is worth watching depends on how able we are to ignore Sachiin Joshi's emotionless dialogue delivery and wooden acting in favor of an inappropriately sexy Prakash Raj smouldering on screen.

And a teaser for Mani Ratnam's Kadal. I have to admit that I've become one of those snobs who find his Tamil films superior to his Hindi work. With the exception of Dil Se, which is a work of genius.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Saturday Gossip: Hyderabad Express

This article on the upcoming season of Smash popped up in my searching because of this line:

The first season of NBC's "Smash" was full of much-discussed moments, including a truly loony Bollywood fantasy dance number and a musical number set in a bowling alley.

Sigh. The article goes on to say that there will not be "Bollywood" in the second season, for which I am grateful, because from what I remember the Smash version of "Bollywood" was sub-par in execution and only "loony" in it's casual racism.

Remember when I had to block that one actor on twitter because he was harassing me for saying so? Good times, 2012, good times.

Anyways.


Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday Gossip: Wax Figure Edition

It's so frustrating that online retailers in India don't ship overseas because obviously I need this book about Bebo's style.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Reema and Zoya, Zindabad!

One spoiler ahead for Talaash, but it’s not the main one - just an FYI!


(Reema in an appropriate Star Trek T-shirt!! I cannot wait for this!)

There is a scene somewhere in the middle of Talaash where Roshni (Rani Mukherjee) and her husband Suri (Aamir Khan) go watch a film. Roshni has spent the entire film consumed by grief - for her son, who died, and for her husband, who is emotionally detached from everything around him. But in the darkened theater, cocooned in the audience, she laughs. And Suri watches her in wonder. Roshni comes out of the film with a smile on her face - a smile that lasts until real life creeps back up on her. For those few hours in the cinema, she was free of the troubles of her own life. Her burden was lightened.

The film she was watching? Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal 3*.

Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar get it.


Thursday Gossip: Who is kissing KJo edition!!

Good morning, all! Only one more day until Khiladi 786! And then a couple weeks until DABANGG 2! And, you know, I just checked Wikipedia and it seems they got Deepak Dobriyal! That makes me incredibly happy!

Okay, news!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wednesday Gossip: Catfight edition!

This is going to be short today because some of us stayed up too late watching movies... I don't know who would ever do such a thing. Certainly not me. Um...

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tuesday Gossip: Rajinikanth can answer a missed call edition!

The iTunes store moves to India. Now how about letting the rest of the world buy things on Flipkart in exchange? LIKE THE UPCOMING RAJINIKANTH BIOGRAPHY THAT IS RELEASING ON 12/12/12!!!

Seriously.

Well, maybe we non-India residents can find copies on ebay... India residents can attempt to win a copy and if you win and want to send it to me, I won't complain!!

Now, news!


Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday Gossip... the romantic plotline and love triangle edition!

Here is a rule of thumb: when any article about Bollywood starts with this paragraph you can safely ignore everything after it as bullshit.

It’s rare for Hindi films to break the traditional Bollywood mold, where romantic plotlines and love triangles abound.

Sigh.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Talaash: The Brief 100% Spoiler-Free Review!

Talaash is not groundbreaking cinema nor is it going to change anybody’s life. Watching Talaash is like watching a world class athlete at the top of her game - a Mary Kom, if you will - the beauty of the film is in the skill and craftsmanship on display. The feeling I was left with after Talaash was not the giddy joy of seeing an underdog outperform expectations or the shock of seeing something novel but a deep satisfaction at seeing a lot of talented people come together to create something beautiful.

Saturday Gossip!

The box office watch is on for Talaash. It's not a real crowd-pleaser of a film so I think we'll be looking more at Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara numbers than 3 Idiots numbers...

I saw it yesterday and if you did get spoiled for a certain plot point, don't worry! The film is still very enjoyable. I'll be posting my review a little later.


Friday, November 30, 2012

Thuppakki: Murugadoss is just messing with us, right?


About halfway through Thuppakki I began to wonder if A.R. Murugadoss wasn’t just having a huge laugh at the audience’s expense. It was the only logical explanation for how could such an intelligent filmmaker make such an aggressively stupid film. Was he just getting back at us for not fully appreciating last Diwali’s ambitious (and underappreciated) 7aum Arivu by making the most regressive, jingoistic, sociopathic, cockblocking, blatantly pandering film that he could?

Friday gossip... get ready to Talaash!

My big news of the day is that some jerks decided to ruin Talaash for everybody by tweeting the ending @ movie fans . And Aamir specifically asked us NOT to ruin things! Look, if we've learned anything these last few years, isn't it that Aamir is always right? Why fight it?

Sigh. Trolls be trollin'.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mon... no Wednes... no THURSDAY GOSSIP! Back from Brazil Edition!

Good morning! YES! I'm back from Brazil! I had a fantastic time and although technically I probably shouldn't start blogging again until Monday (because I should be studying for the JLPT which is on Sunday) I couldn't resist! I missed everybody!!
And a big congratulations to my friend Eric and his new wife Erika!!






Sao Paulo!



Brasilia!

Also, I had to talk about Priyanka Chopra getting cast as Mary Kom in the biopic. SERIOUSLY?! Even putting aside my dislike of Priyanka, it just seems really shamefully "Hollywood-like" to cast a tall, slim, typical North Indian beauty queen as Mary Kom - short, buff, and from the Northeast. We rarely see actresses with the distinctive Northeastern features in Bollywood and it looks like even Mary's are going to be erased. Who knows... maybe they'll just set the biopic entirely in Delhi or something.

It's really disappointing to see the "new" "realistic" Bollywood following in the homogenizing footsteps of Hollywood.

Masochon Zimik, anybody? She played a girl from Mary Kom's home state of Manipur in Chak De India.



A quick hunt on Google reveals plenty of gorgeous Manipuri actresses (like Bala here) who would probably love to play the role of one of their state's most famous women.

Maybe I'm just being idealistic but I believe there is more beauty in the diversity of the human race in shape and size and feature than in some arbitrary standard set by a corporate board in Bombay or New York.

Anyways. Let's just hope they don't slant her eyes like Deepika Padukone wanted to for Chandni Chowk to China.

WELCOME BACK TO ME! DID YOU MISS ME?!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Filmi Girl talks to... Reema Kagti

[Reema, center, with Rani Mukerji and Javed Akhtar]

Upcoming suspense film Talaash has been on my radar since at least January 2011 and I have been eagerly following its progress by tracking the media reports. Talaash caught my interest not only for Aamir Khan (who has a reliable barometer of future trends in Bollywood since he gave us Lagaan and Dil Chahta Hai in 2001) and not only for the casting coup of Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor but for the woman behind it all – Reema Kagti. Reema has been kicking around in the Hindi film industry for some time, working as an assistant director and writing scripts (well, a script - last year’s surprise hit Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.) Reema has certainly paid her dues and I am intensely curious to see what this formidable woman can accomplish in the notorious boys club of Bollywood.

I was lucky enough to get a few minutes of her time over the phone while she was doing press for Talaash.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Birthday to HELEN!

Let's wish the dancing queen of Bollywood a happy 72nd birthday and many more to come. She was and remains one of the cutest and classiest women in Bollywood...

(I have one more post to get out before I leave... hopefully I'll make my self-imposed deadline!)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

PSA: Andy Zaltzman in Mumbai!

If you are going to be in Mumbai in the near future, be sure to go check out one of Andy Zaltzman's gigs.

Andy is hilarious, knows way too many facts about cricket, and is half of my favorite podcast: The Bugle.

There is November 22nd at Bonobo with Sorabh Pant.

November 27th at YB Chavan Auditorium, Nariman Point with a bunch of other comedians.

And November 28th at Hotel Bawa Continental in Juhu for the Schitzengiggles.

Tuesday Gossip... going back on vacation edition!

Public Service Announcement: My friend Matt King is entering the final hours of his Kickstarter goal to fund his steampunk project The World of Steam. Check it out! Even if you don't donate - stop by and just check it out. ESPECIALLY if you like fantasy or sci-fi. (Which I totally do.)

And the second part of my PSA, yes, I'll be leaving for Brazil and won't be posting gossip again until I get back - in about a week and a half! On the one hand, I feel bad for abandoning you during the massive holiday release season but on the other... sometimes real life is more important than movies. (*gasp* DID SHE JUST SAY THAT?!)

Sometimes I just need to break up the routine, and I always appreciate films all the more when I return to it. Plus, no massive melt-down over the overwhelming amount of SRK-related publicity this year! So, maybe it's for the best? Although I know some of you would appreciate me going off on how silly some of the news articles have been on the Jab Tak Hai Jaan box office. As we discussed in the comments section yesterday, it's done "well enough" but considering the advantages of screen numbers, quality and type of theater, and the cast... AND that it's Yash Chopra's last film, "well enough" isn't exactly a ringing endorsement from the public.

I think it's more impressive that Son of Sardaar has managed to hang on and do respectable business - and most of that coming from less desirable single-screen theaters!

We'll see what will happen over the weekend, I suppose. As Moimeme correctly pointed out yesterday, neither film has joined THE 100 Crore Club, despite the confusing press releases with various accounting methods floating around.

Anyways. Most importantly - PRAN IS OKAY!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday Gossip...

I'm back from Austin!! But only for a couple of days... I'll be heading to Brazil on Thursday.

And, wow, did I miss a lot of things. First the sad news... Pran has been hospitalized and Shashi Kapoor is also rumored to be doing poorly.

Oh, right, Bal Thackeray passed away and Mumbai ground to a halt - affecting collections for both Diwali releases.

(And a girl gets arrested for anti-Bal Thackery facebook posts.)

The Times of India has an article explaining his long connection with Bollywood... beyond just the harassment of film sets and Muslim actors by Shiv Sena.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Jab Tak Hai Jaan: Is the Only Story Today

There was only one story yesterday: CELEBRITIES ATTEND THE JAB TAK HAI JAAN PREMIERE.

Yup.

And, though she is a far from objective source when it comes to Shahrukh Khan, here is Anupama Chopra's review of the film:

In what world would a beautiful, fabulously rich girl who cruises around London in a chauffer-driven Bentley fall in love with a waiter? In Yash Chopra's world, of course!

It helps enormously that the waiter is played by Shah Rukh Khan with charm turned on high-beam. In any case, you don't go to a Yash Chopra movie to delve into realism or the messiness of relationships. You go to partake in a fantasy of swooning, idealised love - and Jab Tak Hai Jaan delivers plenty of that.

Here's a video from the red carpet, if you're really curious! (Or if you have time to waste.)

And that's it for me for the week! I'm heading to Austin tomorrow and won't be back until Sunday. The following week, I'll be leaving for Brazil on Thursday and will be gone for a week.

I should have access to the Internets, so I may check in from time to time but daily news will be on hiatus while I'm on vacation. AND IT'S A MUCH NEEDED VACATION!

If you are in Austin, Brasilia, or Sao Paolo and want to say hello, do drop me a line!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday Gossip: The Chicken Feed Edition

ARE YOU READY FOR THE THROWDOWN OF DIWALI 2012?!

But first, I was just pointed towards Project Bolo, which is a collection of oral histories from LGBT Indians. Please check it out!!


Sunday, November 11, 2012

DABANGG 2: I WANT IT NOW!

ARE YOU READY FOR THIS? *air horn*

There has been so much discussion and noise over Dabangg 2 - the fight between Arbaaz and Abhinav Kashyap, especially - that it's a relief to finally see that the trailer looks fantastic!

I saw some rumblings somewhere that Dabangg 2 has been influenced by the remakes of Dabangg from the South industries. If this means we get a song as amazing as Osthi Maamey I am behind this all the way. I haven't seen the Telugu remake yet. I wonder if I could get the DVD before Dabangg 2 releases.

(OH HELL YES! I WANT! AND TIME TO WATCH THEM ALL!)

And the first song promo...! I'm already in love with Dabangg 2 and we still have over a month to go... *cry*

Sunday Gossip: The Psycho-Analyzed by Taran Adarsh Edition!

Some odds and ends today... it seems like Son of Sardaar vs. Jab Tak Hai Jaan has the Bollywood media as fired up as the American press was over Obama v. Romney!!

I wish the best for both films; I really do.

Although I might not get to see either - I'll be in Austin, Texas next weekend. If anybody knows if there is a theater screening either film there, do comment and let me know!

Now!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Saturday Gossip: The Super Script Edition

It's an odd assortment of news stories today - ranging from horrific to haranguing to just plain tiresome.

Why not see for yourself?!


Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday Gossip! Love triangle edition!

IT'S FRIDAY and no new releases... boo. It's too bad Ajay couldn't have pushed Son of Sardaar up by two weeks.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thursday Gossip: The helping that "other film" get good publicity edition!

GOOD MORNING!! I got up extra early for an extra special interview with Talaash director Reema Kagti. I hope to have it up by the weekend.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wednesday Gossip: And I knew it al long time ago edition!

The big story today... CONGRATULATIONS, AMERICA!

Here is a helpful list of all the tweets from Bollywood stars on Obama's re-election. My favorite (natch) is Maddy:

Obama wins... And I knew it al long time ago.

Heh. ILU, Maddy. Make more movies, okay?


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

No News Today: VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

No gossip today because I have to go do my patriotic duty and vote.

I was trying to think of a political link to post about instead (poll of favorite actors turned politicians; list of politics themed songs...) but, as somebody who “inside the Beltway,” I find myself frustrated by a lot of what passes for politics in films. Hollywood AND Bollywood.

Usually, politics in film plays up the back-stabbing and greed and personal foibles of the politicians, as if there are no real world consequences of their legislation. Alas, this is generally how the (American) media covers politics, as well.

No wonder we’re all so frustrated.

Three of the better films with a political bent that I’ve seen out of the Indian film industries in the last few years are:


Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday Gossip: The "it's a lazy walk" edition!

Goooooood morning! If anybody has cash to spare this portrait of Salman Khan by Rashid Rana is up for auction.

The auction includes a portrait of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan by Rashid Rana from his Ommatidia series of photomontages, estimated at Rs 7,50,000 to Rs. 10,00,000 (USD 15,000 to 20,000). Rana blurs the boundaries between advertising, painting, print making, photography and video. In this series, created in 2004, the artist comments on the social construction of celebrity and the role of fantasy. Salman Khan, the superstar of Indian cinema is idolized throughout South and West Asia as a paragon of masculinity and sexuality. This series of works, however, is not about the star. This portrait is composed of several thousand smaller images of ordinary Pakistani men, whose shared aspirations Rana believes uphold the entire industry.

And now on to the news!


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sunday News Post: Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos edition!

I went out to see DC United play last night! They made the playoffs this year, which is really exciting!

It's always fun to be in that big, cheering crowd of fans! And a big shout out to 19 year old Andy Najar (#14), who was really full of hustle last night. He's going to be a big talent...

Anyways, in film news!


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Saturday News Post! It's anti-competitive!

HAPPY WEEKEND! And what a week it was. I'll be glad never to hear the words "Hurricane" and "Sandy" together again.

NOW! It's kind of a slow news day (you can always tell by the number of Poonam Pandey stories cluttering the news sites) but let's see what's up!


Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday Gossip: "Classy" edition...

Today we should all wish a Happy Birthday to Shahrukh Khan, who turns 47 years young today!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy Birthday to Aishwarya Rai!


On November 1st, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan turns 39 and more power to her. Aishwarya remains a captivating figure. Over her long (for a heroine) career, the former Miss World has transformed from a stiff beauty queen to an engaging on-screen presence and competent actress. She is beautiful, intelligent, and dignified - never stooping to the games of the level of the “he said-she said” media and somehow managing to resist the urge to tweet her every brain fart.*

Thursday Gossip: The "If you want Sallu, you have to sign on for SRK, too" edition.

I hope all my friends in Tamil Nadu are doing okay with Hurricane Nilam! I haven't seen much news on it but hopefully you are all okay!!


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wednesday Gossip: Who listens to critics anyway edition!

How is everybody doing?! Things in Washington, DC should be back to normal today but I know my friends in New York City and New Jersey are still suffering. Stay strong! We're all thinking about you...

Here is what it looked like around my part of town, yesterday - wind blown and eerily empty for a Tuesday.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tuesday News... I'm still alive edition!

I weathered the storm okay here at FG central and I hope all my friends in New York are doing okay, too... We'll all be thinking about you today!

Not too much happening news wise but...


Monday, October 29, 2012

Monday Gossip... a Frankenstorm about to hit!

We're about to enter Frankenstorm and I'm afraid power will go out, so I will keep this quick!


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunday Gossip: Who will be the second hero edition!

So, so, so... we might be getting the massive FRANKENSTORM up in here this week. If I disappear for a day or two, you'll know it's because we lost power and/or Internet but I really hope it's just the media hyping things up just to spin their wheels. We'll see I guess.

Anyways! Let's do this thing! PS apparently the Peoples' Choice awards were last night... did anybody vote? Clearly I did not since PC won a music debut award for "It's So Shitty." It goes beyond just annoyance - I'm actively embarrassed for PC. The song is supremely mediocre and she just gives the impression of somebody clinging desperately to youth. Maybe she's just really feeling the pressure with younger girls like adorable Alia along with Anushka, Deepika, Sonakshi, and especially Parineeti all coming up but the stench of desperation is overpowering. She's made a career playing "girlish" babes but you can't be "girlish" into your thirties without looking mentally challenged... though apparently it worked for a lot of people in Barfi.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Saturday Gossip: The! Anti-rich! Edition!

Fans of Bollywood camp might enjoy this Bollywood Halloween mix tape as a soundtrack to the weekend.

And fans of non-camp might enjoy this book out called, "The Adventures of an Intrepid Film Critic." It sounds like a good read!

“To my mind, this book is a celebration of the small film,” Vetticad says sanguinely, while acknowledging that there is little to celebrate about the existence of such films as the rape-joke-laden Be-Careful. Indeed, her book is most engaging when it throws up eye-popping — and sometimes poignant — tidbits about poseurs, no-hopers and people who deserve wider recognition (such as the hearing-impaired Sohail Lakhani, who trained Ranbir Kapoor for Barfi!).

I'll definitely be putting in a order for this!


Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Gossip: The how many air freezes is too many edition!

Good morning and happy Friday! I'm actually torn on my film viewing this weekend... I should see Chakravyuh but I kind of just want to see Student of the Year again, instead. I may just choose the latter.

Some interesting odds and ends for you today...


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thursday News Post - Another sad day edition...

It looks like my theater is getting Chakravyuh, so I will try to see it this weekend. It's passed the low threshold of Arakshan but critics are saying that it's better than Rajneeti, too.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wednesday Gossip - Dream Role Playing My Dead Brother Edition!

Good morning! I mentioned this on Twitter yesterday but if anybody has access to the Financial Times either in paper or behind the paywall, there is an interesting piece in yesterday's issue on the flare up over the anti-corporate song in Chakravyuh. If I remember correctly, there was a also another article on the page facing on Walmart in India. Both were pretty good reads - so head over to your library and check it out!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tuesday Gossip - Let's take a trip to Lake Chopra Edition!

I almost linked you to a post laying out the "Top 10 movies" coming out over the festival season but it was really just Son of Sardaar, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, and then 8 films starring B and C list heroes that nobody cares about. You're welcome. Any list of "top" anything that features Jackky Bhagnani but doesn't include the word flop is bullshit.

NOW!


Monday, October 22, 2012

Monday News: Farewell to Yash Chopra Edition

Yash Chopra has passed away and Bollywood is in mourning. I have to admit that I never connected with the 1990s romances that so many loved but his 1970s work with Amitabh remains some of the best to come out of Bollywood.

I know that all of our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Here is one of my favorite picturizations from a Yash Chopra film:


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Student of the Year: Does that Answer Your Question?

Brian Johnson: Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong, but we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us ... in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain ...

Andrew Clark: ... an athlete ...

Allison Reynolds: ... a basket case ...

Claire Standish: ... a princess ...

John Bender: ... and a criminal.

Brian Johnson: Does that answer your question? ... Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.

(from The Breakfast Club, 1985)

I’m just going to lay all my cards out on the table: Student of the Year is the best teen film to come out since John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club in 1985. Working from a smart script and with a talented cast of youngsters (and some heavy-hitting veterans), director Karan Johar crafts one of the best Hindi films of the year, blending poignant emotional drama with just the right amount of Bollywood glitz.


Sunday News Post: Star Child Edition!

ETA: Right after I posted this, rumor was flying on twitter that Yash Chopra has passed away. No news articles on it yet but I'll try to compile some tributes later today if I have time. I know as film fans, all of our thoughts and prayers are with the family right now.

Bright, sunny Sunday morning! And I recommend everybody spend it in a dark theater watching Student of the Year. I'm still gathering my thoughts but should have a review up this morning!


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Saturday Gossip: Pointless questions edition!

Student of the Year today if all goes well!! I have a feeling I'm really going to enjoy this one... (says the woman who saw High School Musical 3, Prom, AND Step Up 3D in the theater with zero regrets.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday Gossip: Blame Raja Mukherjee edition...

Puri Jagannath's Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu seems to be a entertainer! And I only skimmed this article that runs down the reactions to Student of the Year and it seems most critics are trotting out the "predictable" tag... um, it's not a thriller. Rom-coms are generally predictable but that doesn't make them un-fun.

Anyways.



Thursday, October 18, 2012

Song trailer for "Muskaanein Jhooti Hai" from Talaash!

You know me... I LOVE IT! There's a very nice retro feel from Bebo, who seems to be channeling a bit of Helen and Marilyn Monroe in her body language. And, also, how gorgeous does she look in that deep red?!

I cannot wait for this film.

The official website for Talaash is up and running though my brief investigation revealed nothing. Perhaps somebody else can figure it out and let us know if there is a nice Easter Egg or two hidden in it.

Thursday Gossip!! Dhoom 4 edition...

Yes! It's Thursday! The day my theater updates its listings for the week. So, what am I going to see this weekend? STUDENT OF THE MOTHER-FUCKING YEAR!!! I just a need a foam finger that says "Karan Johar No. 1" on it and I'll be all set.

Ah, but Dhoom 4, you ask! Well, one of my favorite blowhards tweeted a picture of himself claiming just that. Now, who could it be...


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wednesday News: Checking Your SMSes Edition...

Hey, guys! Sorry about the massive politics spam on twitter last night but it is that time again in America. I'm the rest of the world thinks we're crazy with the 18 month electoral cycle but... we make everything SUPER SIZE here. Burgers, cars, political campaigns...

NOW! On to news!


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tuesday Gossip: Wedding Bells edition!

CONGRATULATIONS TO KAREENA AND SAIF!!!

The happy couple is now married.

Ah... I remember when it all began...

(And a happy birthday to Hema Malini!!!)


Monday, October 15, 2012

Po Po... Po?

I'm just about to leave for work but couldn't resist posting when I saw this pop up... *whistle whistle*

Monday Gossip - Imported Ali Khan edition

Another week is upon us! Did anybody else see Maattrraan? Or anything else this weekend? It seems almost everything up North was a dud. Oh, well... in the world of films there is always next Friday.


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Maattrraan: Double the Suriya; Double the fun

My friends, it’s a bit difficult to get back into the swing of things with writing reviews. So, forgive any rustiness. And, first, a caveat on my take on this film in particular. I saw it without subtitles so I missed all the dialogues and more fidgety bits of the plot. However, I would say that those two things only account for about 15-20% of the film. I had no difficulties following along thanks to the clear visual storytelling from KV Anand; emotive performances from Surya, Kajal, and the rest of the cast; and a smattering of English at crucial moments that I can only assume was there to help non-Tamil viewers like me. I have to admit that at times I forgot I couldn’t understand a word that anybody was saying.

So, you’ll have to forgive me if I get some details wrong but I think I got the main point of the film: Maattrraan is twisty-turny mystery masala film about living with loss, the price of perfection, and bawdy jokes about threesomes. Also, and quite delightfully to this old lefty liberal, it’s a big FU to Big Food and Big Pharma.


Sunday News Post

Another cool, autumn morning here in Washington, DC! We'll start with some sad news first...


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Saturday News Post!

Happy Saturday! I've got a few goodies for you today...

First of all, I've been neglectful and haven't yet mentioned that the Bumping Bollywood Band Botown has a new single!!! Unlike their previous songs, this one is original but it's still got the soul, so go check it out!

Secondly, my girl Hard Kaur knows what the people want and her single from her new album is... "Peeney Do."

And now onto gossip!


Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Gossip!! TGIF, BABY!

It looks like it's Maattrraan for me tomorrow! Reviews are looking okay - though I haven't read too deeply - so I'm hoping for a fun time.

And rumor has it the trailer for the Imran Khan-Anushka Sharma comedy Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola should be out with Student of the Year. Based solely on the description on wikipedia, I'm expecting we're going to see 2 hours of Imran Khan being an urban guy out of his element and reacting while wacky "rustic" characters do increasingly crazy things. Ooof.

Where's my conjoined twin masala film?


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Shake it! Thursday News!!!

Bad news and good news... my theater isn't getting Aiyyaa BUT we are getting Surya's conjoined twin masala film Maattrraan. (Note the doubling of all the letters in the title.)

I guess it will be Rani on DVD for me...


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wednesday GOSSIP!

Hello and good morning! So, there is a lot of talk about Chittagong on the old inter-tubes but a little birdie involved with the film told me it's simply "okay" - though much better than the Abhishek version. If you chose to see it, keep that in mind.

Anyways... I tried watching Ishaqzaade and you guys... it was so dumb. Parineeti was great, Arjun was decent, and the direction was good but the story was awful!!! The whole premise of the two falling in love takes a bigger grain of salt than the entire plot of Kambakkht Ishq! And there was a glossy sheen over everything that made it seem like Lafangey Parindey but set in UP. I couldn't sit through to the end but, damn, it could have finished with a roller skating contest for the minister's position and I wouldn't have been surprised. Actually, I might have preferred that.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tuesday Gossip: YES I'M BACK!

GOOD MORNING, EVERYBODY! Yes, I'm back!

Thank you for being patient with me as I took a month off to sort some things out. It's been a busy time for me recently and, thankfully, things are back to a "normal" level of busy so I have time and energy to write for you again.

While I was off I did watch a few movies and I hope to have some reviews written soon. Vikram's Thaandavam was, frankly, the best masala film I've seen all year. And, yes, that includes Ek Tha Tiger and Rowdy Rathore! Tamil films are really my favorite films these days.

I'm also that happy I missed most of the fuss over Barfi, which is exactly the kind of film I hate... I'm really dreading watching it for the 100 Crore Club series. Are they really sending it to the Oscars?! Ai yo! I would think something like Prakash Raaj's Dhoni would have a better chance. Anyways, I'll probably be avoiding most of the Jab Tak Hai Jaan promotional craziness for the same reason. Although since it's Shahrukh, I'm sure some of it will sink in. Sigh.

Anyways, I'm sure I'll be catching up with what happened while I was away for a bit so forgive any older news. It's new to me!


Friday, October 5, 2012

Maattran: 2 new teasers

Surya + Surya + Kajal Agarwal? SIGN ME UP!

Maattran looks fantastic!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Khiladi 786: THE PROMO!

The Khiladi is back!! Come on, Akki, make me forget all about Joker...

What's funny is that this is being sold as a "continuation" of the Khiladi franchise but if I'm not mistaken, the Khiladi was always kind of a mock turtleneck wearing "cool" dude, not a homespun hero but I could be mistaken.

KHILADI! KHILADI!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Kalpana Trailer

Question: Do you like things that are awesome?

If so, I highly recommend watching anything starring SUPER STAR UPENDRA! I think this is a remake of Kanchana but who cares because if it stars Uppi, you KNOW it's going to be mind blowing.

More and more I think I should concentrate more on South Indian films, which I actually enjoy, instead of hoping and hoping that Hindi films are going to stop the slow drift towards Western cinema tropes...

Monday, September 24, 2012

Baadsha... Coming 2013?

Um... YES, PLEASE! I want this movie.

I do like JR NTR, even if he gets a bit Abhishek Bachchan-y (with far superior dancing skills) at times. Baadsha looks like it's going to be a rocking movie!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

BHOOT! Bhoot Returns...

Yes, yes, this has been out for a bit but I forgot Manisha Koirala was in it. As a fan, I can't but wish she had better material to work with but MANISHA KOIRALA! If anybody can class up an RGV film, it's Manisha.

I wish her (and RGV) the best. RGV may not make the greatest movies but Bollywood is a more interesting place with him in it.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Prabhas is the YOUNG REBEL STAR!

One more song promo from this TOTALLY BADASS LOOKING FILM!

ETA 9/26: ANOTHER TRAILER!!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A few thoughts on the Barfi plagiarism fiasco

Okay, I just had to interrupt my hiatus for a post on the Barfi Plagiarism Fiasco.

Let me first bring you an extract from an interview with writer/director Anurag Basu:

How difficult was it to bring in the fantasy-fun element in a subject so serious and thoughtful?

I've to confess it was a lonely journey. I had no reference points. It was like entering a dark tunnel. I just pushed through. While shooting we had lots of fun. Aur film banti gayi. Yes, it took me 10 days to get a hang of the subject since it is a completely new genre. We even re-shot the initial portions.

So the man had no reference points? Interesting... considering this delightful post from Tanqeed picking apart all the scenes copied directly from Hollywood films.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Talaash Trailer!

1. OMG OMG OMG OMG RANI AND BEBO!

2. ZOMGGGGGG AAMIR!

3. I cannot wait for this movie.

I have nothing more to say on the topic except that I have a feeling this and Kahaani will be my top Hindi films of the year. I got chills when I hear Aamir speak. It's been too long since I've seen him in a film.

I have a low tolerance for mawkishness...

... and for stories about magical disabled people.

I can't say I've been surprised at the fawning reviews of Barfi but I have a feeling Raja Sen's review would come closest to my feelings on the topic, if I forced myself to see the film... which I won't do. To quote Mr. Raja Sen:

As Jhilmil, Priyanka Chopra, god bless her soul, does indeed try valiantly to play autistic, but -- trapped not just by the film's most flawed character and plotline -- makes that cardinal mistake expressed so unforgettably in Tropic Thunder: she goes full retard. She's not bad, even very effective in a couple of scenes, but her character belongs to a different film. (Ideally a shorter one, because it does drag this one down.)

Ah, finally, a note of sanity amidst the Taran Adarsh-led praise for PC's "autistic" performance. I haven't seen the film but I have been forced to sit through the trailer a handful of times in the theater and let me just say autism != coyly biting one's lip and secretly being in love Ranbir Kapoor.

I really wish Anurag Basu had taken some time to listen to Temple Grandin speak on the subject or read some Oliver Sacks because the autistic mind is fascinating... when not being used as a plot device.


Friday, September 14, 2012

Ali Zafar for Lays Wavy!

How is Ali Zafar so cute?!

I miss everybody!! I know I've been missing out on good gossip, too... PC released her utterly generic American sounding song and video. (You can find that shit on your own. I can only bear to watch it once.)

Only a couple more weeks to go!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Monday Song Round-Up!

Hey, everybody! Just checking in! Things are still pretty crazy chez moi but I wanted to share the latest round of song promos.

Music is my first love, after all. ♥

But, first, it seems Raaz 3 has done okay and Bipasha has been singled out for praise for her role, which makes me happy. I can't help but love Bipasha, Bipasha.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Aiyyaa Trailer!

RANI IS BACK, BABY! That's all I have to say. This looks charming... ♥ I didn't realize how much I missed Rani and her adorable filmi shenanigans.

This is the movie Preity wishes she had. It looks modern, fresh, funny, and just a whole lot of fun!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

"Vaaya moodi" from Mugamoodi...

The more I think about it, the more I'm certain that the first half of Mugamoodi is the best thing I've seen all year. It's too bad the second half fell flat.

When I saw UTV had uploaded this picturization I had to share it with you!

I have been listening to this song and "Kudi Vaazhthu" non-stop since Saturday. Big up to K for the music, it's really gorgeous and the arrangements are top notch. "Kudi Vaazhthu" has this violin part that is out of control. I love when people take advantage of the violin's fretless nature.

But back to "Vaaya Moodi," I just love the creativity on display. The clever cuts and having the white extras "singing" the chorus... It's just a visual treat. And Jiiva's pink wardrobe really pops against the Swiss (?) scenery, which I'm sure Mysskin is using as a meta-narrative wink and it totally works on that level AND on a straight romantic level.

Just two thumbs up from me. I'm quite taken with it. I hope we see more masala from Mysskin!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Mugamoodi

”We don’t need a mosquito to bite us or wear our underwear outside, we Indians don’t need superheroes.” - Salman Khan

Indian superhero films are an interesting genre and a very different breed from American superhero films, which I am thoroughly tired of - Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Iron Man, whatever man. Take your self-assigned moral values and shove ‘em. From the handful of Indian superhero films I’ve seen, Indian superheroes are essentially Heroes doing their herogiri while wearing a mask and tights.

Mugamoodi almost doesn’t need to be a superhero film. The superhero bits are fun for a while but what makes Mugamoodi a good watch is what would make any Jiiva movie a good watch - action, romance, comedy, and family love.

Settai Trailer!



Look! It's the trailer for the Tamil remake of Delhi Belly!! I have a feeling I'm going to like this, it's cheeky. And I'm pleased by the lack of literal shit and the grating "WE'RE BEING NAUGHTY" tone that dominated the Hindi trailers.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Joker: Finally, A Film On Par With Hollywood! (See Comments)

Shirish Kunder has become the Joker of Bollywood. He’s a talented filmmaker but has somehow managed to turn the media, the public, the industrywallahs, and the critics against him. Is it his surly media persona? His penchant for bickering with Bollywood’s beloved King Khan? His dedication to a singular, singularly loopy vision? Some sort of odd bias against a guy who would marry an older, more successful woman? Who can say. But it’s too bad his negative image has become so large because it means that Joker will never get a fair viewing.

People love to pile on flop films and they can pile on all they want on other sites but Filmi Girl is going to proudly wave her flag in support of Joker, as she has for numerous other flop films. Joker is delightful. Yes, it suffers a bit from some some severe cuts to the story and, yes, you can see the remnants of the 3D shooting - which would have been amazing if he’d been able to complete it - but even with those hurdles, it manages to be a charming little film about a strange little village.

Once upon a time...


Thursday, August 30, 2012

"Ishq Ki Dafli Baje"

I have to admit that I've been inexplicably charmed by the songs for Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal.

There's nothing groundbreaking or "cool" about the picturizations but Shreyas is just so charming! I feel a simple happiness watching them, a feeling missing when I saw (for example) this mess from Ishkq in Paris, the definition of TRYING TOO HARD.

And PS I just found out my theater is getting Joker AND Mugamoodi!! *head explodes* Do I have time to make two movies this weekend?! WHAT TO DO? I need to see both!!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Disco Song



*dances* I have a feeling this is going to be super fun on the big screen! I love Alia's red dress. I WANT ONE! (Is Karan going to give us a shopping guide?)

I'll be the first person to admit that I was really wary of Student of the Year when I first heard about it.

Unlike a lot of you, I was never a huge fan of Karan Johar's films. Don't get me wrong - I liked Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham but I didn't love them. And I don't think I could tell you exactly why. Is it the fetishization of Shahrukh (a running theme through all of KJo's work)? Or maybe it's just the depiction of romantic love as the most important thing in the universe (besides a nice wardrobe)?

Sunday, August 26, 2012

News Hiatus

Hi friends! September is looking to be an extremely busy month for me... for a variety of reasons. I enjoy finding news for you everyday but I have a lot on my plate and something had to go. I'm only one woman, after all! Even if a very dedicated one.

I'll still be doing reviews and posting things as I find them so do check back. After all, Joker is coming out and you know I wouldn't miss writing about THAT for the world!

In the meantime, be sure to check out Get Filmy, who will give you a good dose of snark with your news.

Hopefully, things will settle down soon.

Sunday News

I'll put the serious news first.

* AK Hangal has passed away.

There are only a few old timer left kicking around... Dilip Kumar, Pran... that generation will be gone soon.


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Saturday Gossip! Song promo edition!

Happy Saturday! It's late summer here in DC and we're starting to feel autumn coming on... time just flies so fast.


Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Gossip!

Sorry, guys, it's been kind of hectic over at Team Filmi Girl Headquarters the last couple weeks but I am working on my Golmaal 3 write-up for the 100 Crore Club series. I can't believe there are TWO new members since I started this series!

Remember a few years ago when every film was just flopping? It's nice to see so many hits!

And if you haven't seen Ek Tha Tiger yet (or if you have) - check out the SPOILER FREE review over at The Bollywood Fan. I agree 100% with what he has to say.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Bips in Raaz 3!

I'm kind of ridiculously looking forward to this!

Even though Esha Gupta looks like a wet blanket...

HAVE SOME BIPASHA BASU!


Thursday Gossip!

Who is going to see Ek Tha Tiger again this weekend?! It's staying on another week in my theater, with the Boman-Farah film taking the other screen. Cute as that one looks, I can't see going out of my way to watch it on the big screen. It seems more like a DVD view.

Anyways!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wednesday Gossip!

Happy Wednesday! Let's see what's in the news!


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tuesday Gossip Post!

Are you in Cary, North Carolina? I wish I was... SHOLAY ON THE BIG SCREEN!

Friday August 24th! For only $3!

If you are in the area, do go out and see a classic!!


Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday Craze Edition...

The big story today... Ek Tha Tiger joins the 100 Crore Club!!

I was already planning on watching it again and it looks like I wasn't the only one!


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sunday Gossip!

I'm still thinking about Ek Tha Tiger and how much I enjoyed it... I hope I can go again next weekend! The one real story of the day is - nosequel to the film.

So, short news day day today and EID MUBARAK to all my Muslim friends. ♥

Isn't it odd that there is no Google Doodle for Eid? I thought there would be...

And PS if you're in Delhi - check out Project Cinema at the Museum of Modern Art! The exhibition is there now.

And PPS have a song!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Ek Tha Tiger...

When you’ve been waiting for a movie as long as I’ve been waiting for Ek Tha Tiger there is the very real danger of being disappointed. Sky high expectations are not my preferred viewing partner at the movies but I put my trust in Kabir Khan and he rewarded me with an action packed spy flick! Ek Tha Tiger, the third of Kabir’s Pakistan Trilogy, is much more subdued masala than Salman has delivered recently - no item song, no comedy subplot, no villain.

And a word of warning to viewers - please try to see this without spoilers. It’s worth it. I’ll be as vague as possible in my review but I can’t really talk about the film without revealing something that is better discovered for yourself.

That thing is not the presence of Ranvir Shorey, who I am happy to tell you - spoiler free - is a welcome face!


Saturday News Post!

Ticket booked for Ek Tha Tiger this afternoon! I am excite!

I am not excite at the negative reaction to "Halkat Jawani" in the comments on the last post. You guys! Yes, obviously, Madhur Bandar-car is a crap director and, yes, the choreography was dull but what grabbed me in that song was the sheer force of Kareena Kapoor.

"Halkat Jawani" isn't a great item song but it's like the perfect framing to see the essence of Kareena. What do you have left if you strip away the sets, costume, choreography, cinematography, etc. from an item? The actress in the center of it.

But I'm 100% positive Bandar-car didn't intend it like this and I'm 100% convinced Heroine is going to be another one of his hack jobs, only made viewable by Miss Bebo herself.

Anyways.

Ek Tha Tiger!! And nobody dare give me any spoilers or I will dishoom you myself.


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