Saturday, March 24, 2012

Saturday Gossip!

Are you Toronto? STRINGS is playing on March 30th.

OKAY! It's a jam-packed news post today... so tie up your pallu and let's dig in!



* Onir gives a thoughtful and serious interview about film making.

How helpful is crowd-funding really?

I think crowd-funding is a very important tool for independent filmmakers. The problem in India is lot of filmmakers call themselves independent but are making all studio-backed films. If it is a small-budget film or slightly non-mainstream, they call it an independent film which is a dicey thing. Independent cinema has certain definitions and I feel for content-driven, small budget, non star-driven, non studio films, crowd-funding can become a very important platform.


* O ho ho! Agent Vinod was banned in Pakistan because of anti-Pakistan sentiments. Did they expect anything different from the guy behind Kurbaan?

* BUT THEN you have to wonder why a guy like Saif would make a film like Kurbaan when he talks about the discrimination Muslims face in India... I recognize that Pakistan =! All Muslims but there is a certain intolerant sector of the population that does feel that way. Why deliberately add fuel to their hatred?

* I'd be a lot more excited about this match-up if it was 2006 but... it's still kind of cool! Saif Ali Khan and Anurag Basu are teaming up for an action film. Again, I'm in the minority but I genuinely enjoyed Kites. And I'm not going to lie - I can definitely see the potential of a gangster/action film starring Saif (co-starring Kangana?! PLEASE!) directed by Anurag Basu.

I'd rather see Saif playing sleazy characters these days than playing "young" men in love. As long as his character is vain enough to have had work done - AKA his face fits the role - I could be back on Team Saif.

* This isn't news or important but it has been floating around and made me laugh: Rakhi Sawant is an RPL shipper. I eagerly await her 40 chapter fanfic in which Shahid and Bebo reunite.

* Tell me the truth, Sajid Khan. You are behind this PIL against Housefull 2, right?

* The plot thickens in the Mamta "Irrfan Khan Promised Me A Big Role And I Believed Him" Patel case. She has apparently received threatening phone calls.

"The actress claimed the caller threatened her that if she continued to talk bad about Irfan, she would face consequences," said an officer at the police station.

Is it true? Maybe. I don't see Irrfan being the type get mixed up with goondas, though. And it's not like he has this family-friendly image to protect that could be damaged by some actress getting butthurt that she fell for his line...

Maybe it's just me but I draw a real line between actual casting couch practices (i.e. some big shot telling a girl to sleep with him or else) or unwanted advances on set (i.e. what Shiney "grabby hands" Ahuja was accused of) and an actor spinning a line of bullshit on a girl and her falling for it (i.e. Oh, hey, baby, let's get to know each other while on location), which is what this sounds like. Sleazy? Yes, but not criminal.

* Read an interview with Smooth Talker-saheb himself!

So doesn't doing films like "Thank You" go against what you believe in?

"No, Thank You was fine. I enjoyed playing that character. I was trying to entertain people. There have been certain films I have done where it was just a fashion parade - there was nothing to do with the character or the story. I have done films where I was detached from the story, but I had no choice. I didn't enjoy those experiences, but I was just trying to stay in circulation and trying to make my presence felt."


I know I'm in the minority, but I enjoyed Thank You.

* Ritesh Deshmukh gives screenwriters credit for his comedy successes.

"In comedy, actors are just 20 per cent, 80 per cent is the script. Writer is actually the backbone of comedy, if written well then it is going to be comedy, if not written well then you are doing buffoonery," Riteish said.

Now, THAT is nice to hear! I wonder who wrote my favorite gag from Golmaal 3 because I would like to thank him or her personally. Comedy writers don't get nearly enough love in Bollywood. If regular screenwriters have a low profile, then comedy screenwriters are so invisible they may as well not exist.

* On that note, meet Sanjay Chauhan, the guy who wrote Paan Singh Tomar!

Through his life, Chauhan has devoured films with an “intense devotion,” enthralled that Karan Arjun could convince him of its central theme of rebirth, or that Amitabh Bachchan’s monologue on family in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham could make a cinema hall weep. “There is no elitism in looking at the grandiose narratives that Hindi cinema employs. I feel as thrilled as the guy next to me when Sunny Deol rips off the arm of someone who touches his sister,” he says.

For some reason I feel even MORE eager to watch Paan Singh Tomar now!!

* Sunny Leone knows how to get my attention - she says that she identifies with the Dirty Picture.

You watched The Dirty Picture recently (your tweet suggested that). How did you like Vidya Balan's performance. Would you take any tips/cues from her?

I thought she was amazing in the film. It wasn't what I was expecting at all. She really captured me into her character and reminded me sometimes about how I feel about the world I come from and the guts it takes to do whatever you want in life. If I ever meet her again and if she agrees to give me tips then I would definitely listen to her intently. You never know what you might learn from someone.


Aw... I'm rooting for Sunny; it's been interesting following her progression in Bollywood from novelty "porn star" to "star of Jism 2."

* And then there is Madhur Bhandarkar and how almost nobody mentions the fact that he's facing trial for rape charges even as he makes his "feminist" films because his "feminist" films make money... unlike his movies starring dudes. Now that I type that, it occurs to me that the success of something like Fashion is more because audiences are starved for female-centric films rather than Madhur's skills as a filmmaker. I bet if Heroine is at all competently made, it will be a big hit, too.

Which brings me too... an op-ed on whether heroines deserve equal pay.

My take - when the main draw is the hero... the heroine doesn't deserve the same money. For a film like Wanted, Salman obviously deserved the biggest paycheck. But for a romantic comedy like I Hate Luv Storys? Absolutely the hero and heroine deserve equal pay. AND for films like Mere Brother Ki Dulhan in which the heroine is really the main draw, the heroine should be getting the biggest paycheck.

The way I see it, the problem isn't unequal paychecks but unequal allotment of starring roles.

* AND the zombie case rises from the grave... Subhash Ghai is not out of the (whistling) woods just yet in the land grab case. The article is kind of muddled and I wouldn't recommend trudging through it but... yeah. Ranbir Kapoor was really smart not to get mixed up with Subhash Ghai right now.

* Another muddled case about who owns the rights and who should really be getting paid for Tanu Weds Manu.

I don't remember if I posted this... trailer for 3! I'm really looking forward to this one. Shruti Hasaan really won me over in 7aum Arivu.

1 comment:

Moimeme said...

Pardon me while I snicker over Saif complaining of discrimination for being Muslim. He can't buy a house in Bandra? But he has four or five other houses/palaces in various parts of India! Mumbai is a special case, anyway. Their "Housing societies" have very exclusionary rules based on all kinds of things. Some places won't let Muslims in, some won't let Hindus in, still others are only for Christians, and yes, some are for vegetarians only. The relevant part about Saif is not even that he's a film star, but that he's a freaking Nawab! He's not exactly the man on the street. So he it's ridiculous to hold him up as the poster child for put upon Muslims.


(Note: I'm not disputing that some Muslims in India do face discrimination of various sorts. There are laws against such discrimination, true, but that doesn't help the average Joe who can't afford to litigate. But that's a whole different kettle of fish from Saif.)

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