I hope everybody had a Happy Mother's Day that was celebrating!
* Rekha Menon has some choice words for all the people who conflate Bollywood with India.
The IIFA awards is a case in point. They call it ‘India International’ awards what is purely a Bollywood affair with no mention (leave alone recognition) of films from the South states. This is in spite of the fact that films from the south have always been (and continue to be) path breaking and far superior both in terms of quality and in quantity to Bollywood films.
* Amitabh Bachchan helps out debt ridden farmers by paying off their debts.
* Anurag Kashyap on the crop of films going to Cannes.
"Our strength is that we don't need to sell one ticket to a non-Indian, world over, to sustain ourselves, and that's also our weakness, because it's precisely the reason that we don't grow," said Kashyap.
The annoying bias of the person writing the article really seeps through with the "indie Hindi" framing of the interview but Anurag Kashyap's comments taken by themselves are pretty interesting.
* Prabhu Deva is choreographing for the IIFA awards. This year is going to be EPIC! I wish I was going again but... Singapore is a lot further away than Toronto.
And is Prabhu Deva to remake Baasha with Ajay Devgn in the lead role?
* Shahrukh Khan tells the media that he's a fucking superstar, which feels a lot more honest than that faux-modest act he puts on all the time. Also: Ra.One sequel confirmed... because he's a fucking superstar and can do what he wants even though audiences pretty clearly rejected the film.
* The 1920 sequel is a relaunch for Aftab Shivdasani, despite HIM having been rejected by audiences.
* This isn't really news but since it's being reported AND it's kind of funny... British boyband The Wanted has one South Asian member and, naturally, some producer type has been trying to sign him on to a "Bollywood" film. How legit the producer is, we don't know. I half suspect the guy just wanted a chance to flirt with Siva and decided the best way to gain access was to play the Bollywood card.
Trailer for Aarohanam... all I need to see is "subtitles by Rekhs" and I'm in. This looks good!