Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tuesday Gossip feat. bonus rant!

Sigh. My immediate response to this article in the Hollywood Reporter was: "Shut up."

The fact that Tesson used the term “Indian cinema” and not Bollywood was telling and indicative of the tectonic shift that is happening in the world’s biggest film industry. Traditional Bollywood fare — star-driven song-and-dance melodramas that adhere to formulaic plots and recognizable archetypes — are now being challenged by low-budget indie productions with auteur sensibilities and decidedly edgy subject matter.

Do we really have to trot out these talking points year after year? What do you mean NOW being challenged AND what do you mean by "Indian cinema" and "Bollywood"? There have been the regional industries along with Hindi language parallel cinema for a long, long time and those aren't Bollywood. On top of that, Western media, you need to get the stick out of your ass about song-and-dance. Just because a film has song-and-dance doesn't make it less serious or less artistic or less meaningful or LESS GOOD than a film without it. The same goes for the archetypes. Sholay: big budget, uses archetypes, has so much song and dance AND a formulaic plot and also happens to be one of the GREATEST FILMS ever made.

Okay? So, stop just googling the stories that came out in the New York Times the last time "Indian cinema" popped up on your radars (that would be Slumdog Millionaire and before that... maybe Bride and Prejudice, then Lagaan and/or the last Deepa Mehta or Mira Nair film) and start actually watching the films and/or reading things by people who ACTUALLY WATCH INDIAN FILMS AND BOLLYWOOD.

Have I ranted enough? I just HATE these lazy pieces by journalists who google around for 15 minutes and then write some half-assed piece that is supposed to be dispensing "wisdom." When, really, throwing together a couple of quotes from Anurag Kashyap about how the "mainstream" isn't mindless anymore means nothing coming from a Western media outlet that doesn't even have any idea of what the Bollywood mainstream IS let alone what goes against it.

I'm not saying that Ready is packed full of meaning but I don't think you can easily dismiss MAINSTREAM films like Munnabhai MBBS as meaningless or as part of this small budget "trend" The Hollywood Reporter thinks it's discovering.

Anyways. What other stories do we have today...


* The pope is going to watch Pankaj Kapoor's Dharm.

Alright, that's it. I'm calling it a day. (No, not really... because...)

* BECAUSE GOOD NEWS! NARGIS HAS BEEN DROPPED FROM KHILADI 786. And thank God.

* A round-up of all the latest IPL dramz and scandals.

* Relationship dramz for Karishma Kapoor. The woman cannot catch a break.

* Bips to do a mujra in Shootout at Wadala.

* Everybody hates RGV? Well, he hates you, too.

“From forcing me to take Kangna out of the film to constantly cornering me to change screenplay, I had the most horrible time working with [Sanjay] Dutt”.

* Sonakshi Sinha: Actresses wearing bikinis have nothing else to offer.

"I am not open to wear a bikini. I don't see any reason to change it because if audience has accepted me fully clothed then why will I resort to it."

* "Dhinka Chika" songwriter Devi Prasad has more work! So keep your dancing shoes out! Or just do the pocket dance. Either one.

* Abhay Deol wants to remake the Jennifer Aniston starrer The Bounty Hunter? Um... what?

* And Salman is playing Prem again.

And that's all she wrote today!

2 comments:

Yunus Perveez said...

I think Sonakshi is great but she seems to have climbed a very high horse just after one movie. It's not hard to make grand statements when you got the backing of some very powerful and well known men behind you.

I'm sure Luv would wear a bikini if it would make him a star again :-)

I think Deepika looked pretty good in the Cocktail trailer and at least she's not required to act too much when she gets these kinds of roles heheh

veracious said...

Bounty Hunter, the awful Gerard Butler- Jen Aniston starrer where every joke was about him basically abusing her because she was his "bitchy" ex? Given, I only saw the trailer but that was enough.

So yeah.. unsure about Abhay wanting to remake this, much as I love him. Maybe with considerable script changes? The whole concept of a "revenge romcom" was kind of messed up about the original.

I totally agree with your rant. :D

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