Bollywood is now the official bimbo of the international film scene. No one cares what our movies say as long as they look good and offer mindless fun. In fact, that’s our designated job according the kitsch-is-cool pose adopted by American critics. Cartoonish characters, absurd plotlines and bad dialogue? Thank you, that’s exactly what we ordered, with a giant serving of exotic locales, dance numbers, and costumes, please!
Lakshmi also calls out Rachel Saltz for her bullshit reviews, much to my eternal pleasure.
Obviously, I'm not part of the "our" but it does annoy me to see cinema that I love with my whole heart and am deeply affected by (I still think on O.P. Ralhan's films when I need to remind myself to hate the crime, not the criminal) summed up as "over-the-top musical romances with silly and exotic outfits." Sure, there is a pleasure in silly outfits but the other pleasures of Indian films are much more rewarding. (If you ask me, which nobody did.)
* We'll start with sad news. RDB's Kuly has passed away.
* Interview with Miss Lovely director Ashim Ahluwalia.
"Also, this film is not a parody. (While researching for this subject initially as a documentary), hanging out with these guys I knew that I was not going to make fun of them. Miss Lovely is a very Indian film and yet it is not typical Bollywood or so-called parallel cinema."
He keeps emphasizing this. I wonder if he's afraid of what Lakshmi was talking about... the Rachel Saltz Effect.
* More on the copyright bill that was just passed by the Lok Sabha.
Lata Mangeshkar, who had taken up the issue of singers’ royalty back in the 1960s, expressed hope that the new law will regulate the rampant copyright infringement on TV, radio and internet. "I see my songs being sung on television by other singers while music companies are busy coming up with newer compilations of my songs," she said, adding that there was no easy way of stopping such practices. "Now that the bill has been passed, how will they control the music companies," Mangeshkar wondered.
Copyright is such a tricky issue. Where do you draw the line so that the original creators are compensated fairly but that other creators can use the works as part of the great cultural soup we all live in. As a librarian, I think my sympathies incline me to err on the side of the latter rather than the former.
* And this gave me a good chuckle.
Priyanka scolded the fan and said that he should respect the star he idolises and should be more courteous towards them. The fan realised his mistake and said sorry to Priyanka for his behaviour. After that he asked for an autograph.
* Hmm... usually people blame Abhi for appearing in their flop films. Not the other way around!