Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Gossip Post!

I got some promotional material for Supermen of Malegaon but never got around to posting it. A review from Preeti Arora for Rediff:

Would you ever visit Malegaon just for the sake of it? Probably not. But, watch this film and you just might. You will want to meet Nasir the director, Farogh the writer, Akram the photographer/editor/ actor/ musician. You'd like to have a little chat with them over chai and exchange numbers. You end up wanting very desperately to be a part of something as special as they are. There is a word for that. It's called inspiration.

I'm not sure if I would like the film. I'm overly sensitive to filmmakers that make fun of their subjects - not that that is what this film does, but there is that possibility. It might be worth a look if it's screening near you. Unfortunately, there is only Kunal Kohli's Dull Kahaani playing again this weekend here.

And if you are going to be in New York at the end of July, consider checking out a screening of short films from Mumbai's gay film festival - the Kashish Festival with the festival director Sridhar Rangayan. More information is at the link.


* Esha Deol is married! But you know what is really important... snarky fashion coverage that opens with this killer line:

Hema Malini and Dharmendra's daughter Esha Deol's wedding to Bharat Takhtiani (a high powered industrialist we are told) is underway in Mumbai.

A high powered industrialist... we are told. MAJOR BURN! Well, maybe he's not flash enough for the Indian Express but I hope he treats Esha with respect, which is more than we can say for Karishma's "high powered industrialist" husband.

Then check out a slideshow of outfits and decide for yourself on how much to snark.

(Also, Sunny and Bobby were no shows at the wedding. No matter the hurt feelings in the family, shouldn't they have appeared for their sister's wedding? How petty to refuse to attend!!)

* Forbes has a nice little piece on Saavn.

Smartphones make up only a fraction of the Indian mobile market, and desktop Internet access in the country remains low. The real opportunity for Saavn lies in the 350 million Indians with data-enabled feature phones. The ­hiccup is technology -developing a streaming service to run on a diverse set of feeble feature phones requires serious engineering talent. Seventy percent of of Saavn’s costs are labor, a costly byproduct of the company’s need for Silicon Valley-grade engineers.

* Report from Vancouver on a Punajbi film that's shooting there.

* Ajay Devgn has been doing one of his least favorite things - giving interviews. How much do you want to be that he wishes he could pull a Sallu and flip the press a figurative bird?

But doesn't your place in the top six actors of the country justify your choices (of roles) lately?

What you are calling success and wise choices comes with experience. I keep telling some of the younger kids, I wouldn't name them, that they should also attempt the kind of cinema we're doing. This cinema, which comprises out-and-out entertainers, has mostly got 1 or 1.5 stars from critics. But, it's the audience that likes these movies. You have to show your art and talent to them.

You know, Ajay might be a mega-douche as far as his treatment of (certain girlfriendy type) ladies in the industry but he's a sharp guy. "Some" of those younger kids would be well served to take his advice.

* Salman Khan has taken up the cause of Sarabjit Singh who has been on death row in Pakistan for 30 years.

The actor was upset after he saw Sarabjit's family in dispair. "I saw a picture of Sarabjit's sister, it killed me. Felt real sad for her. Help me, help her," he tweeted further.

* Farah Khan asks Shahrukh to get another eight pack... oh lordy. Isn't this the request that sent him on his post-Om Shanti Om spiral of middle-aged meltdown?

* Shekhar Kapur to do a film with Vicky Donor scriptwriter Juhi Chaturvedi. And Paani is still in the mix, apparently. I still want to see what the last rumors had us believing Paani was going to be: a distopia film about water shortages starring Hrithik and Kristen Stewart.

* Mads to open a production studio?

* Sour grapes on the 100 crores club from non-members.

Says Shailendra Singh of Percept Pictures:

"The Rs. 100 crore mania is a myth. Firstly because it’s only 40% of the total earnings that comes to the producers, rest 60% goes in paying taxes and the share to the multiplexes. So Rs. 100 crores is nothing but a phenomenon created by the stars to keep their next film’s fee intact."

Um... I was under the impression that the Rs. 100 crore figure was more about how many people showed up to pay to see the film, not how much money the producers made. Nobody particularly cares about that except the producers. People are curious about popularity and notoriety - that's why we care about the 100 Crore Club.

And insert a little soft-core porn into your life with this Jism 2 song promo! The only bit I was intrigued by was Sunny angstily swanning through the crowd of people that red cleavage revealing outfit... "They only want me for my body... woe is me." I would watch that movie.

6 comments:

CoffeeQueen said...

The movie with Gippy Grewal is being filmed in Victoria on Vancouver Island. Its about (70 miles) 3 hours away from Vancouver, including ferry ride.

"One location Gamache couldn't deliver was Victoria's "big waterfall" Mumbai producers had sourced online.

"It turned out it was Victoria Falls" in Africa."

That made me giggle.

Filmi Girl said...

@coffeequeen I saw that, too!! Hee hee! I almost highlighted it but decided that would be mean of me... I'm glad you caught it, though. :D

OG said...

hey FG,

I personally want the film Paani to be made in Hindi; hopefully starring a big Indian star to create public awareness on the issue.

The way I see it; with changing weather patterns and global warming, the whole Indian Subcontinent and China are going to face a problem in the future.

The entire system of agriculture in India is built on the monsoons and the Himalayas provide water for billions of people: Indus, Ganga, Brahmaputra, Yangze and so many other rivers etc

Moimeme said...

If Farah Khan seriously wants SRK to build a 6/8-pack, she should be immediately fired. She totally ruined SRK's physical appearance. He was quite attractive, even sexy, in his non-buff mode, but the craze to create muscles in a hurry led him to lose too much weight, and he has never recovered from that experiment to this day. He may still choose to remain skinny on his own, but the sacrifice of his dimples to achieve that is something I cannot forgive.

All it shows is that this stupid mania to change an actor's body for each film is completely unhealthy and has got to go. We have seen so many good looking people, women and men, whose bodies have been totally ruined in the pursuit of this craziness. If a top star like SRK is not immune to the pressure, then who is?

Moimeme said...

Oh, and about that Victoria Falls confusion, a big LOL!!! I can totally believe that happening. There's a novel by P.G. Wodehouse where a major subplot is that a British writer with the surname Tennyson (who writes the kind of dark, ponderous novels that only critics like) is hired by an American movie mogul under the impression that he is Alfred, Lord Tennyson. When he finds out his error, he of course blames the writer, screaming, "You're the wrong Tennyson!" This story reminded me of that novel. Thanks for the laugh. :)

Moimeme said...

One more comment (sorry I wasn't organized enough to get it all into just one comment): Don't you think that Jism 2 trailer is highly voyeuristic and exploitative of Sunny Leone?

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