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.