Okay! Ferrari Ki Nobody Cares is out and you can check the review round up over here. Reviews go from uber-suck up to tepid. I have a feeling the truth is somewhere closer to the cute-but-tepid side of the spectrum. (And a bonus Ferrari story I found while searching.)
* Anurag Kashyap is still giving us the hard sell and talking about how to make movies. (i.e. Everybody else is doing it wrong.)
I don’t grasp technicalities when I meet directors or producers from the West. What I grasp is their humility. When I go to London and call Danny Boyle, he tells me that he can’t meet me today because he needs to fix a leak in his house. Out here, I need to call a plumber. When I meet Michael Winterbottom, and his eleven member crew, I learnt that he is carrying his own monitor. The cameraman carries his own camera, he doesn’t have five attendants. The art director doesn’t have assistant and sweeps the floor and puts a nail on the wall by himself. I’ve realised their work culture and their humility. That’s what I grasp from them.
On the one hand, it's great that we in the West can be really self-sufficient about doing things ourselves. But on the other hand, those five assistants are five specialized jobs for people. And how good is Danny Boyle's plumbing really? Wouldn't his time be better spent meeting with Anurag Kashyap? Is the art director really the best person to be nailing things to a wall? Sure, you don't need a plumber to fix every minor thing but here comes a time when you need a specialist. And it's respecting the specialist to acknowledge that.
There's a happy medium is all I'm saying.
* Vidhu Vinod Chopra is also flapping his gums about how to make movies. (i.e. Everybody else is doing it wrong.)
"While I know that even if I make absolute rubbish, I will make 200 crores (2 billion rupees) in the first three days. By the time you all realize on Monday that I have really made a bad film, I have collected the money and gone home.
"But I won't. Because these are the things that annoy me - the thinking that, 'Til yesterday I am a third-rate filmmaker but today my film has done 100 crores, so I'm acceptable!'"
Again, yes, terrible films can make money but generally when a "bad" film like Ready kills at the box office it's because people like it. What's wrong with that? Truly terrible films tend to make no money at all - like I can pretty much guarantee that the Tusshar-Ritiesh film releasing soon will bomb because it's going to suck so bad. I hate when cultural critics lump all films like this together as "bad," like you could put any slop in front of people and they'll go watch it.
I do appreciate VVC taking his duty seriously, however. We need filmmakers to treat us seriously and filmmakers to entertain us with sightgags. There is room for both in the world.
* Salman Khan: Not impressed with YRF. My fave part:
Also, Salman wanted his favourite composers Sajid-Wajid for the music of Ek Tha Tiger, but the production house did not accept his request.
That seems kind of petty on YRF part. Why not just keep Salman happy and let him work with his buddies? Sajid-Wajid have put through plenty of great songs recently.
Sallu is also set to host another season of Bigg Boss.
* Bebo shoots her mouth off Bebo esStyle.
"Being fat is not sexy! Anyone who says that is talking crap. Voluptuous is sexy, but fat is out. Any woman who says she doesn't want to be thin is talking nonsense. It's every girl's dream."
Oh, Bebo! I love you even when you're talking crap. I would never in a billion years want to be your friend but keep giving ridiculous interviews and we'll be cool.
* Joker is no longer in 3D.
* Shahrukh Khan is a 26% partner in opening KidZania Centers in India.
The Mexico-based KidZania, which is present in seven countries with 10 centres, creates a kid-centric city experience for the 4-14 year olds by combining role play with fun and learning, where kids would get an authentic and powerful development experience. The centres are spread across 75,000 sq ft with over 60 establishments and over 75 role-playing options for children.
"Our source of revenue will be through tickets, which will be around Rs 700 for a kid, corporate events and CSR activities among others," [KidZania India Director and Chief Executive Sanjeev] Kumar added.
Doesn't SRK have enough on his plate already? The guy needs to focus his energies.
Also, these KidZania Centers sound so bogus... Like an overpriced Chuck E Cheez with an "educational" theme.
* I wonder when Sunny Leone will get tired of all the Bollywood bullshit and return to doing something more straightforward - porn.
* Image from Three Mistakes of My Life adaptation.
And... trailer of English Vinglish!