* Okay, here we go, friends - let the hyperbolic market reporting being! Eega beats Bol Bachchan in the American market!
* I've been enjoying The Hollywood Reporter's Bollywood reviews. They seem more on the ball than either Variety or the New York Times.
From the opening of their Bol Bachchan review:
Like Tyler Perry comedies — such as Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection, which was playing next door to Bol Bachchan — mainstream masala comedies from Bollywood are a polarizing art form. Fans of the genre know it’s best to turn your mind off, or at least set it on “vibrate,” for a couple of hours.
The comparison really tickled me for some reason... possibly because she's correct.
* Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra on cinema.
My initial draft of Rang De Basanti, ‘Young Guns of India’, was a story of revolutionaries and their lives, with no trace of the present. I had lost touch with the present generation and what they were saying. The kids I met were bored of Bhagat Singh. They had just seen a string of five films on him. They wanted to talk about pocket money and relationships and jobs, not about the country. It was then that I began to think of a way to alter this thinking.
* Oh, Saifu... the more you talk about Cocktail, the less desire I have to see it.
"The film could connect to rural areas as well," Saif said.
Really? A film about the romantic-comedy troubles a couple living together in London with an uptight third roommate faces?
* Meanwhile Dippy speaks about bikini bodies.
"I think the Indian body type is somehow not suited for a bikini," she said. "I feel we as Indians need to work a little extra on our body if we want to carry it off well," said Deepika.
Because us Westerners just swan around in bikinis all the time with no effort? Nobody's body type naturally looks like Pamela Anderson from Baywatch in a bikini. Nobody.
(And just for kicks, check out one of the original bikinis, as worn by Sally Field in Gidget.)
* I've never heard anybody complaining about agism against men in Bollywood before but...
"The Indian film industry has strange ways. Here if an actors crosses the 50 age mark then he is not cast in lead roles. I do not understand why. In Hollywood the scenario is completely different. We can still see Al Pacino and others being cast in the lead in major films. This is the shortcoming of our industry," [Anant] Mahadevan told PTI Bhasha.
What are you talking about? The only time a 50+ actor will stop getting cast in Bollywood is when he stops bringing in the crowds. It's got nothing to do with age my friend.
Besides, I wouldn't go to Hollywood for "proof" that other places are better for older actors - for every Grumpy Old Men (why hasn't this been remade with Amitabh and Vinod Khanna) there are one hundred films starring completely young casts. Take a look down South at Rajinikanth for an actor who can still bring them in at 60+.
* Go Goa Gone's adorable Kunal Khemu and Puja Gupta promoting Volkswagen.
* I remember posting something about From Sydney With Love a little while ago but now it seems the khiladi is paying back Pramod Chakravorty who cast him in Deedar by helping promote Pramod's grandson's debut film!
* THIS HAD BETTER NOT BE TRUE! If Sanjay Leela Bhansali replaces Kareena with, ugh, Piggy Chops for his Ram Leela, any faith I had in him is gone for good. PC is a TERRIBLE ACTRESS.
I need a palate cleanser: