* Student of the Year does pretty good at the box office!
* Ah, it's been a while since I've read something so condescending from a Western critic. Do you know how much I hate these white dudes using the "Beyond Bollywood" tag when they have zero idea about what Bollywood is?
From a joint review of Miss Lovely and Pune-52.
As a sympathetic counter to the enigmatic Neha, Prachi also supplies Pune-52's narrative with the ethical ambiguity that transforms melodrama into realistic fantasy. Philip Marlowe may be alive and well in India, but you won't find him in Bollywood.
Really, bro? Have you actually seen a Bollywood film? And, no, The Love Guru doesn't count. The mainstream Hindi film industry has two detective/mystery films out this year - one of which, Kahaani, was superb by almost any standard. The other, Talaash, should also be fantastic, if Aamir Khan's track record is anything to go by.
This dude says some other clueless things. I left a comment on the piece basically word-for-word of the paragraph above.
* An English critic wonders why Bollywood doesn't try to market to non-desis. He focuses way too much on the titles and seems confused about the role of English in India but makes some good points.
But it strikes me that, just by marketing its regular output more directly, Bollywood could quietly achieve much higher visibility day-by-day. Even with the 150-minute runtime, the irrepressible urge for manufactured song-and-dance, the full pony-show, Student of the Year still has a basic daffy exuberance that, with a Hollywood-scale marketing budget, can cross cultural boundaries: the Indian Glee, maybe? (I'm spitballing here.) That kind of marketplace muscle is all Bollywood's globally streamlined breed is lacking now: last year's Goa crime thriller Dum Maaro Dum, and this year's Kahaani, with Vidya Balan as a pregnant software engineer leading the audience on a Usual Suspects-style dance, were as multiplex-ready as anything from Hollywood.
* A nice tribute to Yash Chopra on NPR.
Modern India is a very different country from the one it was when Yash Chopra became famous. It's more global in its outlook and its tastes. A new generation of Indian filmmakers, who were raised on a diet of global cinema, are pushing movies beyond the traditional musicals. Cynicism, sarcasm and the modern single life are very much in today's cinematic mix.
But this week everyone in Bollywood is mourning the death of Chopra. His was a different way of both seeing and articulating love, and he never lost his faith in unabashed, full-throated romance.
* Jab Tak Hai Jaan might be banned in Pakistan.
* The BBC is doing a story on Sallu or something but he doesn't feel like contributing. Because he's Salman Khan. He doesn't need to do that shit.
* Related: SRK lets Salman have the Eid 2013 release date.
* Anurag "Barfi" Basu to work with all newcomers for his next film.
* I know everybody was dying to know Adhyayan Suman's next career move but so don't worry! He's here to explain everything like the privilegeed dochenozzle he is!
"My next agenda is I am going to get into singing. As far as production is concerned with my dad's next film 'Heartless' I am concentrating on my production house. I will also get into direction in future," Adhyayan told IANS.
Cool beans, bra. Who is the hero of that film your dad is producing? Oh, it's you? Gosh, it's so hard being a producer's son...
WAIT HO SHIT THIS IS ACTUALLY REALLY MESSED UP!
Actor-turned-director Shekhar Suman is all set to pay tribute to his late son Aayush through a film. Suman’s debut directorial film Heartless will be based on his late son’s memories and his son Adhyayan Suman will portray the role of elder brother in the film.
Now I actually almost want to see this... out of morbid curiosity.
* I think I remember this news from before my hiatus but Vashu Bhagnani to set up a studio in Bhopal.
New song trailer from Talaash!
And a teaser for Khiladi 786... oh, Akki! I can never be mad at you for long. Sure, your attitude during the Joker promotions was really unappealing but... then there is this. All will soon be forgotten in a flurry of martial arts and winks to the camera.