Which were the best years of your life?
My childhood in Peshawar. I was filled with curiosity about everything around me. I would follow my mother everywhere and listen to the stories she and my aunts told each other — some eerie and spooky, some charming and idyllic. They would recite verses written by famous Persian poets and I would try and fathom their meaning. Those were wonderful years.
* There are rumblings that Aamir was not satisfied with the response to Talaash. And I'm not sure how seriously to take it. The film as never going to do 200 crores but... I wonder if the promotions could have been done better.
* Salman Khan and Saif Ali Khan can't escape the 1998 poaching incident.
* Priyanka Chopra's music career is just embarrassing. Now, her press team has her on par with Lady Gaga and Rihanna. Right... and if you believe that, I have a bridge in Mumbai to sell you.
The fact is she's been nominated for the World Music Awards. Nominated. As have many, many, many other artists... there are hundreds of choices for the category she's been nominated for. But only a handful of the nominees besides Priyanka - such as Nigerian singer Dbanj - have been sending out press releases about it.
* Atul Kulkarni talks about about things.
"Films are being made with bigger budgets and are making more money than just 100 crores. So, why not talk about it. Pehle there used to be golden and silver jubilees, now we have the 100 crore club. So, it's just that the name has changed, but the thing remains the same," says Atul. "In fact, I'm very happy with the way Bollywood is moving. We have at last started realising that there's space for each and every cinema. Be it a Gangs Of Wasseypur or a Jab Tak Hai Jaan, all have an audience here."
* And here's something interesting - a young female filmmaker named Shilpa Munikempanna accuses Kashyap (and Sudhir Mishra) of not treating her fairly.
Changing the look of how you produce cinema and being backed by big studio capital isn’t really independent. I think it is important to bring this into the public domain as the silences around working practices result in the perpetuation of exploitative systems and weed out filmmakers based on their class, caste, gender, religion and language.
You go, girl!!! Having worked for a time in a male-dominated industry, I can tell you that it can be brutal for women to try and get men to take them seriously. There is this whole boys club attitude that develops and a woman has to be 10 times as good and 10 times as forceful to get her work taken as seriously as the least qualified man.
* Anurag Kashyap first choice for Bombay Velvet was Katrina Kaif. You know I love Kat but what was that about making independent films?
* Raj and DK to do a Telugu film?! OMG YES! Regional films are where it's at!
* A really unflattering picture of Jacqueline Fernandez defends sequels.
* Oh, boo!! No Vidyut Jamwal in the Thuppakki remake. What?! I think Murugadoss has really lost the plot.
* A shocking (not really) piece on how dull most celebrity interviews are. I'd be happy with fewer celebrity interviews about their personal lives. I honestly don't want to know. Unless there is some criminal activities going on, let's leave actors their private lives.
* Sanjay Gupta to do a noir thriller after Shootout at Wadala.
* The Smash choreographer talks about that incredibly stupid fake Bollywood number that was really more of an Aladdin ripoff.
I was able to really prepare for it and take [Bollywood dance] lessons. And I watched dozens of hours of footage. Tons. Because what you try to figure out is: ‘What is Bollywood?’ Well, it’s actually a film style. And they like to do musical numbers. But there’s really no rule to what kind of musical numbers they do. Most of the time they do something that’s Indian, folk, something like that. But sometimes it’s hip hop, or sometimes it feels like it’s Broadway-type dancing. So, I think that was one of the biggest things about the Bollywood number: learning that there are no rules to it. When I heard we were doing Bollywood, I went to Raza [who plays Dev] and whispered, ‘Tell me what to watch! Tell me your favorite Bollywood movies because I have to watch them!’ And he sent me a bunch of movies.
All that preparation and they ended up with that bullshit?
Title song from Matru Ki Bijlee ka Mandola... I have no desire to see this movie and I feel like we've heard variations on this song 8 billion times already.