Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wednesday Gossip: The Hang-The-Bastards/Where's My Bikini Girl Edition.

Just a quick note - I did listen to the first part of that BBC World Service piece on Bollywood "Breaking Barriers and it's... okay. There is an undertone of "Western ideals about individualism and consumerism are progressive" that I found uncomfortable but I suppose that's to be expected from a BBC program.

The two things I think are worth picking out are a) Dibarkar Banerjee saying flat out that he doesn't care if non-metro audiences see his films or not and b) a student in charge of a group protesting the increased amount of sex and violence in films arguing that keeping A rated films off television and mainstream theaters is for her freedom - freemdom to be in a public space without it becoming sexualized or dangerous.

It's just two very different views of cinema clashing in the multiplex.

The documentary has very little sympathy for the young woman and her freedom, just FYI. And doesn't seem to think that masala films can offer social commentary as well as escapism.

*And now, the usual verbal vomit from Bollywood tweets about the Delhi gang rape case. If you haven't read about the horrible assault, you can read the latest over here. Basically, a group of men who were out causing trouble gang-raped a young medical student.

So, of course, everybody in Bollywood is tweeting their outrage and calls for justice, with the usual mixture of heartfelt, clueless, and just plain hypocritical.

(Farhan Akhtar wrote a poem about his feelings.)

But I think Shekhar Kapur said it the best:

Rape is NOT an act motivated by sexual desire. Its an act of violence, depravation domination n humiliation born of extreme self loathing

The conversation shouldn't be about "protecting" women or the severity of punishment dealt out but changing attitudes so men aren't out raping in the first place. You can cloister women behind walls a million feet thick and sentence every rapist to death but it's not going to do anything if there are still angry, desperate men out there.

And a few more reactions from celebs not on twitter.)

* The Bimbos of 2012 and Alia Bhatt. Funny how many of these Strip Queens were brought to the industry by the men so outraged about the treatment of women in Delhi.

* Related: Inkaar exists. Also, a condom brand is offering major money for an exclusive tie in. Because regressive sexual politics and safe sex go hand in hand?

* Dawn.com's wish list of Bollywood jodie.

Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor

It’s going to be helluva movie when the two most sensual divas of Bollywood pair up on-screen. Remember their candid confessions and revelations when they last tasted Karan Johar’s coffee together? Well, with them onboard, we are sure to get most unexpected behind the camera gossips. Is Ranbir listening?

* Some awkward family photos of Ranbir Kapoor!

* Sekhar Kammula to direct the Tamil and Telugu remakes of Kahaani.

* Ekta Kapoor goes all out to prevent spoilers for Ek Thi Daayan.

Ekta Kapoor, who is co-producing Ek Thi Daayan(starring Emraan Hashmi, Konkona Sen Sharma, Kalki Koechlin and Huma Qureshi) along with Vishal Bhardwaj, has introduced a confidentiality clause in her contract that forbids the cast and crew from sharing or 'leaking' any information pertaining to the identity of the 'daayan' in the film. And if any cast or crew member were found guilty, they would be sued for the damages.

Did you see Konkona Sen Sharma's name?! Is she back?!

* Salman and Ajay are in competition for the remake rights to Venky's Shadow. (Allegedly).

* Sajid Khan's films will never flop, says Sajid Khan.

* I have to admit that I'm intrigued by Yo Yo Honey Singh. I've posted a few articles on him… he's an ambitious guy. And one of his videos was the top watched in India on youtube.

Teaser for either the Special Chabbis trailer or for more "viral" marketing...

And a teaser for Rekha's Snickers commercial... does this mean Rekha is India's Betty White, and, if so, when do we get India's Golden Girls - to star Rekha, Bindu, Dimple Kapadia, and... Helen?

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