Friday, August 31, 2012

Joker: Finally, A Film On Par With Hollywood! (See Comments)

Shirish Kunder has become the Joker of Bollywood. He’s a talented filmmaker but has somehow managed to turn the media, the public, the industrywallahs, and the critics against him. Is it his surly media persona? His penchant for bickering with Bollywood’s beloved King Khan? His dedication to a singular, singularly loopy vision? Some sort of odd bias against a guy who would marry an older, more successful woman? Who can say. But it’s too bad his negative image has become so large because it means that Joker will never get a fair viewing.

People love to pile on flop films and they can pile on all they want on other sites but Filmi Girl is going to proudly wave her flag in support of Joker, as she has for numerous other flop films. Joker is delightful. Yes, it suffers a bit from some some severe cuts to the story and, yes, you can see the remnants of the 3D shooting - which would have been amazing if he’d been able to complete it - but even with those hurdles, it manages to be a charming little film about a strange little village.

Once upon a time...


Thursday, August 30, 2012

"Ishq Ki Dafli Baje"

I have to admit that I've been inexplicably charmed by the songs for Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal.

There's nothing groundbreaking or "cool" about the picturizations but Shreyas is just so charming! I feel a simple happiness watching them, a feeling missing when I saw (for example) this mess from Ishkq in Paris, the definition of TRYING TOO HARD.

And PS I just found out my theater is getting Joker AND Mugamoodi!! *head explodes* Do I have time to make two movies this weekend?! WHAT TO DO? I need to see both!!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Disco Song



*dances* I have a feeling this is going to be super fun on the big screen! I love Alia's red dress. I WANT ONE! (Is Karan going to give us a shopping guide?)

I'll be the first person to admit that I was really wary of Student of the Year when I first heard about it.

Unlike a lot of you, I was never a huge fan of Karan Johar's films. Don't get me wrong - I liked Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham but I didn't love them. And I don't think I could tell you exactly why. Is it the fetishization of Shahrukh (a running theme through all of KJo's work)? Or maybe it's just the depiction of romantic love as the most important thing in the universe (besides a nice wardrobe)?

Sunday, August 26, 2012

News Hiatus

Hi friends! September is looking to be an extremely busy month for me... for a variety of reasons. I enjoy finding news for you everyday but I have a lot on my plate and something had to go. I'm only one woman, after all! Even if a very dedicated one.

I'll still be doing reviews and posting things as I find them so do check back. After all, Joker is coming out and you know I wouldn't miss writing about THAT for the world!

In the meantime, be sure to check out Get Filmy, who will give you a good dose of snark with your news.

Hopefully, things will settle down soon.

Sunday News

I'll put the serious news first.

* AK Hangal has passed away.

There are only a few old timer left kicking around... Dilip Kumar, Pran... that generation will be gone soon.


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Saturday Gossip! Song promo edition!

Happy Saturday! It's late summer here in DC and we're starting to feel autumn coming on... time just flies so fast.


Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Gossip!

Sorry, guys, it's been kind of hectic over at Team Filmi Girl Headquarters the last couple weeks but I am working on my Golmaal 3 write-up for the 100 Crore Club series. I can't believe there are TWO new members since I started this series!

Remember a few years ago when every film was just flopping? It's nice to see so many hits!

And if you haven't seen Ek Tha Tiger yet (or if you have) - check out the SPOILER FREE review over at The Bollywood Fan. I agree 100% with what he has to say.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Bips in Raaz 3!

I'm kind of ridiculously looking forward to this!

Even though Esha Gupta looks like a wet blanket...

HAVE SOME BIPASHA BASU!


Thursday Gossip!

Who is going to see Ek Tha Tiger again this weekend?! It's staying on another week in my theater, with the Boman-Farah film taking the other screen. Cute as that one looks, I can't see going out of my way to watch it on the big screen. It seems more like a DVD view.

Anyways!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wednesday Gossip!

Happy Wednesday! Let's see what's in the news!


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tuesday Gossip Post!

Are you in Cary, North Carolina? I wish I was... SHOLAY ON THE BIG SCREEN!

Friday August 24th! For only $3!

If you are in the area, do go out and see a classic!!


Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday Craze Edition...

The big story today... Ek Tha Tiger joins the 100 Crore Club!!

I was already planning on watching it again and it looks like I wasn't the only one!


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sunday Gossip!

I'm still thinking about Ek Tha Tiger and how much I enjoyed it... I hope I can go again next weekend! The one real story of the day is - nosequel to the film.

So, short news day day today and EID MUBARAK to all my Muslim friends. ♥

Isn't it odd that there is no Google Doodle for Eid? I thought there would be...

And PS if you're in Delhi - check out Project Cinema at the Museum of Modern Art! The exhibition is there now.

And PPS have a song!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Ek Tha Tiger...

When you’ve been waiting for a movie as long as I’ve been waiting for Ek Tha Tiger there is the very real danger of being disappointed. Sky high expectations are not my preferred viewing partner at the movies but I put my trust in Kabir Khan and he rewarded me with an action packed spy flick! Ek Tha Tiger, the third of Kabir’s Pakistan Trilogy, is much more subdued masala than Salman has delivered recently - no item song, no comedy subplot, no villain.

And a word of warning to viewers - please try to see this without spoilers. It’s worth it. I’ll be as vague as possible in my review but I can’t really talk about the film without revealing something that is better discovered for yourself.

That thing is not the presence of Ranvir Shorey, who I am happy to tell you - spoiler free - is a welcome face!


Saturday News Post!

Ticket booked for Ek Tha Tiger this afternoon! I am excite!

I am not excite at the negative reaction to "Halkat Jawani" in the comments on the last post. You guys! Yes, obviously, Madhur Bandar-car is a crap director and, yes, the choreography was dull but what grabbed me in that song was the sheer force of Kareena Kapoor.

"Halkat Jawani" isn't a great item song but it's like the perfect framing to see the essence of Kareena. What do you have left if you strip away the sets, costume, choreography, cinematography, etc. from an item? The actress in the center of it.

But I'm 100% positive Bandar-car didn't intend it like this and I'm 100% convinced Heroine is going to be another one of his hack jobs, only made viewable by Miss Bebo herself.

Anyways.

Ek Tha Tiger!! And nobody dare give me any spoilers or I will dishoom you myself.


Friday, August 17, 2012

HAPPY HALKAT JAWANI I mean HAPPY FRIDAY!

Happy Friday!!!!!

I've been waiting for this weekend! Finally I get a chance to join in the Ek Tha Tiger party!

But let's see what the daily news has brought us...


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Thursday Gossip!

Hello, everybody!! Counting down the days until I get to see Ek Tha Tiger!!

Last night I happened to catch a very sweet film called Eclair about an orphan boy growing up during the tail end of World War II and the thing he loved most was sweets. I was sitting in a row of women and at the end of the film we were all sniffling. It's worth a watch if you enjoy sentimental films and it comes near you!


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wednesday Gossip!

Sad news today - Riteish Deshmukh's father has passed away. My thoughts and prayers go out to Riteish and his family.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tuesday Gossip!

I don't think I'm ready for the Ek Tha Tiger review explosion tomorrow... I'm kind of nervous because I won't get to see it until this weekend but I'm going to do my best to avoid spoilers and buzz, if I can help it.

Besides there is this - the most important rumor of the day:

PRIYANKA CHOPRA HUSBAND STEALER GOES AFTER HRITHIK!!

I'm being facetious, obviously. I may not like PC but this is ridiculous. Do people seriously have nothing better to write about?

Moving on...


Monday, August 13, 2012

Monday Gossip!!

Goooooo~oooood morning, world! I'm channeling my inner RJ Janhavi.

Let's see what is what today!


Sunday, August 12, 2012

100 Crore Club Member Badge No. 3: Dabangg

“It’s all about loving your parents.” - Karan Johar, Kabhie Kushie Kabhi Gham

Because we need each other

We believe in one another

I know we're going to uncover

What's sleepin' in our soul

- “Acquiesce” by Oasis

Dabangg (2010)

[Just in time for bhai-fest 2012 aka Ek Tha Tiger! For the intro to the 100 Crore Club series click here. Then see Member Badge No. 1 and Member Badge No. 2.]

In Jody Hill’s 2006 film The Foot Fist Way,* small town taekwondo instructor Fred Simmons (Danny McBride) discovers that he isn’t master of his domain like he thought he was. The film sees him trying to figure out where he fits in the world. As he doubts his power at home, he sees his power fade in his dojo. Who can he control? What kind of man is he? Does he have it in him to be as big a douchebag as his idol Chuck “The Truck” Wallace (Ben Best)?

I happened to watch The Foot Fist Way the day before I sat down to rewatch Dabangg for this series on the 100 Crore Club and I couldn’t help but see a bit of Fred in Chulbul Pandey. Dabangg is a fun masala film but it’s also a film about a man learning how to read the lines of power and accepting his place within them. But where Foot Fist Way’s Fred is pushing back against an indifferent society, in Dabangg Chulbul is pushing back against his family. The world Chulbul must learn to navigate is the family unit.


Sunday Gossip!

Happy Sunday! Let's see what the trade papers have barfed up for us today!


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Saturday Gossip!

Another light news day as everybody is in festive mood, I think.

Just a few more days until EK THA TIGER!!! Can you wait?! Tickets are already available for pre-booking at my local theater, so you should check yours, too.

I might decide on a Saturday show - we'll see, I guess.


Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday Gossip Post!

Gooooood morning! A little late today... sorry!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Bebo at Lakme Fashion Week!

For Pankaj & Nidhi...


For Kallol Datta 1955...

There are more photos of Lakme over at the Vogue India Facebook page and the Lakme Fashion Week Facebook page!

You can see Hema Malini showing those Strip Queens who is the real boss!


Wednesday Gossip Post!

Well~ hopefully I haven't upset as many people today!! For the record, I love apple pie, America, and FREEDOM! Heh.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tuesday News Post!

I can't wait any more for Ek Tha Tiger!!! I should start a countdown clock~

Okay, let's keep ourselves distracted with rumors and press releases...


Monday, August 6, 2012

Some thoughts on American communal violence on film... (or not on film)

By now I am sure everybody has heard about the terrible mass murder in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where a white supremacist opened fire at a Sikh temple. My heart goes out to the families of the victims.

Monday Gossip!

Well, despite taking the weekend off, it doesn't look like I missed much of anything...

Except a few promos!

Prepare yourself for some meaningless press releases!


Friday, August 3, 2012

Friday Gossip!

Good morning, folks! Are we still talking about Student of the Year? OH GOOD! Did I tell you about how much I love high school movies? (I love high school movies.) KJo, I had my doubts about this project but I'm happy to eat my words.

If this is anywhere near as entertaining as something like High School Musical or Prom, I will be happy to spend money going to see it.


Thursday, August 2, 2012

MEGA TAPORI MASH-UP SONG!

This is what the inside of my head looks like most of the time.

Thursday Gossip!

Ladies, today it's all about loving your brothers!

(Even if those brothers are Saif and Salman!)


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wednesday Gossip!

GOOD MORNING! Two very fun videos today and... some other stuff! Under the cut!

Should I give a hint? Go! Go! Go! GOVINDA!


Note from Filmi Girl:

I love Bollywood - and all the ridiculous things that happen in Bollywood - but it doesn't mean that I can't occasionally make fun of various celebrities and films.

If you don't like my sense of humor, please just move on by - Trolls are not appreciated and nasty comments will be deleted.

xoxo Filmi Girl