Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Kalpana Trailer

Question: Do you like things that are awesome?

If so, I highly recommend watching anything starring SUPER STAR UPENDRA! I think this is a remake of Kanchana but who cares because if it stars Uppi, you KNOW it's going to be mind blowing.

More and more I think I should concentrate more on South Indian films, which I actually enjoy, instead of hoping and hoping that Hindi films are going to stop the slow drift towards Western cinema tropes...

Monday, September 24, 2012

Baadsha... Coming 2013?

Um... YES, PLEASE! I want this movie.

I do like JR NTR, even if he gets a bit Abhishek Bachchan-y (with far superior dancing skills) at times. Baadsha looks like it's going to be a rocking movie!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

BHOOT! Bhoot Returns...

Yes, yes, this has been out for a bit but I forgot Manisha Koirala was in it. As a fan, I can't but wish she had better material to work with but MANISHA KOIRALA! If anybody can class up an RGV film, it's Manisha.

I wish her (and RGV) the best. RGV may not make the greatest movies but Bollywood is a more interesting place with him in it.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Prabhas is the YOUNG REBEL STAR!

One more song promo from this TOTALLY BADASS LOOKING FILM!

ETA 9/26: ANOTHER TRAILER!!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A few thoughts on the Barfi plagiarism fiasco

Okay, I just had to interrupt my hiatus for a post on the Barfi Plagiarism Fiasco.

Let me first bring you an extract from an interview with writer/director Anurag Basu:

How difficult was it to bring in the fantasy-fun element in a subject so serious and thoughtful?

I've to confess it was a lonely journey. I had no reference points. It was like entering a dark tunnel. I just pushed through. While shooting we had lots of fun. Aur film banti gayi. Yes, it took me 10 days to get a hang of the subject since it is a completely new genre. We even re-shot the initial portions.

So the man had no reference points? Interesting... considering this delightful post from Tanqeed picking apart all the scenes copied directly from Hollywood films.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Talaash Trailer!

1. OMG OMG OMG OMG RANI AND BEBO!

2. ZOMGGGGGG AAMIR!

3. I cannot wait for this movie.

I have nothing more to say on the topic except that I have a feeling this and Kahaani will be my top Hindi films of the year. I got chills when I hear Aamir speak. It's been too long since I've seen him in a film.

I have a low tolerance for mawkishness...

... and for stories about magical disabled people.

I can't say I've been surprised at the fawning reviews of Barfi but I have a feeling Raja Sen's review would come closest to my feelings on the topic, if I forced myself to see the film... which I won't do. To quote Mr. Raja Sen:

As Jhilmil, Priyanka Chopra, god bless her soul, does indeed try valiantly to play autistic, but -- trapped not just by the film's most flawed character and plotline -- makes that cardinal mistake expressed so unforgettably in Tropic Thunder: she goes full retard. She's not bad, even very effective in a couple of scenes, but her character belongs to a different film. (Ideally a shorter one, because it does drag this one down.)

Ah, finally, a note of sanity amidst the Taran Adarsh-led praise for PC's "autistic" performance. I haven't seen the film but I have been forced to sit through the trailer a handful of times in the theater and let me just say autism != coyly biting one's lip and secretly being in love Ranbir Kapoor.

I really wish Anurag Basu had taken some time to listen to Temple Grandin speak on the subject or read some Oliver Sacks because the autistic mind is fascinating... when not being used as a plot device.


Friday, September 14, 2012

Ali Zafar for Lays Wavy!

How is Ali Zafar so cute?!

I miss everybody!! I know I've been missing out on good gossip, too... PC released her utterly generic American sounding song and video. (You can find that shit on your own. I can only bear to watch it once.)

Only a couple more weeks to go!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Monday Song Round-Up!

Hey, everybody! Just checking in! Things are still pretty crazy chez moi but I wanted to share the latest round of song promos.

Music is my first love, after all. ♥

But, first, it seems Raaz 3 has done okay and Bipasha has been singled out for praise for her role, which makes me happy. I can't help but love Bipasha, Bipasha.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Aiyyaa Trailer!

RANI IS BACK, BABY! That's all I have to say. This looks charming... ♥ I didn't realize how much I missed Rani and her adorable filmi shenanigans.

This is the movie Preity wishes she had. It looks modern, fresh, funny, and just a whole lot of fun!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

"Vaaya moodi" from Mugamoodi...

The more I think about it, the more I'm certain that the first half of Mugamoodi is the best thing I've seen all year. It's too bad the second half fell flat.

When I saw UTV had uploaded this picturization I had to share it with you!

I have been listening to this song and "Kudi Vaazhthu" non-stop since Saturday. Big up to K for the music, it's really gorgeous and the arrangements are top notch. "Kudi Vaazhthu" has this violin part that is out of control. I love when people take advantage of the violin's fretless nature.

But back to "Vaaya Moodi," I just love the creativity on display. The clever cuts and having the white extras "singing" the chorus... It's just a visual treat. And Jiiva's pink wardrobe really pops against the Swiss (?) scenery, which I'm sure Mysskin is using as a meta-narrative wink and it totally works on that level AND on a straight romantic level.

Just two thumbs up from me. I'm quite taken with it. I hope we see more masala from Mysskin!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Mugamoodi

”We don’t need a mosquito to bite us or wear our underwear outside, we Indians don’t need superheroes.” - Salman Khan

Indian superhero films are an interesting genre and a very different breed from American superhero films, which I am thoroughly tired of - Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Iron Man, whatever man. Take your self-assigned moral values and shove ‘em. From the handful of Indian superhero films I’ve seen, Indian superheroes are essentially Heroes doing their herogiri while wearing a mask and tights.

Mugamoodi almost doesn’t need to be a superhero film. The superhero bits are fun for a while but what makes Mugamoodi a good watch is what would make any Jiiva movie a good watch - action, romance, comedy, and family love.

Settai Trailer!



Look! It's the trailer for the Tamil remake of Delhi Belly!! I have a feeling I'm going to like this, it's cheeky. And I'm pleased by the lack of literal shit and the grating "WE'RE BEING NAUGHTY" tone that dominated the Hindi trailers.

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