Or maybe I just don't have the patience for movies without songs any more...
Anyways, let's hit news!
* Dhanush's Bollywood debut set for June!
* Older actresses and younger actors in 2013!
The pair I'm looking forward to?
Madhuri Dixit (45) and Arshad Warsi (44)
Film: Dedh Ishqiya
Madhuri will replace Vidya Balan (who starred in the first part) in Abhishek Chaubey’s sequel to his 2010 hit, Ishqiya. Until a few days ago, Kangna Ranaut was also supposed to star in the Vishal Bhardwaj production, but she backed out citing date issues.
* Do Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola and Gangs of Wasseypur signal a renewed interest in the countryside or are they exploiting rural stereotypes for those of us overseas and in the big metros?
What inspired Bhardwaj to narrate rural stories?
"I love Indian folk music and villages. People from there are more interesting than the urban people. So, I really like to have those characters in my films. I grew up in a small town of Meerut (in Uttar Pradesh) and so mostly my movies reflect experiences of my childhood. While making movies I go back to my past and draw experiences from that," he was quoted as saying recently.
Here's another story about how Imran Khan's character is doing everybody a favor by returning to his village and dressing just like them, even though he has a fancy degree.
"See, living in a village like Mandola, one would stereotype them as typical village folks, but I have shown both my characters as well-educated individuals. Matru has studied law from a reputed university and though he has the option to take up a job in a big city, he chooses to return to his village. He dresses like the other villagers, speaks in Haryanvi and becomes one of them. He dares to take a stand against the oppressors rather than accepting it as a way of life."
So... apparently, this is most certainly NOT going to be the film for me. If there are two things I hate it's a) whimsy and b) magical rural characters who are just so much more "authentic" than us city folk. Also c) Imran Khan's "acting."
* No Entry Mein Entry is happening.
* Irrfan Khan takes his head out of his ass long enough to rant about Indian film awards.
“There are awards in other countries which are very important, and which change your position. Forget about any of that happening in our country!” he said.
* He's joined by Chetan Bhagat who talks about jokes.
In the current environment, a lot of people find the 'balaatkar' joke in 3 Idiots to be in extremely bad taste.
I would like to clarify that this scene was not in the book. I had not written it. Having said that, I will still defend that joke. Life is brutal and humour should be seen in the right context. A caricature on a terrorist in peaceful times may be funny but when a 26/11 happens, it is not funny any more. What happened in Delhi was bad, but we should not jump to generalisation. Good taste and bad are always in retrospect. Balaatkar and rape are used in different contexts. We often say, 'Oh I got raped in office today', meaning I had a bad day at work. But that does not seem so funny any more.
Who "often" says that? Certainly no woman nor anybody who respects them...
* Finally, a piece of bad news for anybody who (like me) enjoys a Bollywood shit show - the Nargis-Uday wedding isn't happening. (YET! I'm fully campaigning for Narday? Urgis?)
Song trailer for "Maria Pitache" from the Tamil version (aka the version worth watching because it won't have Neil "Pee Face" Nitin Mukesh in it) of David!
VIKRAM!!! Look at him go!
Song trailer for "Elay Keechan" from Mani Ratnam's Kadal - another film guaranteed to be better than the inevitable Hindi remake. Possibly because this doesn't star Abhishek Bachchan. (OH BOOM! Can you tell I'm over the sinus infection I've been fighting off the last couple of weeks? LOL!)
Prabudeva dancing about the joys of cricket!