Filmi Girl is back and ready to get down to business! This party gettin' hot… or should I let Honey Yo Yo Singh and Jazzy B take it from here:
It seems that in the past few days a major controversy has been brewing over Mr. Yo Yo Singh and his lyrics. The party boy has had a complaint lodged against him for "vulgar" lyrics.
There have been a number of pieces posted about the link between violence against women and Bollywood.
We can debate whether banning a Honey Singh goes against freedom of expression but we don’t have to support and patronise him. Mainstream Bollywood’s association with Yo Yo Honey Singh certainly adorns him with popular approval.
In Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Shah Rukh Khan's Raj attempts to woo a very angry Simran (Kajol) singing Ruk Jaa O Dil Deewane. Of course, this being a Bollywood film, Raj is a man of solid character and a heart of gold. He becomes involved in all aspects of Simran's impending wedding and also does not want to elope with her. That would be against the code of conduct for a Hindi film hero.
But the song Rukh Ja does the damage, suggesting quite clearly to men, that is it okay for them to harass and embarrass a woman, even if she is unwilling to participate in his concept of fun and flirtation.
A line from the Fevicol song of Salman Khan's recent release 'Dabangg 2' had a women likening herself to a piece of tandoori chicken to be washed down with alcohol. The actual lyrics are "Main toh tandoori murgi hoon yaar, gatkale saiyaan alcohol se". In Ajay Devgn's Son of Sardaar, released this year, the Po Po Po song has a line "Tu hai mind blowing maal, aaja nach le". Both songs are hugely popular even sung by children without perhaps knowing the full implication of the words.
Honey Singh himself says he is merely a victim.
Honey feels he is being made a target to divert attention from the real issue. "Atrocities against women are happening all around us. Why are my songs suddenly being seen as a root-cause of evil? If music could actually cause damage shouldn't songs like 'Vande Mataram' and 'Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon' prevent Indians from hurting fellow-human beings?"
And Honey says some songs being attributed to him aren't actually by him. I'm not sure what to think about that but I do agree that he is being made a scapegoat as an excuse to avoid larger issues.
Case in point: why is nobody targeting the odious Inkaar?
Times of India's movies to watch out for in 2013. Here's one I'm curious about:
Lootera: Vikram Aditya Motwane who gave us the striking Udaan two years ago returns with a love story based on an O'Henry short story about a leafy love-bond that refuses to fade with the seasons. One doesn't know how much passion Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha can whip up in the saga. But the producers are leaving no stone unturned to ensure this becomes Bollywood's answer to David Lean's Dr Zhivago.
I was one who found Udaan really overrated. I thought the lead actor and the story were mediocre at best… so I'll be curious to see what this director can do with an actor who really pops on screen.
Business of Cinema's top five films to watch out for in 2013 - I don't agree with placement of Dhoom 3.
The Times of India's new faces of 2013. This is the guy whose name has the most buzz:
Sushant Singh Rajput: Sushant is best known as Manav from the popular television serial Pavitra Rishta. And now he is all set to sizzle on the silver screen with Abhishek Kapoor's Kai Po Che, based on Chetan Bhagat'sThe 3 Mistakes Of My Life. The talented actor will also be seen in Raj Kumar Hirani's Peekay and Maneesh Sharma's untitled next.
He has been scooping up film offers left and right.
Related: Yash Raj Films is launching eight newcomers in 2013.
Ram Leela shooting postponed because of Ranveer's injuries.
The Friday battles at the box office will continue in 2013.
Claduia Ciesla continues to cling to bold-face name recognition… and makes herself sound more popular than she is in the German press.
Ciesla moved from Germany to Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, three years ago. Her brush with Bollywood began when Indian producer Vivek Singhania spotted photos of Ciesla on the internet. She was then a model who had among other things posed topless for Germany's populist Bild newspaper. Singhania offered her a role in his film “Karma” which was made in English. Soon after, she was invited to take part in the popular television reality show “Bigg Boss,” an Indian version of “Big Brother” hosted by Bollywood acting legendAmitabh Bacchan.
Ram Gopal Varma's The Attacks of 26/11 is heading to Berlin.
Is Akshay's character in Special Chabbis based on real life con man Mithliesh Kumar Srivastava aka Natwarlal?
Will we see Shekar Kapur's Paani reworked for Indian audiences?
Riteish Deshmukh wants to concentrate on Marathi films.
So why this sudden interest in Marathi cinema? "We need to create more heroes in this industry. We have great actors but the genre of 'heroes' is missing here. I will do my bit, rest time will tell," he said.
Prosenjit (Shanghai) talks Bollywood...
After Dibakar Banerjee's Shanghai, what are you looking for in a Hindi movie?
Indian cinema is in a very interesting phase. On one hand, we have money spinners and blockbusters and on the other, there are small-budget, interesting films. Multiplexes have opened up genres and today, we have audiences for every kind of films. While choosing a role, I always go through the script first. It has to be a good film and then, I should get excited about my role. This holds true for both Hindi and Bengali films. Tomorrow, if I set out to do a Tamil film, I would go by the same rule. Also, I try doing something fresh. After having done 400-plus films, I have to ensure that I don't reach a stage of burnout. I'm here, because I love my job.
And your moment of zen for the day: UDAY CHOPRA AND NARGIS FAKHRI ARE GETTING MARRIED. (Or so goes the rumor.)
Trailer for Deewana Main Deewana starring... PRIYANKA CHOPRA AND CHI CHI!