(Unless you're a grown man with a simplistic view of history and race, daddy issues, and a love of sweeping orchestral scores.)
So instead of that, let's talk TIMES OF INDIA FILM AWARDS, which are turning out to be a real political hot potato for British Columbia.
What’s the payoff for British Columbia’s $11-million investment in a celebrity-driven series of events designed to market this province to residents of India?
Tough to say.
And with a hat tip to CoffeeQueen, read a take down of the TOIFA from noted Indo-Canadian academic SUNERA THOBANI.
'Celebrating Women' was organized to coincide with International Women's Day. I use the word coincide advisedly, not commemorate or celebrate, for nothing about the event was recognizable as having anything to do with IWD. Indeed, the event could more appropriately be characterized as a hijacking of the issues -- often life and death ones -- which women all around the world, including in India and Canada, associate with IWD. For over a century now, women organize IWD to commemorate and renew their collective struggles for economic, social and political justice.
And since I'm already talking politics, I want to throw some support Rahul Bose's way. He's been pilloried by the media and piled on by tweeters by suggesting that, just maybe, the men who committed the horrific attack on the woman in Delhi are human beings and maybe, just maybe, we should be hoping for their rehabilitation instead of their death.
I'll say this. One of the very first things I really fell in love with in Bollywood film is something I don't see much of anymore - that old fashioned capacity to forgive. Hate the crime, love the criminal. Should we really be throwing people away like garbage? Well, it is a sentiment "on par with Hollywood"…
And one more - Irrfan Khan on getting stopped by immigration coming to the USA.
"Once I told the immigration people, why do you issue visas, if you don't want to give us entry, and the man scowled at me saying - Are you threatening me?," Irrfan said.
I'll just say this in the immigration people's defense: Not to downplay the insult of getting profiled because of brown skin or a Muslim last name but Irrfan Khan is not entirely clean of, shall we say, a certain substance grown in large quantities in British Columbia and that is still illegal in the United States.
On to lighter things. Om Shanti Om is getting a Japanese release! The title has been translated to Love's Reincarnation, which seems apt.
Shobba De and Anupam Kher talk celebrity and media.
Stars that deal with criticism well:
Shobhaa De: “Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra. The rest of the Bollywood brood are not too good at it and are delusional about their own fame, greatness and image. For all his notoriety, Khan has done well for himself. The way he deals with the media is disarming. He’s like a child and on his own trip... When he went through the bad boy phase he rode that well. He didn’t go all petulant, get sulky or go hyper-touchy about any adverse comments that came his way. Now, he can’t do any wrong. Despite Padukone’s link-ups, she has handled herself with such grace and never blamed the press for writing about it.”
It's not uncommon for actors such as Shah Rukh, Aamir, Salman, Ajay and Saif to have "special elevator" shoes made which have 2 to 3 inch lifts inside as well as a 2 to 2.5 inch heel on the soles. No wonder they prance around with an ego boost thanks to that extra five-inch elevation.
PC's item is going to be one of those campy retro ones where everything is in virtual quotation marks.
So, basically, not marketed to me.
Oh, Karan… do we really need another rom-com that "understand[s] the emotions of a man in his 20s as he tackles life, love, ambition, friendship and happiness."
Unless I hear that it's as good as Jab We Met, I'm skipping Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani as yet another rom-com in the Imran Khan genre. Not my genre of choice...
And a vote from me for Vidyut Jamwal as KING OF EVERYTHING! Give this man all the awards right now.