HUGE rally in support of Marriage Equality here in Washington, DC yesterday! It was quite heart-warming (and contained a refreshing lack of signs with dead babies on them.) This was the scene on my walk to the Metro yesterday evening... still PILES of people milling around. I think there is going to be another one today.
On that note, you might be interested in this podcast on how the American conversation on homosexuality has affected Bollywood.
To understand just how much America -- and it's ideas about gay rights and other issues -- continue to influence the rest of the world, it's worth watching a movie called English Vinglish, a Bollywood hit from last year, starring Indian screen legend Sridevi. Her character, Shashi, is visiting her sister in the U.S. for a few weeks, and starts taking English-language classes in Manhattan…
HOLI HAI! Check out IB Times Top Holi Songs - aka the list that is posted once a year, every year. Not that "Rang Barse" gets less awesome with time or anything.
And a fashion spread of changing Holi fashion from saris to short-shorts.
^^ Dhanush and Sonam in the first look of Raanjhnaa! I'm actually really looking forward to this one. Sonam on a film screen can be quite lovely.
Television as the big revenue stream for Bollywood films.
While it is true that all broadcasters would prefer to chase big-ticket films or films with big stars, Garg pointed out that different channels have different parameters for selecting particular films.
"They are careful about their choices, but everyone is competing for the big actors. Beyond that, successful film franchises with sequels and prequels are in high demand from TV viewers. In India, these have done better than the original films," he said.
It's sort of a vicious catch-22, isn't it? Just like in America - studios make films targeted at desirable demographics to be shown on TV, diluting the appeal of going to the theater in the first place.
You can always tell a "TV" movie because the camera doesn't use all the space of the GIANT screen nor does it appeal to the live audience in the theater.
And you're always waiting for the commercial break so you can check your e-mail.
CRAZY SHAHRUKH RUMOR TIME! Since there haven't been any brawls or anything recently - just the second marriage to Priyanka - it's seems like a ripe time for BUYING SHARES IN AN UNDERWATER RESORT IN DUBAI!
For whatever reason, the Kat Seeta aur Geeta remake is back in the news. Still a rumor? Yes, I think so.
And, speaking of the Sippys, this quote from Rohan caught my attention:
"I would always like to do original films…"
Says the man directing Nautanki Saala which is essentially built from the scraps of older, better films.
The Vigil Idiot shoots the fish in a barrel that is Jackky in Rangrezz.
Producer ka beta in the house, y'all!
And, just for the "awwww" factor - Bala and Vikram, BFF FOREVER.
Lastly, your moment of zen: Aamir Khan telling men to stop harassing gori tourists.