Friday, May 24, 2013

Friday Post: Ishkq in Paris... as stupid as the spelling?

Shall we start off with a little Times of India douchery? Sans Serif catches us up with their harassment of a 22 year old legal student for writing a blog post about their ongoing dispute with the Financial Times by posting an excerpt of her professor's response:

10) “We are particularly amused at your allegation that a 22-year-old law student caused “irreparable injury” and “loss of reputation” to a powerful media house by highlighting a highly technical trademark dispute of public importance and reflecting on the protracted nature of the litigation. Continue to amuse us, and we may begin to reciprocate.


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Queer film festival Kashish is on in Mumbai!!

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And now... another non-surprise: Ishkq in Paris is totally lame.

The Wall Street Journal round up catches this line from Raja Sen:

"Her eyes sparkle with the eagerness of a jumpy squirrel, even when they shouldn’t,” Mr. Sen writes.

Hinting at Preity's notorious chemical problems, perhaps?

But Hungama's check must have cleared because Subhash K Jha has this to say:

Preity brings out the highs and lows in her emotionally awash character without taking flamboyant leaps of on-camera conceit. It's a beautifully written and directed part, replete with restrained resonances that give the actress a chance to show her skills in subtle ways.

Viewer beware, I would say.

(Related: Preity throws a hissy fit at the airport when she arrives late for flight and they don't hold up the plane for her.)

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DID YOU GUYS SEE THAT GET FILMY IS WRITING AGAIN?! Go check out her latest post where she discusses the twitter feud over whether or not DDLJ is "regressive."

Personally, I think terms like "regressive" are unhelpful when discussing, well, anything. Much like throwing around the word "evil" is unhelpful. I'm not a big fan of DDLJ as we all know but "regressive" just because a young girl wants to please her parents? I'm not sure I'm comfortable with that.

My trouble with the film lies more in the linking of "freedom of choice" with "romantic love" - which is an extremely dangerous notion. Maybe this is just my inner cynic talking but building a society based on the firefly flickering of romantic love doesn't seem like the brightest idea in the world. (And judging by the number of women around the globe waiting for their Prince Charming to swoop in and marry them and how many men seem to think no means try-harder, it doesn't seem like it's an ideal that does anybody any good. No matter how fun True Love is in fiction.)

Another commenter (@shal_oz) linked to this interview with Aditya where, in response to Honey Irani saying she deserves credit on the DDLJ script:

So, I think I'll have to start all over again from the beginning - try and work harder, try and write a better script, make a better film and hope that it will meet with this kind of success and appreciation again. Hopefully then, there won't be any doubts left.

And judging by the quality of his scripts pst-DDLJ, there really are no doubts left, no?

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From the extremely odd news corner: Sana Khan, who is featuring in Mental is being booked on kidnapping charges for abducting a 15-year old girl that was refusing the advances of her cousin.

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Ooo! Dhanush and KV Anand!

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Kunal Roy Kapur is looking for a hero. For a film he's directing. So send him those head shots, fellas!

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Um... really? "Get on the Train" kind of blows. Let's hope the picturization is more fun than the song.

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I had such high hopes for Ramaiya Vastavaiya but Girish appears to have all the charm and talent (and hair) of... Aditya Roy Kapur.

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Much more fun is Tigerstyle's zombified video for "Boss"

4 comments:

odadune said...

The hero of NVND was kind of an oaf underneath all that Siddarth charm, so I guess that's why I'm not as annoyed by Girish. Shruti's gonna own that movie though

Speaking of which, why hasn't someone done a movie featuring Shruti, Ileana and Sonam as sisters yet?

The Chennai Express song is growing on me a bit-banal, obnoxiously catchy, but cute. I'm mildly annoyed by the way the lead singer is drowned out by everything else, but I think this is the party mix of a slower song, so I guess it's inevitable.

odadune said...

Forgot to say: Agreed with your take on the problematic nature of modern pop culture emphasis on romantic love. I also enjoyed GetFilmy's thoughts on negotiating the freedom vs. family debate (not much opinion on DDLJ proper, I gave up on it not long after the leads meet).

getfilmy said...

Thank you Filmi Girl!

And I agree with you completely on the Prince Charming thing. But like I was saying, back in the 90s the ONLY formula for "freedom of choice" centered around romantic love in films. I'm glad that at least some films tackle the issue of freedom of choice regarding career/lifestyle choice now, as with 3 Idiots, Udaan and ZNMD to an extent, but there are still aren't enough of them.

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