Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Wednesday Post: The Cannes-spolsion is'a comin'!

Maybe I'm just in a good mood this morning (finally, ammirite?) but Amitabh getting all excited for a shout-out in Variety is really cute.


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Writing from the UK, Nina Nannar remembers meeting Dev Anand.

The late 40s and the following two decades are known as Bollywood's Golden Age and Dev Anand came to be adored by hundreds of millions, the dashing lead man, the industry had never had such a handsome hero. Guide, Jewel Thief, Hare Rama Hare Krishna, scratchy well watched VHS copies of those films existed in the home of every Indian immigrant, who like my parents had come to these shores in the 1960s. Dev Anand would also introduce a new kind of Westernised heroine to Indian cinema, like the stunning Zeenat Aman.

"How modern" my disapproving aunties would tut tut when she appeared on screen in her mini skirt. He was a big deal in our house when we were growing up.

"He's Punjabi, you know" said my dad who was also Punjabi, you know.

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Bombay Talkies corner!

Arjun Kapoor continues the fine actorly tradition of talking out of his ass. (TOI interview, just a warning)

Karan Johar says new-age fans are fickle and the stardom your generation enjoys is not as intense or long lasting as the previous lot. Your comments.

Karan is right. We don't have the hype and buzz that surrounded the older stars. Unlike them, we are not larger than life. Audiences are fickle today. But that is because they are looking for good work. We cannot afford to indulge in senseless cinema. Also, our generation of actors is playing characters which are more relatable and normal. We have to ensure there is a credibility attached to what we do.

"We don't have the hype and buzz that surrounded the older stars." HA HA HA!!! He must live in some alternate reality that doesn't have the Internet or magazines or newspapers or the Times Group. If anything, these new stars have MORE hype and buzz - some are entirely hype and buzz - but what they don't have is otherworldly larger-than-life mystique. Well, except maybe Kat, who doesn't talk to the press or give out her life story.

As for the rest of his comments, I agree audiences are fickle but doesn't that come for the wealth of other entertainment options available? If you don't keep people interested, they'll turn to other things.

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Over at Firstpost, Sayan Bhattacharya throws another dose of cold water for the film and is the first place I've seen bring up the simularities to Ma Vie en Rose - which is the FIRST thing I thought of when I saw the trailer.

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Gautaman Bhaskaran, over at the Hindustan Times, brings up theelephant in the room (so to speak) regarding Bombay Talkies.

Today, some splendid work is being done in Malayalam and Tamil. There are some very interesting directors in Bengal and Assam.

All these men have been pushed away by the Mumbai tsunami.

And, Cannes, my most favourite festival for 20-odd years, has decided to play along with this tsunami.

Not just this, this year, which is the Year of India at Cannes, the Festival and its two sidebars seem to be in love with Anurag Kashyap.

I would also want to include "women" in that statement... and Karnataka. Pawan Kumar, especially, is doing some interesting things with crowd-funding and online distribution.

And Anurag Kashyap... I think they probably love him because he has the same influences that they do. They can "get" a Kashyap film because he's coming from some place familiar. No?

(Case in point: From an interview with Thierry Fremaux, Artistic Director of Cannes film festival:

Today, I feel that a third voice has emerged and young directors and producers those who grew up with films of Martin Scorsese are taking this further. Therefore I firmly believe that this new generation can bring a fresh air not only to Indian Cinema but also to World Cinema.

Emphasis added by me.)

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Alas, Neil Nitin Mukesh is too busy to attend Cannes. Or so he says. Well, we still have Ameesha Patel to watch for.

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National Award winning actress Usha Jadhav on getting her start in film:

Well, I faced rejection in a big way because everyone wanted a fair complexioned girl. Ironically, Bipasha Basu is also a dusky actress but she’s tall. Rani Mukerji has a family background, I don’t have any of that. I also didn’t have an FTII or NSD degree. I got offered ‘bai’ or housemaid sorts of roles. I did a couple for the sake of the money. But I have forgotten all that now.

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And since we're talking France...

From An Evening in Paris

1 comment:

odadune said...

Karan's remarks sounded profound when I first saw them a couple months back, but I am increasingly convinced that they come from the same place as SRK's "ZOMGosh the kids don't wanna see Bollywood!"

The NRIs and westernized, affluent RIs that those two catered to have increasingly turned to Hollywood for entertainment, leaving the mass audiences, the "pure" cinephiles and some ignored demographics like young women, as the best bet for a film producer today. And no matter how classist their rhetoric, SRK and KJo understand that at some level. Hence Chennai Express, hence Agneepath, Gippi, Bombay Talkies, the rural parts of Gori Teri Pyaar Mein, Gutka, etc.

(which is not to say that they understand how to reach those audiences, just that they understand who they need to reach. which has not always been apparent in their case.)

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