Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wednesday Post: So many star sons, so little time...

Here's a nice little piece from The Diplomat about Bollywood and Indian cinema.

But in the midst of all this chatter, one simple fact often gets buried from view for all but aficionados of Indian film. In short, Bollywood – as we know it today and as it is being reported on heavily this month by media around the world – has only existed since the 1990s.

“The term 'Bollywood' is used to mean the Mumbai-based Hindi film industry in its post-liberalization phase. Economic liberalization came to India only in the 1990s,” Parichay Patra, a graduate student at Monash University who is co-editing Salaam Cinema: Representations and Interpretations Celebrating 100 Years of Bombay Cinema, told The Diplomat.

I'm not sure I'd use the economic angle but certainly the 1990s is a dividing point we can agree on.


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Get ready to see Ranbir and Anurag Kashyap at IIFA - Barfi and Gangs of Wasseypur are the belles of the ball.

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Raj & DK and... Mahesh Babu?

While Babu couldn’t be reached for a comment, Raj confirms the development, saying, “Yes, we are going to work with Mahesh after Saif’s film. At this point, the film is in Telugu and the decision to also make it in Hindi will be taken when we start shooting.”

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Mental will be releasing in January and it seems they've started shooting again minus the Southern fighters who had been causing friction on set.

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Businessman Sahil Sangha is taking Diya Mirza off our hands. Now, why don't you set her up in a nice jewelry business or something?

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Honey Singh has been taken into police custody. I'm not Honey Singh's biggest fan but this is outrageous. Dude is a rapper, not a gangster. (UNLESS HE IS A GANGSTER? No, he's just a rapper.)

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Now in star son news:

Ranbir and Rishi Kapoor to remake Awara?

Tusshar Kapoor to launch his own production house.

Says Tushy: "I won't produce anything that is mediocre."

Unlike his film career then. *BOOM*

Abshishek is doing the Shootout at Wadala sequel.

Vashu Bhagnani is planning "something" for his son and I thank him for it because nothing entertains me more than news stories about Jackky doing both the HARLEM SHAKE and GANGAM STYLE in his films.

Aditya Roy Kapur is still under the impression that he's relevant and not just the new Zayed Khan.

And... Vindoo Dara Singh has been arrested in the IPL spot fixing scandal for using his charms to act as a middleman between bookies and players.

(Related: How does cricket betting work? and Vindoo Dara Singh's balla lifestyle aka somebody trolled his Facebook for snaps of him doing things like riding a motorboat.)

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Please to be enjoying Madhuri at the People's Choice Awards!

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