This isn't to say that there aren't folk tales with magic and mythology in India. There are. That makes their absence in Bollywood and their overabundance in Hollywood all the more remarkable. Whereas Bollywood takes quotidian family dramas and imbues them with spectacular tales of love and wealth found-lost-regained amidst the pageantry of choreographed dance pieces, Hollywood goes to the supernatural and futurism. It's a sign that longing for mystery is universal, but the taste for science fiction and fantasy is cultural.
Okay. I appreciate the sentiment behind the piece - mutual cultural understanding is always a good goal - but I feel like the author is missing something and is making a one-sided argument. Not only is her definition of "sci-fi" and "fantasy" is too narrow and Western-focused, her survey of Indian films appears to not have run very deep. Just because there aren't dragons and robots in DDLJ doesn't mean that there aren't elements of "sci-fi" and "fantasy" in massy Indian films. I mean, in the last few years alone we've had some mega-reincarnation stories like Magadheera (historical fantasy) and Eega (modern fantasy) as well as wonderful over-the-top sci-fi stories like Endhiran (robots) and more subtle ones like Maattrraan (genetic modification).
We just need to take the Western franchise blinders off to see that fantasy and sci-fi mean more than dragons and space ships. Why do massy films need superheroes in underpants outside of their clothes to protect metropolis when Salman Khan in tight-fit denims does the job?
Thank you, Salman Khan, for refusing to do a seduction scene with Jackie Fernandez in Kick.
If rumours are anything to go by, the script required Jacqueline Fernandez to seduce Salman, who passes out on the sofa in one scene, but the most eligible bachelor of Tinsel Town felt that the seduction scene would look cheap.
You know, I appreciate a hero who is willing to stick with his rules. I have nothing against sex, nudity, and seduction scenes but 90% of the time there really is no need for them... in films. Especially not in an otherwise family-friendly Salman Khan film. Don't you remember how embarrassing it was to be watching a film with your parents and a scene like that came on? Don't you feel sorry for the young people sitting down to watch Jab Tak Hai Jaan with their parents and all of sudden Shahrukh is banging Katrina in a London flat and Anushka Sharma is prancing around Kashmir in booty shorts?
ANOTHER filmi biopic. Guru Dutt is the next person to have his life picked apart. Bhavna Talwar, who has directed exactly two films, both of which star Pankaj Kapoor and neither of which I've seen, is tapped to direct.
As for Guru Dutt's family raising objections to the biopic, a source close to Bhavna said: "We're very clear on the legal aspect of filming a real life personality. We'll only be using information on Guru Dutt that is in the public domain."
Why does this just seem like a really bad idea and an invitation to a lawsuit? I'd really suggest that they take that information in the "public domain" and fictionalize it a la The Dirty Picture. Not only can you craft a better narrative that way but you can also avoid angering family members of your subject - family members who apparently are unwilling to cooperate with the film. Because what? Is that public domain information being taken from biographies? Shouldn't they be compensating the people who wrote and researched the biographies, then? Or is the information coming from only wikipedia or something. And what IS public domain information about a life? In my line of work, it includes educational degrees, professional licenses, marriage records, and arrest records. Scintillating cinema.
Ruh-roh. New tax on Indian films threatened in Pakistan. They REALLY don't want people to see Shahrukh banging Katrina in a London flat, huh.
"I am not arrogant," says Ayushmann Khurrana in an arrogant interview.
I can't decide if my favorite part is where he "laughs out loud" at the idea that love-making scenes in films are real or when he insinuates that the "arrogant" tag comes from the fact that he's just so busy that he no longer has time to answer every journalist's phone call.
I also feel that my transition from TV to films was very sudden and beyond expectations, which might have made people feel that overnight success has gone to my head.
Ummm... yes. Except strike "which might have made people feel that."
Overnight success has gone to my head.
There you go!
Vikram!!! There is always time for Vikram.
The South audience has a different psyche. Once actors start doing stage shows, they might think we are jobless. Or we’re doing it to earn easy money. Even if someone offered me five crores to compere or 10 crores to dance, I won’t do it. In fact, none of the male stars down South would do it.
I don't see what Shahid's vegetarian diet has to do with anything but enjoy this article on his workout routine for Rambo Rajkumar.
Highway is the first Imtiaz Ali film I've looked forward to in a long time. Ali Bhatt is a charmer. I like that first Geet in Jab We Met-ish shot.
Pooja Chopra - terrible actress and alleged thief.
OMG. Do I actually like the Imran-Sona pairing?