Jiah Khan's funeral was today and for some reason it warmed my heart a bit to see Ranjeet, Prem Chopra, Ritesh Deshmukh, and Kiran Rao making an appearance. I'm sure they weren't close but it shows some respect for the young actress.
Where was Amitabh? He has time to mouth off to reporters but not to attend his young co-star's funeral?
The news also turned up this incredibly sweet story from Jiah's maid:
She had met a rescued sex worker at an NGO called Rescue Foundation, employed her as a housemaid, but the latter after a year and a half, fled with her valuables. Jiah did not file a complaint with police, and instead helped her out financially.
And her presumably extremely douchey boyfriend's father got into a spat with the media at the funeral that involved... well... he ran over a reporter's foot in his car and then (and I quote) [a]ngry members of the media pulled out the keys of his car and threw it outside.
I'm surprised it hasn't been attempted before: Bollywood version of Carmen... starring Abhay Deol.
[D]irector Bhose insists that opera fans will still be able to spot all the significant themes. "Carmen blends perfectly with Hindi film because they are both pure melodrama," he says. "You have a beautiful, enigmatic heroine who falls in love with two men and manipulates them into fighting to the death over her. Basically, Bizet wrote a Bollywood movie without realising it."
It's airing on BBC3 but hopefully those of us who don't live in the UK will get a chance to view it, as well.
This is the first I've heard of Gang of Ghosts but I like the idea of "remake of Bengali blockbuster" as well as horror-comedy... oh, here we go: it stars the new PC cousin on the scene, Meera Chopra and Kahaani hunk Parambrata, who is also doing a film with Gillian Anderson of The X-Files. I see...
Shabana Azmi speaks her mind:
She notes that newer independent-film directors focus on western-educated, English-speaking urban men and women whereas in Benegal's era, the emphasis in parallel cinema was on "notions of feudalism", poverty, and exploitation.
"But India is a country that lives in several centuries simultaneously," Azmi declares. "We have people living back in the 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. And India's people encapsulate all the contradictions from being a multireligious, multicultural, multilingual society. India's audiences are not a monolith. So all kinds of films are being made and all kinds of films are being patronized by different sections of the audience."
Ranveer-Ranbir swap. I have to admit a preference for the teapot under pressure energy of Ranveer to the manic pixie dream boy thing that Ranbir does... or maybe Ranveer just has a million bonus points for not doing the kind of films I hate.
And, also, for being a mini-Hrithik and doing things like not watching television or using his mobile phone to get into character for Lootera. Can you imagine Ranbir doing that? No. He needs to check in with his booty calls. Ranveer, on the other hand, almost certainly actually did this and I can only imagine the fuss it must have caused.
"Where's Ranveer? He's getting late."
"I don't know, boss."
"Well, somebody call him."
"Nobody is answering at his flat but we tried his house and his mother says he came home last weekend and looks like he isn't eating enough."
And then Ranveer rolls in two hours late, mouche all windblown, having taken an autorickshaw over and let the driver take HIM on a detour to his friend's shop which has some really great authentic 1950s shirts in stock or something.
Meanwhile Sonakshi has been using the same two hours on her mobile SMSing with her girlfriends about what a ridiculous loser Ranveer is.
SUPER BREAKING NEWS - Salman's Ek Tha Tiger abs were CGI'ed.
Uday Chopra is continuing to make soppy romances out West.
---- I was confused by the use of the phrase fictional TV show and thought it meant that the TV show was fiction - like the Big B and AK were doing this as a show-within-a-show for a new film or something. But, no, I think "fictional TV show" just means a regular TV show but one that isn't reality TV. ---- Shut up, Saif. Do NOT take parenting cues from Anil Kapoor. If anything, look to Shotgun Sinha on how to have a well-adjusted daughter in Bollywood. I mean, look at Sonam and look at Sonakshi and then decide whose lifestyle you'd prefer Sara to emulate. (AND IF YOU PICK SONAM, I WILL FLY OVER TO KICK YOUR BUTT PERSONALLY.) ----
Look, people, I appreciate the compliment but Nargis is MY AGE and we ladies in our 30s aren't exactly young and fresh faces. Know what I'm saying?
Mahesh Babu is not entering politics or Bollywood but he would like you to check out the teaser for Nenokkadine.
THIS LOOKS AWESOME.