Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday Post... we're all waiting... will Issaq deliver the killing blow to Prateik's career?!

WHOA! Rajkumar Santoshi filed a police complaint against Firoz Nadiawala for THREATENING TO KILL HIM! I only saw this in a few outlets so either it's being kept quiet or it's being made up?

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REVIEW TIME! It looks like nothing out this weekend is worth paying theater ticket prices for.

Issaq appears to be exactly the hot mess revealed in the trailer.

All this is compounded by the cast of “Issaq”, which leaves much to be desired in the acting department. Leading the way is Prateik Babbar, who plumbs new depths after mediocre performances in “Ekk Deewana Tha” and “My Friend Pinto”, a feat I didn’t think possible. Babbar is like a rabbit caught in the headlights even while professing undying love.

Heh.

Raja Sen delivers the best punch line:

Babbar is an enormous failure and an overblown embarrassment. His performance, lacking in both consistency and sincerity, is affected also by a simian gracelessness: his line-readings are atrocious, and every other dialogue is delivered in a different kind of pitch.

It is one of those cringeworthy producer's-son kind of performances, but I hear the Ramaiyya Vastavaiyya bloke was less painful. (I don't doubt it. What Babbar achieves here is a quite spectacular trainwreck; Tushhhar Kapoor and Jacckkie Bhagnani, however they spell their names, should hit theaters immediately for a good laugh.)

HA HA HA!!! (I literally just snorted so loud I woke up my cat.) TWO things to forever blame Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na for - Prateik Babbar and the atrocious genre of Imran Khan rom-coms.

The perfect heroine for Prateik? POONAM PANDEY who is getting equally stellar reviews for Nasha.

The film has been in the news, ever since it was conceptualised. But, we feel that Nasha is certainly not worth this hype and craze around.

Our best bet this weekend is probably Bajatey Raho but honestly it seems like a film that can wait for DVD.

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The Guardian seems to be on some sort of Bollywood roll~ the tag for 100 years of Indian cinema.

But the highlights:

Their list of Top 10 Indian Cinema Soundtracks appears to be "7 soundtracks I remember my parents listening to and feel nostalgic about plus 3 from my teen years and one more from Amit Trivedi, for balance."

And the dear Dr. Rachel Dwyer gives her pick of one film per decade.

I love her take on Kashyap:

Anurag Kashyap cast himself as an enfant terrible, subverting a complacent, cliched Bollywood, yet its all-encompassing, unavoidable embrace meant he and his offbeat cinema inevitably became part of it.

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Novelist Amit Chaudhuri tells how he rediscovered "Hindi cinema."

My own prejudices meant that I was slow to notice that this cinema had crept up again on India. But when I lighted on it after officially returning to India in 1999, mainly when switching from channel to channel on cable television, I found it both contained and expressed the ambivalence of present-day, capitalist India in a way that neither the old social realist films could have, nor the Indian novel in English was doing. However, at its heart (as in the hearts, often, of Indian expatriates) there was, sometimes, a conservative core, which – as with the Hindu nationalist BJP – didn't seem to be at odds, paradoxically, with embracing America and capitalism.

It's an interesting piece. I don't necessarily agree with his artistic value judgements but the world is a big place with room for everybody...

Just don't read the comments. Ugh. What is it about Bollywood articles in Western outlets that drags out the trolls?

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Shahrukh Khan talks to The Hollywood Reporter about Chennai Express. Now if there was a movie that 99.9% of Hollywood Reporter readers would be baffled about... He also talks his favorite international cinema.

THR: In recent years, we have seen Indian film talent going global. How do you see yourself working in international cinema?

Khan: Given the state of affairs that I am in and the kind of films that I do, I hope that one day I can participate in a Hindi film that is internationally acclaimed and accepted. That day is not far off -- it may happen with me or with some other actor. As for Indian actors making a mark internationally, of course there is an acceptance of Indian talent on the global stage and that's also because of the huge diaspora.

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Irrfan Khan talks to Digital Spy about his favorite international cinema.

"What's so great about 100 years of Indian cinema? Time is just passing by? What did the Indian film industry do to celebrate 100 years of cinema? Did it transcend to other countries? Did it go global? Did it find a universal language? You are just existing. So what is so great about 100 years? 100 years is just passing and so 1000 years will pass. If you still remain the same, what's the point?"

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Poonam Pandey complains to the TOI that she's not like Sunny Leone and wishes people would stop comparing them.

"I am tired of this comparison. I don't know why people compare me with Sunny Leone. I'm here to act and you will see me acting in the film. There are intimate scenes in the film, but there is also a love story. I'm not a porn star. Please don't compare me with Sunny Leone," Poonam said here.

It's true, Poonam, you're nothing like Sunny. Sunny may be an adult actress but she conducts herself with dignity and you, my dear, do not.

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Prabhudeva explains why Southern remakes work...

“The remakes of south films are getting highlighted now because of big stars here. As big Bollywood heroes are doing these films, this space (of remakes) is getting established further,” Prabhu said at an event here.

Big spaces for big stars~ people still love herogiri no matter how embarrassing Irrfan Khan finds it.

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Have some Tigerstyle!

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AND just because I love her... and donuts. Japanese drag queen Matsuko Deluxe with new "curry bread" donuts. She's so fab.

3 comments:

odadune said...

Re: Chennai Express...I dunno-it's an action/romcom road trip about a bickering couple where the guy Is Not From Around Here and the girl is. Pretty Hollywood, except for the songs, and the (specific nature of the) cultural stereotypes.

Re: Santoshi vs. Nadiadwala. Whoa. That's disturbing; even more so because Firoz's brother Sajid was supposedly courting Rajkumar for Housefull 3.

Divya said...

I think I just lost all my respect for Irffan Khan with that quote. If he doesn't think Indian cinema has evolved over the last 100 years, he has blinders on. And a 100 years of touching the hearts and minds of a billion people is not worth celebrating? As for transcending India or reaching a global audience.. Indian cinema has long been loved in the middle east and parts of south east Asia, but they don't count since by "global" he obviously means the West.

kaushik said...

Dear filmigirl

Shahrukh Khan was in Calcutta on 27th july to promote chennai express at a multiplex. this is 5 minutes from my house.

sending you the youtube video link.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0mNYXIgwRQ

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