Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tuesday Post: I'm going back to bed. Wake me up when it's better.

Today... well, The Lone Ranger has thankfully been declared a flop. See where Hollywood's big money let's build a franchise model will get you? And thank God that Johnny Depp's outrageously offensive Native American minstrel show act has not been rewarded. I highly recommend reading the linked post if you are confused about why many found it offensive.

AND THEN, here I am casually just reading the day's news and I find... Bollywoodjournalist.com and a long diatribe against the PR machine, which OF COURSE I approved of.

Till 15 years back, Bollywood stars used have the phone numbers of most film journalists in their phone-books. Almost all film reporters had direct access to the stars. Reputed journalists were known to party, dine with stars and had free access to their homes and film sets.

During that time, it was common knowledge that top Bollywood stars had their own coterie of journalists and they used to play an equal part in helping the star get the kind of publicity he or she aspired for.

As a result, Bollywood as a beat used to be bitchy, full of gossip and candid confessions. Entertainment journalism during those days used to be interesting and fun.

And now it's just a bunch of PR people sending out press releases which are copied and pasted and recirculated. Don't I know it!!!!

But apparently there was a dust up over some accusations made by Bollywood Journalist against Salman Khan... I can't say what is true and what isn't but if you're in the mood for some long-form conspiracy theory blog posts then have at it.


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Suraj Pancholi's debut is getting the green light, apparently. While I don't think he has done anything criminal, I do find him an EXTREMELY unlikable person. I will not be supporting this film. And I can't imagine Suraj is some magical talent to make pushing a debut right now, so close to Jiah Khan's death and no show of remorse from Suraj... the whole thing leaves a sour taste.

As do the disgusting news stories being circulated today about her forensic reports. Seriously! Some days I wonder why I even bother read any of this.

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Hrithik's injury shines a spotlight on dangerous stunts.

But I have to admit that seeing actual people do actual stunts is a big part of the appeal of a certain type of film. When you KNOW that it's Vidyut Jamwal himself kicking ass, it just makes it that much more satisfying. CGI or excessive use of stunt doubles... it doesn't give the same thrill.

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I'm not sure what to think of The Bombay Royale...

To be honest, they aren't that good. Certainly they don't have a handle on Kalyanji-Anandji's swinging rhythms. The beat seems to be getting away from them...

Novelty act, nothing more.

The original for comparison.

And they are CERTAINLY no Botown. *bam*

3 comments:

odadune said...

There's a difference between doing something that's manageably dangerous basically for the fun of it (the second-story jump in Khiladi 786) or potentially very dangerous if not executed flawlessly but is absolutely stunning to watch (some of the bits I've seen of Commando), and doing something pointlessly risky that could be achieved reasonably well with special FX, and I am tempted to put into that last category this diving stunt of Hrithik's and the building on fire business that got Shahid injured on Rambo Rajkumar. Guys, you're still in your thirties; you haven't made enough movies, let alone enough GOOD movies, for the industry to do without you that easily; please take care of yourselves.

Unknown said...

The Bombay Royale's original music is much better than their covers. Try You Me Bullets Love.

Osr said...

Hey!

May I recommend few Kannada movies (if you haven't seen them already :D)?!
1) "Mata" by Guru Prasad, a director with cult fan following. Superb dialogues, dark humour and satire.

2) "Aa Dinagalu" - A love story intertwined with 1980s Bangalore underworld. Based on a book, which in turn is based on a true story. Superb acting by Atul Kulkarni, Sharath Lohitashva and Chetan Kumar.

3) "Edegaarike" - Again, based on a true story. Most of the characters from "Aa Dinagalu" return. Story of a bounty hunter. Surreal movie. Superb acting by Atul Kulkarni and Aditya.

4) "Cyanide" - A thriller, recounting the incident where few LTTE terrorists - who assassinated erstwhile Prime Minister of India - were holed up in a house in Bangalore.

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