I went to the county fair and saw some pigs and rabbits and goats and ate a lot of food on sticks.
And I got sunburnt for the first time this summer!
Unfortunately I did not manage to drag myself out to see Once Upon A Time--even with the lure of Akshay being a badass, I couldn't bring myself to pay $12 for a Milan Luthria film that also starred Imran Khan, you know? It is rather frustrating that the hype is being played up like SRK VS AKKI, as if audiences were voting for their favorite person in whole world, rather deciding on whether or not to shell out cash for a film--one of which is directed by the guy who makes movies almost everybody likes and the other by the guy who makes movies critics usually claim to like.
So, yeah, I voted with my pocket book and didn't go see anything. I stayed home with my kitties and enjoyed my weekend off.
I may be a film fan but I'm also a rational consumer. But I think it's part because I have to PAY for films, I think I have a different take on them than the paid critics.
Anyways... let's see what the news dredged up for us today!
Salman's hearing date pushed back to September.
I'm not sure what to make of this op-ed by Suprateek Chatterjee on so-called "junk food cinema."
Here’s a suggestion to all those who do have a fondness for good cinema but can’t seem to resist their guilty pleasure movies — try treating the next blockbuster release like it’s an indie film.
Watch the trailers, read the articles written about it and ask yourselves why you want to watch that movie. Judge a film by the story that unfolds on a big screen. Expect actors to act, instead of allowing a leading man to play the the same role he’s played repeatedly for decades. Be entertained by intelligent plot twists and don’t get manipulated by gimmicks. Basically, try not to approach Bollywood with the mental and emotional constitution of a teaspoon. The slightly-more experimental Indian cinema is constantly being judged in commercial terms. So why not turn the tables and see how the commercial film measures up if we go back to the basics and judge a film by the basics rather than by stardom?
I actually agree to the extent that one shouldn't ever turn off one's brain in a film and to the extent that I do try to write intelligently about popular films. But I don't think taking films like Bodyguard seriously as art is the author's target outcome as much as it is audiences not going to see films like Bodyguard at all.
This is worth looking into--Chinese-Indian co-production, looking to make a real pan-Asian hit.
Usha Khanna had no formal training in music and it is reported that she often took inspiration from Arabic music. She claims that she had never lifted any song directly. She only composed something along the lines of Arabian music. Usha is also very friendly with singer Asha Bhonsle and her association with Asha continues to this day as she composes the title-songs of the latter’s TV serials.
Did we already know Shruti was doing the Welcome sequel? And for the love of Helen, why is there a Welcome sequel? I mean, a good part of the fun of the original was Feroz Khan and now he's gone.
Will Chiranjeevi's politics cause trouble for Zanjeer?
“People of Andhra Pradesh are very upset with Chiranjeevi. He had been against the formation of Telangana and had even gone on a fast in 2009 on the issue. Though after his recent change of mind, even his brother Pawan Kalyan’s film Camerman Gangatho Rambabu helmed by Puri Jagannath had run into trouble,” a source said.
I don't know enough about the issues to comment but I'll try to look something up today--or if anybody wants to leave a comment with more information, please do!
Meanwhile, Thalaivaa is getting released on the 20th in Tamil Nadu. I hope people go out to see it! It was a really good entertainer with a good message. And I shouldn't have to say this but Santhanam was hilarious. Seriously. His comedy was ON POINT!
---- I'm not sure how many people read my Thoughts On Authentic And Original Art the other day but one of the problems with hitching your wagon to the Original Art Express is that people will jump all over any sign of unoriginality as if it's morally unforgivable.
After the controversy surrounding Barfi's uncanny resemblance to Charlie Chaplin capers, now it is the much talked about Besharam number Pyar Ki Ghanti. The song which also features the actor's vocals went viral last week, but there is a screechy footnote involved: the number is almost a straight lift from the Italian song Bella Ciao.
Katrina as Estella in in Great Expectations? SURE! SOUNDS GOOD TO ME! I wonder how they do the ending though. Famously, you can read it two ways--they hook up or they don't. I've always preferred the latter but then I'm a hopeless anti-romantic.
Bipasha Basu joins Sajid Khan's triple role packed Humshakals.
Sonu Sood for Happy New Year.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is getting shortened in advance of its international release. I wonder how they'll cut it down... and if they'll cut out the right parts.
Yeah... I'm over Ranbir.
Unless I hear really amazing things, I think I'll be skipping Besharam.
Shuddh Desi Romance still looks cute!
And your obligatory white item girl who can't dance courtesy of Satyagraha. What is up with Prakash Jha? Does this kind of thing really appeal?