And team Madras Cafe seem baffled that their film is getting protested and has been pulled from theaters. While I fully support the free speech of filmmakers, the Madras Cafe team were either naive or just plain myopic not to have expected SOME sort of pushback in Tamil Nadu when they were making a film that depicted controversial events. If Vijay and Kamal Hasaan face trouble, who is John Abraham to get none? I'm not saying it's right but they should have expected it.
Anyways, cluelessness on display in this BBC article.
Mr Sircar agrees that the rebel leader in the film bears an uncanny resemblance to Tamil Tiger rebel group leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran, while the actor playing the former prime minister looks like Rajiv Gandhi. But he says that "such resemblances are coincidental".
Meanwhile Nargis is off in Dippy Model Land: "Playing a war correspondent was not easy, it needed a lot of research. It's a very realistic role."
"Realistic" is my new buzzword to identify films I have no interest in. If ANYBODY is describing a film as "realistic," I know I'll hate it.
The recent gang rape case is horrifying and my heart goes out to the woman who was attacked. I know nobody needs a compilation of what every star on twitter has to say about it so I'll spare you. Instead you can have Karan Johar saying don't blame the film industry.
Bostonians will be interested in this article on the revamping of the local desi movie theater.
“[Local] companies like Bombay Cinemas and Aap Ka Manoranjan showed Bollywood [Hindi] movies, but when it comes to Indian movies, there’s way more than that. There are also Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada,” [Siva] Stian says, referring to the different language-based film industries in India. “But they rarely brought in South Indian movies. About seven years ago, we started exploring this market, found out that the Boston area is mostly Telugu, and we realized the potential of South Indian movies.”
Vancouver-ites can check out Bollywood Star auditions.
SRK fires back at Ekta Kapoor...
Ajay Devgn thinks the "retro look" is why Himmatwala bombed.
Dippy vs Kangana vs Chitrangda for Fast and Furious. Not to wave my Vin Diesel fan club membership flag but if these actresses were going to do any Hollywood film, working with Vin Diesel is a great choice. The Fast and Furious films--at least the last few--have treated the female characters with a lot of respect.
AND YES! I'm so glad Piggy has denied she's doing an item for Ram Leela. Hopefully, SLB will hire a real dancer.