That review actually made me a little sad. As much I was never a fan, he WAS a a charismatic entertainer at his best, and films like Baazigar & CDI showed that he could even act. To see him reduced to an almost Michael Jackson like obsession with freezing time and milking past glories is pathetic, in the original sense of the word.
Deepanjana Pal gives her own reading of the film as something made for Shahrukh fans. It's an interesting piece and I like her take on Shahrukh even giving critics what they want--something to complain about.
He’s no Chulbul or Singham, which is precisely what Khan wants you to note. He’s Shah Rukh and, as Jaaved Jaffrey observed years ago about Maggi Hot n Sweet Tomato Chilli Sauce, he’s different.
Now! Moving on!
In Tamil Nadu itself, Thalaivaa has been canceled. But it's still getting screened here in the USA. I'm very curious to see the film that got people so angry they would call in bomb threats to theaters!
Vijay fans are not happy.
I haven't been able to figure out WHY it's making people upset, though. Any help from my Tamil friends would be appreciated!! I would like to have some context going in.
Tangentially related is this interview with Prabhudeva because he mentions Vijay. It's really nice to see Prabhudeva speaking up for mass entertainment! He genuinely tries to put out a product he believes in for every film. Even if saddled with a producer's son as a hero. (TOI link but worth it!)
Ours is a different product and there is no point in comparing with other films. We (filmmakers and critics) might feel our films are over-the-top, but when the public loves them, they stop being so. As a filmmaker, you never know if you are doing something right or wrong when making a commercial film. You just put in the effort sincerely and it is finally up to the masses to whether accept it or not. But, what is important is that the entire team should like the final film and be proud of it.
Imran and Sonakshi are interviewed by Anupama Chopra.
Anupama: Do actors have a social responsibility? Sonakshi, Tehelka magazine carried an article last year about how you embody a particularly regressive fantasy and how you have personally let women down by doing the roles that you do. What is your response?
Ms. Sinha: What is progressive according to them? Wearing no clothes on screen? What is progressive? I would like to ask them. The magazine reflects the opinion of a very small section of society. I think the majority of the people watch my films, like my films and enjoy my films. So I would like to ignore that and go with what the majority likes. It doesn’t bother me at all. Everybody has an opinion today. It’s fine. I am not here to please everybody. I am here to do good work.
Oh, snap! I do understand the perspective of the article--having read my fair share of feminist theory--but I think it misreads Sona and her appeal. I don't think it's fair to compare her to Vidya Balan, who is older and more mature, and it gives her no credit for standing up to the Bollywood Body Police that would have her starve herself and strap on a bikini. If that's not self-agency, what is?
Alright, if I'm annoyed at the dismissive tone of this profile of Priyanka Chopra then it must be bad. Really, Los Angeles Times? You couldn't be bothered to Google Barfi beyond this:
Hugely popular in her native India, where many of her 4.3 million Twitter followers reside, Chopra has nearly 50 Hindi-language films under her belt. They include the well-received romcom “Barfi!” – India’s 2013 Oscars submission – in which Chopra plays a wealthy heiress caught in a love triangle of sorts.
I'm no Barfi booster but come on!
Silver fox Pankaj Kapoor talks about his career and family, no thanks to an indifferent interviewer:
I believe Shahid is a fine actor but his abilities have not been tapped. He’s seen more as a star than as an actor. You’ll notice the range that he has displayed in Mausam. It’s easy to play a 25-year-old and then a 50-year-old. But it’s very difficult to play a 19-year-old and then a 29-year-old. As an actor he’s expressed maturity in Mausam. He did it in Kaminey and Jab We Met too. Directors should approach him with dramatic and interesting characters and not the regular chocolate boy roles. These don’t have a shelf life.
Vidyut Jamwal is slowly building buzz. If you are sexy and talented, they will come.
Vidyut and Kangana? Yes? Producers are you listening?
Ravi Teja, he of the glowering expression and lush mustache, is making a Bollywood debut?
Ravi Teja would debut in a double role in Samir Karnik's Kaur & Singh. The film would be an action-comedy (Ravi Teja's forte) in Hindi and Telugu. The Telugu version of the film would be entitled Laxmi Reddy.
Huh. I could be interested in this.
This rumor has been going around: Aishwarya to do an item for Ram Leela?
Ayushmann is rumored to have signed on to a biopic about the first Indian to make an airplane, a topic which sounds unbearably twee. This is going to be one whimsical film that I'm better off skipping, though if it's good, it sounds like the kind of thing Oscar voters would like...
And Akshay brings the Emraan Hashmi-style "sufi number" to the dance floor with "Bismillah!