Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wednesday Post: Hoping for that Blaaze-Hard Kaur collab to unite North and South...

Me and my brother at a party a few months ago! BIG LOVE TO ALL THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS OUT THERE!


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I think this op-ed on the lack of engagement with political issues from Bollywood misses the biggest piece of the pie: corporate money.

Part of the reason may be the lack of engaging books and stories dealing with India’s various economic issues—scams or crises. We either have the dry academic treatise by economists and political scientists or fiction which is either too personal and anecdotal or actually borrowed from the masala movies of Mumbai. Lacking in source material that clearly delineates our economic faultlines, our film-makers revert to type.

OR one could theorize that the mega-corporations funding the films would prefer that their cool drinks and mobile phones are sold alongside fluff and their profits untouched by concerns with how those profits are earned.

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G Pramod Kumar at Firstpost tries to explain why Madras Cafe might not screen in Tamil Nadu. I can't speak to whether or not it's accurate, not knowing enough about the issues.

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Here's one for the ladies: how to get your hair to look like Asha Parekh's!

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I like how all the different outlets are reporting on the two films going to Romania--but isn't it odd that not one has titled their post A DOUBLE HEADER OF KATRINA KAIF FILMS HEADED TO ROMANIA?

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The Siddharth Malhotra sues fans story is getting some play but with a negative spin towards Sid. But, really, if they were selling merchandise using his name that is CROSSING A LINE. Why so down on Sid, Bollywood Gossip Mongers? What did he do to you?

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Blah, blah, blah... article body-snarking Sonakshi but the picture accompanying it is SONA IN RACHEL MADDOW GLASSES AND A BLAZER! She's so pretty!

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Old footage of Akshay is being used in bad faith to promote a Punjabi film.

Apparently the actor was approached by the team of this film, asking him to talk about Indo-Pak peace, claiming it an Independence Day initiative. Unaware of the fact that the footage was being used for a movie, Akshay gladly obliged to make a friendly appearance for free. And now the film Dil Pardesi Ho Gaya is being promoted, using Akshay's friendly appearance as their USP even in their ad campaigns.

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THANK GOD! Ekta Kapoor finally recognizes what we've all been saying for years--Imran Khan cannot act. He's allegedly been replaced by Shahid Kapoor in Milan Talkies.

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On the one hand: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO but on the other, if anybody can whip Piggy out of her "Exotic" avatar into something I want to see, it would be Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Just please get her to stop mugging for the camera when she dances, SLB, okay? It's really annoying.

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One can't blame Ayushmann Khuranna for not wanting to do Artistically Bankrupt Flop King Kunal Kohli's next film but to pass up a chance to work with Ramesh Sippy...

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Praise for Aamir Khan from Sushant Singh Rajput.

"I didn't have too many scenes with Aamir. I had few conversations with him. He is very inspiring. Whatever projects he starts with, he starts it from scratch. He is still so inquisitive about small things. He is still so passionate when he has nothing to prove," said Sushant.

I just liked that sentiment; Aamir really does have nothing to prove. It always feels like he's holding himself to his own high standards.

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A bodice-ripping excerpt from a biography of Meena Kumari:

One, Meena got a certain kick in picking up people struggling in the industry. These strugglers were invariably male and young. “She always liked having a few puppies around her,” was how someone close to my heroine put it. Two, ‘grooming and correcting weak points’ had an ulterior motive. Really it was a ploy. Meena Kumari wished to engage the attention of this young man. She was too dignified and renowned an actress to make an open pass; therefore, by feigning professional interest she was initially able to spend time with Dharmendra without making her real intentions known to him or to others. Nothing wrong, just good gamesmanship...

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Hard Kaur goes to Chennai... maybe her and Blaaze can get together for a track soon?

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One of the fun things about subscribing to the Rashji youtube channel is that you NEVER know what they'll upload next.

*whistle whistle*

Go, Mithun-da! Work that swag!

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7 comments:

odadune said...
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Moimeme said...

That Livemint article about the lack of political engagement in Bollywood films is so shoddily researched that it's actually hilarious. The films it cites are Chennai Express -- currently on its way to becoming the highest grossing Hindi film, beating 3 Idiots -- and Nasha and the "laugh riot" Bajateytey Raho. Ever hear of the last two? They were part of the six releases on one day of films that no one had any desire to watch which were released in a hurry before CE. And then it mentions OUATIMD, presumably because, being the latest release, it somehow penetrated the author's brain, possibly due to its promotions on TV. Any article that repeats the lie that Hindi films number 1000 per year (which is the all India number) can be dismissed for lack of credibility without further reading. So the author has pronounced a "trend" by looking at the releases of Hindi films in the last three to four weeks. I doubt such a person is even aware of the ~700 films a year that India produces in languages other than Hindi.

Really, I don't even know why you bothered to give that article any additional circulation.

Moimeme said...

Actually that Livemint editorial missed the most salient reason for the lack of political commentary in Hindi films -- fear of the censors and protests from various groups. Do they really think a film on the current economic crisis in India that actually looks at it realistically -- which is to say, squarely blames the current administration, naming names -- will ever even be allowed to be filmed, let alone be released? Why is John Abraham going around strenuously denying that his film Madras Cafe has anything to do with Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, even though it's about the civil war in Sri Lanka and the killing of a "national leader" in India? How many other Indian "national leaders" were killed during that time? Heck, even a relatively mild Arakshan, about the caste-based reservation system in India, had any mention of caste brutally excised from it, resulting in a jerky narrative with many connecting scenes obviously missing. Why was a film like My Name is Khan set outside of India? Even a proposed biography of Indira Gandhi couldn't get clearance from the Nehru-Gandhi family.

So first, the writers of that opinion piece need to learn about some ground realities in India before pontificating on the lack of such realities in its films.

Maya said...

Lol I'm here to defend Imran. He wasn't replaced, he left himself to do Vikramaditya Motwane's next. So now it's Shahid & Priyanka again.

Moimeme said...

Here's the original article from Hindustan Times (almost two months ago) where Siddharth Malhotra explains why he had the fake website shut down:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Entertainment/Tabloid/Sidharth-Malhotra-gets-fake-portal-shut-down/Article1-1086946.aspx

odadune said...

Yeah, Imran's departure from Milan Talkies was announced back before OUATIMD's release, citing date conflict with the Gujarati Proletariat Batman thing.

Good luck and good hunting to Siddarth's and Akshay's legal minions-sounds like the relevant parties deserve it.

FG: cute pic of you and bro.

Divya said...

I have mixed feelings about Madras Cafe. On one hand I am all for freedom of expression and the recent trend of political outfits blackmailing film makers into removing all politically charged content from any movie should absolutely not be encouraged. On the other hand, Madras cafe may indeed be a seriously offensive film. The film takes a conflict that is still a very sensitive issue for a lot of people and makes a thriller out of it. Also Shoojit Sircar's comment about how he just wanted any conflict to set his story against rubs me the wrong way. One of my pet peeves with Hollywood, is how it takes a sensitive localized issue and inserts a white person (usually an American) into it. This person either becomes a savior or a sole survivor and the audience is supposed to empathize only with this character that they indentify with. The actual locals who live through the conflict are so much set dressing. Madras Cafe to me, just seems to be a North Indian version of the same.

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