But her talent was... dancing to "Dhoom Taana!"
Incredible! I guess Bollywood is really going mainstream in America, too!! Just wait until Miley Cyrus gets her hands on some Mumaith Khan numbers...
Regular readers can skip this but for anybody just Googling around for more information about Nina Davuluri and her "Indian Classical-Bollywood Fusion Dance" who's landed on this page--the original song is from a movie called Om Shanti Om and you can watch it here. No, that's not what all Bollywood movies are like. Om Shanti Om is a deliberately campy film but if you've never seen anything Bollywood before, it's not a terrible place to start. You'll be dazzled even if you don't get all the jokes.
For films available on Netflix Instant, I'd check out Jab We Met (romantic comedy featuring a very likable lead couple) and Lagaan (historical-sports-political drama that was an Oscar finalist). There are other good ones, too, but I'm not sure if the charms of a Tashan or Vettai (actually a Tamil language film) would be apparent to somebody not used to the style.
People interested in more typical mainstream "foreign films" from India that aren't uber-depressing slum dramas should check out Peepli Live and Kahaani--both on Netflix Instant.
If you like them, come back and tell me and we'll talk!
Sushant Singh Rajput for Shekhar Kapur's Paani! Variety also reports there will be a Western female lead and a "mixed" cast.
I hate copyright bullshit like this. Really? The word Rambo is copyrighted so the film has to be called R..o Rajkumar. RIDICULOUS. I'm so glad international law bends to the whims of a giant corporation protecting a single copyrighted word. The system works.
Another silly act of wheel-spinning is to have scriptwriters register with the Film Writers Association before giving a narration to a production house in order to prevent plagiarism. And how is THAT supposed to happen? Is the Film Writers Association going to check a script against every other work ever written? And what about a case where the "plagiarism" isn't in the script itself? I'm sure Barfi's script didn't have "Ranbir does a Charlie Chaplain right here" written into it. WHY is India importing the West's crazy attitude towards artistic, intellectual property? Oh, right, Western, corporate money has strings attached.
Speaking as a librarian now, there is a REAL difference between actual plagiarism--copying something word for word or frame by frame--and using one work as inspiration for another work. All culture is a hodge-podge of borrowed references and reappropriated and reinterpreted stories. It's one reason why Disney's fairytale monopoly bothers me so much. A story like Cinderella has hundreds of variations but... now if you asked most people, they think there is just one "real" one--the bought and paid for Disney version.
And Rajkumar Santoshi nixes Andaz Apna Apna sequel rumors.