There is nothing wrong with that--let me emphasize again, no negative judgement implied--but there's no point in me caring about Poonam Pandey and Gauher Khan when I have much easier access to (and to be honest, more cultural investment in) in Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyruse and Demi Lavato. AKA The stuff whose main value is for me to have something to make small talk about with people in my day-to-day life. I do understand the value of having an Imran Khan to gossip about--as somebody who moved back to America as a teenager and had to teach herself American culture in order to fit it, believe me I do understand the value there.
Anyways, there are still lovely films being made that are for people watching films like I watch films and I am overjoyed at the Ram-Leela trailer! And really looking forward to Shahid's upcoming films and Akshay's and Dhoom 3 and anything Rakesh Roshan puts his hands on. But I'll be honest, as somebody with a love for stories AND songs, I do miss the richer musical palate of the older films, the way the emotions were deepened through music. Filmi-Contrast opened up a question on a previous post but I don't think too many people follow old comments chains so I'll re-post here:
I still feel like it is rare to see the type of plaintive individual lament made famous by Mahudbala in M-e-A: "Mohabbat ki Jhooti Kahani." Or the poignant rebuke/lament, like "Jab Bhi Jee Chahe" from Chopra's Daag (1973). Whether or not it was ever a common type of musical expression in any decade, I wish we had more of it! Does anyone have any thoughts/examples on where the individual lament songs are in films today/recent years?
I feel like mostly these types of songs--if used at all--are done as montages:
And... I do miss seeing the characters actually SING their feelings. It feels more immediate and intimate and, yes, "real" to see them singing versus the audience just observing the action, you know? But maybe I'm just old-fashioned. And I know John Abraham would say I'm trying to hold Indian cinema back from competing with the West but I would politely disagree with Johnny and say there is value in using songs in a narrative in the unique Hindi cinema way and who cares what some Hollywood critics think.
(Unless Johnny is just angling to elbow his way onto the cushy Irrfan Khan international film festival press junket circuit and then more power to him. I bet Irrfan gets some SWEET goody bags and other swag. Hollywood does have cash and is appears to be more than happy to throw it around.)
Two directors making films I want to see--Raj and DK! Apparently their Happy Ending is going to be about two authors? Saif's gracelessly aging face is perfect, actually, if he's playing somebody from Los Angeles, which seems to be the case.
It's kind of sad reading Subhash Ghai talk about his films.
Let me tell you one thing – I’ve been working for more than three decades. I’m the only director who delivered 11 hits in a short span of time. There was huge competition back then – Manmohan Desai, Prakash Mehra, Feroz Khan and N Chandra among several other big names – but I never complained. As far as my film is concerned, I’m the best. I AM THE BEST DIRECTOR! The moment you start comparing yourself, you get scared. Let the media and trade compare you with others. But you have to believe in yourself, because I don’t make their kind of films and they don’t make my kind of films. I’m not competing with Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee or Karan Johar. I’m competing with Subhash Ghai. There’s no point. It’s not a race track.
I don't even care that the song and picturization are middling (and we're forced to cut to PC's face every 30 seconds)... I LOVE WATCHING HRITHIK DANCE!
And have a golden oldie!