Monday, December 30, 2013

Monday Post: Don't let the door hit you on the way out, 2013. What's that? Your Dhoom 3 and Chennai Express money will cushion your ass so it doesn't matter?

The Hollywood Reporter has a questionable round up of 2013 in Bollywood to include Inkaar?! And Woody Allen refusing to put the "No Smoking" warning on his films. Seriously, HR? That's the best you can do?

I've been thinking over my own list and neither of those events made it on. Inkaar? Does anybody even remember that? Did the author just go to the "Bolllywood of 2013" Wiki page and just pick the first film on there? Seems to me the big stories were the failures from Too Big To Fail teams (Zanjeer, Besharam, etc), successes from films nobody expected anything of (Grand Masti, R…Rajkumar), an uncomfortable ramping up of Hollywood suck-ups (especially from Team Lunchbox and Priyanka Chopra, bet you she didn't send her Zanjeer reel to her Hollywood PR agents) and overwrought Internet fanboys (Himmatwala signals the end of society; Ship of Thesus is genius/a copy, pick one).


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A sad farewell to Farooq Shaikh.

Noted Indian actress Shabana Azmi, who described herself as a close friend, said she was still trying to come to terms with Shaikh's death.

"Forty years ago, he and I started a theater group. It was a very long association, so it's difficult to speak about his death," Azmi tweeted.

Deepti Naval also reflects on her co-star and Mid-Day republishes an interview with the two of them.

Few actors are able to re-create the simple magic of romance we saw in films like yours. Why so?

FS: These days romances are short lived, because before it can mature you get too impatient. And that’s why it lacks depth in films too. You’re used to things happening in a flash and the only thing to happen in a flash is a break-up.

DN: Real life and cinema fuel each other. Now a days romance doesn’t even exist. It’s just courtship. Most of them end up as sexual encounters without any real substance or appreciation.

And a heartwarming story of his kindness from Indian Express.

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Dhoom 3 joins the 200 Crore Club!

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Speculation on the Dhanush-Amitabh Bachchan film.

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Bollywood Life speculates on Subhash Ghai's heroine Mishti and why he's keeping the film under a Veil of Secrecy.

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Rajkumar Santoshi signs up Vidyut Jamwal!

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Get charmed by Chunky Pandey.

“When I signed my first film, I asked my producer, ‘Who’s the heroine?’ He said, ‘Neelam.’ I couldn’t believe my luck.” How he got that offer is a classic ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not’ nugget. Chunky was at a party at the Holiday Inn hotel, “totally drunk”. He went into the washroom and emerged with a film offer. “I met this man in the toilet who said, ‘I am a producer. I just made Ilzaam with Govinda.’ Was I hallucinating? No, it was true. The man was Pahlaj Nihalani.” Nihalani gave him one of his career’s biggest hits, Aankhen (1993). The film established him as a comic star, an image he has had to fight all his life. After Aankhen, Pandey should ideally have been swamped with work. But that didn’t happen.

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Catch up on your snarky recaps of Koffee With Karan from Mumbai Boss.

Left with nothing to go on, KJo dredged up two innocuous stories – of Malhotra hitting on a costume designer when he was an assistant director on the sets of My Name Is Khan and later dating a South African model – and tried to make them sound lascivious by raising his eyebrows a lot. To his credit, Malhotra, who seemed to be the most well read of the three, knew a thing or two about current affairs, and thus raised the collective IQ of the group by about 30 points.

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Ha! Open Magazine rags on Saif's reading choices.

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Get well soon, Nikhil Advani!! He seems to be down with a blood infection.

1 comment:

odadune said...

Thank you for the sweet story about Farooq. Sorry to hear about Nikhil Advani (both that he is currently unwell and is involved in the Pancholi-booster project). Also sorry to see the reference in the same article to Vinod Khanna not doing well. :(

I can't complain about 2013 personally-it was pretty good to me IRL and in fandom-but man, was it ever a strange year for Bollywood releases. If someone had told me at the end of 2010 who would be working with the Golmaal director, the Housefull director, the OUATIM director, the Dabangg director, in three years' time, and what kinds of movies they would make together, that Zoya Akhtar would be homaging Tees Mar Khan and Karan Johar would be producing Judy Blume style teen dramas and pretentious award bait movies...I don't think I would have believed the person telling me that. I don't know that 2014 is necessarily looking *good* from a Bollywood POV, but so far it's looking less...weird. O_o And yay, Madhuri comeback!

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