We've already got critics speaking from on high with one of my least favorite phrases: "lap it up", as in:
While the action-thriller is far from mediocre, and will probably appeal to the popcorn masses that have lapped up the likes of ‘Krrish 3’and ‘R... Rajkumar’ in the recent past, one simply can’t help but expect something a little more edgy, and at times, far less ludicrous, from an Aamir Khan-starrer.
Because the guy who made Andaz Apna Apna is never allowed to have fun or get silly or go over-the-top?
Then there are the trolls with (by my count) 32 appearances of the phrase "SRGAY" in the comments section of this review.
And I'm really disappointed at the sexist dismissal of Katrina's role as eye candy in a skimpy costume by the so-called professionals. Katrina's character was written to show how much that "sexbomb" thing is just an act. She wears the skimpy costumes on stage but off stage is as fully covered and "real" as can be. I loved her character and found her to be a refreshing change from the dippy, miniskirted newscaster needing-to-be-saved heroines you always see in action films. She's her own woman with her own dreams and--at least in my viewing of the film--was not defined by the hero's interest in her.
If you look back at both Dhoom 2 and Tashan, while neither film would pass the Bechdel Test, the heroines were both sharp women with characters and motivations of their own. Even if they did wear bikini tops, they didn't lose their brains to do so and the men were at least as objectified in both cases.
I'm not saying Dhoom 3 is a great work of art but it is a great movie.
ETA: I was thinking about this as I looked up other things but, you know, the conspiracy theories that flow out in the comments section of every review and article are really quite indicative of a public that has zero trust in the media, especially the filmi media. Every box office number comes under speculation, every reviewer is accused of being paid by this side or that side. And people aren't wrong most of the time, that's the scary thing… I think I'm pretty open with my preferences and about the fact that I don't receive one single penny from anybody but even I get accused of being a paid reviewer from time to time. I'd like to see those checks because none have reached me.
India Today strings a bunch of flops together and calls it the Death of Masala: Listicle. I shouldn't even link to it but the framing annoyed me. Audiences are clearly not tired of the action + romance + spectacle + emotion + comedy genre but maybe filmmakers have just forgotten how to package it in a way that's not condescending and/or pretentious and/or incompetent. Maybe that's the problem, not the masala.
Did I post this already? Rohit Shetty and Karan Johar to make a film together. Okay, then.
A hilariously bad interview with Nawazuddin Siddiqui:
So, what’s this problem between Irrfan and you?
There is no problem from my side. He is a senior actor who I respect.
He doesn’t make you feel insecure?
I am not insecure about Irrfan or anybody else.
You were at the Dubai launch of The Lunchbox last week, he didn’t attend…
We were told that he is down with typhoid.
HAAA! No wonder Nawazuddin didn't mind speaking with me.
Speaking of… The Good Road is out of the running for the Oscars.
Guys, I love Naseeruddin Shah. I really do. Him and Nana Patekar really just put it all out there. I mean, what is the industry going to do? There is no substitute for Naseer.
Seasoned Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah says he didn’t like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and feels it was a completely fake film. “It’s a completely fake film. Farhan (Akhtar) has no doubt worked very hard but building up muscles and growing your hair is not exactly working hard on your acting. At least he should have tried to look like Milkha. Milkha is mighty pleased by him and he imagines that this was his life, he imagined he looked like that. Doesn’t he have photographs of himself from 1960s Olympics,” said Naseer.
OH SNAP! Throwing shade at Farhan Akhtar's mediocre acting!
Ranbir Kapoor adds Lay's chips to his brand endorsements.
Sure, Vishal Bhardwaj, whatever you say. It's clearly Yo Yo Honey Singh's soothing voice that made you sign him.
Mallika Sherawat is transforming herself into a women's rights advocate. Right on, Mallika!
I can't help but be gleeful at another dopey looking producer son attempting to enter the Bollywood scene. Shiv Dharshan had better be overflowing with personality and charm because…
Akshay is not entering politics. So stop asking.
"If you ask me about sports and health, I can write a book on it. So, I don't want to get into all that. I've earned enough fame in my life, I want to serve through sports and health," the Bollywood action hero said.
KANGANA!!!!! This looks adorable! And I'm so happy to see both Katrina and Kangana are looking less botoxed and full of lip plumper these days. That's the one nice thing about those injections, I suppose, unlike other plastic-izations, they wear off.
Aw… the Tamil version of Band Baaja Baarat looks cute!
Coke Studio Season Six is airing… just FYI. I was listening back to season five songs yesterday and I need to catch up with season six!! Here's Atif Aslam to tempt you. This guy has the voice! I hope he comes back to the US soon.
EEE! Trailer for "Tu Hi Junoon" is finally out! This song was fantastic~ it still gives me little shivers.