A testy interview with the director of Gulaab Gang. Why is he making it so hard to support a masala potboiler with a woman protagonist and antagonist? WHY?
Does Sampat Pal figure in those groups?
Is this an interview about Sampat Pal? Next question, please.
A court asks why Sanjay Dutt is at home instead of in jail.
Kamal Hassan's younger daughter Akshara is making her Bollywood debut. She apparently "kind of a tomboy."
Good luck, Akshara! Don't let them femme you out if you don't want that…
Suniel Shetty and his wife Mana talk about their daughter's debut.
Is she fashion and weight conscious?
Suniel: I don't think so.
Mana: Her attitude is, "Let the world say anything, I don't care!" That says it all.
I hope they warn her away from industry men (esp. douches like Sooraj) but other than that, both parents and daughter seem to have a good attitude!
Sonam in a political romance produced by her daddy? Why does a romance between two politicians just sound like such a depressing idea for a film...
"Word has it" aka Neil Nitin Mukesh called up Mid-Day to tell them he's under consideration for a role as Salman's brother.
The Band Baaja Baarat remake didn't do well.
The film has not been appreciate because it is a frame-to-frame copy of the original, says Trinath.
"While some critics liked it, others panned it because it lacked southern sensibilities. Most of the scenes were recreated from the original. Moreover, they shot in one language (Tamil or Telugu) and dubbed it into the other. Even that didn't go well with the viewers," he added.
I have to say that from the promos, it did look like an uninspired copy.
Akshay in Gabbar.
Good for Alia. College isn't for everybody and why waste time and money getting a degree in something you'll never need? I'm feeling rather anti-academia these days. More and more, especially in America, I feel like kids aren't actually learning anything in college except how to think exactly like their professors. Better to learn by doing if you can, Alia! Good on you!
There were a couple articles wrung out of a recent talk from film scholar Geoffrey Nowell-Smith in London. He made a couple good points--at least if he's being quoted correctly--although I'm not sure what conclusions the press is drawing. They seem to be trying to put him in the "Indian cinema needs to advance" narrative when what he's saying seems to be "it would be nice if Indian cinema was distributed outside the diaspora."
"Indian cinema in Britain is booming at the moment...and its not cheap (the tickets)...the kind of Indian cinema popularly known as Bollywood is no longer working-class fare, either in content or in audience composition...but this popularity is deceptive," Nowell-Smith said here.
And a few studios Hollywood AND Bollywood have fallen for that deceptive popularity… see: Saawariya, Chandni Chawk to China, etc.
The Bandar-car is going to be "scouting" babes for Calendar girls… What? No rumors of top actresses fighting each other for this one? Not even the credulous press would believe that?
Open Magazine profiles Jaaved Jaaferi.
When Jaaved himself looks back at the long slog of his career, he likes to believe that some things were just not meant to be. Hero roles, for one. He was convinced, early on, of his ‘hero material’ worth. He had all the talent— exceptional dancing skills, a booming baritone that recalled a young Big B, and not to mention, his deadpan comic timing. In 1985, Subhash Ghai sent word that he’d like him to play a villain in Meri Jung: ‘a villain who dances’. That was strange, because usually in a Hindi film, especially of those days, the hero got to sing and dance as an assertion of his heroism. “Anil Kapoor was the film’s hero,” says Jaaved. “I was the bad guy. But I had an item number of my own: Bol Baby Bol.”
Agreeing to a villainous role—not the film, he makes it clear—was his biggest regret, a “bad decision”, as it were. The industry can be cruel. It loves nothing more than reducing you to brackets. His father, Jagdeep, came to Bollywood to be a hero but ended up as a comedian.
I love Jaaved Jaaferi. What a talented, talented actor and criminally underused. I am always happy to see him turn up in a film, even if it's just as a weirdo Australian guy who says 'eggjactly.'
Music launch of Queen! Who's excited?!