Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wednesday Gossip Post!

Good morning, all!!! It snowed last night here but not enough to get work canceled--just enough to be annoying and ruin my commute.

Le sigh. But such is my life. I could have worse problems... like, I don't know, maybe being burned in effigy?

* Yes, Aamir and Shahrukh have been burned in effigy by the Shiv Sena in their demented protest against Aamir and Shahrukh's comments which implied that - and stay in your seats for this one - Pakistanis are human beings and should be treated as such. Wow. The Shiv Sena should start hanging out with new Senator Scott "Islamic Detainees Don't Deserve Basic Rights" Brown from Massachusetts. And Karnatak's right wing has gotten in on the action by banning Valentine's Day and adding their support to the Shiv Sena.

* But let's move to lighter stuff - like the fact that Saifu is in financial hot water over Agent Vinod.

* I guess that wasn't so light but THIS one made me smile - Imtiaz Ali and Rohit Shetty are good friends!!!

What also intrigued Imtiaz, was Rohit's tattoo that has symbols of Hinduism, Islam and Christianity with 'Only God Can Judge Me' written below it. "This man sure has a rocking philosophy in life!"

* This is an interesting if vaguely condescending take on Bollywood celebrity endorsements.

One set of celebrities are clear that they want money. That is, they will endorse almost any decent brand if the price is right (Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Shahid Kapoor, Akshay Kumar). So concepts like brand fit do not bother them as brand managers force-fit their image attributes to what suits their products or revel in statements like “but his appeals cuts across all segments, geographies, age groups."

* Kangana Ranaut is playing a British cop in Crooked!! That's right! The part Aishwarya originally was tapped for! The poor thing only has a week to get it right before filming starts but I know if ANYBODY can do it, Kangana can.

And, you know, even if she doesn't get the accent spot on, I don't really care because it's KANGANA and she can act the pants off of almost every other actress in Bollywood.

* And... the two men who attacked Kangana's sister with acid are only getting 5 years in prison. That doesn't seem like enough to me - that woman is going to be disfigured FOR LIFE. You can read about the attack here.

* And something that I haven't really seen making the rounds - there is a Hindi film nominated for an Oscar - a short film, written and directed by a white American but made in Hindi. I'll give you three guesses about the topic but you will only need one: crushing childhood poverty.

Ah... God bless America.

Let's end things with a smile:

Sharmila and Soha on the cover of Hello!


martoufmarty said...

It's just disgusting how someone can be so heartless to throw acid on someone like that.

Five years is not nearly enough. There was this article from just late last year about this British TV presenter that got her face burnt off with acid and the man who threw the acid was sentenced to life, with a minimum of 16 years.

aham said...

about the protest against valentine's day, its disgusting that some people are resorting to extremes to protest, but I would also like to point out that its not as simple as one might think about whats happens in India,yes they are the the right wing as far as their actions go, but as far as their intentions go, they are doing what they are doing to 'protect' Indian culture which they 'think' is under attack from the west, if Indian culture needs to be protected or not in again a difference of opinion. and everyone would like paint life in white and black, but thats not how it is.

p.s: I am in no way supporting their actions, but if you go into the matter in deep, you will see lots of shades of a lot of colors rather than just plain black and white like the media will have to believe.

ajnabi said...

Shiv Sena... man. I don't know enough about Indian politics to make an informed comment, but I think getting burned in effigy has to suck.

I love that picture of Sharmila and Soha. Beautiful clothes, beautiful ladies!

Piyush Patel said...

Since Bollywood is content with providing escapist cinema for the masses, I dont see whats wrong with someone outside India tackling issues that nobody likes to talk about.

Obviously there are going to be stereotypes involved in how they portray Indians but I dont see any "Americans" represented properly in hindi cinema either. Ohh wait they are too busy with their song and dance numbers to make something different.

Daddy's Girl said...

That's a great picture of Soha and Sharmila! Soha looks so pretty. Padma Shri Saif on the other hand, apart from looking pretty unappealing these days, is also having financial problems? Oh dear, he needs to sign some good movies with lots of mass appeal... and fast!

The whole drama over SRK and Aamir's comments is kinda depressing... come on conservative extremists, there are actually serious societal problems to be dealt with!

Simran said...

I agree with Daddy's Girl. Being a hard-core SRK fan, I'm obviously going to defend him, but at the end of the day, he had a point. What was the point of inviting the Pakistani cricketers to India if the auctioners were previously told to shun them?

&& On a happy note, Sharmila and Soha look very pretty! :)

zoobee said...

SRK meant well but he chose his words badly. He said Pakistan is a good neighbour to India, but a good neighbour does not send terrorists to shoot people dead in Mumbai. Its enough to say the common people who have no hatred towards India are our friends, but to say Pakistan is a friendly neighbour is insensitive.

And I'm glad to hear about the short movie made about a child labourer. It makes a change from endless movies about the gilded rich of India. We need more and more of this. Its wonderful.

Ami said...

I did write about Shah Rukh's comment on the cricketers in a blog post right after I watched the youtube clip.. in which I have predicted that he'd get in trouble over his interview replies to Dr. Prannoy Roy.. only I never anticipated that the trouble can snowball this much ^^; ..he's being made into some sort of symbol for freedom and everything shiny now. Politicians/writers/faceless twitters/etc. are currently making him the backdrop of their high-brow arguments. Ish scary when I think of it. By now I'm completely convinced that he is INDEED one of the 50 most powerful people in the world. Infact, they should nudge him a few dozen rungs up the ladder.

I'm being sarcastic because I love him as a fun-loving guy with his own individual principles. To make him into an effigy you can burn or a point of reference for your political mileage is such a sucky thing to do that it renders me speechless every time I read about it. Am still collecting news reports on the SS-BJP-Congress-SRK goings on coz I seriously dunno how big this snowball is gonna be and in which direction it will ultimately go. Politics is a big, dumb, scary animal..but it's also a good source for great drama.

And OMG! what's up with men throwing women's faces with acid?? *feels murderous*

Sharmila Tagore is still so beautiful.. *__*

Filmi Girl said...

Okay, just to address the white guy with the film about child labor - I think the difference between this and all the evil whities who show up in Bollywood is the difference between actual racism and 'reverse racism.'

When Hollywood rewards films that showcase any non-Western country as a land of poor, starving, underpriviledged, misogynistic, etc. etc. people (and not that all of these things aren't true in places), it sends a message to the American public and to the world that that is all those countries are. We see it done with Africa all the time.

While, yes, white people generally look bad in most non-Western cinemas, there is a reason: a huge history of colonial oppression that is - in some places - still going on.

The balance of scale isn't equal, so there is something so condescending about a white guy waltzing into India and making a film about a poor child laborer that really grates on my nerves.

Can you imagine an Indian film crew coming into Baltimore and making a short film about a poor kid forced to go hungry or run drugs or something?

Note from Filmi Girl:

I love Bollywood - and all the ridiculous things that happen in Bollywood - but it doesn't mean that I can't occasionally make fun of various celebrities and films.

If you don't like my sense of humor, please just move on by - Trolls are not appreciated and nasty comments will be deleted.

xoxo Filmi Girl
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