Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sunday Gossip!

Yes! It's that time again... let's see what I missed while I was away!

First of all, check out a cool interview from Mr. Stephen Baker with
Abhay Deol:

So you have lived in New York and LA, how do you find living and studying abroad with working in film in India?

Well I studied abroad and did my college there. I spent time in New York recently and did a couple of courses in welding and life drawing classes. It was only essentially because I was in New York and thought it would be interesting to keep myself busy, but didn’t attend as much as I wanted – my social life took over unfortunately. I had more of social life than a school life.

* Sonu Niigaam and VVC are heating up the
copyright battle. I have a feeling that India is going to end up with the American model, which isn't great but it should be better for the composers than what they have now. Singers and musicians on the other hand... the American model screws them over just as much.

* As we all know, the Bachchans
boycotted the Filmfare Awards.

Namitha is still working her magic down South...

Voluptuous southern star Namitha is ready to fire flame across the screens once more this Ugadi, the Deccan new year, with Hoo, the remake of the Tollywood monster hit Vasantham. Hoo also features Crazy Star V Ravi Chandran and Meera Jasmine. A story about love and friendship, it will showcase Namitha’s acting talents, which is sure to please her fans, many of whom literally worship her as a goddess in temples dedicated to her beauty - and represents perfect family entertainment for the holiday.

* Sajid Khan and I clearly have the exact same taste in films - he is convinced Akshay Kumar will be
no. 1 in 2010.

"What Akshay saw in 2007 was the best phase in his career. In 2010, he will be the No. 1 star, at the box-office. In Housefull, he isn’t Akshay, but a character. I state this on record that this is Akshay’s best performance till date. Akshay’s the best physical comedy actor and when he and Ritiesh get together, you get the best."

Dude, there is room for you in the Akshay No. 1 Ladies (& Sajid) Fan Club any time!

* There is still talk of reviving the
RK Films banner.

* Manish Malhotra's show was sadly free of
Bolly stars.

Tees Maar Khan is releasing Christmas Eve!

* And one more reason to count down the days... Katrina is doing a
village belle number in Tees Maar Khan!

* Akki is such a professional!! They lost the keys to his handcuffs shooting
yesterday... poor guy!

* As if I wasn't excited enough for the Riteish/Jacqueline Fernandez
Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai, there are going to be a ton of cameos including Akki, Priyanka, Katrina, Deepika, Vidya, and Anushka Sharma.

Some Western guy is doing the score for Road Movie.

Snow ruined the shooting of a romantic song for Action Replayy.

Pritam is doing the music for Badmash Company, Action Replayy, Dum Maro Dum, and Golmaal 3.

* Speaking of
Golmaal 3 - we've got more on the casting from the Hindustan Times:

Kareena Kapoor is the only heroine in this comic caper featuring Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor and Shreyas Talpade. Tusshar will continue to play the mute Lucky “but his character will be better this time”. Sharman Joshi, who played Laxman in Golmaal and appeared as a framed photograph in Golmaal Returns, will never be a part of the series again.

Golmaal 3 has a new character to be enacted by Kunal Kemmu. “It’s ridiculous for a certain publication to say that Kareena recommended Kunal’s name for the character because he is supposedly seeing Saif’s (Ali Khan) sister Soha,” [Rohit] Shetty fumes.

First of all, I am LOVING this cast, which will also include Mithun Chakraborthy and Ratna Shah Pathak, and second of all, I enjoy the phrasing of how Tusshar's character Lucky will be "better" this time. Seriously, dude, we don't need to hear him talk. Thirdly, if it takes Kunal Khemu dating Soha Ali Khan to get him good roles, I don't even care - he should just KEEP DATING HER!

And here are a few American and English editorials and articles:

From the
Guardian: "Why We Should Celebrate the End of the Asian Network."

Now that no decent teacher would want to exclude colonialism, slavery or significant black figures from what remains of the school history curriculum, there are good arguments for dropping the positive thinking that is black history month, an event that already irritates some of its intended celebrants. In fact, when Boris Johnson cut London's grant for black history festivities, it was his predecessor Ken Livingstone's insistence that such events had "helped bring London together" that suddenly made you wonder if he hadn't got more out of black history month, in recent years, than anyone else in the country.

Similarly, Jenny Abramsky's opening fanfare for Asian Network in 2002 – "One of the most important things the BBC has ever done" – tells you what it was really for. It arrived after Greg Dyke came up with "hideously white". The true lesson of Asian Network is that, where hideous whiteness is concerned, ghettos don't change anything.

From the
Washington Post: "Song-and-dance Bollywood makes room for 9/11-inspired films."

(Just a day late and a dollar short,
WaPo, as per usual.)

The first of the Sept. 11 movies was the summer hit "New York."

"My film was about the prejudice and paranoia that became shrill after 9/11," director Kabir Khan said. "Everything that followed is a consequence of that event, even the Mumbai attacks. Nothing is isolated."

And from the
New York Times: "Bollywood soars towards Hollywood."

Even as overblown Bollywood extravaganzas are being reworked to suit more minimalist Western palates, smaller, grittier Hindi films are making inroads via the festival route. In January “Peepli Live,” a low-budget black comedy about farmer suicides in central India, became the first Hindi film selected for competition at Sundance. In February “Peepli Live” screened at the Berlin Film Festival, alongside another crossover candidate: “Road, Movie.” A whimsical tale of a traveling cinema in rural India, “Road, Movie” was co-produced by Ross Katz, whose credits include the Oscar-nominated “Lost in Translation.” Fortissimo Films acquired distribution rights last year (another first for a Hindi film) and, according to Mr. Katz, “Road, Movie” should reach United States theaters later this year.


And how about some catch-up pictures?!

The GR8's Women Achiever Awards!

The GR8 Aishwarya Rai!

The GR8 Sushmita Sen (with Miss World 1999 Yukta Mookhey)!

The always GR8 Shabana Azmi... !

Shahid Kapoor had a birthday party!

Happy Birthday, Shahid!!!!!!!

Fine, Genelia, I'll forgive you for the fairness cream ads because you look
so cute! Nobody rocks the mini-skirt like Genes!

Cute-patootie Dr. Meiyang Chang carries his own flowers... no pretensions here, folks! He's the real deal!

Koko and Ajay are out promoting
Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?, which looks pleasingly hilarious.

Mr. Twitter himself... ARSHAD WARSI! Promoting
Hum Tum aur Ghost with Dia Mirza!

And a couple of promos...

Love Sex aur Dhokha looks fantastic!

Why did Himesh have to do the music for
Milenge Milenge?! Watch the trailer here because stupid Eros never lets you embed videos.


honeycombveils said...

I love Aish's sari!

Bombay Talkies said...

1. I'm *completely* gutted about the Asian Network. I listen to Raj and Pablo every weekend, download their podcast, LOVE Ameet Chana's show, hell, I love it all. I even listen to the devotional music programs at 3 in the morning. They're all wonderful. It's an incredible resource and I hope someone finds a way to keep it around. Shilpa Shetty, Gurinder Chadha, etc wrote a pretty passionate plea for its survival in the Guardian the other day.

2. That WaPo article pissed me off like nothing else. It was SO shallow (and like you said, way late). But the worst part was the comments section...I don't know why I even bothered reading them! They were all so spiteful and horrible, and 90% of them had nothing to do with the movie at all. Racist, xenophobic crap. Ugh.

That aside, happy to have you back!


dishoomdishoom said...

First, glad you are back here Filmi Girl! I had to work to get my news fix (Gasp! the horror!) Good to know you had a great time in Bollytown.

I am also gutted by the proposed closure of the Asian Network. Though, I don't do a lot of Bollywood listening on Asian Network, they have some really good shows that showcase non-Bollywood non-Bhangra (ok, there's a lot of emphasis on Bhangra, but then its coming out of Birmingham) desi music. I discovered a lot of desi acts, or acts that had desi influences from the shows there. Its the only global desi music institution which transgresses genres, and gives a truly diverse playlists. (Well, ofcourse one can argue that there isn't a lot of Desi Rock played there, but for desi electronica, its bloody brilliant. And also, this argument is not justified in British context, because they are not paying their license fee so that the rest of the world can experience quality music).

However, I doubt there is a big tendency of ghetto-isation because of Asian Network. They tend to represent British Asians as a whole (which they profusely state as well) and do not restrict their programming to sub-groups within the Asian community. Apparently, there is a tendency for that in other stations, and given my experience with some desi stations here who only play Bollywood, that argument somewhat makes sense.
Restricting it to local AM frequencies in a few localities is, actually, ghetto-isation, no?

ajnabi said...

I'm glad I don't have to rely on my Bollywood Google alert anymore. :-) That was a really cool Abhay interview!

d said...

that's also a pretty GR8 kurta javed akhtar is wearing. i'm going to have to get me one like that; mine aren't nearly shimmery enough.

layla-aaron said...

*blows belated kisses* Welcome back! I'm going to mutter and mumble under my breath about late!stories being late!

Instead, I'll focus on pics. Ajay...bless you for posting this shot of him. *g* And Koko with him...Yay! I adore her.

And Shabana!!!! The GR8 and fabulous Shabana is gorgeous in those glorious colors.

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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