Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunday Gossip!

Hello! Hello! How is everybody this fine morning?!

Shall we see what is bubbling in the
filmi gossip columns?!

Check out Michelle Obama dancing to "Rang De Basanti"!

* You know, I really hope that
Dunno Y is an amazing film because it is causing everybody involved a lot of grief. Actor Kapil Sharma has been receiving death threats.

Can't we all just get along?

One sweet romantic film about a gay couple is not going to bring about the collapse of society. I will guarantee all of you that right now.

And if it the premise makes some people uncomfortable, you know what, you don't
have to go see it. Nobody is capable of forcing audiences to watch anything they don't want to - as much as the makers of such flop films as Pyaar Impossible would wish otherwise. So let's all just calm down and stop sending death threats to actors.

* Directors are blaming the terrible performance of their terrible films on the fact that
not too many people go to the cinema on Diwali.

"It's a misconception that people watch movies during Diwali. There is puja at home, there are people to meet and watching a movie might not always be on the cards," says filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, whose 2007 Diwali release Saawariya sank at the box-office.

Hmm... And here I thought people didn't want to go see
Saawariya because (to put it politely) it wasn't Bhansali's best work...

* I've been ignoring this story for the last few days because it seems really unfounded but since we're light on gossip today
here you go! Writer-director Dayanand Raajan is claiming that Guzaarish is very similar to something that he had written so, therefore, SLB must have stolen the idea.

Now, look, I'm not saying that
Guzaarish is not similar to Dayanand Raajan's idea but that doesn't mean it was stolen from him. It's very possible that two or more people can have a similar idea - Jung called it the collective unconscious. Maybe they both read the same news story one day about euthanasia or maybe they were both struck by an image in an advertisement or a fashion photo spread. Who knows?

The point is that we live in a society. Images, ideas, and narratives are flying around us all the time - it would be weird if two people didn't have the same inspiration. It's all about who can turn that inspiration into something that resonates with the public at large.

Think of it this way - this happens all the time in Hollywood. Remember a couple of years ago when there were two shows that launched at the same time about working at a late night comedy show?
30 Rock and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. One caught on and the other didn't but I can guarantee you that nobody on two rival networks was plagiarising the other. Earlier there was Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Babylon 5 about space stations and many other things it's too early in the morning for me to think about.

That's why I hadn't given this
Guzaarish story much credit - I think it's full of baloney and unless I hear that SLB read this director's short story or script or whatever, then I am going to continue to think it's baloney.

* Aishwarya Rai says she based her character on a
collage of actresses from the 1970s.

"There isn’t any particular actor whom I followed. In terms of visual styling, make-up and hair, there are lots of actresses from that time. There is no signature reference of any particular actor of that time. It’s a collage of all actors," Aishwarya, 37, told IANS in an interview.

She reminded me of a cross between Shabana Azmi and Neetu Singh in Parvarish!

* Anybody up for yet another
English-language novel about gangsters in Mumbai?

More interestingly, the novel seems to be published through PublishAmerica, which isn't a traditional publishing house at all. It's not a vanity press but more like a wholesaler...

* How about a
sci-fi book that seems to be simialr to the story of Heroes but with cricket, Bollywood, and Indian politics instead of cheerleading and New York?

* Jackky Bhagnani is using the
shooting location of his re-launch film as a USP.

"This university was just the right setting for our film. It is a young film and has a fun filled entertainment quotient to it. There are many students from the University who too are a part of the cast."

That setting is the University of Mauritius where
KKHH was filmed.

Also, is it me or did Jackky numerologize his name with an extra 'k'?

* And speaking of Jung and synchronicity
Allah Ke Banday is quite similar to Slumdog Millionaire... but gritter. And stars Sharman Joshi and Naseer.

Says the director:

"There are a lot of real life inspirations and a lot of news headlines from a lot of papers that went behind this movie… I met a lot of kids associated with juvenile crime. I shot three to four hours of footage with them. I came across the spirit they have for life, the kind of crazy lifestyle they live and how they mature much before time. Unicef too provided me a lot of archival footage for the research. I have used that for a song ‘Kya hawa kya badal’ with Kailash Kher."

See, it doesn't sound anything like Slumdog Millionaire but tackles a similar subject! Did he copy it - I would say 'no'.

* The Deccan Chronicle runs down some upcoming
female-centered films:

Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani is a thriller about a woman in search of her husband in Kolkata, who finds herself struggling in an environment that is completely alien to her. “For me, it is the story that matters and not the protagonist. Kahaani revolves around the plight of a woman played by Vidya Balan,” he says.

SUJOY GHOSH! I kind of want to rewatch
Aladin now...


Anishok said...

I don't know about Guzaarish being a stolen idea from an Indian director...but it's definitely been inspired by Javier Bardem's The Sea Inside. ;-)

eliza bennet said...

Or Julian Schnabel's Diving Bell and the Butterfly (he lifted the whole fly on the nose scene - only Schnabel's was sort realistic)

Anu Russell said...

Or what about hte movie...that won oscar...boxer and her mentor...eventually pulling la plug? Million Dollar Baby??

kintama said...

Then again, any movie about such a particular subject will, in 2010, have to be inspired by something. Reminds me of the controversies on My Name is Khan.
Bollywood has done far worse in Pritamizing (yeah that's the new trendy word), and with no credit or compensation whatsoever.

Filmi Girl said...

Ha ha!! That was exactly my point - there is so much cultural material out there that just because an idea is similar, it doesn't mean it was stolen. Now, lifting a whole scene from a film... like @eliza says, that is something worth mentioning. I haven't seen that one - maybe I'll wait until after Guzaarish.

@kintama It's funny you mention Pritamizing because I was laughing to myself that the score of Action Replayy used music from Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera! :D

kintama said...

@FilmiGirl Oh yeah? Could you be specific about the song? Is that Nakhre?
And by the way, I LOVE Pritam! I mean he's no AR Rahman genius, but he's a genius at pritamizing songs and make it much better. And I loved his work on Action Replayy soundtrack. And also: he looks like a frog and is hilarious when he talks.

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