Monday, February 28, 2011

Monday Gossip!

Where does the weekend go? It seems like just yesterday I could sit around in my pajamas all day and today I have to go be productive...

* Another
confused piece on popular Indian films from the Western media - this time from Peter Rainer, who is an expert on all Indian film and qualified to write on herogiri because a) he spent two weeks in Kolkata and b) is an expert on Satyajit Ray.

I had always believed that India's vast poverty and illiteracy explained the success of the frankly escapist Bollywood movies, with their sudsy plots and deliriously spangly musical numbers. (I coined the term "Busby Beserkeley" to describe Bollywood musicals, and the phrase stuck.)

[REALLY? You "coined" a term that is in use where? Your classroom? - FG]

Imagine my surprise when I discovered, in speaking with the Kolkata college students, most of whom were highly educated and relatively well-to-do, that they, no less than the uneducated poor, were obsessed with Bollywood stars.

Instead of exploring what he could talk about with some authority - his preconceptions of popular Indian film and how those preconceptions changed - Mr. Rainer treats us to a patronizing rumination on the amorphous idea of "heroes" that makes no sense to those of us with more than a passing familiarity with mainstream Indian and East Asian movies.

How you portray heroism is often a function of movie-making economics. Rather than trying to beat Hollywood at its own game, film-makers outside America are more likely to favor moral heroism over physical heroism – for one thing, it's less expensive to produce. Colin Firth's stammering George VI in The King's Speech embodies courage against fearful odds and you don't have to wear 3-D glasses to enjoy his triumph.

Well, maybe that's true if the only films produced outside America that you see are the ones that end up screening at the local art house theater. For example,
Udaan fits in The King's Speech mold but anybody who has seen Salman Khan or Mahesh Babu beat up rowdies knows that the idea that "physical heroism" is owned by Hollywood is bullshit.

Who let this guy write an article on Bollywood heroes and why did nobody challenge his assertions?

* It's funny, I was just reading about globalism and agriculture and here is an article about how American nut growers are using
Asian actors and actresses to promote their products in Asia.

In India - Karishma Kapoor.

* Shobba De is planning a book on

“It will be on the lines of an acclaimed book based on Victoria Beckham. The book will trace how Kareena Kapoor became the brand Kareena Kapoor... how she became a name to reckon with from just being Lolo’s sister,” the source added.

* Women are making inroads in the
Malayalam film industry.

* The Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's remake of
Everybody's Famous is coming along slowly because he can't find a heroine who looks 19.

* The Mumbai Mirror digs to the real story
on Salman Khan and Yash Raj.

* Sameera Reddy has been sent to the
hospital with "exhaustion" after she fainted on set. I'm sure this has NOTHING to do with her recently slimmed down figure. Nothing whatsoever... by which I mean she's probably not eating enough and taking care of herself.

And looked who showed up to the Oscars!


Kaitlyn said...

Forget Matt Damon. Filmmakers outside America are more likely to favor moral heroism over physical heroism. Meet India's Salman Khan.

He didn't even mention Salman. And while Pandey was the hero, he wasn't 100% moral...

Filmi Girl said...

@kaitlyn I know, right?! The Salman Khan thing was why I clicked on it but the whole piece was so choppy and had NOTHING to say on Salman or anything else.

Carol said...

Huuuum...Amrita Rao and Genelia look 19.

Bombay Talkies said...

Bless her, I love Mallika, but she has a tendency to look trashy pretty much everywhere she goes. This is basically her Cannes dress turned around so the slit isn't exposing half her ass to the photographers.

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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