Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wednesday Gossip!

GOOD MORNING! I've got a nice pile of odds and ends for you...

* The New York Observer tackles the genre of
Not Bollywood - and singles out Raavanan for praise!

Only this negative definition can account for, among other curious inclusions by both festivals, the most appealing film screened at either: a Tamil-language production based on the Sanskrit epic the Ramayana and boasting not only the marquee director Mani Ratnam and one of the largest budgets of any Indian film in history but also the superstar Aishwarya Rai, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World. Raavanan, in which an aggrieved bandit-king kidnaps the wife of the police officer trying to assassinate him, is the rare film that answers the halfhearted prophecies of mainstream Indian cinema's imminent breakthrough in North America: a story that is both indigenous and universal; imagery that is riotously, unnecessarily, nonsensically exuberant; musical numbers that feel natural and coherent rather than a reverse-engineering of the soundtrack into the film; production values sufficient to overcome kitsch; coracles, gang rape, wire-fu.

See!!! I told you all it was an amazing film! Definitely my favorite of 2010.

* Along those lines, read a review of
Kites: The Remix that contrasts it with the original Kites.

The two key differences between the two versions (and between Hollywood and Bollywood) is length and the way music is used. Like opera, Hindi films are long for a reason: The time commitment heightens the audience's emotional investment in the characters as well as the characters' emotional investment in each other. Ratner edits The Remix down to an hour and a half from the original's running time of 130 minutes. The development of the romance is rushed, important intimate scenes are chopped, and it therefore doesn't make sense why the lead characters risk their lives to be together.

* And an interview with Aamir Khan from the
Huffington Post. The Western interviewer asks some smart questions for once...

"First of all, I have to say that we have such a large and healthy audience of our own in India, the fact is that none of the filmmakers have really felt the need to reach out to a world audience. And when I say really felt the need, I mean filmmakers in Argentina perhaps, or in France or Germany, different parts of the world, don't have such big and healthy audiences of their own and so they come from a situation where they really need to reach out to a world audience and an audience in the West. Because of that need to reach out, they come at it with a different energy and a set purpose in mind. I think as far as Indian films are concerned, the creative talent in India has not felt the need yet, and I hope we never do, so that we are free to make films the way we want to, and for our audiences, which is great."

* The source of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's
undeclared currency is being investigated.

* Bollywood dancing has been
banned in Pakistan.

* Okay, my reaction when I read the first few words of
this article was an annoyed, "Really?"

Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan is all set to play a youngster who is victimised by the system of reservation in the film 'Aarakshan' directed by Prakash Jha.

REALLY? Are you kidding me? In what universe is it okay for 40-year old Saif to play a "youngster" in a realistic film? Look, hero-uncles, I absolutely don't care if you romance 20-somethings in
masala films or play "college students" in the same but for realistic cinema, it absolutely will not fly. Unless Prakash Jha has decided to make a Dabangg-influenced film, you can bet I will be skipping this one.

* Salman Khan's cameo has been edited out of
Tanu Weds Manu.

And is Kangana's behavior
upsetting Maddy? This article would like us to think so but in reality - she's such a young girl and he's 40! He should cut her some slack if she is getting over-excited and chattering away. I mean, really, he's almost old enough to be her father, so why not treat the girl with a little compassion.

* Did a secret meeting between SRK and Abhinav Kashyap anger
Salman Khan?

* After Priyanka's PR people got everybody riled up about her doing
Dhoom 3, she has come out to refute the rumor. Also, she would like us to know that she's playing a prostitute's daughter in the Agneepath remake. Because that fits her image more than "nurse"?

* Irrfan Khan talks
The Amazing Spiderman.

* Rani and SLB have
patched up.

* Ali Zafar has signed
another film but he can't talk about it yet... hmm... let the rumor mill begin!

* Jiah Khan is joining a documentary on
the declining population of tigers.

* Sonu Sood and Asin for the next
Rajinikanth film!

* Ranbir Kapoor is debuting...
a ponytail!

* Lovely Adah Sharma is making
another film! Now, if we could just get Anurag Sinha from Black & White another starring role...


dishoomdishoom said...

Asz for the ban of Dancing in "Lahore Arts Council", which oversees this auditorium in Lahore, is an extension of the original ban (it seems) to curb "vulgar mujra dancing".

Most of the theater stage shows used these songs and dance sequences (gawd, i sound like a gora describing Bollywood) for "vulgar" dances. Though there seems to be a backlash by some of the artistes in Pakistan, to Bollywood especially, because it has permeated radio and TV airplay like never before. It might be manifestation of that frustration, perhaps

(not to mention some identity issues, but thats a long rant)

Bluemay said...

Nice to see NY Observer praising the Tamil rendition of Raavanan and Mani Ratnam but enough with the Aish is MBWiW already. She had much less screen time than Vikram, who stood out in each scene with her.

Arrogant Aamir is at it again with his hypocritical thinking. France and Germany are not courting the Western, they are part of the West! If Aamir was not concerned with appealing to the West, why come to Los Angeles to promote Peepli Live for Oscar nomination in the Foreign Film category or strike a deal with Disney to distribute TZP in North America. Whatever Aamir.

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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