Saturday, March 5, 2011

Saturday Gossip!

Good mornings!

* I really hate hand-wringing
articles like this one from that great source of handwringing Globalpost. The premise of the piece - from one Hanna Ingber Win, your typical white lady "international" journo - is that a giant new studio built in Mumbai is somehow going to ruin "authentic" Indian cinema.

Seriously! This is the tag:
A new film studio in Mumbai may attract Hollywood stars, but will it be the end of Bollywood?

And we get gems likes this:
There has been a mixed response from filmmakers to the new studios in Mumbai. While some welcome the new technological possibilities they will offer, others lament what they see as the commercialization of Hindi cinema.

What are you talking about, lady? What filmmakers are complaining about commercialization? Are they filmmakers who have never seen an Indian film before? Commercialization is nothing new - you can have a film shot on a shoestring budget with no fancy sets and a star who is doing a favor for the director and it can still be plenty commercial AND enjoyable. (e.g.
Main Hoon Na)

Some writers and independent filmmakers, though, worry that while the quality of the studios might be stellar, the rise in expensive films is hurting smaller, alternative cinema.

“The multiplex cinema is killing alternative cinema by charging such high prices,” said writer and filmmaker Jaideep Varma.

When moviegoers must spend more than 200 rupees ($4.40) for a ticket at a multiplex cinema, they are less likely to take a risk on seeing a smaller film, he said. This forces moviemakers to only invest in commercial films with big name stars.

“What’s happening in our country is only the big budget film will survive,” he said. “What India really needs is for our own voices to flourish.”

Whaaaat are you even talking about? So something like big budget
Magadheera is not India's own voices? And filmmaker Jaideep Varma who has directed a documentary on Indian Ocean and not much else, if you ask me, it's the mulitplexes that are discouraging studios from investing in good old fashioned populist true voice of India bangers in favor of those artsier films from NYU graduates that cater to the upper and middle class types who go to the mulitplexes.

Like I said, I hate hand-wringing articles like this from people who think that "authentic" means low budget films about oppressed ladies and the poor.

Why didn't she just write about how cool the new studio was? Why couch it in this WOE FOR AUTHENTIC CINEMA nonsense?

Anyways, more interesting industry stuff!

* Celebrity cricket match!!!
I wish I was there!

In one week, I've gone from zero to hero - after some careful study, now I can tell you what a "yorker" is and appreciate Shahid Afridi's "googlies."

* Ranveer Singh is a
cutie patootie! He wants to work with Rani Mukerji and Bebo...

Also on his list of must-act-with co-stars? “Rani Mukherjee, because she is a great actress and I can learn a lot from her. Also I would love to work with Kareena Kapoor, I have a huge crush on her.”

Now, somebody just needs to finance that Ranveer-Rani film so I can watch it already! Are you listening, Aditya?

Tanu Weds Manu remake! YAY! Who do you want to see in the SI version? I don't even know... are there any curly-wurly girls like Kangana willing to drink and smoke on screen?

* Maddy dispels rumors
of his next films.

Prince Vaali? Okay... beefcake debut hero in a mythologically inspired superhero film? I'm just going to go ahead and set my Google alert for this one.

* More info on
Dear Friend Hitler, which is sounding more and more interesting... and also there was this little gem of a rant:

Reacting to the foreign media calling it a typical Bollywood song and dance number without seeing it, he said: 'It is high time the western media accepted the way we Indians are. We love songs and music. And, for God's sake, Hitler is not dancing around the trees to sing songs. It does have a bhajan 'Vaishnav janato' which was a reality at the time of Gandhi.

* The Deepika-Shriya
question for Teen Maar has yet to be satisfactorily resolved. I'm getting tired of this. JUST PICK ONE!

* Rajamouli is
not directing any Magadheera remakes.

* Actress Mink Singh gets her name in the papers by spilling the beans on
Bollywood's paid dating trade.

* Finally, IIFA IIFA IIFA! There will be a
Raj Kapoor film festival in conjunction with the awards!

Lovely Bebo in an adorable blue polka-dot dress at an IIFA promo event!

With KJo!

Arjun Rampal and Sonu Sood were there, too!


WSW said...

"Others lament what they see as the commercialization of Hindi cinema."

Hindi cinema was totally free of commercialism until now. Pity, really.

Filmi Girl said...

@WSW Such a pity - what will we see next? Actors doing advertisements for Cocacola and Pepsi?!

larissa said...

The news about the Raj Kapoor retrospective is very exciting, especially if it really is in association with TIFF, which may mean the films will be screened at the beautiful and state-of-the-art Lightbox cinema downtown!

maxqnz said...

"In one week, I've gone from zero to hero - after some careful study, now I can tell you what a "yorker" is and appreciate Shahid Afridi's "googlies." EXCELLENT! Inspiring news that gives hope for the future of civilisation.

Loved the pix of Kareena, although I'm surprised that the horrible specimen of (alleged) humanity she was standing with allowed himself to photographed so close to such a "fattie", given his incessant sniping on KwK.

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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