Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wednesday Gossip!

Greetings dear readers!

Sorry for missing my gossip post yesterday - somebody (i.e. me) was feeling a bit under the weather.

Don't feel too bad because I didn't miss the big story which began brewing yesterday... are you ready?

* Four words that we never expected to be strung together:
Karan Johar and Marriage Rumors.

If it is true, I can only hope that the lady in question is fully aware of Karan's...
personal preferences and that this is a business match more than anything else.

I have to admit that I'm enjoying the air of disbelief that is surrounding most of the press. The articles all read like: "
Karan Johar? That guy? Married? To a lady? Okay... if you say so."

* Another big (ish) story hitting yesterday - Timbaland wins his
Bollywood sampling lawsuit.

The case turned unusually and rather fascinatingly not on the question of whether Timbaland had a legal right to sample just three notes (looped repeatedly) of the song, but rather whether the plaintiff, Saregama India Ltd., held a copyright in the first place on the original work, "Baghor Mein Bahar Hai," which appeared in the 1969 Bollywood classic, Aradhana.

The article gives an interesting rundown on Indian copyright law - if that's your thing.

* Anupama Chopra gives a half-assed discussion of the return of popular film to

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai set the Western tone for Hindi cinema for the next decade. Rangeela, DDLJ and Dil To Pagal Hai had introduced hip styling, foreign locations and urban gloss, but when Shah Rukh and Kajol appeared onscreen with designer labels emblazoned across their chests in KKHH, the trickle turned into a tsunami.

Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't remember
Rangeela having any foreign locations. Also, I don't think she is drawing the right distinctions between the Western fantasy setting of films like DDLJ and the Western style of filmmaking, which is what films like Peepli Live are drawing from.

(In the same issue of
Open is a piece comparing the balance sheets of Red Chillies and Aamir Khan productions that is a fascinating read.)

* The
BBC tackles the single screen cinema strike - although the article mentions a low capacity crowd for Tanu Weds Manu, I don't think the reporter make it's clear enough that the film has been running for about a month with nothing to replace it.

* Dubai is unimpressed with the
Thank You trio during a promotional event.

Thirty minutes on, and an aborted press conference later that everyone, including some media, didn't care about, the missing star son decided to show up to his event.

However, concern for his health grew amongst his legion of fans present as Deol appeared on stage with bloodshot eyes and looked so dazed that he was unable to even stand steadily on his feet and went on to slur his words when addressing fans.

His spiel was cut off by Kumar promptly after he almost appeared to stumble off the stage, and the celebs were shortly ushered away.

The whole thing is kind of morbidly hilarious - Sonam giggling like an idiot; Bobby showing up drunk; and poor Akshay trying his best to smooth things over and woo the crowd.

* Speaking of morbid, it's Amitabh, Abhishek, Sanjay Dutt, and... Kangana Ranaut for
Ram Gopal Varma's next.

* Darsheel Safary - who is now 15 - is going to be doing stunts in upcoming kids movie

* Are there script problems with

* Ghazal king
Jagjit Singh talks about changing musical tastes in Bollywood.

"Filmmakers have no taste for ghazals. A lot of youngsters like soft songs these days, but Bollywood has no interest in ghazals...the industry is only about making money. Sab paise ke peechhe bhaagte hain (Everyone runs after money)," said Singh.

* I'm so tired of hearing about Hugh Jackman but I wonder what he thinks of the media explosion around his visit. Imagine stepping into Bollywood politics having no idea about "camps" or who expects YOU to talk to THEM. Or that
accepting a Shahrukh Khan party invite means other people are going to be insulted.

I love Suniel Shetty!

What made you to join the film industry?

Suniel: I was practicing Karate and tried my best to be good in action oriented roles. When the opportunity came to me I grabbed it with both hands.

Actors don't get much more honest than that.

* An Australian director is going to make a film on
honor killings...

* Middling review of Anuvab Pal's
Disco Dancer book. (It's not Bollywood related but I would love to read this book on Mumbai's gangster queens.)

* The
Dum Maro Dum team wants Asha Bhosle to give public blessings for the film. Zeenat Aman has already trashed the soundtrack. And Rohan Sippy says he didn't cast Abhi just because of their friendship - although would it really matter if he had? That stuff goes on all the time in B-town.

Ameesha Patel talks bikinis... and neglects to mention Lazy Lamhe.


Shor trailer!


1 comment:

Lime(tte) said...

"Chal - English mein sorry bol" :D.

Looks fun.

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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