Monday, May 23, 2011

Monday Gossip!

Today in gossip! Sniping over the National Awards, Ek Tha Tiger goes international, and Sonam Kapoor goes to Cannes... and doesn't see a single film!

(Plus Chiranjeevi beating up some rowdies!)

* Interesting article on Bhutanese cinema, which is one of the countries that uses the Indian style of filmmaking.

The local film industry started developing in the mid-1990s, when theaters were ordered to only screen Bhutanese films as part of the government’s broader effort to promote and preserve the country’s culture and national language, Dzongkha. Before then, the country’s few movie halls would show almost exclusively Bollywood hits. Video parlors would have the occasional Hollywood movie—but their appeal was largely restricted to the upper-middle classes.

The first major breakthrough in Bhutanese film was the 1997 hit Jigdrel, the story of a poor boy who falls in love with a rich girl. “It had all the popular ingredients people were already familiar with because of Indian movies,” said Mr. Gyeltshen. Jigdrel was one of the first movies for which producers agreed to invest in better equipment and pay actors.

* Bollywood continues to flop at the box office... and I can't help but think that as much as pundits and critics complain about formula films, those are the ones people want to see. If Ready, for example, is halfway decent, it will do AMAZING business from folks who just want to go out and have a good time.

* Meanwhile Bollywood filmmakers are miffed that the National Awards ignored Hindi language films almost all together.

One eminent filmmaker whose films used to sweep all the popular awards until recently opined, "Agreed a lot of really good films are being made in the regional languages. But I think the attempt to please every state makes the National Awards look like toffees in a kindergarten class."

Jury head J.P. Dutta is unfazed by the criticism. "Why are we looking at Indian cinema as Bollywood and regional cinema? There's just one cinema in the country, Indian cinema. It's a shame that a lot of filmmakers in Mumbai equate Bollywood with Indian cinema. They need to open their eyes and look around."

Note to Bollywood, it's called: Making films people want to see and not making films for nebulous and non-existent markets abroad.

* Speaking of, Ready is going to premiere in Dubai!

Speaking to Emirates 24|7 earlier, Mahi Golchin-Deepala, Managing Director of Phars Films, the sole distributors of Indian and other regional films in the GCC, had said in the UAE, a Khan film always brought in the crowds, especially when the name Salman was attached to it.

“It’s a given that if an Indian film doesn’t have a Khan [Shah Rukh, Salman, Aamir or Saif] or a Bachchan [Amitabh or Abhishek] in the lead, the film will not attract viewers in the local cinemas. Because let’s face it, half the battle is won in terms of marketing a film if a recognisable actor is starring in it. And Salman Khan is the most bankable we have here.”

* Salman's Ek Tha Tiger is going to be shot in Chile, Ireland, and Istanbul so watch out if you are in those areas!

* Sonam Kapoor went to Cannes and didn't see a single film.

* VIKRAM! He talks about his new film!

* Rahul Bose is upset that promotions for the fun-looking Kuch Love Jaisaa have focused only on Shefali Shah.

* Rajini gets twitpic'ed in the hospital! (Get well soon, sir!)

* Vidya Balan is going to be using extra padding for her Silk Smitha flick.

Now, get your day started right with Chiranjeevi beating up some rowdies in Mechanic Alludu!


Moimeme said...

Thanks for posting J.P.Dutta's interview. I'm completely sick of the way"Bollywood" is projected as the whole of the Indian film industry! This never used to happen when it was just the plain old Hindi film industry.

On the national awards, they have historically been given to mostly non-Hindi films, because (1) those films wouldn't get as much exposure as Hindi films; and (2)except for a few directors, the best work was usually not done in the Hindi industry. It's actually the flood of awards for BW films in the past few years that is the anamoly. Seemed more like high pressure lobbying at work than any cinematic quality, especially given the kind of people who won the awards. I hope now the National Awards can regain their reputation, which they lost with all the Bollywood awards.

Michael Barnum said...

Thank you for starting my Monday with news of a new Vikram film! Yay!

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