Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Gossip - IIFA MADNESS!

I'm heading out to Toronto this morning for IIFA! I'm not sure what my posting schedule will be like but I'm going to try and post updates and pictures throughout the weekend.

Today in gossip - IIFA CRAZINESS; some Western media outlets not in Canada try to join in the action; Aamir talks about his new item number; Saif is a zombie; and MORE!


A columnist at
The Star marvels at how Bollywood actors are idolized.

Vinay Virmani, one of the stars of Breakaway, a Hollywood/Bollywood fusion flick set to premiere in September, was also born and raised in Toronto. “Bollywood film stars are held in such high regard within many households that people literally can’t distinguish between onscreen and off-screen sometimes. So the actors are idols, and they have to be very responsible about how they conduct themselves.”

Jermaine Jackson, who will be performing with Sonu Nigaam this weekend, claims
Bollywood influenced the Jackson 5.

The Star has more paparazzi pics from the red carpet for the Double Dhamaal premiere.

Melbourne, Australia is going to try to snag IIFA
for next year.

Check out
seven Bollywood films shot in Canada... including Neal'n'Nikki! It's kind of funny that somebody would dredge that up to stick on a list, most of us fans have been trying to forget it exists... although maybe I should watch it for my flops feature.

The BBC quizzes Anil Kapoor on his experiences in Hollywood. It's odd to hear somebody treat our disposable Hollywood celebrities with the same respect one would use for their Bollywood counterparts.

CNN has some photos of poster painters and a little article lamenting their extinction.

The Guardian talks to Aamir Khan about producing so-called Indian independent films and actually bothers to add some nuance.

Film critic Anupama Chopra says the term independent cinema applies, in India, to a film's creative sensibility. "We're not talking about finance or distribution, but content and storytelling. These films don't adhere to the song-and-dance formula we've had for many years," she says.

India does have a history of arthouse cinema, even if Bengali director Satyajit Ray is the only film-maker most have heard of. "There was a vibrant art house or parallel cinema movement in the 1970s and 1980s," Chopra, says "with directors like Shyam Benegal and Govind Nihalani, and brilliant actors Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil. The cinema was challenging, but only occasionally did well commercially.

Bbuddah director Puri Jaggannadh talks the Madras cut.

The ‘Madras cut’ that Jagannadh here refers to, isn’t a jacket style or hairdo. It refers to the South Indian style of filmmaking, which has been gaining popularity in Bollywood after Wanted and Dabangg became superhits. In accordance with the trend, the director’s Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Bbuddah... sees the actor in a rather flashy, arrogant and action-filled avatar, commonly associated with “heroes” in the South Indian films.

Although I don't know why heroes was put in scare quotes - it's not like there are no heroes up north...

* Raj & DK are doing a
zombie film next... with Saifu! Now we know why he's been getting all that botox... training for playing a zombie! ZING!

Actually, I'm just excited to see Kunal Khemu onscreen again - that guy can ACT! He's like 5'4" of pure awesome.

* A Telugu film producer
is arrested for gangster behavior.

* Sushmita Sen talks about her
beauty pageant.

* Shahrukh Khan
world tour? Start saving your pennies!

* Please, Kiran Rao, do not direct a
rap song with Aamir. DO NOT WANT.

Also, we the audience really didn't need Aamir Khan's
mass of fake chest hair... Is it kosher (so to speak) for a major star to be mocking guys with hairy chests? Not everybody can afford (or wants to) wax. I know you guys are probably as tired of me banging on about these promos as I am about banging on about them but as soon as I resign myself to letting go, something even more awful pops up.

You know, I would love to see what
The Bollywood Fan thinks about this because I trust his opinion on all matters Aamir Khan.

Here's the promo for the song... I'm curious to hear what everybody thinks. Like all the other promos, I think this leaves a nasty taste...


Moimeme said...

Re the "Madras Cut", you said:

I don't know why heroes was put in scare quotes - it's not like there are no heroes up north...

But there are no "heroes" in the Hindi film industry any more. Amitabh Bachchan was the last of them during his heyday. There may have been action films in the interim, but there hasn't been a larger than life "hero" figure until Salman Khan. While SRK is also immensely popular, (as well as people like Akshay Kumar), the nature of the adulation is different. It's not even because Salman has recently resurrected the "hero" genre with films like Wanted & Dabangg. Even earlier, during the release of his films his fans would put garlands on his cutouts (in places like Rajasthan or Bangalore); that is very reminiscent of the way heroes in the Southern films are adored. It's not for nothing that people are calling him "the Rajnikanth of Hindi Films." :)

Jess said...

Kiefer Sutherland has been around for a long time, and 24 was massively popular. Tom Cruise has starred in some of the biggest films ever made, even if he is a total nutjob. I wouldn't call either of them disposable.

I agree with Moimeme about Salman, he perfectly fits the definition of "hero"

I'm really curious about Delhi Belly. I'll have to see it just to figure out what, exactly, it is.

Sal said...

See, I thought "Switty" was cute (synchronized dancing! Imran mugging for the camera!) but this one is just . . . a little gross. Like, It's Aamir Khan, one of the nation's top stars, and you pt him in something so half-hearted. I know they were going for that low-budget 80s aesthetic, but parody can be done in a way that is watchable (Dhoom Tana from OSO is a great example). This just looks like a tired standup sketch. Furthermore, Aamir doing the "I'm a bad dancer" hammy bit is not funny, since he *is* a bad dancer. Anusha is hot, though. :)

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