Friday, July 1, 2011

Friday Gossip!

Today in gossip - run through some Delhi Belly reviews, check out the making of "Paint It Red," read some interesting pieces on baby bumps and foreigners studying in Bollywood, and MORE!

* Get your
Delhi Belly review run-down here. No surprise - all the critics find it 'ground breaking.' Clearly, toilet humor is only acceptable if done cloaked in a wink. i.e. not in Ready. Also, clearly none of these critics praising the urban flavor of the film saw Shor in the City.

I have a feeling I'll agree most with
this review.

After the disastrous Game, director Abhinay Deo redeems himself somewhat. This isn’t a brilliant film, but it is one that will make you laugh and enjoy the ride. If you can get past all the shit, that is.

* Check out an
interesting article on Bollywood's declining revenues.

One of the main reasons why the 100-year old Indian film industry is in this financial mess is because of soaring production costs driven in a huge part by exorbitant fees paid to its stars. Fees paid to A-list actors in Bollywood have doubled in the last three years, with stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Aishwarya Rai commanding $3.5-5.5 million per film. Talent fee, which includes the money paid to actors, directors and screen writers, makes up roughly 40-50 percent of a film’s cost, according to production house executives.

And part of that has to do with corporate money coming in and raising the cost of everything without being able to increase the amount of money audiences are willing to part with.

* And check out another
interesting piece on foreigners going to Bollywood to study film.

Two months into his arrival in Mumbai for a course in film production, Robert Inyang was on the verge of giving up, and about to go back to Nigeria. Nowhere in the city did he find the love and goodness that he saw in the Bollywood films he grew up on. "In the movies, you see people sing words of love to a girl in the street,” he says. But the people he met were brusque and indifferent to friendly overtures. “The truth is that strangers don't even respond if you greet them," complains the 30-year-old.

* Even though Madhur dropped Aish for
Heroine, shooting with baby bumps is a time honored tradition.

Jaya Bachchan was pregnant with Shweta when she shot for Sholay. She had signed the film, gone abroad for her honeymoon and come back pregnant. “October 3, 1973 was the first day of work. Jaya was three months pregnant at the time. Amitabh had driven her up the bumpy unpaved road to the Thakur’s house in a four-wheeler himself. He wanted to make sure that she was comfortable… Jaya, slowly swelling, often got late-night cravings for biryani and Amitabh and Dharmendra were her escorts.

* Preity Zinta is producing a
French flavored romance.

* Prabhudeva is having
divorce drama.

* Can we just leave the Anushka and Ranveer alleged relationship
alone? It's fun to speculate but for the love of Helen stop pestering them about it.

* If Minissha Lamba
hardly gets paid, as she says, then where does her money come from?

* Sonam Kapoor is
seriously ill. Look, I know I joke about actresses turning into bobbleheads but there are rumors going around about an actress so frail that she bruises if you even touch her. I suspect it's Sonam and I suspect she's so frail because she's not eating. Have you seen pictures of her before her 'diet?' This thin weight is not her natural weight.

* Read about
the work that goes into star haircuts.

“I met Ranbir at Salman Khan’s shoot in Filmistan for Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya. Salman was shooting a song with Sushmita Sen and Ranbir had come to meet him. Salman told me that he was Rishi Kapoor’s son and that I must style him. I was happy to do it. Ranbir was so young, with gora-chitta chocolate boy looks. As soon as I’d start doing something to Ranbir’s hair, Salman would give his opinion on the look. Since then I have styled him in all his films, starting from Saawariya and going on to Raajneeti and all the others.

Lastly, check out the making of the tomato festival song from


Moimeme said...

Thanks for that very interesting article on previous films that were shot with pregnant heroines. But you notice a common thread running through them all -- all the heroines (except possibly Jaya Bachchan) told their directors ahead of time about their pregnancy, so that they could plan and shoot around it. It's not clear when Sholay's director found out about Jaya's pregnancy or if she told him herself, because the article doesn't say, but it is clear that he did know at an early stage (for her first schedule, in fact). So clearly, the industry is not "sexist", but accommodating, when kept in the loop.

Moimeme said...

I'm surprised you didn't quote this bit from that Reuters review you linked to:

I don’t know why this toilet humour should be funny if we find the same kind of toilet humour in an Anees Baazmee film repelling. After a while it gets to you.

Can it be? Have you found an honest reviewer at last??

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.

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