Saturday, November 26, 2011

Saturday Gossip!

Today in gossip - a couple of thoughtful pieces on nostalgia and watching Bollywood films and a couple of pretty cool looking film trailers from South! And Bebo getting voted the NUMBER ONE SEXIEST LADY! (We can't forget that!)

* To start, check out a thoughtful piece on what it feels like when people like me start watching films you thought of as your own.

But the fact remains that Bollywood is as much a part of my identity as my curly hair. Across the globe, kids of South Asian extraction are raised on a steady diet of screeching violins, over-the-top displays of emotion, delayed reactions to ill-placed dishum-dishums in shoddily realized fight sequences, and, of course, spontaneous, perfectly choreographed and comically attired dance routines. It provides the sound track to every wedding, the punch line to every joke. With more than a billion Indians, it boasts a built-in audience far more vast than anything Hollywood could ever dream of, and hundreds of millions of others are also caught under the influence. Think of Bollywood what you will, but if you're brown, there's no escaping it—whether you're growing up in Delhi, Dubai, or Des Moines.

* And then read about how certain audiences can't get enough 80s kitch.

Mumbai-based Kapil Samant and his friends have gathered at his apartment to watch a Mithun Chakraborty film forgotten by all but the connoisseur of schlock. The title has promise: Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki. Samant fast-forwards to the scene de resistance. The music is by Bappi Lahiri, the song clearly inspired by Michael Jackson’s Beat it. Mithun and Salma Agha, both in tight red leather pants, dance with ghouls in a graveyard — of course, it’s a love song. “And that zombie is wearing a face pack,” quips one of the watchers.

Sigh. "So bad it's good" has made it to Mumbai. But the article actually makes some good points about 80s cinema... it's definitely worth a read.

* Sanjay Gupta is threatening to write a tell all autobiography.

* Bebo has edged out Katrina Kaif as sexiest Asian woman of the year, according to the Eastern Eye poll.

* Shilpa Shetty shares her diet secret - eat half a pastry instead of the whole thing.

* Ranveer Singh has written a film.

* Ajay Devgn's selling price is reaching Three Khans levels...

Trailer for the Tamil remake of 3 Idiots! A film I'm very much looking forward to!

Trailer for Kannada film Vishnuvardhana in which Kiccha Sudeep and Sonu Sood will battle it out with cell phones and fisticuffs. (I hope.)


Shuchi said...

Shilpa Shetty's diet tips are very random, no? "Good diet which means no junk food at all. No Mcdonalds french fries and burgers." at one place, but then "I indulge every Sunday. I have pizza etc but the tip is to have it in moderation."

Which one?

Nerdypanda said...

Filmi Girl, I totally agree with Sarah Khan's wonderful article. I am brown and there is no escaping bollywood. Just yesterday, my parents went to watch Rockstar. I refused since I dislke Nargis Fakhri. But, serioulsly watching Indian movies is a family ritual in Indian families in order to be "connected" to homeland. My mom will seriously watch sucky B-grade hindi movies just to look at heroine's clothes.

Filmi Girl said...

@Shuchi Weren't those funny? I bet she has a chef making sure she eats a certain number of calories a day ONLY. We would all be slim if we had that... ;)

@nerdypanda I thought a lot of people would identify with that!! My brother's girlfriend's parents watch all the new releases on DVD for the same reason. :D

It's definitely something I'm always aware of when going to the movies or other events. I try to keep a firm line between me appreciating the art and me intruding on the cultural meaning for other people around me.

I totally get that the last thing people want at some of these Bollywood events is a white person gawking at "Bollywood" stuff.

Thelondongirl said...

what bollywood events? I want to Gawk ( she said petulantly) ..can I can I? still being culturally respectful and what not how could you not be seriously.. everything about Hindi cinema as a non native forces you to recognize its (pardon the term) "otherness" subs, dancing, music, little hand gestures that i'm still trying to google to find out wt>> they are.. but yeah the kitchy thing really irritated me with hollywood cinema when that all started in the 90's and early 2000's, shame its hit Mumbai too. I found it was far to retrospective, a bit arrogant too in how it purported to love something yet was taking the piss out of it....yawn worthy. I mean if you think its shit, just say its shit, dont put it up on this mocking pedestal so you can smugly worship your own cultural superiority while wanking off some diatribe about how unique and funny and smart something is. ok my rants over. phew. but seriously, can i come gawk with you. lol

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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