Saturday, December 31, 2011


Saturday Gossip!


So... Filmi Girl likes to party it up on NYE so no post tomorrow and I'll see you all back with daily gossip again on Monday in 2012!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Lifeu Ishtene or Diganth Gets A Haircut

1. Introduction

As you all know, I’ve been a fan of the Kannada language film industry since about 2008, when I happened to get invited to a press event for a
Kannada language film called E-Preeti. I was charmed enough by the lead actor, a handsome young man named Diganth, to go and check out his previous film - superhit Mungaru Male and the rest is history. The honey-dipped melodrama of Mungaru Male was so affecting and the visuals so lush and the music so beautiful that I was hooked for good. And, well, you can read my boat load of Kannada film reviews.

Top 11 Top 11 Lists of 2011 #7

Counting down to 2012, I thought it would be fun to do my Top 11 Top 11 Lists of 2011!

List 11 - Top 11 Indian Film Songs According to Filmi Girl's iTunes

List 10 - Top 11 Scene Stealers of 2011

List 9 - Top 11 Films Filmi Girl Never Got To See

List 8 - Top 11 Things Filmi Girl Wants To Go Away in 2012

List Number 7...!

Along with yesterday, this is my only other negative list so if you aren't a fan of snark, maybe skip this one and check in tomorrow.

Okay, let the fireworks begin...

Top 11 Losers of 2011

[Alternate title: Filmi Girl hasn't been getting enough hate mail recently.]

#10 and #11 Dia Mirza and Zayed Khan

If you attended - or viewed - the IIFA awards, it was impossible to miss the promotions for Dia Mirza and Zayed Khan’s first home production Feature Length Shampoo Commercial Hrithik’s Brother-in-Law and Miss Asia Pacific 2001 Need Work Love Breakups Zindagi. Unfortunately for Zayed and Dia, the endless promotions didn’t stop the film from being a massive bomb.

On the one hand, I have to give massive props to Dia and Zayed for setting out to make their own film when they weren’t getting the type of offers they felt they deserved. Kudos for the initiative, guys! I mean that sincerely. However, on another, larger hand, it’s supremely pathetic to have put so much time and effort into something as supremely mediocre as Love Breakups Zindagi.

I’m not sure what was the most pathetic part of the whole Love Breakups Zindagi experience - that Zayed and Dia didn’t realize that they weren’t getting leading roles for a reason (i.e. acting ability) or that one of the best reviews for the film that resulted of their mediocre collaboration begins: Let’s forget about the love story between the two main characters of the film — Dia Mirza and Zayed Khan. That one is too predictable.”

That’s the kind of success you spell L.O.S.E.R. and hopefully the next time Dia and Zayed decided to use the money they earn from paid appearances to produce another film, they will be smart enough to not cast themselves.

Friday Gossip!

No new releases releasing here this weekend... so everybody can go out and enjoy NEW YEAR'S EVE TOMORROW! Let's party like it's... already 2012! Woo!

Today in gossip - more end of the year wrap ups from various sources, Neil Nitin Mukesh is enjoy the spotlight, Naseer talks stardom, and some casting speculations!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Top 11 Top 11 Lists of 2011 #8

Counting down to 2012, I thought it would be fun to do my Top 11 Top 11 Lists of 2011!

List 11 - Top 11 Indian Film Songs According to Filmi Girl's iTunes

List 10 - Top 11 Scene Stealers of 2011

List 9 - Top 11 Films Filmi Girl Never Got To See

List Number 8...!

Top 11 Things Filmi Girl Doesn't Want To See in 2012

[Alternate title: Filmi Girl is on par with Hollywood!]

#11 Imran Khan

No, this one is cool.

This one, too.

Yes. This one.

Is there a less essential hero right now than Imran Khan? Mere Brother Ki Dulhan was a Katrina Kaif film; Delhi Belly was an Aamir Khan film...

He just seems to sleepwalk through every single film he’s in, as if he had nothing better to do that day and just wandered on set. Maybe he’s bored by romantic comedies but nobody is forcing him to act in them.

I just get the feeling that Imran is in it for the paycheck at this point and I really have no desire to see his glazed over expression staring at me from yet another half-assed Yash Raj romantic-comedy. I’d almost rather see Neil Nitin Mukesh in some of these roles. At least Neil is trying, man.

Imran Khan with his fancy pedigree and mediocre performances is infinitely less exciting than young, bright talents with no pedigree like Ranveer Singh and Saqib Saleem but who keeps getting cast?

That’s right. Imran Khan.

He needs to get his bored self TFO my cinema screens in 2012.

Thursday Gossip!

Today in gossip... more end of the year wrap-ups! And some other stuff! Like Atif Aslam!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Top 11 Top 11 Lists of 2011 #9

Counting down to 2012, I thought it would be fun to do my Top 11 Top 11 Lists of 2011!

List 11 - Top 11 Indian Film Songs According to Filmi Girl's iTunes

List 10 - Top 11 Scene Stealers of 2011


Top 11 Films I Never Got A Chance To See in 2011

[Alternate Title: People Need To Start Sending Me Screeners]

#11 Rockstar/Dirty Picture (Hindi)

Why I want to see them? Honestly, I’m not terribly anxious to see either one except to both join in the conversation surrounding the films and to see some amazing performances from two of my favorite Bollywood actors - Ranbir Kapoor and Vidya Balan. Rockstar and Dirty Picture belong to a genre of films gratingly nicknamed “Hindies” - films that take their visual and narrative cues from what we can call the Miramax style of filmmaking. It’s a style I don’t find all that engaging in English language films and one I find as equally un-engaging in Hindi language films but it seems to the way middlebrow Hindi films are headed (which explains a lot about the rest of my list, if you dare to check it out!)

Best of 2011 Mash Up from T-Series

Essentially, this is the greatest thing you will see ALL DAY!

Wednesday Gossip!

New Zealanders - Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will be coming to your neck of the woods in March. Don't miss him!

Now for some more good news for global film viewers... one of my most highly anticipated films of 2011 was Pawan Kumar's Kannada language film Lifeu Ishtene. Usually I would have to wait for DVD but the film has just been made available to watch ONLINE with ENGLISH SUBTITLES!!! Click here to check it out! Now I know what I'm doing tonight!

Pawan has also announced his new film titled Lucia.

If you are unfamiliar with Pawan Kumar, check out my review of Manasaare for which Pawan wrote the script and which also stars Diganth. He's one of the most interesting talents working in Sandalwood today, so do check out Lifeu Ishtene

NOW!!! I'm back at work today so today's Top 11 list will be posted this evening. Also, blog-related, I did a wonderful interview with one Mr. Omi Vaidya last night so keep an eye out for that, as well.


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Top 11 Top 11 Lists of 2011 #10

Counting down to 2012, I thought it would be fun to do my Top 11 Top 11 Lists of 2011!

List 11 - Top 11 Indian Film Songs According to Filmi Girl's iTunes

Here is List 10...

Top 11 Scene Stealers of 2011 According to Filmi Girl's Film Reviews

[Alternate title - Filmi Girl loves vamps, comedians, and villains way more than heroes and heroines.]

#11 Puja Gupta in F.A.L.T.U.

What I said then: Puja Gupta rocked my socks. The girl is adorable and completely charming.

What I remember now: Bollywood is full of model-beauty queens who want to break into films. The secret formula of luck and behind-the-scenes machinations that separates a potential Priyanka Chopra from a potential Sarah Jane is mysterious and has little to do with on-screen talent... if it did, Puja Gupta would be getting cast in better things than Jackky Bhagnani starrers.

Tuesday Gossip!

Today in gossip - Catiness abounds! Also, some new song picturizations and a couple rundowns of 2011 in film...

Monday, December 26, 2011

Top 11 Top 11 Lists of 2011 #11

Counting down to 2012, I thought it would be fun to do my Top 11 Top 11 Lists of 2011! Here is number 11...

TOP 11 INDIAN FILM SONGS OF 2011... according to Filmi Girl's iTunes

One of the many features of Apples iTunes is a counter that tracks how many "plays" a song has gotten. Here are the top 11 film songs ranked in ascending order by how many times they were played by me this year.

11. "Neduvaali" from Osthe (Tamil)
Singer(s): Rahul Nambiar, Mahathi
Music Director: S. Thaman

Why I like it: The chorus. "Neduvaali" is a mid-tempo stomp along song that just explodes into this raucous chorus! The drums don't stop and neither do your feet stop tapping... "Neduvaali" is just a fun mash of horns, drums, and autotuned vocals.

Monday Gossip!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! I hope everybody celebrating had a nice day yesterday.

We spent a lazy day eating and followed by a Christmas viewing of that classic Christmas film - Die Hard.

To quote the man himself: "Now I have a machine gun. Ho-Ho-Ho."

Now onto gossip!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Rajapattai - THE PATH OF VIKRAM!

[Clearly, this is an intellectual film... heh.]

As much as I complained about Ra.One, you should know that I had been fully planning on seeing Don 2 this weekend until I had not one or two but three people tell me in no uncertain terms that I was going to hate it. I believed them and, luckily, my local theater has begun screening South Indian films and Vikram’s Rajapattai was playing, too. Do I subject myself to something I’ll probably find unpleasant or watch a film from one of my favorite actors? The answer was obvious - Rajapattai it was for me this weekend!

Saturday Gossip!

Today in gossip - assorted odds and ends! Prem Chopra! Also, two new trailers - one for Naanban and the other for the new Riteish-Genelia film.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Ekk Deewana Tha Music Launch!

Please enjoy some photos from the music launch! I'm looking forward to this one!

Friday Gossip!

I've been told in no uncertain terms that I will absolutely hate Don 2 so I'm not going to waste my time watching it. The word on the street is that the film is very much like one of those slick Hollywood action films that has thrills, plot twists, one-liners, babes, and a smirking hero in spades. However, much like those films, it's also lacking in character growth, character relationships, drama, songs, and humanity. For me, those are more important to enjoying a film than babes and plot twists, so I'll be passing on Don 2. I'll be curious to see how well it does at the box office because fairly or not, everybody is watching to see if King Khan is still relevant.

Reviews seem mostly mixed - a few panning it out right and a few singing it's praises but even Taran Adarsh only gave it a 3/5 so take from that what you will...

I think this review says it best:

With some 75% of the movie set in Berlin, and the whole of the second half devoted to the bank heist, Don 2 has none of the first film's complex storyline and multiple twists, only one musical number (and an item number, at that) and little to distinguish itself from any other globe-trotting blockbuster with a main character who's always three steps ahead of his enemies. As a pure movie, however, it's much better than the 2006 one — and way better than Khan's recent super-hero outing Ra.One र.वन.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thursday Gossip!

Not much happening in news items today... it seems like the calm before the Don 2 review/box office reporting orgy that will happen over the weekend. Word of mouth is pretty good so far, though. Although I have seen people saying that Priyanka's latest nose job is really distracting on the big screen. I can believe that.

Anyways... here's what I found:

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wednesday Gossip!

Today in gossip... me being snarky! It's not entirely my fault, though, since I was handed material by Abhi, Shahrukh, Saif...

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday Gossip!

Hello my lovelies!!!! I am working on a couple different long-form pieces for you. Those should be up in the near future. And then I know everybody is looking forward to my Don 2 review... heh. Better news is that we're getting the new Vikram film at my theater!! What a great Christmas present!

NOW! Today's gossip... Shahrukh! Salman! Nargis needs to get a clue!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday Gossip!

Can we all take a minute to appreciate the fact that THE Dilip Kumar has a blog now?

Today in gossip - the usual! Like Neha Dhupia said, the only things that move product are sex and Shahrukh Khan... or in our case today, Chikni Chameli and Shahrukh Khan.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday Gossip!

It must have been a quiet day in Mumbai today...

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Saturday Gossip!

Good morning, everyone! Your dear Filmi Girl is ready for the holidays to be over!! This fall has been jam-packed full of parties, more parties, and more parties... I'm counting down to New Year's Eve and then I'm going to sleep for three weeks!

Until then, char baj gaye lekin party abhi baki hai!!

Okay, gossip! Yes, I've seen Katrina's item teaser and... I hate it. Far from looking like the sexy Kat we all know and love, she looks like she's channeling Rakhi Sawant's face, wardrobe, and mannerisms. Ick. Katrina, sweetie, tell me who told you that you needed botox and fillers and I will fly over and personally deliver two tight slaps to the idiot.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday Gossip!

Today in gossip - A LOT OF BUTTHURT from a bunch of different sources. And Neil Nitin Mukesh pretends that he is still relevant and the media, apparently, decided to indulge him. Possibly because they were short of stories about Veena Malik.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thursday Gossip

Today in Gossip... end of the year rundowns have begun; assorted rumors; and Players continues to go out of its way to make me hate it before I've even had the opportunity to shell out cash to see it.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wednesday Gossip!

Today in gossip - Catch Venky in action as BODYGUARD; SEL live in concert; Emraan Hashmi is man of year; and more goodies!

ETA: I forgot to add that, yes, I've seen Kat's promo for Agneepath but I'm not feeling it. She's done something to her face... fillers, maybe... that were creeping me out.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tuesday Gossip!

Today in gossip... We're all SUPER KOOL HAIN! Ha ha ha! Nothing too Earth-shattering - some celebs being clueless in interviews; Salman being awesome; the usual.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Ladies VS Ricky Bahl or Me VS Yash Raj Films

"Kya karoon oh ladies... Main hoon aadat se majboor."
- Aadat Se Majboor, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, 2011

As the title card flashed up on Ranveer Singh’s abs announcing the interval for Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl, I thought to myself, “I don’t understand why this has gotten such negative buzz.” And then the second half started and everything became clear. I don’t think I’m overstating things when I say that Ladies VS Ricky Bahl is half a genuinely charming film and half a supremely mediocre one.

Monday Gossip!

This is one of the most surreal things to have happened to me this week... Dilip Kumar is on Twitter. You can follow him @TheDilipKumar.

It looks like Osthi is doing well! That makes me happy! While it may not be a groundbreaking film, it was a heck of a lot of fun and I want everybody to go see Simbu dancing on the big screen!

As for the other movie out this weekend, I haven't written my review of Ladies vs Ricky Bahl yet but I must say that it reminded me very strongly of Bachna Ae Haseeno. Both those films had a charismatic lead actor, both films had strong supporting female casts, and both of those films had tedious romance track with an actress doing her best impression of a wooden plank. It's about two-thirds of a good film - essentially any scene that did not have Anushka Sharma sucking the life out of it. Since I know Anushka can bring it if she wants to, I suspect the problem here was either a) she was hungry or b) she wasn't getting along with Ranveer. Either seem plausible. The winners coming out of this film are Ranveer, who proves himself more than capable of anchoring a film, and Parineeti Chopra, who steals every scene she's in as bouncy Delhi-girl Dimpy.

Anyways, today in gossip... Shahrukh, gay rumors, Shiney Ahuja, and Emraan Hashmi... plus a Making Of video from upcoming Vettai!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Osthe: The Mass; Osthe: The Boss

"You’ve heard of Sivaji the Boss? He’s Osthe the Mass."

First things first - aside from sharing a basic plot, Osthe and Dabangg are nothing alike. Dabangg was more than a film; it was a middle-finger salute to the tales of Yash Raj rich that have dominated Hindi-language films over the last 10 years. Dabangg represented both a return of earthy masala filmmaking and of the bhai himself, Salman Khan. Chulbul Pandey, like Salman, had suffered some serious blows in his past but he was still standing - battered but triumphant.

As a remake of Dabangg, Osthi has none of that context. It can’t represent a return of masala because the Tamil film industry never stopped making those films in the first place. And unlike Chulbul Pandey, Osthe Velan isn’t a world-weary 40+ man. Played by the fresh-faced and extremely energetic Simbu, Osthe has a completely different energy from the weathered Chulbul. This doesn’t mean that Osthe is a worse film than Dabangg (far from it!) but it does mean that you can’t really compare them in a meaningful way. Osthe takes the basic plot of Dabangg and builds a real frame-busting entertainer out of it. Every masala element is stretched to maximum capacity... and then taken one step further. Osthe may not be a watershed film, like Dabangg, but it succeeded at blowing my socks off with its sheer entertainment value.

Sunday Gossip!

First things first... Osthi wasn't just The Mass, he was THE BOSS! I'll have my review up this morning!

They showed the trailer for the R. Madhavan/Arya film, which looks excellent, and for Short Term Shaadi Boring Title Movie which also looks even more dull when shown on the big screen... like, Break Ke Baad dull.

Ladies vs Ricky Bahl this afternoon!

And onto GOSSIP!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Saturday Gossip!

Today in gossip - we continue to HAIL QUEEN VIDYA! Also, other things happened. Ladies vs Ricky Bahl opened to mixed reviews, none of which I've read because I won't be seeing the film until Sunday!

When I told my sister the basic plot - "con man conned by his own heart" - she said (correctly), "That's your favorite story!" So, I have a feeling I'll enjoy it.

I've been trying to fit together 2011 in film in my head, pulling out my top five films, and it's been really difficult... but Tanu Weds Manu, Urumi, and Mausam are three that have stuck with me.

Enough rambling, though - here are your links!

Friday, December 9, 2011

TGIF! Friday Gossip!

Another Friday, another new release! Who else is really excited for Ladies VS Ricky Bahl? It has been FAR TOO LONG since I've seen some Ranveer Singh on the big screen. Last year, when I saw Band Baaja Baarat in the theater, I was the only one in my screening. I bet THIS year that will be quite different...

Also, I'm very happy to see that our theater is getting Osthi! I'm not sure if it has subtitles or not but I'll try to go anyways. I've seen Dabangg so I should be able to follow the plot okay. I'm in it for the MASALA!

Today in gossip... IS 2011 THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN IN BOLLYWOOD?! Also, you know what rumor I'm insisting on posting...

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thursday Gossip!

Good news for FG today! Guess who gets to see Osthe this weekend... ME!

Today in gossip, Vidya! Veena Malik! Farhan Akhtar! Bipasha Basu! And... one Mr. Abhishek Bachchan!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wednesday Gossip - The It's Raining Outside edition!

I feel like most news stories today were single quotes from a variety of actors, spun into entire articles: A bunch of people were sad about Dev Anand; Vidya Balan is happy about Dirty Picture (and journalists are all concerned about her shedding those 'excess' pounds); Ranbir Kapoor clarifies that he's not BFF with Imran and doesn't consider him competition; and Katrina Kaif uses Salman Khan's name. There. That's 99% of what was out there today... for the rest...

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tuesday Gossip!

Today in gossip - everybody is still really sad about Dev Anand and nobody not in the media cares about Tom Cruise (except where he is disrupting traffic, I'm sure.)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday Gossip!

Good morning, world! My apologies for missing yesterday but it was the day of my big test! I think I did well but I won't get my results for a few months. It feels good to challenge yourself every once in a while!

Okay! Today in gossip - the four names making the news sites buzz - Dev Anand, Dhanush, Silk Smitha, and Sunny Leone.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Saturday Gossip!

One more day to go before my test... I'm getting nervous!

Today in gossip - Vidya, Vidya, VIDYA! Also, related, ladies over 30 are the new IT GIRLS!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday Gossip!

I'm a sad Filmi Girl today because, guess what... Dirty Picture will NOT be coming to my local cinema. Instead we're getting I Am Singh, a film that I have less than no interest in... and apparently nobody else does either. I'm wondering if there was a shortage of prints because the newsletter for my local theater that I got yesterday DID say we were getting the film but the actual schedule posted says we're not. AND a few other people in different cities like Edinburgh have said they won't be getting the film, either.

It seems odd that Ekta Kapoor would have such long and loud promotions for a film that wasn't getting a genuinely wide release so... yeah, I wonder if they had a shortage of prints....

Anyways... Dirty Picture seems set to do well this weekend! Congrats to the team!

In gossip today - a handful of interviews including a gloriously smarmy Ranveer Singh and somebody got engaged...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thursday Gossip!

Today in gossip - A PILE OF STORIES! Film promotions; character actors; Rajesh Khanna; people bigging themselves up; and an adorable thank you from the team of 3!
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