Monday, December 12, 2011

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!

* The important part of this link isn't the article but the comment underneath it...

Svetlana961 12 December 2011 09:17
Mass-media live and write very boringly, anything except war. Calm down and live with the world

HA HA HA! You tell them, Svetlana961!

* Aseem Chabra with a heartfelt piece on the reaction to the Jackie Shroff gay rumors.

The actor’s name became a trending topic on Twitter because of homophobic jokes about his situation. A respected newspaper like The Hindustan Times made a curious decision to report a few of the homophobic tweets, some also making references to other Bollywood personalities – none of which was called for. A gay rights activist said that the rumour about Shroff was old news and that a film magazine in India had written about it many years ago.

This is all very messy. Gay rumours about celebrities sometimes persist, forcing them to deny and to continue being in the closet. And there are very few people who actually have the guts to say ‘Well, if it is true, then it is okay.’

That is extremely uncalled for by the Hindustan Times. Shame on them.

* I don't know what to make of this except that it's not how I understand film songs.

But it’s all about the film. The colour, dancing and celebrations are all superfluous and an excuse to showcase the beauty of Indian culture.

Bollywood culture is a very specific type of escapism where generic upper-class reality of religion and family meets the fantasy world of true love despite restrictive traditions. This is what the masses of India use to break away from the hard life of poverty-stricken India.

Yeah... again, not how I understand Bollywood as a whole. This piece might make more sense if one substituted "glossy Yash Raj rich people films" for "Bollywood."

* Read about the rise of casting directors over the last couple of years. Now we know who to blame for forcing Nargis Fakhri on us. (Because sticking a model in a role is really hard... )

For Chhabra, whose recent triumph has been half Czech-half Pakistani actress Nargis Fakhri, things were tougher when he was asked to cast the nine juvenile leads of Chillar Party. "I auditioned around 9,000 children by conducting workshops in 200 schools all over India, and finally settled on nine children who had personalities similar to their on-screen characters. For instance, the kid who played Silencer doesn't talk much in real life either."

* Fight director Ram Shetty (Vaastav: The Reality among others) wants to make a masala film in his native tongue - Tulu.

* Emraan Hashmi is taking a step up into the big leagues - a solo hero film for UTV. It's been a long journey for Emraan. I may not be his biggest fan but I respect the guy for working his way up from B-movies. Just because your cousins are the Bhatts doesn't mean you are guaranteed success.

* Speaking of nepotism, can somebody just put Neil Nitin Mukesh's career out of its misery already? When your co-star is Ameesha Patel and it's not 2000, you've hit rock bottom.

* Ghost has been pushed back to mid-January. Apparently the producers want the "negative energy" around the film to die down. I hate to tell them that Shiney is going to stir up negative energy no matter WHEN the film is released.

* Can't get enough SRK? His 800 page biography is coming out next year.

* Popular character Bahadur will be coming to cinema screens!

Bahadur, was a comic book hero published by Indrajal Comics and created by Aabid Surti in 1976. The comics were published in various languages including Hindi, English and Bengali.

The series focused on dacoity, which was at its worst in India in 1970s. The plot revolved around Bahadur, the son of a dacoit Vairab Singh, who died in a combat with the Police. Incidentally, Bahadur, then a teenager, was adopted by Vishal, the police officer who shot Vairab Singh.

I saw the trailer for Vettai TWICE this weekend and it looks amaz-balls. I am excite!


OG said...

Hey FG,

The promos of vettai look awesome..... Arya should rock in that role...It is his bread/butter...

It is Lingusamy's film after the very successful "Paiyya"..... and this film should also be mass...

One of the funniest comments I read somewhere online was regarding madhavan...."If he gets any bigger, then he will start having his own gravitational force". haha

That is one thing which I like about our industry down south. The "actor/actress" in the person is more important that the "model" inside.... for the common audience.....

thediva_1 said...

Am I the only one who doesn't think of Hindi films as "escapism cinema".
Yeah, I think they were twenty years ago. But not today...
I don't think the "poverty-stricken" India have actually ever gone to see films for that reason, either. It's just kinda become a culture... and the same thing goes for film music. People listen to it, because it's good. THAT's ALL PEOPLE!

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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