Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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.


* Time for some end of the year lists not assembled by Filmi Girl:

Reuter's Year in Bollywood film

Bodyguard, in which Khan plays a personal security guard to a rich man’s daughter and ends up falling in love with her, was the most successful Bollywood film, raking in more than INR1.5 billion ($28 million) at domestic box offices. Singham told the story of a right-minded police officer who stands up to a corrupt politician and was accompanied by romance, drama and high-octane action. Both films were panned by critics but loved by audiences. And both featured strong central characters, harkening back to the 80s and early ‘90s in Bollywood when films were centred on the hero and his defeat of a villain in a battle of good versus evil.

Rediff's Best of 2011

After scoring for the past two years with Paa (2009) and Ishqiya (2010), Vidya Balan completes an hatrick of winning performances with The Dirty Picture this year. Truth be told, I am exhausting my stock of compliments for this astonishing, fearless actress. For while other films demanded not more than histrionics, Vidya physically transforms into a raunchy object to essay sex symbol Silk Smitha in Milan Luthria's unofficial biopic.

TDP, with all its induced flamboyance and unmistakable dialoguebaazi, tries hard to match Vidya's fervour but never comes close.

Rediff's 5 Biggest Flops of 2011

5. An adaptation of Ruskin Bond's Susanna's Seven Husbands, Vishal Bhardwaj's 7 Khoon Maaf takes us into a dark, unexplored territory of a disturbed individual, highlighting the main protagonist's fetish for killing her husbands.

Priyanka Chopra looked convincing in her character but what could have been a gripping film about greed and lust turned out to be a damp squib.

Divanee's 10 Worst Films of 2011

Naughty @ 40: Dear Bollywood, why would you remake Judd Apatow’s “40 Year-Old Virgin”? And why would you remake it with Govinda? Considering they used the funniest scenes from the movie in the trailer (and even the trailer wasn’t funny), we’d suggest just re-watching the original version.

Times of India's 10 Debuts to look forward to in 2012

Imran Zahid: Imran Zahid would be another Bhatt discovery who will debut with 'Jannat 2'. This theatre artist has worked with Mahesh Bhatt earlier and Jannat 2 will mark his foray into feature films.

The Vancouver Observer's Worst Wardrobe Malfunctions of Bollywood - with pictures!

Former supermodel and Arjun Rampal’s wife Mehr Jessia Rampal was caught with an embarrassing moment at the 2011 Stardust Awards ceremony. Rampal is known to carry herself in an elegant manner, so this kind of show was totally unexpected from her. At an award function she looked stunning in a blue one shoulder gown, but as she took her seat in the front row, she ended up showing more than expected to the paparazzi.

Whether the slip was an accident, or an intentional message to her fans ‘that she’s still got it' remains a mystery.

And everyone's favorite Joginder Tuteja runs down the year that was.

2011 will go down as a year when a whopping count of first time directors came up with different stories to tell. Some were appreciated while others were panned. A few deserved to fail while the rest deserved better. Still, the fact remains that the big daddies in the corporate world of Bollywood were willing to back them at the least (even thought at times they just lost faith when the film was ready for release).

Though one can't really blame them because experiments (or shall we say misadventures?) like 7 Khoon Maaf, Mausam, Gandhi To Hitler, My Friend Pinto, Dam 999, Teen Thay BhaiZokkomon should have actually stayed in the cans rather than being unleashed on the audience. On the other hand, films like Chillar Party, Shaitan, Shor In The City, Stanley Ka DabbaI Am, Not A Love Story, I Am Kalam, 404, Bhindi Baazaar Inc., Bubble Gum, Monica and Shagird, which took a route less taken, definitely deserved a better fate.

* Ekta Kapoor and Karan Johar to co-produce a film. THIS is interesting news... Oh, to be a fly on the wall for some of those production meetings...

Also: The rumour about Johar and Ekta's romance had reached its peak when news of their wedding started doing the rounds three years ago.

There is only one correct response to this: LOL. Are you sure you don't mean Tusshar?

* Karan Johar calls piracy an unwanted guest.

"Ever since I was born and ever since I am in this industry, one word that has been in our life like a virus, which has refused to leave our industry and has constantly plagued us, has been piracy. Piracy is like that guest who is unwanted in your's there whether you like it or not," the producer-director said at a press conference held for the promotion of Agneepath.

One thing that might help is providing access to LEGAL streaming of current films online through places like youtube. I paid $4 to "rent" Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge and it was completely worth it. And I'd love the opportunity to pay for other films that don't screen near me.

* And one more from the King of Hollywood-Style... Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is a Hollywood-style rom-com.

"Yes, this is something new that Shakun is attempting here. He is a big fan of Woody Allen and brings with him a different grammar of filmmaking," says Karan.

Look, Karan, it's not a smart idea to bring up a genius filmmaker like Woody Allen when bringing up your INCREDIBLY BORING LOOKING film. Do you really want people to go in expecting Annie Hall when what it appears we'll be getting is Break Ke Baad... in Vegas?

* Bollywood discovers Internet marketing... and uses it to release 8 billion "viral" dialogue ads before each big release, annoying everybody and giving away the best lines of the film before we've had a chance to pay for it.

Innovation plays an important role too, feel many. Movies like Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl exploited the potential of web through video blogging. The video blog Ricky Ke Tricky Tarikey included 20 short video bytes by Ranveer Singh (who played Ricky Bahl in the film) on how to trick women. And how actor Shah Rukh Khan and director Farhan Akhtar went about using social networking with their 3D movie trailer online is one thing every movie buff knows about.

* Is Amitabh taking on Prakash Raaj's role in the remake of Ko?

* Neil Nitin Mukesh has signed two films for 2012. If you think about it, his career path has been kind of interesting. At one point a couple years ago, we had three young bucks - Imran, Ranbir, and Neil - which turned into a two-horse race of just Imran-Ranbir when everybody realized that Neil is a crap actor. Ranveer has the power to give the two a run for the their money but since Ladies was a (deserved because it was a mediocre film despite Ranveer) bomb, we'll have to wait and see what his next film brings. The dark horse in this race is Prateik Babbar, who could sneak up on the two but, again, we'll have to wait and see how Ekk Deewana Tha does.

* Aamir is developing a hunky bod for my SECOND most-anticipated film of 2012. (Number 1 is Joker and that ain't going to change any time soon. JOKER!)

* Speaking of Joker... Pitobash talks JOKER!

My look in the whole lot is very different from what I've attempted ever before, on stage or on screen. I have prosthetic make-up. I haven't done this before. I had to close my eyes and sleep while Preeti put on the prosthetics. It was like driving your car in the traffic jammed Andheri area that took you two hours to reach your house from the station. Oh! Then an hour to remove the prosthetics too!

* Kahaani has been pushed back to March.

* Meet Pakistani model-actor Imran Abbas.

"Yes, there are lot of artists from Pakistan who are entering the Bollywood industry. It's a good sign and this will bring harmony and peace in both the countries. Bollywood is a huge industry it's a great challenge for me and I shall try to prove my best. I feel proud to see that well known actors like Ali Zafar and singers like Rahatji are so popularly known and admired by all here in India."

My response to this trailer: "WHOA WHY AREN'T I WATCHING THIS RIGHT NOWWWW?!"


And then: *adds Google alert for Shakthi*

This is kind of a let down after the Shakthi trailer but please enjoy STR's "Love Anthem"!


aham said...

Malashri was an extremely popular actress in the 90's if you saw her in her then she looks a lot different,now she acts in action/masala movies produced mainly by her husband producer Ramu,if you are interested here is another actress who does similar kind of stuff in Kannada i think one of her recent movies ran well,see this link.

Also Pawan Kumar is a pretty good talent to watch out for,his debut as director was well made and did well too,looking forward to Lucia, I am sure it will be good, the good thing thst happened in 2011 as far as Kannada films go is that a lot of fresh talent came onboard,especially Olave Mandara a film that nobody has heard about before its release became a commercial hit and critics loved it too, and it was made by debutant Jayateertha,another movie Vishuvardhana which I saw last weekend is pretty good,and its a huge success also made by a debutante.

Filmi Girl said...

@aham Wow!! Thanks for all the great information! I don't know what I would do without you for the scoop on Sandalwood. There is just such little in English available...

Vishnuvardhana is one I wanted to see because of Sudeep but I hadn't heard of Olave Mandara yet! I'll keep an eye out for it!

For my money, some of the most creative cinema is coming out of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka these days...

Chrism929 said...

Thanks for info on this and another (the fraaandship one) legally streaming video. Appreciate finding this information on your blog! Hope there are more movies available this way since Netflix misses so many Indian films and we don't have a theater that shows them within hundreds of miles of where I live. If you start finding more (I can dream) maybe you could put a gadget or label just for this on your blog (? Or is there an easy way to find them on my own?). I used your search box for "legally streaming" and came up with F.A.I.T.U. also, but there you note there are no subtitles (again, good information). I don't know how you keep it up - so much content so frequently - but I'm glad you do!

Filmi Girl said...

@chrism929 That is a great idea!!

I'll see about making a list of what is available where... legally. :)

I really wish producers would step up their games and make some more content available because I know there are a lot of people like me who would really like to watch the new releases but just have no possible way of doing so.

aham said...

@filmigirl speaking of creativity,did you watch Upendra? I know I have nagging you about it for some time,but believe me you need to watch tht movie, I have seen all kinds of genres and all kinds of movies and then I have seen 'Upendra',possibly one of the greatest movies this country has seen and its free on youtube,dunno about the subtitles it you will understand what I mean.

Chrism929 said...

Yes, it's the old problem of greed and corporate lawyers vs. the rest of human culture. I hate to see companies like Sony get their hooks into Indian film business; immediately you see things like not being able to view or share songs from their movies. Common sense is that small scale sharing like that only helps to publicize their product. And one of the fun things about Bollywood used to be its freewheeling borrowing from previous work. As soon as "Hollywood" lawyers started to notice Bollywood they started suing over remakes. If the companies wised up to how things work now, they'd do what you say - make more legal viewing options available. That would cut way down on piracy. AND they'd be happy to see remakes, for the different market, credited or not, because those reawaken interest in the original English language movies.

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