Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday Gossip!

Good morning! Today is Martin Luther King Day in the United States and although it's mostly an excuse for a three-day weekend and sales, it's important to remember a man who fought so bravely for the civil rights of African Americans.

The world will never be fair but at least we can hope that one day it will be more just.

Anyways, onto silly things!

ETA: Like Veena Malik in a light-bulb bra. *nods*

* Ranbir's stage show... to include Katrina Kaif. OMG OMG OMG! This had better come to DC!

* Don't even try to push the lack of box office this month on some sort of January jinx... try releasing good films and people will come to see them. You wouldn't believe the crowds this weekend at my local theater for Vettai and Nanban. Incredible.

* Bollywood Life takes a look at why 3 Idiots was remade almost shot for shot.

Hindi and by extension Hindi cinema never really percolated down to the Tamil grass roots unlike elsewhere in the country and in the three neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka. Hence, a large percentage of the Tamil Nadu population, especially those living outside of the urban agglomerations, are unlikely to have watched 3 Idiots. And hardly anybody watches Hindi-language television there anyway and therefore a television audience for 3 Idiots would have been low.

Thus, here’s an event picture with a marquee star and the country’s most flamboyant director, being released on a popular holiday.

* And I was blown away by this story about how Vijay got success with Nanban.

When it was in power last year, the DMK had a vice-like grip on the Tamil film industry, where nobody could survive without its patronage. Almost the entire big budget-pie of the industry was controlled by big production houses such as Sun Pictures, Red Giant Movies and Cloud Nine Movies, all of which belonged to Karunanidhi’s near ones. They controlled most of the big star productions and the best theatres.

Politics and movies... it just shows how much I have to learn about the Tamil film industry.

* Vishesh Bhatt to take over Vishesh Films.

* Shooting is almost complete on the Telugu remake of Johnny Gaddar, which will have the disadvantage of not having Dharmendra but the advantage of not having Neil Nitin Mukesh.

* I like that Kunal Kohli turns an argument over ZNMD into the Kunal Kohli is butthurt show.

Kohli was apparently very upset with Gupta's accusation, however Gupta insisted. “He even offered to arrange DVDs of Fandango for all the jury members,” said the source. And they all watched it. “While a few of us did see some striking similarities between the two films, Kohli was unconvinced. He spoke about how it was alleged that his film Hum Tum too was a rip-off of When Harry Met Sally,” the source disclosed.

* Celebrity photographer Maajid Khan spills the beans on shooting actors.

It has been quite some time, but I still remember how Ratna Pathak Shah had a clay pack on her face for more than two hours and still she could emote and pose. This was my very first professional project. I remember it was for the promotion of the play Antigone. Naseeruddin Shah complimented my work. I still get goose bumps thinking of that moment. His compliments have been a big push in my career.

Ratna Pathak is amazing.

* Vidya Balan to do an item song?

* Another chapter the media-fueled Salman vs Shahrukh war. Who is going to play Kamal Haasan's role in a remake of Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu?

* Abhishek Kapoor emerges from his three-year break to begin filming Three Mistakes Of My Life with UTV.

* I hate when celebrities talk about their children - because it's cruel to force children into the national spotlight for your own publicity - and their obsession with thinness. But, wow, Anil Kapoor sounds like a douchey dad to be picking on his daughter's weight like that. I've seen pictures of Sonam when she was a healthier weight and she was beautiful.

Adnan Sami kind of gets a pass for his weightloss book but only because he was clinically obese and needed to lose weight for his health - not to please his father.

* I can confidently say that the world does not need a sequel to Masti.

* Bollywood makes inroads in Latin America!! Very cool! I think Latin audiences will like Guzaarish - I did

Filmfare Awards teaser...!

1 comment:

OG said...

hey FG,

one cannot separate the political movement in TN and the film industry.

They have been connected right from the 1950's when the Dravidian movement took roots in the state to push out the Congress.......

Today, the political setup is dominated by DMK and the AIADMK; ideologically they stand for the same cause but they are sworn enemies....... :) LOL

As long as an actor refuses to be dragged into politics, he is fine (eg: kamal, ajith) but the minute he endorses a party, the other guys hate him :) (eg: MGR, Vijay)

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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