Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday Gossip!

Good morning, all! Another Monday, another week starting fresh and new!

So... I finally watched The Dirty Picture last night and I liked it okay. I'll try to get up a review for you today or tomorrow but my quick takeaway is that 1) Vidya Balan was phenomenal and it makes memore upset that Zee Cine Awards would mock her by sticking Piggy Chops in a fat suit, 2) the film suffers from the chronic Milan Luthria problem of not having any narrative drive, and 3) Emraan Hashmi and Tusshar are really kind of terrible actors.

Today in gossip - Agneepath, butthurt autobiographies, Screen Awards performances, and MORE!

* Lengthy and rather fawning piece from Open Magazine on remaking Agneepath.

The hardest thing for Malhotra was to remain convinced about his script. Once a film is on set, the script is public property and Malhotra found himself listening to a lot of opinions, many of them well-intentioned. But the script, especially when a director has written it himself, is the original vision and worth the faith. “The thing is that I couldn’t do this film without my cast and crew. No director can. But this is my script, my film. A director has to take the crew along with his vision.”

* Raj Babbar to write an autobiography that promises to be an interesting read.

* Shahid Kapoor is out of Ranbir's world tour.

* Not surprisingly, Pakistan is one of Bollywood's biggest foreign markets.

* This story is really stupid but I did genuinely enjoy seeing the press defending Sunny Leone's honor. Just because she's an adult film star doesn't mean that she's not also a lady. Okay, jerks?

* This has been floating around but popped back up again today - Katrina Kaif and Ali Zafar to record an album. Honestly, I'd be more interested in whatever they cook up than Priyanka's Los Angeles-produced album for the simple reason that I trust Ali Zafar more than Universal Music.

* Luke Kenny's zombie movie is still progressing. That's Zombie Movie No. 3 for those keeping track. We also have Raj & DK's zombie movie in production and the Abhay Deol one. I hate zombies but will gladly sit through all three just out of curiosity's sake. Well, also I know Raj & DK will make something good. NOBODY in Bollywood can build tension better than them. Nobody.

* I feel so sad for Kangana Ranaut. She's such a talented actress and yet imagine the insecurities that lead her to plastic surgery and the like... You would think that Priyanka Chopra, who has also fallen victim to this kind of distorted thinking, would be more aware of the negative effects on other women and chose not to do things like wear fat suits to make fun a woman with a perfectly normal figure.

* And for today's lulz - an interview with Ameesha Patel. (Kaun?)

How do you react to your detractors who say that Ameesha has opened her production house because no one else is giving her work?

Is it easier to go get work or to get hundred crore to fund yourself?

Public Service Announcement - the performances from the Screen Awards are now all over youtube and with the exception of Vidya Balan and Shahid Kapoor, they are all kind of crappy. Kat's forehead is still immobile and somebody needs to tell PC and Anushka that being slim is not an acceptable substitute for dancing ability.

Enjoy! Especially the quality bitch-faces from the divas in the crowd who loathe having the spot light not on them for two seconds!

Vidya Balan: (And watch it fast because it keeps getting taken down from youtube.)

Shahid Kapoor:


Yunus Perveez said...

I have been thinking about the fat suit thing and why it's something that is "accepted" as humor.

First of all I don't think they are mocking Vidya's body or women that are fatter. The body Vidya was sporting isn't her own and she had to gain quite a bit to be that size and will probably go back to her regular size which is a bit bigger than the piggie and Padika's.

Secondly SRK and even awards shows usually go for broad and easy jokes, bordering on offensive to some ie Ricky Gervais last year at Golden Globes. So I guess that just comes with the turf.

The final thing is, body issues are just not a concern yet in desi communities as they are in western ones. I think this is probably linked to the cultural maturity a country as in the maslowian sense.
I think developing countries are a few steps behind in terms of animal, equal rights for all genders, gay rights, body issues, education and much more.
Judging them by the same standards wouldn't be fair. It's like asking countries in Africa to abide all ecological rules imposed already developed countries when they are in different stages of the maslow pyramid.
(and especially as those rules were much worse in some cases in the now developped countries, when they were developping)

Bollywood as India is kinds a special case as the divide between the glamorous world and the middle class is now getting quite big.
The upper classes will always want more and to be "on par" with the class above them.

In any case, I don't know if I am making any sense and maybe we should about this in a podcast instead as the topic is quite interesting to debate about.

I didn't find the joke funny but I have just seen the image and not the skit itself, which I doubt I will do.

And Vidya was hella sexy in TDP but did she need to GAIN weight to play that role or was it because she was kinda inspired by Silk Smitha who was much heavier than Vidya in the movie.
I'm not quite sure...


Filmi Girl said...

@Asim Thanks for the comment!! I love opening up this kind of debate and you raise a lot of interesting points.

I would counter with - body humor in general doesn't bother me (i.e. "Tsunami" the fat guy in Bodyguard; the entire career of Tun Tun) but this felt different from that kind of slapstick because of the specific dialogue around Vidya's weight the past few years.

Vidya did have to put on weight for The Dirty Picture BUT the media had been picking on her weight as far back as like Heyy Babyy and Kismat Konnection, calling her fat when clearly she was not. What she was was bigger than the new size zero standard for heroines. Even before Bebo's Tashan bikini body, the media and Bollywood in general have hyped "thin" as the only sexy and acceptable weight for women. Remember the fuss about Aishwarya dropping weight for Dhoom 2? And it continues today where I just saw a quote from Bips saying that she's lost so much weight and is now looking "younger" and "sexier" than ever. It's against THIS background that the fat suit is offensive - not in a more general "body humor" sense.

Jess said...

I enjoyed PC's performance. She is expressive and actually looks like she is enjoying herself, which makes it more fun to watch.

Katrina's and Anushka's were okay.

Vidya's was pretty but I was distracted by how short she is in real life lol.

Thelondongirl said...

I saw dirty picture and I think the whole thing was not as well done as ppl have made out. vidya was ok, but you are distracted by the fact you can feel the film is reeling towards some tragic the-evil-men-are-going to win end. i didnt like the cop out with her taking poison instead of hanging herself like silk did, and silk was a bit more succesful than the film i felt made out. as for vidya being fat, for her height, she is definitely not at the right size now, as an actor your body is your tool, so though i dont agree with the naysayers, the chubby look doesnt look so great on someone her height, or even that she's quite a plain girl. Shahid, is so gorgeous he doesnt have to do anything but look pretty ...

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