Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thursday Gossip!

Good morning, world! There isn't too much exciting happening today but I tried to pull some stuff for you.

There is one public relations written story floating around about how Sanjay Dutt is bringing old school villains back that was kind of annoying me. Really, PR people? There were no villains between Mr. India and Agneepath?

And then this guy from Seattle who is now doing stand-up in India is offended that Amy Jackson is making movies in India. *testing testing* Is this thing on?

And, dude, you know she was initially hired to play an English woman in Madrassapattinam, right? Who did you want playing that role?

* Music director Anthony Gonsalves passes away.

* Caravan magazine takes on the recent interest in South Indian pop culture.

It’s hard to situate a precise explanation of the sudden rage for all this kitsch: Does it represent a certain attitude of postmodern sophistication, which cherishes the ability to quote a ragbag of cultural tropes for an amused urban audience? Or the advent of a new need to demonstrate one’s sense of cool in a manner that’s simultaneously desi and metropolitan? Does the Indian middle class want to appear eclectic and knowing in a relaxed way?

* Sunny Leone is confirmed for Jism 2.

* Agneepath's ex-DOP wants proper credit for his work with the film.

Ravi has had disputes before but that has never prompted such an extreme step. He explains, "Malhotra has very strong ideas on how to make a film. He works in a certain way, which did not agree with me. I couldn't handle it and so I chose to leave. I'd rather work in films where the director and I share the same vision."

* India is out of the Oscar race... for best picture... but the real meat of this little post is a run down on upcoming films.

We’ll reserve judgement on Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine featuring a newly flabby Kareena Kapoor because no matter how much effort she puts in, it’s by-the-numbers Bhandarkar behind the camera. The footage that elicited a very public ‘OUCH’ from distributors (and privately by UTV) is Shirish Kunder’s Joker. A village in the middle of nowhere populated by Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Shreyas Talpade and assorted minions saved by aliens from outer space is an outrĂ© concept. Kudos to UTV for believing in the project but let’s hope the audience agrees.

[Emphasis added.]

And I suspect the only people who like Joker are going to be me and Upodcast's Asim.

* I know German fans are going to be excited to see Shahrukh in Berlin for the Berlinale but for all the talk of On Par With Hollywood, the Hindi film industry needs to stop sending pot-boilers to film festivals. It's not the appropriate place for them.

* Vishal Dadlani is mistakenly nominated for a Filmfare award on a song he wrote but didn't sing.

* And musical chairs over at Dharma films as heroes switch from Imran to Shahid and Sonam is then booted out.

Um... why hasn't Bips been doing more item songs?


Moimeme said...

The Zee cine award nominations are announced. Check them out here:

Ravi K. Chandran is almost the best cinematographer working in Bollywood now. To have him resign from a film is not a good sign to me (Of course, I was never planning to see Agneepath, so maybe my opinion doesn't count. :)

Filmi Girl said...

Ooo! Thanks for the tip! XD

Moimeme said...

Oh, here's the more legitimate link for the Zee award nominations:

Yunus Perveez said...

first point
I asked Amy today about the White models in Bollywood thing... I kinda agree with her answer and a lot of people's issue is bordering on how people have perceived racism in their own lives and now want to project this onto these girls.
Is it a problem they are white? or is it a problem that they are models?
If it's the latter than that's a starting point for a lot of male actors in their careers too and we are beyond that after Aishwarya Rai.
If it is them being white? then usually no one will admit it and throw the "she doesnt speak Hindi" argument, which is stupid if the voice is dubbed and cut someone some slack at least. Hindi is not the easiest language to learn.
And people just have accents in life, deal with it, i find it charming.

2nd point.
Who is this guy calling Kareena, newly flabby? seriously???

...see I hadnt commented in a while, so i m back.. kinda :-)


Filmi Girl said...

@Asim I'm glad to hear that!! That's exactly why I linked to that story with the American comedian this morning. Does he have ownership of the Hindi film industry because of his ethnic background? I can't answer that but it's ironic that the same people yelling the loudest about on par with Hollywood are the same voices telling us to support it because it's Indian. Pick one - is it global or is it local?

Hollywood takes in actors from all over the world, so by that standard isn't it a sign of the increasing profile of Indian film that foreign actors and actresses are coming to Mumbai to work?

Should Frieda Pinto then not be working in Hollywood film because she's not American?

There is a huge difference between the use of "whorey goris" as a sexualized background to song picturizations and actual actresses.


Can wait to hear the interview!

Yunus Perveez said...

or just don't be an a*hole making fun of people's disfigurement either...such an easy laugh... maybe he can start a desi version of 2.5 men.
I already hate that guy!

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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