Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thursday Gossip!

If anybody is in the UK, you might want to pick up the latest issue of Varoom, which features a article on the return of hand-painted Bollywood posters. Unfortunately, the article is not available online.

It's a beautiful spring day out here in Washington, DC so let the sunshine in while you read about what all the silly folk in Mumbai are up to!

* So... there are rumors going around that the Saif Punchgate incident is merely a publicity stunt for Agent Vinod. Is it possible? Maybe, but I don't think so. This isn't really positive publicity for Saif. Unless I'm missing something, he just seems like a douche who will push an old guy down. He's been released on bail and is filing a counter-suit claiming that he was also punched.

I mean, is Amrita Arora making quotes like this really considered positive publicity?

“I guess we are paying the price of being celebs and whatever has happened is very unfortunate. They are on TV giving interviews; it's a common case of getting 15 minutes of fame.”

I kind of want to punch her now.

* Catch up with Somy Ali.

When Ms. Ali moved back to Florida in 2000, she was severely depressed for a year and unsure about her future. She graduated with a degree in psychology from Nova Southeastern University and went on to study film-making in New York, then immersed herself in activism and producing documentaries, including one on Pakistani gang rape victim Mukhtaran Mai. She aspired to found a non-profit organization, but had too many causes to choose from. “I wanted to help animals and children and plants and everything, I wanted to help every being,” she says. “It was scattered.”

* Can same-language subtitles help teach people to read?

Independently collected data has shown that even 30 minutes of weekly SLS exposure over 3-5 years, as part of Bollywood film songs, more than doubles the number of functional readers in primary schools. Of course, SLS would be limited if the only reading it invites is song lyrics. As it turns out, the first thing that youth and adult functional literates tend to pick up in India are newspapers. To be seen reading a newspaper is infused with positive symbolism and status. Interestingly, newspaper reading among regular SLS-viewers shot up from 34% to 70% in five years. Furthermore, SLS makes a meaningful contribution to female literacy because Bollywood on TV has a higher female viewership.

* It's Sanjay Dutt as Sher Khan for the Zanjeer remake. What is it with Sanju-baba and remakes of Amitabh films? Well, if they are all as good as Agneepath, I won't complain!

* Rumors are STILL flying around that Yash Chopra's Shahrukh starrer is a Daag remake. I hope this isn't true because the last thing anybody wants to see is a haggard looking late-40 something Shahrukh playing a newlywed.

* If I was Tusshar Kapoor, I wouldn't exactly be bragging that as a film producer he has different tastes than one of the most successful producers of recent years - his sister Ekta.

* Sunny Leone is not doing any item songs and neither is Lolo. But Miss Sri Lanka Gamya Wijayadasa is doing an item for Alaap!

* Is Akshay going to pass on the lead to his own home production? Rumors have Salman or Shahrukh for Oh My God.

* Manoj Bajpayee joins the cast of Akshay's Agent Chabbis.

* And it's Kangana in place of Bebo for Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai 2 - Have we seen Kangs opposite Akshay before? This could be interesting. If the film doesn't get shelved.

* John Abraham is producing and starring in Jaffna - a film on terrorism.

Another promo for Agent Vinod... this one is actually kind of fun!

Teaser for Power Star's Gabbar Singh... I could watch more Dabangg remakes. Next, let's see a Kannada and then Malayalam and then... Pakistani?

Club-themed video (SHOCK!) for Tigerstyle's Kudi. I love Tigerstyle. This video... not so much.


pixel pitz said...

Looks like they shot the Agent Vinod promo at the Imperial Palace in Mumbai -- a stone's throw from Film City. Holy moly, that place is the Indian "Shining" of hotels. It's like someone said "Hey, let's make this hotel 'European'" "What do you mean?" "I don't know, just buy EVERYTHING you can find that looks 'European'." Every square inch of the place is covered in gilt-framed reproduced renaissance art and the bedrooms look like someone bought out a Home Goods store of everything covered in velvet and tassles. It's hilarious. And creepy. Because everything's just a little bit shoddy and falling a part.

maxqnz said...

I don't know if the punch was a publicity stunt, but I certainly believe it's possible. Not every publicity stunt is a good idea, after all. Just because it seems to be generating coverage that might be perceived of as negative outside its target audience doesn't rule out the possibility that it's either (a) just a stupid idea, poorly carried out or (b) a stunt perceived differently by the audience for whom it was intended. There's certainly some internet buzz to suggest that option B is by no means impossible.

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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