Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday Gossip!

Happy Monday! I hope everybody had a great weekend!

Another big news post today... I still have a lot of catching up to do, it seems!

* Dilip Kumar has written another blog post: some memories of Joy Mukherji and Joy's father S. Mukherji

I have been thinking a lot about S. Mukherji , the founder of Filmalaya and one of the major influences in my career. I was witness to the care and love he lavished on his son Joy Mukherjee. He wanted to see Joy scale great heights as a star. It was not just a loving father’s desire to see his son shine as a star on the screen; it was the conviction of the man who had spotted, groomed and launched some of the more adored stars of Hindi cinema besides writers, directors, technicians, singers and composers.

* Tigermanshu Dhulia to release his Hindi films with English subtitles... in India! He says with the number of regional dialects spoken in his films, Hindi audiences will appreciate them more with subtitles. It's a good idea because if I remember correctly, some of the complaints about Ishqiya when it was screened in Mumbai was that the dialect was incomprehensible to the urban, multiplex audiences.

* Bebo says she will fight her hardest to make herself a heroine on par with Bollywood's heroes.

"I don't think I'm a hero because all the films like 3 Idiots, RA. One and Bodyguard that made Rs.100 crore-Rs.150 crore, their producers and all the three Khans took home their money. What am I left with? 'Chammak Challo'? I don't get a pay cheque as much as them. I am not on the same platform as them. But I am going to fight for it, and hopefully one day we will get there."

* The Agent Vinod PR team gives Pyaar ki Pungi the hard sell. I'm sure this was a talking point given to the press:

The 'pungi' word has caught on with the youth.

And nothing says "youth" in the year 2000 like Saif Ali Khan!

I'm teasing, of course. I'm actually kind of curious about Agent Vinod. As long as I'm not supposed to believe that Saifu is "25," I'm more than happy to watch Browlift McMidlifecrisis suave around in a tux for a couple hours as an aging playboy/secret agent.

Unfortunately, not everybody feels the same and the film is being sued by an Iranian company for copyright infringement.

* Here's an interesting piece on Frieda Pinto and her non-Bollywood career.

Filmmaker Rakesh Roshan who has been searching for the female villain with unconventional looks opposite Hrithik in Krissh 3 says he did not consider Pinto. “Who knows why she is not in Bollywood? She may not be too keen to do films in Hindi as yet,” he says.

Indeed, if Mother India hasn’t called out to Freida, neither has she made much of an effort to play the dutiful daughter. Periodically, she returns to Mumbai to see her parents and her sister but, like her one-time fiancĂ© Rohan Antao, everything else back home got dumped.

* Salman Khan has replaced the cinematographer for Dabangg 2. Apparently Senthil Kumar (who did Magadheera) and Salman didn't see eye-to-eye, so Salman has replaced him with Aseem Kumar who had just finished working with Sallu on Ek Tha Tiger.

* I've said it before and I'll say it again - it's a bit rich to hear Subhash Ghai continually complain about the lack of good scripts in Bollywood. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR WRITING YAADEIN! This article is kind of a hodge-podge of quotes from various Bollywood celebs with a lack of awareness of how ridiculous it sounds to hear them complain about a lack of good scripts when they themselves have been responsible for producing/directing films with terrible scripts.

The reason there are so many sequels and remakes and by-the-numbers genre films (Hello, NRI rom-com) is not a lack of good scripts. It has more to do with producers and corporates wanting a guaranteed return on investment and the best way to do that is to have a film you can sell before it's even made. And if you're a producer who has already sold Race 2, why waste time and money on writer to turn it into a decent film? You're going to spend money on things that will make a good promo - bikini babes and CGI stunts.

* Shahrukh Khan will get himself another six pack for Rohit Shetty's Chennai Express but, honestly, is that what we want from Shahrukh? I'd so much rather see him keep his shirt on and turn in a good performance like in Chak De India instead of killing himself to have a six-pack and turning in a ham bone of a performance.

* Imran Khan dumped by a chocolate company for acting pricy.

* Mahesh Babu is going nationwide for Thums Up!

* Sameera Reddy doesn't want to be associated with Vijay Mallya - to the point that she has sent a legal notice to a magazine that printed a photo of the two them together. Gee, now I wonder why Sameera wouldn't want to be associated with this guy?

* Poor Zarine Khan is still being hassled about her weight even though she is perfectly healthy and fit. What does the girl need to do to please the Bollywood media? Remove a rib or two? Wear a burqa?

Don't worry, Zarine. I think you look just gorgeous and so does 99% of the audience for Housefull. Seriously, who was watching those promos and thought, "Well, I was going to see this movie but I'm boycotting now because Zarine Khan's thighs touch. EW! Women are GROSS!"

I'll tell you who - nobody except the bitchy Bollywood media.

On that note, I think I'll probably enjoy this in-development film called Size Zero about a small-town girl's quest for, to quote producer Siddharth Jain: "[T]hat perfect figure which doesn't really exist except in some anorexic fashion designer's head."

* Enjoy a roundup of ten famous for being famous celebutards!

Last week, Poonam Pandey posted a new set of bikini snaps on her Twitter handle. Putting up sexy stills on her social networking page seems to be her full-time profession lately, considering not many in Bollywood are willing to give her work.

That's despite the frenzy she set off last year by declaring she would strip if India won the cricket World Cup (she never did although India won, but cashed in for months on the limelight that came her way).

The whole point being no one was really ever interested if this ex-Kingfisher Calendar Hunt contender stripped or not.

Except the moral police who bayed for her blood, which in turn garnered added publicity.

* Um... BILLA 2 on MAY 25th!!! We had better be getting this in the international circuit.

* Read a nice little piece in Mumbai Boss on the forgotten cinemas of Grant Road.

You’d be forgiven for never having heard of Alfred Talkies, or for that matter, having spent much of your free time in Grant Road. The inland area is dominated by electronic shops that advertise batteries, laptop parts, splitters, sockets, and diodes. Spotted between those are gambling centers with one-way mirrored storefronts decorated with playing card images of jokers and jesters. “PLAY, WIN, VIDEO GAMES,” one declares. But if you bother to look closer, embedded in this setting are many of India’s oldest and most historically significant buildings. And what’s become of them ought to be considered a public shame.

Here is "Soosan Khanoom"...

... and "Pyaar Ki Pungi."

What do you think? The rhythm track is suspiciously similar but... the rest of the song is different enough.

New Mahesh Babu Thums Up ad!


Yunus Perveez said...

I am totally looking forward to Agent Vinod big time and have been rocking to Pyaar Ki Pungi a few weeks in my car already, loving the track.

I didn't know the word Pungi wasn't just a regular word? I heard it first in Hello Brother used as a joke...

and I still love the Pinto too, thought she was great in Rise and Immortals.

Srirupa said...

Did you know Vijay Mallaya is Sameera Reddy's uncle albeit her mom's step brother.

rachael said...

So excited for Agent Vinod, in the last year Browlift McMidlifecrisis inexplicably has shot up to the top of my favorites list (not because of anything recent but me actually getting around to watching things like Eklavya and Omkara, as well as his hilariously awkward 90's chocolate boy movies), and I love me some Kareena.

That said, its obvious Pungi is lifted and they should just admit it. I wonder why they would pay for the rights to Boney M's Rasputin song and then just completely lift the music for another track?

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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