Saturday, March 31, 2012

Saturday Gossip!

Good morning!! Guess who finally got to see the leaked Rowdy Rathore teaser?! YES, ME!!! You have to be quick about it because they have been getting taken down really quick but just search for it on youtube and you can see it. I'll link to the official one when it is finally put up. (Probably April 2nd.)

Just to answer a few of the criticisms I saw of it - namely that it looks like a ripoff of Dabangg and Wanted - I would say that the trailer definitely calls back to both of those films but that is most likely for three reasons. 1) Prabhu Deva, who directed Wanted, also directed Rowdy Rathore so there would obviously be some similarities. 2) Sonakshi Sinha was the heroine of Dabangg and the producers wanted to play up the connection because 3) Wanted and Dabangg were big hits and playing up the similarities makes sense in the trailer.

I'm excited about this because I love Prabhu Deva and Akshay Kumar but I get it if people aren't as thrilled as me... HOWEVER, be warned, as soon as the Rowdy Rathore trailer is officially released, I'm starting up the ROWDY RATHORE COUNTDOWN TIMER!

* Here's an interesting little piece on the decline of a local Indian video store in Winnipeg.

Now the video section of the store is relegated to a few shelves in a section that also sells African movies. Department manager Rajan Varma says demand for the movies has declined with much of the demand for the films being met by cable TV stations broadcasting ethnic programming as well as easily downloadable movies.

For Varma, the love for Indian cinema has dissipated.

"My wife and I like to watch the old movies, but we haven't watched anything for a long time," he says, suggesting that Bollywood cinema is facing the same problem as Hollywood: a lack of originality.

"It's the same old thing, remaking the older stories," he says. "There's nothing we want to watch."

* And speaking of slick Hollywood styles stories and remakes of old films, The Daily Mail post-games Agent Vinod.

Saif Ali Khan's ambitious spy flick Agent Vinod has flattered to deceive. The `60- crore mammoth action thriller was widely touted as the next big thing from Bollywood this year after Agneepath but that clearly hasn't happened. Agent Vinod managed a Rs 30-crore opening weekend with a first-day collection of around Rs 9.45 crore.
The figure pales when compared to Agneepath, also an action film of around the same budget. The Hrithik Roshan-Sanjay Dutt starrer grossed almost Rs 24 crore on day one itself and has gone to rake in Rs 205 crore since its Republic Day release. Look closely, and you spot a trend here.

* And then you can read Saifu's pre-game analysis.

Saif also wants his film to work because his last two films, Kurbaan (2009) and Aarakshan (2011), did not. “After them, I am lucky to have even one fan out there!” he grins.

* So Vivek Oberoi wasn't actually "smoking" he was just chilling with some friends who were smoking.

Yeah, I've used that one before and parents see right through it.

* Enjoy a bitchy little tidbit on how Anil Kapoor has gotten too "Hollywood" for his friends back home.

At the music launch of Tezz in Delhi yesterday, Ajay Devgn got miffed with the actor and passed a nasty comment as a result. As per our sources, "Ajay was miffed with Anil. He said that Anil has become too critical and fussy about the Bollywood industry. He keeps comparing everything with International standards. Later, to control the situation Anil said that after seeing the film he felt that it is at par with Hollywood."

No word on whether or not Anil has taken to ordering an egg white omelet (off the menu, natch.)

* Amitabh gets a new wig for Department and could possibly be doing a guest spot in Rohit Shetty's next that "coincidentally" happens to star one Mr. Abhishek Bachchan.

* I don't need an excuse - Helen in the news!

* Sunny Leone's character and look for Jism 2 have been revealed - she's playing the body double of a soft core porn actress.

* Rajkumar Santoshi has been caught bouncing checks.

* IIFA will be held in... Singapore this year.

A cool behind-the-scenes videos from the sets of Rajini's Kochadaiyaan!

And the trailer for Kiccha Sudeep's new Eega. If you like things that are awesome, you won't regret watching it. I love Kiccha Sudeep!


maxqnz said...

I came late to Hindi cinema, in my mid-30s, but I share this view: ""It's the same old thing, remaking the older stories," he says. "There's nothing we want to watch." Having seen a list of releases coming up between now and the end of the year, so many have "2" after them ,and most of those were for films I had no interest in seeing "1" of. Once I get hold of Kahaani and Paan Singh Tomar on DVD, there is not one release that interests or excites me in the slightest until Talaash. Which at least means I can catch up on some of my unwatched backlog.

thediva_1 said...

ummm yes Ajay Devgun!
That is so true! Ever since Anil got his two-bit role in Mission Impossible and had that atrocious cameo in 24, he thinks he's the next savior for Bollywood.
I've lost count of how many comments he's made about how Hindi cinema is not "on par with Hollywood". He's obsessed.
Finally, someone's calling that man out.

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