Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thursday Gossip!

Just checked the cinema schedule and it looks like we're getting Vicky Donor and OKOK this weekend! Woo! I'll be trying to get to at least one of the two. Both if I can manage it. I hate missing out on the new Tamil films because while Hindi films are easy enough to find after release, Tamil films are much more difficult to track down.

Now! Today in gossip... nonsense! And lots of it! (I'm assuming you all can google the gruesome actress murder stories on your own. I linked to it once. I don't need the mental images that the play-by-play of the police investigation is dredging up.)

* Anupama Chopra talks film criticism.

Manohla Dargis, of The New York Times, described the current situation like this: “Movies and criticism have kept moving and it’s worth noting that because of the Internet, there are now more critics than ever and more cinematically knowledgeable ones, too—the diffusion of expertise is one reason that critics no longer have the impact they did.” Do you agree with that?

Definitely in the West, yes, but the expertise on the net in the West is phenomenal, the kind of blogs, and academia and rigour that is brought to film criticism is amazing but I don’t see that happening here. We need to bring rigour to film criticism period, in whichever platform we function in. We’re decades behind in terms of our reference, in terms of our ability to write, our knowledge.

Um... does she visit a different Internet than I do because there are a plenty of talented South Asians writing about Bollywood and other Indian cinemas online. I may not like (at all) guys like Sudhish Kamath but he's definitely plenty sharp and certainly "on par" with anybody writing about Hollywood.

Certainly your Taran Adarsh's have nothing of consequence to say, except in the unintentional laffs he provides, but I don't think it's fair to say that all Indian critics are behind the times. That's just more "on par with Hollywood" bullshit.

* Am I dreaming right now or are we actually going to see Kareena and Sonu Sood in the Hindi Arundhathi remake?

* Wow!! Vashu Bhagnani finally found a heroine willing to work opposite his boy Jackky - a Southern belle from Karnataka who was initially supposed to debut in Akshay Kumar's home production Oh My God but...

"Akshay also wanted Nidhi to refrain from signing any other project till Oh My God releases. He had elaborate plans for her launch. But Nidhi still went ahead and signed Vashu's film. She has also begun shooting for it. Apparently, she had been paid a huge amount for the role. Akshay wasn't too happy with it. But he couldn't do anything about this either," added the source.

(Emphasis added by me.) Well, there you have it. Sometimes cash speaks louder than words. I just hope the signing amount was worth having a Jackky Bhagnani starrer as your debut.

* You have to love when tabloid journos desperate for a scoop turn nothing into something. Aamir didn't mention Shahrukh's television shows during his press conference for his own television show, THEREFORE all hell must break loose.

* Amitabh is going to be back with Kaun Banega Crorepati.

* News from the sets of another film I couldn't be less interested in... there will be NO BOLD SCENES in the rom-com starring Deepika and Ranbir. YAWN.

* Check out a nostalgic look at Mumbai's art deco cinemas.

Mr. Hoosein has, to put it mildly, mixed feelings about today’s Bollywood product. But declining quality, and an over-saturation of theatres are only two of the many threats plaguing single screen cinemas like Liberty, the one he owns. Once a proud cultural institution of the post-Independence era, these historically significant theatres are facing extinction due to what owners say is as an unsustainable tax rate, married with dwindling attendance, and legal challenges that make even the most innovative approaches to fiscal resurrection seem doomed to failure.

The article also goes into a little detail on the five year "tax holiday" that multiplexes received in 2005, much to the chagrin of single screen cinema owners.

Mr. Hoosein feels the government has betrayed single screen cinemas. “When [there were fewer] cinemas, we were a milk cow for the government. Our success meant crores and crores of rupees in tax revenue for them”, he says.

* Curious about India's Heavy Metal Scene? Chicago Public Radio has a little piece on it.

I was hoping the full teaser would be out by the time I had to go to work but... enjoy 15 seconds of "Chinta Ta Ta!"


Jess said...

Yeah that 15 seconds makes it official: I'm gonna l-o-v-e Rowdy Rathore

getfilmy said...

I was gonna do a post on the Anupama Chopra interview coz there was so much I disagreed with. I like her reviews (for being short and succinct) but she definitely has an "on par with Hollywood" complex, like MAJOR.

My beef with many Indian critics is simply that they all want to use Hollywood's criteria of "quality filmmaking" and they always diss the stuff that's purely Bollywood - which is why they never know how to properly critique a "massy" film (like she says at the end of her interview).

I feel like there should be a different set of criteria for films like that with regards to whether it accomplished what it set out to do, not whether it matches the "Academy's" standard of quality filmmaking.

God I hope this comment posts! :)

Filmi Girl said...

@Jess RIGHT?! I was thinking about this today - Rowdy Rathore is like the platonic ideal of a Filmi Girl movie. Stars Akshay, directed by Prabhudeva, and is a Southern remake. XDDDD

@getfilmy Do it! I want to read your take. I didn't have the time or energy to write something in-depth on it this morning. She really does seem to be in thrall to what "the West" thinks is worthwhile... or she just never goes online because there are so many talented South Asians writing about film!!

OG said...

Hey FG,

OKOK is not good. The only thing which is worth mentioning in the film is the presence of the comedian Santhanam.... but otherwise, the film is a big bore....

I am planning to watch Vicky Donor.... the promos look really interesting and the songs are good as well!

Filmi Girl said...

@OG Ooo! Thanks for the tip! I'll skip it then and go for Vicky Donor instead. :)

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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