Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday News! More finger pointing edition!

Lordy, lordy, lordy! This latest Shahrukh fiasco is just so embarrassing for him. This is what it's like to see a superstar flame out. The cognitive dissonance of believing that he's number one while reality is increasingly revealing a different story must be melting his brain.

Shahrukh has been banned from the stadium for five years.

Having listened to the audio clip posted, he just sounds like a spoiled brat. And the defensive tone of his remarks at the press conference don't belie that impression at all.

Firstpost has a great take on the incident and on Shahrukh's increasingly obvious midlife crisis. I highly recommend checking it out!

“Ae bewada,” calls out an anonymous voice from the crowd, carrying high and clear over the chatter. An enraged Shah Rukh Khan yells right back, “Tu peeche se mat bolna… samne se aake bol ae peeli shirt ****… yahin gaad doonga.” (Don’t talk to me from back there. Come in front of me, you yellow shirt. I will bury you right here.)

And now onto other news!

* Review round-up of Department for some laughs. Unsurprisingly, everybody hates it! Ram Gopal Varma needs a new script for his filmmaking.

* This is interesting. The Javed Akhtar backed copyright bill amendment has passed, rewarding lyricists.

Other than Akhtar, B-towner Jaya Bachchan, who is also a Rajya Sabha member representing the Samajwadi Party, supported the Bill and spoke extensively on the prevalence of pirated songs and music. She stated that everybody who is involved in the creation of film songs should be rewarded as this music is “created collectively”.

The idea that music is "created collectively" is one that is unfortunately NOT understood in copyright law here in the United States. Like copyright everywhere, it's supposed to protect the creator but mostly just ends up in the hands of the already powerful - whether it be directors/producers like in Bollywood or mega-corporations like in America. In America, the people who get copyright on songs are the ones who do the chord changes, melody, and lyrics. Everybody else who participates in the "collection creation" gets screwed.

* Canada's Globe and Mail explores Satyamev Jayate.

The terribly earnest Mr. Khan has hit upon a formula that works. Commentators, tweeters, and ladies at lunch can’t stop talking about the show. “Of course everybody knows that the things he’s talking about happen – but he also tells you about solutions,” said Aditi Lahiri, who was chatting about the show over coffee with friends in a Delhi cafĂ© yesterday. She plans to watch every episode, and her husband, two pre-teen sons and mother-in-law are just as keen, she said.

* Meanwhile Ajay Devgn wants to give Mr. Earnest a run for his money and is going to do a whole film on female foeticide. Sigh. Ajay, please let somebody else take charge of this project, even if you want to star in it. Your filmmaking instincts are TERRIBLE even when your heart is in the right place. (See also: Halla Bol)

* Prabhudeva wants to try horror. I approve of anything Prabhudeva wants to try.

(Related: Bloody Veer)

* Huma Quereshi has signed another film. She's really on a roll - the Trishna item, Gangs of Wasseypur...

* Kunal Kohli is frantically re-editing Teri Meri Kahaani. Dude, you can only polish a turd so much.

* And let's end things with a delightfully boastful interview from Sajid Khan.

The true Himmatwala... "I've seen Himmatwala 36 times. the movie had a great impact on me. I didn't have money to eat food, but I watched the movie. I'm taking key elements from the original and re-writing the film. I bet it'll earn `10 crores more than Housefull 2 and it'll be the biggest hit of Ajay's career. And the heroine will be the Sridevi of 2013."

Poster for Bol Bachchan! And it looks like this might be the rare Abhishek film I enjoy... THANK YOU ROHIT SHETTY!


Moimeme said...

The one thing that I can't get past in this whole SRK episode, and which hasn't been mentioned anywhere else that I saw, is, what kind of "dedicated parent" takes 20-40 kids out to play at 1 am? (estimates of the time range from midnight to 1 am) And, having taken them to the stadium,, why are they left without any adult supervision (even one of his bodyguards would have done) while the dad went off to chat with the players?

I guess my ideas of responsible parenting are very different from those of the people who not only sent their kids out with SRK, but have been tweeting their support for the way he took care of their "babies."

Gaja Gamini said...

Himmatwalla was such a crap film I guess Sajjid can only make it better. But his ego is just so off-putting.

Filmi Girl said...

@moimeme Ah! That hadn't occurred to me but... yeah. :P

What's interesting to me is that the press seems to be not taking SRK's side like they usually do.

Did you read that Firstpost piece I linked to? Very interesting stuff... personally, I think SRK blew his big chance after Chak De India.

Moimeme said...

@Filmigirl - Yes, I did read the First Post article. There have been several others like that, too, over the past two days. I have felt that SRK hasn't got as much media support as before for a couple of years now. But OTOH, people in India have been posting at various forums that the TV channels (with most of which he has personal or financial ties) are fully in his corner. So who knows what the real truth is? But I think there is a general reduction in public support as well, judging by comments at news sites, though of course there's a lot of unquestioning support, too.

The problem with SRK is that he's a lot more invested in getting big box office numbers than in good acting (of which he is fully capable). Plus, I think he has terrible script sense. :) I personally liked all three films that Dreamz Unlimited did, with SRK, Juhi, and Aziz Mirza. It's too bad the first two failed -- I think because they weren't marketed properly -- and then the third was basically made to pay off the bills so he could then start Red Chilies. I haven't liked a single RC film.

Filmi Girl said...

@moimeme The crazy fans are out in force (*block block block* on twitter) but... yeah. SRK does seem to be losing public support in general. He also seems to be much more popular OUTSIDE of India rather than in India. Yes?

Which other articles did you read? Links? I've been too busy to really haunt the net these days. :( I cannot WAIT until June when my schedule clears up a bit.

Moimeme said...

@Filmigirl - I can't remember the exact links, sorry, but there were a couple in Times of India and Hindustan Times. There have been some supportive columns, too, at Rediff. But I just was at TOI now for something and they had a feature called "Stars who cheat on their wives", and the first photo was of SRK & Gauri. Now that's a sea change, since, for many, many years, SRK's big selling point was that he was a very devoted husband and father -- the complete "family man". He even recited his entire love story with Gauri at one point - not quite for publicity (though he did say it was just like DDLJ), but essentially it became a part of his public image and the public all knew about it. So this feature made me feel sad, as it represents quite a fall from grace for him.

(Mind you, I'm not saying he did cheat - I'm not convinced of it, but the fact that that has now become an accepted "truth" about him is itself quite telling.)

Sorry, I seem to be running on and on this morning. I'll quit now. :)

Thelondongirl said...

Himmatwala was truly crappy. as for srk and his rant.....i give up. i cant defend him at all. i personally dont care who he shagged or didnt. what i cant stand is that simpering wuss windbag Karan johar cosigning on his bullshit. did you see his tweet yesterday "Why blame a man who was just reacting as a father....who wouldnt have done the same in his place???" @Filmigirl? what a twat. then i saw this this morning.....
It all seems so 5th grade. ps i love the beginning of that article " It is to be a night of gay abandon..." er yeah

Filmi Girl said...

@Thelondongirl It's funny to watch from the sidelines... but then I remember these people are in charge of my beloved movies and I get sad. :(

Yeah, SRK was acting like a spoiled brat and it's nice to see any celebrity get called on their bullshit. What I hate is that he is blaming the security guard! Really, SRK? You have all this power and influence and a lowly minimum wage security guard can have that effect on you? Why not call the person in charge to be escorted down on the field? Why not slip the guy a bribe to be let on the field? *sigh* If SRK had been thinking like a normal person he would have done these things.

Also, as @moimeme pointed out above - what good father has his young daughter out a 1am at such an event?!

I'm so tired of seeing the same people who (rightly) call out Salman and Saif and Sanjay and others for acting immaturely, suddenly have every excuse in the book for Shahrukh because they are so tied into the narrative he's set up for himself as the "good guy." A "good" guy wouldn't throw a hissy fit so therefore, the lowly security guy is at fault.

I'll be face-palming from here to Mannat.

Jess said...

Whether SRK should be banned or not I don't know. But yeah, you'd think in his place you'd go up to the MI owner or stadium owner and ask them to fix the security situation instead of fighting with a random guard.

I agree, it's lame reading SRK fans comments-- they always have to throw in examples of how Salman or whoever is even worse.

The last few years my enjoyment of SRK and his movies has taken a nosedive, and this really isn't helping.

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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