Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thursday Gossip! Where's my craze edition?!

Looks like we're getting Dangerous Ishhq this weekend but not Ishaqzaade. Sorry I've been kind of a slacker recently... things have been a little busy around casa de Filmi Girl. I think it's okay to mention this now but... my brother just got engaged!!!!! It's the first wedding in my immediate family so we're all REALLY excited.

New Hampshire folks!! Go and check out the Bollywood screenings on May 12th and the New England Bollywood Film Festival.

Also, Gangs of Wasseypur is heading to the Sydney Film Festival for people in Australia.

* I'm sure the film itself is going to be fine but I don't like how this article frames Michael Winterbottom's Trishna.

Has Bollywood's all-singing, all-dancing culture left a paucity of more orthodox actors in a country of 1.2 billion people? Winterbottom admits to surprise that the female casting director failed to come back with a name, and while she may have met great actors, ''they're just not used to the style of acting or the way I work,'' he says. Bollywood-trained or not, Winterbottom likes his cast to work in ''uncontrolled environments, to react spontaneously''.

"Orthodox" here meaning "Western-style" but the author can't comprehend that acting isn't the same everywhere. And I would suspect that Indian actresses are pretty used to reacting spontaneously - especially considering that BOUND SCRIPTS weren't standard for years and years.

(Review says leads are removed emotionally, which sounds like code for Frieda Pinto lack of screen presence to me.)

* Right, Arjun Kapoor?

"Bollywood has become so competitive today that even newcomers have started demanding bound scripts. Especially for someone like Arjun, who comes from the Kapoor scion, there was no dearth of offers. Moreover his strong lineage and experience of actors from his filmy family had made him learn a lesson about always going by the written word on the script before making a decision. However, when Aditya Chopra felt that he had it in him to step into the film and deliver, Arjun kept the rulebook aside and didn't even blink before saying 'yes' to the offer", informs an insider.

* Ram Gopal Varma is in legal trouble. The Department scriptwriter has filed a case against him, saying that he hasn't been paid.

* The Gulabi Gang ladies take issue with Madhuri's Gulab Gang.

Interestingly, while the news, that "Gulab Gang" is based on Sampat Pal's life has been out for some time, the producer himself denies the link and says, "We are responsible filmmakers and moreover, my film has absolutely nothing to do Sampat Pal or her group. We don't know where this piece of news has come from."

* Still more copyright trouble for Agent Vinod. They REALLY should have cleared all those songs for use...

* Salman Khan causes a fuss when he digs his heels in and refuses to go abroad to shoot a song. Maybe the poor guy is just tired of traveling... let him shoot in Bombay if he wants. It's SALMAN! Who is going to be the USP of the song - the scenery or SALMAN?

(Also: Bodyguard sequel.)

* Preity's co-star in Ishkq in Paris has been revealed... and he's a dreamboat.

Speaking of dreamboats...

How can this movie look so appallingly mediocre and yet Shahid Kapoor look so rakishly charming? Seriously. You would have to PAY me to sit through this and yet... Shahid... *mini swoon*

And Malaika's item for Gabbar Singh! I'm hoping we get some "craze" audience videos from this film. I'm suffering from a craze video withdrawal!

SALMAAAAANNNNNNN!!!!! *whistle whistle whistle whistle*


Moimeme said...

Speaking of "craze", did you miss all the twitter excitement over the countdown to the Ek Tha Tiger teaser that is being shown with Ishqazaade? Here are a few screen shots that finally made it to twitter to assuage the pangs of deprived Salman fans who kept declaring they couldn't wait ONE MORE SECOND to see the teaser -- which won't be on TV or the internet till Monday, according to Kabir Khan. :)

Nerdypanda said...

Congrats to your family. I love Shahid but really do not want to see that movie.

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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