Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday Gossip!

Good morning, friends! It has been a long week let me tell you... I am ready for this weekend. To quote one of my favorite films (Zombieland) my inane Facebook status may as well be: "Rob Curtis is gearing up for Friday."

Okay! Ferrari Ki Nobody Cares is out and you can check the review round up over here. Reviews go from uber-suck up to tepid. I have a feeling the truth is somewhere closer to the cute-but-tepid side of the spectrum. (And a bonus Ferrari story I found while searching.)

Now, NEWS!

* Anurag Kashyap is still giving us the hard sell and talking about how to make movies. (i.e. Everybody else is doing it wrong.)

I don’t grasp technicalities when I meet directors or producers from the West. What I grasp is their humility. When I go to London and call Danny Boyle, he tells me that he can’t meet me today because he needs to fix a leak in his house. Out here, I need to call a plumber. When I meet Michael Winterbottom, and his eleven member crew, I learnt that he is carrying his own monitor. The cameraman carries his own camera, he doesn’t have five attendants. The art director doesn’t have assistant and sweeps the floor and puts a nail on the wall by himself. I’ve realised their work culture and their humility. That’s what I grasp from them.

On the one hand, it's great that we in the West can be really self-sufficient about doing things ourselves. But on the other hand, those five assistants are five specialized jobs for people. And how good is Danny Boyle's plumbing really? Wouldn't his time be better spent meeting with Anurag Kashyap? Is the art director really the best person to be nailing things to a wall? Sure, you don't need a plumber to fix every minor thing but here comes a time when you need a specialist. And it's respecting the specialist to acknowledge that.

There's a happy medium is all I'm saying.

* Vidhu Vinod Chopra is also flapping his gums about how to make movies. (i.e. Everybody else is doing it wrong.)

"While I know that even if I make absolute rubbish, I will make 200 crores (2 billion rupees) in the first three days. By the time you all realize on Monday that I have really made a bad film, I have collected the money and gone home.

"But I won't. Because these are the things that annoy me - the thinking that, 'Til yesterday I am a third-rate filmmaker but today my film has done 100 crores, so I'm acceptable!'"

Again, yes, terrible films can make money but generally when a "bad" film like Ready kills at the box office it's because people like it. What's wrong with that? Truly terrible films tend to make no money at all - like I can pretty much guarantee that the Tusshar-Ritiesh film releasing soon will bomb because it's going to suck so bad. I hate when cultural critics lump all films like this together as "bad," like you could put any slop in front of people and they'll go watch it.

I do appreciate VVC taking his duty seriously, however. We need filmmakers to treat us seriously and filmmakers to entertain us with sightgags. There is room for both in the world.

* Salman Khan: Not impressed with YRF. My fave part:

Also, Salman wanted his favourite composers Sajid-Wajid for the music of Ek Tha Tiger, but the production house did not accept his request.

That seems kind of petty on YRF part. Why not just keep Salman happy and let him work with his buddies? Sajid-Wajid have put through plenty of great songs recently.

Sallu is also set to host another season of Bigg Boss.

* Bebo shoots her mouth off Bebo esStyle.

"Being fat is not sexy! Anyone who says that is talking crap. Voluptuous is sexy, but fat is out. Any woman who says she doesn't want to be thin is talking nonsense. It's every girl's dream."

Oh, Bebo! I love you even when you're talking crap. I would never in a billion years want to be your friend but keep giving ridiculous interviews and we'll be cool.

* Joker is no longer in 3D.

* Shahrukh Khan is a 26% partner in opening KidZania Centers in India.

The Mexico-based KidZania, which is present in seven countries with 10 centres, creates a kid-centric city experience for the 4-14 year olds by combining role play with fun and learning, where kids would get an authentic and powerful development experience. The centres are spread across 75,000 sq ft with over 60 establishments and over 75 role-playing options for children.

"Our source of revenue will be through tickets, which will be around Rs 700 for a kid, corporate events and CSR activities among others," [KidZania India Director and Chief Executive Sanjeev] Kumar added.

Doesn't SRK have enough on his plate already? The guy needs to focus his energies.

Also, these KidZania Centers sound so bogus... Like an overpriced Chuck E Cheez with an "educational" theme.

* I wonder when Sunny Leone will get tired of all the Bollywood bullshit and return to doing something more straightforward - porn.

* Image from Three Mistakes of My Life adaptation.

And... trailer of English Vinglish!


Bombay Talkies said...

I'm so over Kareena I could vomit. Does she realize how idiotic she sounds? Or is this just her special brand of passive aggressiveness (considering that Aish just gave an interview a couple of weeks ago saying 'I've never been one to want to be thin anyways')?

Moimeme said...

@FG, I think you're missing the point of what Anurag Kashyap is saying about the work culture in the west. He's not impressed that people in the west are "self-sufficient", but that they have no "starry" airs, or to put it another way, are not too full of themselves to get their hands dirty actually doing work. I don't know how much you know about Indian work culture, but those "five assistants" trailing behind are most likely to be sycophants, not specialists. Their main function would be to do things like carry the boss's camera/briefcase, or his lunch, yell at the other crew that the boss is coming and they should get out of his way, inform others that the boss needs his latte (not mere coffee) from the five star hotel six miles away, and NOT from the local coffee house, etc. I'm giving you all these examples from the way even minor executives in small offices behave, so you can compound it for people in the film business. One thing that really saddens me every time I go to India is how extremely hierarchical the society and hence people's thinking is. I don't know if you came across Anil Kapoor's interview after his first experience with filming for MI. But one of the things he said is that "they" (meaning "westerners") treated him so well, saying something to the effect of, "The director talked to me the same way he talked to Tom Cruise, even though I had a small role." My immediate reaction when I read that was, "Well, why wouldn't he?" So then I had to remember that Anil comes from an Indian film culture, and remember film shoots that I had been taken to, and how I had been turned off by the extreme deference shown to the "hero" actor by the director, who at the same time talked to the "comedian" actor in fairly rude terms. So naturally Anil would be impressed by things like that.

Anyway, at least Kashyap can talk about how to make films "properly" because he is still making films that are different than the mainstream commercial ones. I'd take him any day over Vidhu Vinod Chopra. In what way is his "200 crore grosser" better than the "bad" films he derides? At another Bollywood forum there has been an ongoing discussion for the past few days on "intelligent" films vs. masala ones, with 3 Idiots being cited by several as an example of an "intelligent" film. Several people have asked if Akshay Kumar would ever make a film like that, which I found funny, because when I saw 3 Idiots, my reaction was, "In what way is this film superior to one of Akshay Kumar's "crap" films that are regularly derided? Isn't this exactly the kind of "humor" that people condemn in his films but are going gaga over here?"

I loved the trailer for English Vinglish, and am eagerly awaiting it, but I doubt that it would appeal to the "youth" audience. I hope it can be reasonably successful, though the release timing (clashing with two other "heroine centric" films) is not good.

Finally, what is the difference between a "News" post and a "Gossip" post? :)

Nerdypanda said...

Can I just say I love Sri Devi on screen. she is just so radient. As for Kareena, not the first time she put her foot in the mouth.

Filmi Girl said...

@bombay talkies Knowing Bebo, I think we can safely answer yes to both questions. XD I admit I'm amused by her silly interview answers but would probably be less so if I didn't also enjoy her acting.

@Moimeme Hi!!! Great comment and excellent points as always. It's always interesting to read your responses because I see things (understandably I hope) through a Western filter. From my perspective here in the US, I see skilled labor increasingly devalued. So when I see somebody say, "I'll fix the leak myself instead of calling a professional" it just sounds kind of arrogant.

You make a great point about the coffee-fetchers and heirarchy on set for sure. But maybe this is where we can find our happy medium - the art director doesn't need to be cleaning the floor but the floor cleaner deserves to be talked to with respect. Yes?

And RE: VVC -> LOL!!!! Akshay could totally have been slotted into 3 Idiots. A fart gag is a fart gag no matter who does it. ;P

(Gossip v. News = no difference whatsoever. Just want comes out of my fingers when I type the title. ;)))

@Nerdypanda Word on both, my friend! XD

Filmi Girl said...

@bombay talkies Actually, I think that's a no and a yes.

Moimeme said...

@FG - As far as your "western filter" goes, I don't think I'm too free from it myself, since I've lived in "the west" for a long time. Heck, I have trouble "adjusting" to Indian norms every time I go there.

I wish we could find a happy medium, but I don't think they're there yet, about respecting the floor sweeper. You need only look at all the comments and articles about how Salman makes films for the "rickshawwallas and doodhwallas" to see how entrenched this thinking is.

Mo Pitz said...

I think my experience on Hindi film sets somewhere between FG's view and Moimeme's. I went to meet a cinematographer to learn how he worked and he told me to stick close to him, near the camera. But the problem was he had 5 people working for him so I couldn't really be any where near him without being constantly in the way. 5 people doing the job of one person on a Hollywood set. Which was great to see so many people employed (because obviously a Hollywood production shoot could not afford so many people) but man, that was a crowded set.

Meera Namia said...

Lol Kareena just saying the opposite of what Vidya been saying.
English Vinglish looks boring but I hope it works for Sridevi...was Lolo film a hit??

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