Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Gossip!

Happy Friday, friends! I liked this review of Teri Meri Kahaani for basically confirming that I'll hate it... but the reviewer begrudgingly admits it's not as bad as one would have expected. Although Priyanka playing "22" is a bit far-fetched. The woman is 30!!! The Gangs of Wasseypur reviews seem to be running along the lines of "a bit (or very) self-indulgent" but technically good.

And now! News!

* There are dueling stories about how either Rajesh Khanna is on death's door or that he's fine. This picture doesn't exactly show him to be the picture of health but at least he's standing upright and his wig is on straight. It does warm the heart to see Akshay and Twinkle taking the miserable old man in.

* An interesting piece on an Iraqi who sells Indian films.

But after recalling his meetings with Bachchan and other age-old Indian movie stars — photos alongside Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra, Mithun Chakraborty and Amrish Puri also adorn the walls of his shop — he returns to his lament that Indian cinema has suffered by becoming too Westernised. 
“Old Indian movies taught you how to behave with others — they taught you manners, they built your character,” he says, speaking in Arabic. “They taught the viewer how to be good to their parents, to touch the feet of their mothers and fathers. Nowadays, Indian movies are filled with action, drugs, knives, pistols, bullets. They are teaching people to kill, not teaching people to behave well.”

* And, from a different perspective comes this article from London's Guardian newspaper about how cool and gritty Indian cinema is becoming. It's mostly the same-old same-old but I like when anybody talks about Q so...

In India, [Q] says: "We have a brilliant way of shielding ourselves from moral reality and pretending that nothing is going on." And Indian pretences are exquisitely mocked in series of interviews with middle-class Indians that intersperse the movie, in which they give their ostentatious opinions on subjects such as rap music and pornography.

(Perhaps related: an article from the Economist on the crackdown on Mumbai nightlife.)

* Anurag Kashyap talks even more about Gangs of Wasseypur. My question to him: Did you attend the SRK school of promotions? It seems plausible since they're BFF now and all... according to the tabloids.

"But having spent my childhood in North India, I knew the belt where I was setting up my story. I knew, for instance, where to find the village that still would not have electricity, where to find the ghost town of my youth, which had lain unchanged since the late ’70s. The moment I started thinking, I realised I could pull this off."

* And my fave filmmaker (to read interviews from) SAJID KHAN talks filmmaking.

"I can't say I am a great director but I am the greatest audience, since childhood I have done nothing other than watching films. Cinema is my life. I can never make a flop film because I make film for audience and not for myself," Sajid said during the sound recording of "Himmatwala" here.

The lovely Tamannaah has been confirmed as the female lead for Himmatwala.

* Madhuri Dixit talks about various things.

"It's definitely an exciting time. Bollywood has taken a leap. The audience has matured, they are ready to see different kinds of subjects and topics and different kinds of films are being made. People who have stepped in are extremely professional and so everything is done professionally," said Madhuri, last seen on the big screen in 2007 movie 'Aaja Nachle'.

(Also: Arshad demands a bigger role in Dedh Ishqiya. GIVE IT TO HIM!!)

* Sonu Sood explains the differences between differences between Northa and South.

"When I started, South has been more disciplined. They value their dates and are more organised," the 38-year-old said here Thursday in an interview.

"But slowly, with time, Bollywood has also come a long way. People have become punctual, they release their films fast. So it`s good they value time and we have professional people working towards making good films. I thoroughly enjoy working in both the industries," he added.

* Nice little talk with Baba Sehgal, who echoes the sentiment.

The song Mumbai City comes after a long hiatus during which Sehgal was busy making music down South. “I prefer working in the South. It’s more professional there… like you decide a song and it’s done and out in the next two months… the coordination is good,” says Sehgal who has done playback singing for several Kannada and Tamil films. “Bollywood, however, is difficult. But yes, now that I’ve established myself as a playback singer in the South, I’m getting more of Bollywood offers,” he adds.

* Sonakshi's brothers are trying their luck with film. Luv Sinha, as we all fondly remember, is the fugly debutante from Sadiyaan. Kush is his equally fugly twin brother. I recommend this take on their ambitions that features a bonus (and adorable) pre-debut photo of Sonakshi..

* Presumably following the grand example of Sunny Leone, adult film actress Ayesha Carmela is looking to enter Bollywood.

* Randeep Hooda doesn't let failure affect him, which is great because he's only modestly successful now in that his name gets bolded in Filmfare (probably) but casual filmgoers couldn't pick him out of a line-up and he won't be winning any awards for outstanding performance any time soon.

“I don’t take success seriously! I do appreciate it, but I don’t let it affect me. The one thing that I have learnt is that if you were to perceive your happiness from your BO status, then your state of mind would change every Friday. But I didn’t let failures affect me, and nor am I going to be consumed by success now. So I am happy, irrespective of how my films fare,” shared Randeep."

* Trouble for Ajay with the confusion over distribution rights for Bol Bachchan. Appu Wadhwani is claiming the BB team reneged on a distribution deal.

"We have been requesting him to come to the association and solve the matter but he is not coming. He can claim whatever he wants. The matter is in court. There are two issues in it. I am not involved in this," Ajay said.

* Abhishek Kapoor on casting for the 3 Mistakes of My Life adaptation.

"I wouldn't change the script to suit anyone. They are three friends and they should be equal. It should not be that one is a hero and other two are flunkies. Big actors are not authorities on what is a good film or bad film. I can't decide my career trajectory based on what stars want."

You go, dude! Also, I love the mental image of a hero and two flunkies... while I enjoy that dynamic quite a bit, it's not correct for every film.

* Pre-release damage control from Suhir Mishra who is already hedging that Kaam: The Unofficial Story is going to suck because Arjun Rampal demanded a last minute fee hike.

* Can we just delay the 3D Sholay forever?

And the making of "Dil Garden Garden"... the song nobody (including myself) wants to admit is catchy.


Archee ologist said...

Why always unkind to Priyanka Chopra? In Dostana she played a 28-year old, when she was in fact 28! She is probably the only active heroine to have played an old charachter (saat khoon maaf).

Other than that, which actress does not play young characters? Did you honestly believe Pooja's age in Dil Toh Pagal Hai? Aishwarya was supposed to be 19 or something in Devdas; she must have been nearly 30 at that time). Katrina's charachter in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan has just finished college (in India, you finish at 21).

Filmi Girl said...

@Archee I'm always unkind to PC because I think she's a horrible actress with an overly high inflated opinion of herself. :P

To your other point, to me it's just not believable to have 30 year olds playing 20 year olds. I don't like it Hollywood movies either. It doesn't matter as much in masala but when things are supposed to be "realistic" it gets distracting. Kat in MBKD was pushing it, sure, but in general I think actresses can play these youngish roles until they are 26 or so, at which point skin and features become more womanly and less girly. It's just really grating to see grown women playing "girls" the same way it is to see grown men (i.e. Saif) playing "boys."

Aishwarya and Rajini in Robot... it's a fantasy film so who cares what their ages are as long as the performances are good. This is supposed to be "realistic." Like why not just make her character 26 instead or why specify an age at all - they didn't in MBkD? And you know PC thinks she still looks 22. It's this kind of thing that annoys.

Jess said...

Actually, except for the college flashback, Katrina's character says shes 27 in MBKD.

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