Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday Monday... can't trust that day...

Good morning, friends! Another week, another pile of news stories... somehow the media keeps on churning. Hopefully there will be a few things to catch your interest...

* Mid-day asks Where are these guys? Personally, if the question is "Fardeen Khan," I'd rather not know the answer.

* Is Sher going to be Sanjay Dutt's entry into South Indian masala-style filmmaking?

Also, apparently Sanjay Dutt spent a year in Japan learning sword fighting?

* Trisha declined the remake of Saamy - and seems to have given up completely on Bollywood. I don't blame her.

* Producer Dinesh Vijan thanks the Internet for Cocktail's success at the box office. A success built almost entirely from big city multiplexes - the same crowd who has the time and resources to sit around all day on the Internet.

We'll see how far their enthusiasm can push Cocktail towards the 100 Crore Club.

“Cocktail has managed to get straight to the youth. Once the songs and promos released online and went viral, I knew that soon it wouldn’t be our film any more and would belong to them. Our exclusive online strategy was a calculated risk that has paid off. The Internet is democratic, uncensored and a brutally honest medium, and all our online viewers gave Cocktail a life of its own and our responsible for its massive opening. We have done Rs 36crs over the weekend… I am very grateful for this.”

* Another column from Firstpost on Satyamev Jayate...

Aamir Khan’s crimes are mostly of omission. He never says a word about violence against Dalits. No handy charts and statistics here, unlike those previous shows on female foeticide and domestic violence. More egregiously, Khan deliberately avoids all mention of either BR Ambedkar or reservations – which is inexplicable in a purportedly honest and open discussion of caste.

I'd also add that SJ doesn't include a single mention of homosexuality.

* Aamir himself talks Satyamev Jayate.

The advantage of TV is that it’s in every home. The disadvantage is: You don’t have a committed viewer. Cinema has a viewer, who leaves home, travels to a theatre, buys ticket, commits to sitting there for two and half hours.
If it’s a bad film, he’ll abuse the hell out of you. If it’s really bad, he may leave halfway through. But he’d still commit to you his full, undivided attention. The flipside to TV is that there are 120 channels, you can switch to any, there are other things you could be doing: reading, cooking, a child may want your attention.

* And... all the gossip about Talaash being delayed until 2013 is bullshit.

* Ms. Imported Scarlett Wilson has got herself an item in Sandalwood.

* Vivek Agnihotri is making Hate Story 2... because everybody loved Hate Story so much?

* Sherlyn Chopra is milking her time in the Playboy Mansion for all that it's worth.

* Sunny Leone to judge India's Got Talent.

* Finally, satisfy your desire to invade celebrity family's privacy with a slide show of not so famous star sons and daughters!

Personally, I'm a fan of Sanjay's niece Saachi's "What are you looking at, bitch?" face. (Slide 5) and Sonakshi's fugly brothers (Slide 11) who would like to NOT be so unknown but their looks and talent... well, it's better to keep them in slideshows like this. There's also some quality vintage photos of Mimoh and Imaad that appear to date from the early 2000s.

1 comment:

Stuart Martin said...

Even though that Firstpost article does raise some very valid concerns, it's author still seems stuck on the idea that it's a binary reality - Aamir is either an activist or an actor, SJ must be either a social conscience tool or entertainment. Where is the Indian media columnist/blogger who has no trouble accepting that reality's not that black and white, that Aamir can be an actor/entertainer first AND still have a valid role in promoting activism?

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