Saturday, August 11, 2012

Saturday Gossip!

Another light news day as everybody is in festive mood, I think.

Just a few more days until EK THA TIGER!!! Can you wait?! Tickets are already available for pre-booking at my local theater, so you should check yours, too.

I might decide on a Saturday show - we'll see, I guess.

* Shaad Ali talks more about Kill Dil.

Speaking from Kanpur, Shaad said, "I want the title to convey the theme and mood film. And I think I've got it bang-on. Kill Dil is a film about the tricks that the heart plays on the unsuspecting victim of love. Ranveer is pukka for the male lead. The film has another male lead and of course the female lead that I will cast soon as I return to Mumbai in a couple of weeks."

* Dippy finalized opposite SRK for Chennai Express.

* Saif Ali Khan is Bullet Raja. I cannot think of a LESS appropriate casting choice for a mafia guy from Lucknow... Real House Husband of Mumbai? Yes.

* Good news for everybody who has been waiting for that Govinda-Sunny Deol starrer... (which would be, Ness?)

* Sushmita Sen robbed at the Athens airport.

* John Abraham is opening his own chain of gyms - JA Fitness.

* Jackie Shroff to build a film studio in Gujarat... now that he's done suing the Internet.

The other day I thinking about how America is really missing out by not having regional cinema... Can you imagine film production hubs in Atlanta; Austin; Nashville; Chicago; and Boston making films tailored for local audiences?

It's so weird that we've centralized ALL our films to LA and New York.

* Sridevi joins twitter.

* Shotgun can home from the hospital tomorrow!

* Book review of The Magic Of Bollywood - which seems to be a compilation of essays with an academic bent.

The book gets going after a bit of ping-pong with the legitimacy of the term ‘Bollywood’. Sunitha Chitrapu lays down the context in numbers: though Indian films enjoy a market share of almost 95% at home, their share of the global trade is not more than 1%. In contrast, the share of home market enjoyed by the film industries in the UK is 19%, in Germany 25%, and in France 45%. The rest mostly belongs to Hollywood. India, with much smaller production and promotion budgets, offers the largest ‘resistance’ to Hollywood.

* Amitabh is headed to London to launch Abu-Sandeep's fashion book.


Bombay Talkies said...

"It's so weird that we've centralized ALL our films to LA and New York."

It's not weird at all that our film *making* has been centered around New York and LA. It'd be different if the US had 26 official languages and over a billion people, but...the vast majority of American films are made in English. There's no need for a regional breakup (though obviously NYC and LA aren't the only places in this country where films are made, and they're far from the only settings for films).

That's sort of like saying "It's so weird that the UK has centralized their film making to London." It's not really weird at all for major film studios to be located in the country's largest city/cities, especially if those cities are where they were founded.

And frankly I'm glad Nashville isn't making its own films for us locals here--the world doesn't need more "Left Behind"/evangelical-style entertainment. ;) The dozens of country stations here are bad enough!

Filmi Girl said...

But the UK hasn't centralized ALL it's filmmaking to London - there are strong centers in Scotland and Wales, too.

There used to be a far great range of localized content in regional music markets and regional television markets - and if language was the only factor, then there shouldn't be.

Deregulation of media companies and the corporate desire to centralize accounts for some of this but film is the outlier.

Michael Barnum said...

Filmi Girl, back in the late 50s through the mid 70s there was quite a lot of film making in Florida. Mostly low budget exploitation films by Herschell Gordon Lewis, Doris Wishman, William Grefe, and others. Films like THE WILD WOMEN OF WONGO, BLOOD FEAST, 2001 MANICS, SINDERELLA AND THE GOLDEN BRA, STING OF DEATH, RACING FEVER, MAKO: JAWS OF DEATH, THE HOOKED GENERATION, GENTLEMEN PREFER NATURE GIRLS and a ton of other colorful and amusing titles. Texas also had several film makers regularly churning out product back then for the drive-crowd. These films are all a lot of fun!

Filmi Girl said...

@MB See! That's what I'm talking about! Very cool! I'll have to look some of this stuff up.

BTW saw a fabulous film last night called "Black Lizard." It felt very much akin to something like Geeta Meera Naam.

Bombay Talkies said...

England then, not the UK (though I'd wager that the amount of film making done in Scotland and Wales as opposed to London-ish is probably along the same amount, percent wise, as is done in the PNW or New England, etc).

It's quite a lot to do with where the resources are and what the market is. Film is an outlier because most films need national release to recoup costs. There isn't the market to sustain regional film in this country (apart from maybe lower-budget projects). Regional customizing is possible in music and television because there isn't as large a market required to make it profitable. Music production is far cheaper than film production.

I guess I just don't see our regional differences here in the US as significant enough to warrant a special brand of cinema for each of them. Yes, I know there *are* differences (I'm a Vermonter living in Nashville--sometimes it feels like I'm in another country!), but the gap between, say, Bengalis and Marathis is (I think) far larger than the gap between Texans and New Yorkers. Regional cinema makes sense in India, it doesn't make as much sense (or serve the same purpose) in the US.

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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