Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday Gossip...

I'm back from Austin!! But only for a couple of days... I'll be heading to Brazil on Thursday.

And, wow, did I miss a lot of things. First the sad news... Pran has been hospitalized and Shashi Kapoor is also rumored to be doing poorly.

Oh, right, Bal Thackeray passed away and Mumbai ground to a halt - affecting collections for both Diwali releases.

(And a girl gets arrested for anti-Bal Thackery facebook posts.)

The Times of India has an article explaining his long connection with Bollywood... beyond just the harassment of film sets and Muslim actors by Shiv Sena.

* Film distributor and liquor baron Ponty Chadha was killed in a shootout at his farm house.

* Shahrukh Khan on the cover of Paris Match and Jab Tak Hai Jaan joins the 100 Crore Club... though it's not quite the all time blockbuster that one might expect from a Yash Chopra/Shahrukh/Katrina Kaif film, not even reaching the levels of Ra.One.

* Ameesha Patel pays to appear on the cover of Filmfare.

* Interesting interview with former beauty queen Meher Castelino.

'Manstyle' and 'Fashion Kaleidoscope' published in 1987 and 1994 respectively are two of your iconic books on Indian fashion industry. Your blogpost dated Nov 1, 2012, titled 'A Verbal Viral Attack' talks about another hot seller in the pipeline. Please elaborate and shed light on the same.

My blogs on website are a humorous take on the different aspects of the fashion and glamour world and are a sarcastic look at the scene. The blog titled "A Verbal Viral Attack" on November 1 2012 is not about me. In my blogs, I am the observer of a conversation on different subjects, between two parties which reveals the state of the fashion business in a tongue-in-cheek manner.

And the blog post in question:

That must be really hard for them.

Then the media is brainwashed and starry-eyed cub reporters describe these so called icons in glowing terms and splash their embarrassing images on the front pages.

The poor readers are forced to read and believe all this as the truth.

Yes, even if the person is a badly dressed flop star, an aging yesteryear star who is dying to make a comeback by wearing hot pants or an overweight out-of-shape but very rich society Queen Bee, the media will drool all over them saying they are great trendsetters and fashion divas.

* Anupam Kher talks Silver Linings Playbook - which has pretty good buzz, good enough to penetrate my lack of awareness about Hollywood films.

Here he talks about meeting director David O. Russell:

"We met and then he said, “Let’s play a game with Bradley.” I said, “What?” He said, “Let’s call Bradley to this place and tell him that you do not speak English at all, except for your dialogues.” So Bradley landed and Bradley met me in the lobby downstairs and he said, “I have seen Bend it Like Beckham and I loved it.” And I said, “Acha, Namaste, thank you.”...

So when we went up, for half an hour, we played this game. And Bradley freaked out. Because David has a habit of improvising on the sets a lot, he improvises and where you have to be prepared to listen to what he's saying and then speak it as a dialogue. So Bradley said, “This is a disaster,” because he is involved with the project fully...

The improvisation went to an extent where I told David "I'm sorry if you are not prepared for it. You should have done your homework and you should have Google-searched me. And what kind of director you are if you're not able to make me speak.” Because I was speaking in my own language. So [Bradley] said, “Don't talk to my director like this.” I said, “You keep quiet.” So then we broke the [prank]…"

* Emraan Hashmi might get a song in his European film.

* Vettai remake with John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan? Smells like disaster to me. Abhi and Johnny are no Arya and Maddy.

* Sholay 3D dogged by trouble.

* And a look back at Fearless Nadia.


Anishok said...

Filmi Girl, come on...JTHJ is not the blockbuster it could have been, because of the clash with SOS.

Filmi Girl said...

@Anishok LOL! If that's the argument going around then SRK has really sunk... JTHJ had more and better theaters than SOS and was going for a different audience.

Anishok said...

Um...I don't think SRK has sunk anywhere, actually. Are you saying that the clash hasn't affected JTHJ's business at all? And that Bal Thackeray's passing hasn't affected the business in Mumbai? The movie is STILL a 100 crore film at the end of the week...(not denying the fact, that a lot of the moolah is coming from the overseas market). With the circumstances surrounding the release, I'd say it's a VERY good BO collection.

Filmi Girl said...

@Anishok I'm not denying the film has done well, but it's not a blockbuster by any means and certainly won't be doing 3I business... which considering that it's SRK, Kat, and Yash Chopra, seems a bit... *shrug*

And absolutely, the clash with SOS only affected SOS. JTHJ had all the advantages of screen number and location. It wouldn't have been showing in the SOS screens anyways, where SOS's collections would have been better if it had the single screens that JTHJ took up. And Thackeray's passing ONLY affected Mumbai.

Like I said, the film did well enough but considering the cast and hype, "well enough" isn't exactly a ringing endorsement from audiences at the box office.

Stuart Martin said...

A vote of support for you on this one, FG - the whole anticompetitive nastiness re SOS definitely established the size of the edge that JTHJ had over it. As someone without a fan's loyalty to anyone involved in either film, it is a simple matter of maths - the crushing advantage in number of screens for JTHJ over SOS means that if JTHJ's take did not reach expectations, then whatever factors were involved, competition with SOS wasn't one of them.

Moimeme said...

Just to set the record straight, JTHJ has NOT joined the "100 crore club" -- not yet, anyway.

That term applies to films that have NETTED 100 crore at the INDIAN box office. Unfortunately nowadays this term has become so sought after that producers conflate all kinds of numbers together to proclaim that their films are in the "100 crore club" as soon as they can. YRF are not the first nor will they be the last to do this.

The six day total for JTHJ (at the end of Sunday) is 75.something crore according to Box Office India, and 80. something crore according to Taran Adarsh, who is quoting the producer's figure. The "100 crore" figure was thrown around by combining nett figures from India with gross collections overseas. Check the Indicine Twitter timeline for detailed explanations.

JTHJ will no doubt reach the "100 cr club" by the end of its run, though current predictions from most trade analysts are that it will be around the total achieved by Ra.One, or slightly under. Incidentally, SOS could also reach 100 crore by the end of its run.

OG said...

Hey FG,
Did you get a chance to watch Thuppakki........? It is awesome and I think you will like it. It also has subs btw.......

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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