Saturday, January 26, 2013

Saturday Gossip: The Model-Actress Edition

Rachel Saltz dismisses Race 2 as vapid. Funny, that's what I usually say about her reviews.

Well, it looks like neither snow nor protests have shut down my local cinema, so hopefully I'll get a chance to go this weekend! But not Race 2.

Sometimes it's not even worth bothering with the garbage that passes for learned discussion of Bollywood in the western media.

Case in point: all the ignorant 30-seconds-on-Wikipeida level of knowledge about Bollywood films themselves in this otherwise interesting piece on the drama behind the TOI Awards and IIFA in Vancouver. Why, exactly, was it necessary to make some sort of ham-fisted references to "Oh, Bollywood films are changing" when a) you have no idea what they were in the first place and b) you have no idea what they are changing into… if they even are, in fact, changing?!


In 2011, for example, Ontario spent $12-million to bring the IIFAs to Toronto, and in return gained more than 40,000 visitors and a worldwide broadcast audience of over 700 million viewers in 110 countries, according to the Ontario government. The Ontario Media Development Corporation says the province’s continued relationship-building with India – including a trade mission that November – has resulted in multiple deals for co-ventures between Ontario and Indian companies.

Now the Times of India, which organizes the Filmfare Awards, wants a piece of that lucrative non-resident Indian action.

Cleanse your palate with these pictures of Madhuri at dance rehearsal.

A grumpy Javed Akhtar is really fun.

He also mocked at the lyrics of current films. “Language is shrinking in society. How can you have good songs? Lyricists earlier used to put nature in their sings-moonlight, monsoon, and trees.

“It made romance aesthetic. That is why we still remember the songs. But all songs today are about you and me and Americanised English,” he said.

I wonder if we'll get some video of some of these panels. I want to see the one where Javed, from the audience, heckled the guy speaking.

Abhay Deol gets his model-girlfriend some work. How sweet. Thankfully, I'm under no obligation to watch the result. She's not terrible but under circumstances could you call (as the article does) her debut in Shor "impressive." She played a model. A model who had to convey like maybe two emotions in two different scenes.

Now, here's a kid who deserves to be cast! Karan Johar has cast cutie-pie Saquib Salem in his segment of Bombay Talkies.

1 comment:

Stuart Martin said...

Nostalgia is always trickily deceptive, but, as far as is possible with a generalisation, I think Javed's on pretty solid ground when criticises the lyrics of today's songs. THe market gets what the market wants, and it definitely seems that what the market wants are Hinglish lyrics that embody the definition of banal and indeed,vapid. Choli ke peechhe may not have been high art, but at least it wasn't a 5-minute ad for adhesive tape.

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