Monday, March 11, 2013

Monday Post: Vidyut Jamwal for King of Everything.

The fawning coverage of Steven Speilberg's visit to India is embarrassing. Speilberg ain't all that, y'all.

(Unless you're a grown man with a simplistic view of history and race, daddy issues, and a love of sweeping orchestral scores.)

So instead of that, let's talk TIMES OF INDIA FILM AWARDS, which are turning out to be a real political hot potato for British Columbia.

What’s the payoff for British Columbia’s $11-million investment in a celebrity-driven series of events designed to market this province to residents of India?

Tough to say.

And with a hat tip to CoffeeQueen, read a take down of the TOIFA from noted Indo-Canadian academic SUNERA THOBANI.

'Celebrating Women' was organized to coincide with International Women's Day. I use the word coincide advisedly, not commemorate or celebrate, for nothing about the event was recognizable as having anything to do with IWD. Indeed, the event could more appropriately be characterized as a hijacking of the issues -- often life and death ones -- which women all around the world, including in India and Canada, associate with IWD. For over a century now, women organize IWD to commemorate and renew their collective struggles for economic, social and political justice.


And since I'm already talking politics, I want to throw some support Rahul Bose's way. He's been pilloried by the media and piled on by tweeters by suggesting that, just maybe, the men who committed the horrific attack on the woman in Delhi are human beings and maybe, just maybe, we should be hoping for their rehabilitation instead of their death.

I'll say this. One of the very first things I really fell in love with in Bollywood film is something I don't see much of anymore - that old fashioned capacity to forgive. Hate the crime, love the criminal. Should we really be throwing people away like garbage? Well, it is a sentiment "on par with Hollywood"…


And one more - Irrfan Khan on getting stopped by immigration coming to the USA.

"Once I told the immigration people, why do you issue visas, if you don't want to give us entry, and the man scowled at me saying - Are you threatening me?," Irrfan said.

I'll just say this in the immigration people's defense: Not to downplay the insult of getting profiled because of brown skin or a Muslim last name but Irrfan Khan is not entirely clean of, shall we say, a certain substance grown in large quantities in British Columbia and that is still illegal in the United States.


On to lighter things. Om Shanti Om is getting a Japanese release! The title has been translated to Love's Reincarnation, which seems apt.


Shobba De and Anupam Kher talk celebrity and media.

Stars that deal with criticism well:

Shobhaa De: “Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra. The rest of the Bollywood brood are not too good at it and are delusional about their own fame, greatness and image. For all his notoriety, Khan has done well for himself. The way he deals with the media is disarming. He’s like a child and on his own trip... When he went through the bad boy phase he rode that well. He didn’t go all petulant, get sulky or go hyper-touchy about any adverse comments that came his way. Now, he can’t do any wrong. Despite Padukone’s link-ups, she has handled herself with such grace and never blamed the press for writing about it.”



It's not uncommon for actors such as Shah Rukh, Aamir, Salman, Ajay and Saif to have "special elevator" shoes made which have 2 to 3 inch lifts inside as well as a 2 to 2.5 inch heel on the soles. No wonder they prance around with an ego boost thanks to that extra five-inch elevation.


PC's item is going to be one of those campy retro ones where everything is in virtual quotation marks.

So, basically, not marketed to me.


Oh, Karan… do we really need another rom-com that "understand[s] the emotions of a man in his 20s as he tackles life, love, ambition, friendship and happiness."

Unless I hear that it's as good as Jab We Met, I'm skipping Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani as yet another rom-com in the Imran Khan genre. Not my genre of choice...


And a vote from me for Vidyut Jamwal as KING OF EVERYTHING! Give this man all the awards right now.


pedrotheapebomb said...

Vidyut just glistens with talent!

Moimeme said...

Hi FG,

I see that what you linked to is an abridged version of Irrfan Khan's interview. I needed some time to pull out the original articles on Irrfan Khan. But interestingly enough, I can't find the original I read in Times of India on March 8 or 9. They have another article dated March 10, which doesn't contain the one statement that I found most absurd in the original interview, which was also published verbatim in several other places. Well, here are two links for a slightly more detailed version of the interview than what you have linked.

The part that's missing from the original article I read is where Irrfan says that he's instructed his hosts in the U.S. that they'd better "arrange" things with the U.S. immigration before inviting him, because he doesn't want to go through this hassle again. This struck me as particularly funny, because it reveals the entire "Indian VIP" mentality which is really operating in Irrfan's mind. He apparently doesn't know that no one inviting him can "arrange" anything with the U.S. immigration officials. How shallow is that?

On top of that, something I noticed on rereading the articles above (searching for the missing part) is that he's been pulled exactly twice for secondary questioning -- once in 2008 and once in 2009. So why is he complaining in 2013? Could it possibly be because, in 2008 and 2009, no newspaper would bother to print his complaints, since he wasn't as well known then?

I think the best commentary on Bollywood stars* being questioned by U.S. immigration officials was given by Salman Khan, when SRK was first milking his questioning before MNIK was set to release. Salman said, "If we go to any five star hotel here in Mumbai, they won't let you enter until they search your car and beneath your car, and then passing through a metal detector. If we're willing to put up with all this in our own country, why should we complain about the rules when we go to a foreign country?"

*Several non-BW Indian stars have been pulled for secondary questioning in the U.S., but none of them has ever made a big deal out of it, as these guys do. Is either Irrfan or SRK a bigger star than Kamal Haasan, for instance?

Moimeme said...

Oh, I forgot a most important part of the Irrfan Khan story. He claims that his passport requires him to give his surname and religion, but, as many commenters on those two articles pointed out, neither the Indian passport nor the passport application form asks for the applicant's religion anywhere, merely full name and address. So exactly which country's passport is he holding? :)

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