Friday, May 17, 2013

Friday Post: *shares Significant Look with Ranveer Singh*

Cannes, Cannes, Cannes... I'm loving the fuss but not everybody is excited:

It is fine to insist, as some do, that international film festivals and their awards are of little consequence. If that is indeed so, let’s also please ban the Bollywood-rules-Cannes blather that we are forced to endure each year. If high-brow global cinema is pretentious, then let’s not use it as an excuse for low-brow publicity for the likes of Sherlyn Chopra who breathlessly claims, “I can’t wait to doll up in various Indian avatars to promote the epic film at the most prestigious film festival.”

The ‘epic film’ that Ms Chopra will be unveiling at Cannes: The second trailer — of Kamasutra 3D.

Okay, okay. Point taken.

But what if I enjoy the seeing Ms Chopra all dolled up and posing next to Audrey Tautou because the low brow-high brow contrast?


Sanjay Dutt is back in jail... and he gets to have shampoo.


Karan Johar and some others (including Onir) talk with Anupama Chopra about gay roles in Bollywood.

Says Karan on Bombay Talkies: I was afraid about what people would say about me. I was afraid about it would be an immediate reflection on even my personal life because [of] what I am telling on celluloid. But I think the cine-goers and the reviewers handled it with so much dignity.


Dr. Rachel Dwyer on Hollywood-Bollywood, aka you're about to get schooled real good:

It’s the trained actors, often with a background in theatre, who act in Hollywood and other Western movies rather than the stars. Stars are probably too busy with their other commitments, and we don’t know what roles they get offered. The trained actors are mostly from the National School of Drama [in New Delhi] or they have a background in theatre. Stars have mostly learnt on the sets and some of them are admired for their star qualities rather than their acting.

Some stars – such as Amitabh Bachchan – are also very good actors. Rishi and Ranbir Kapoor are also highly skilled actors as well as stars. Some of the actors are major figures, stars though not heroes, such as Anupam Kher and Amrish Puri.



Nargis cast in... another film.

That's TWO! TWO IN ONE WEEK! Although neither appears to be a heroine role, which is heartening. If she's just playing bimbos, no problem. But I love how the press releases are all NARGIS IN A FILM WITH... and then buried at the end is this:

"Yes, Nargis has been signed on for the film. In fact she has a very important role in the film. However, more details of her role are currently unavailable."

Ha! I think we can read "Important role" as "she's banging somebody important and they pulled some strings to get her a sister/friend/office hottie role."


Sonakshi thinks Kangana is trashy. That is the subtext here and I understand. Kangs is trashy, but I love her for it. I would think it would be kind of icky, though, to hang out with the girl who was your age and banging all your uncles. There is quite a divide between Star Daughter and Casting Couch Girl.


Last piece today is a look at the Pakistani New Wave.

“In the past, films were either left on the cutting room floor or subject to delays,” says Nawaz. Easily accessible technology, he argues, has made a difference. It’s cheaper and quicker to make films with digital cameras. Television has so far been a more flexible medium, but technology has erased that advantage. It’s no surprise then that television directors want to try their hand in films. - See more at:


Time travel back to 2003 with a song promo from Ishkq in Paris:

Marvel at the woman with the plastic forehead!

(So much second hand embarrassment for Preity right now. So much.)


Song promo of Significant Looks from Lootera. ♥


I posted this to FB yesterday but it's worth sharing here, too.

Q: Did you like "Dil Garden Garden"?


Neil, if you keep giving me promos like this to work with, you are welcome to stick around B-Town as long as you want. I've been enjoying the run up to Shortcut Romeo more than almost anything else this year.


odadune said...

Trouble is, people accuse Sonakshi of doing the same (in re: uncles, that is). I personally tend to think not; she just doesn't give me that vibe when she's around the various middle-aged masala dudes.

Salman being avuncularly mad at Sonakshi about some guy she was dating back in Dec/Jan, and dropping his support for her, in favor of making Kangna his pet project is probably enough to explain Sonakshi's dislike.

Nargis in Shaukeen is reputed to be explicitly a recompensation for dropping her from Khiladi 786; I guess that's the most painless way of settling that particular account since neither of us would watch that movie no matter who was cast as the girl.

odadune said...

Sorry, that came out as presumptuous, but I think it's safe to say that Shaukeen would not be a substantially better movie if say Asin was wasting her time with it.

Nadia_Rahman said...

I don't like Sonakshi at all. She projects a goody two shoes image but gives me the vibe of the Queen Bee of mean girls. The fact that she is insecure of an outsider like Kangana (who had/and still has to fight tooth and nail to establish herself) despite being an industry child shows how petty she really is.


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