Monday, May 6, 2013

Monday Post: Dum, dum, da-duuuuummmmm...

As I am already beyond tired of family wedding drama (with still a month to go), let's forget all about bullshit heteronormative rituals thought up by the American Wedding Industrial Complex and concentrate on the big story today, which is from Mid-Day, which is on top of the Nargis-Uday flirtation. Nurday? Urgis? Let's make it happen, people, and ship her out to LA to be a real housewife.


CNN has a long piece on Hollywood studios trying to break into India.

Hollywood's biggest names have nonetheless had to grapple with an unusual challenge as they attempt to crack the Indian market, says Jehil Thakkar, head of media entertainment at KPMG in Mumbai, namely the unusual reluctance of local film-goers to warm to their main product.

India has proved almost uniquely resistant to imported English-language films, with foreign efforts taking only 9 per cent of the country's box office last year compared to about half of the market in China.

So, the biggest challenge for Hollywood studios trying to break into the Indian market is that PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO SEE THOSE FILMS.

*brb loling forever*

"In a very short span of time, the financing architecture of the industry has changed completely," says Mr Malhotra, who estimates that roughly three-quarters of film funding in India is controlled by larger corporate groups, up from about a tenth only 10 years ago.

This is less funny. I have a feeling in another ten years we'll look back and see the influence of corporate money on film content was just as corrosive as mafia money.

Instead of sympathetic gangsters, rape, and T&A, you have your ignoring of the problems caused by corporations, navel-gazing romance, and T&A.


US studios are trying to get around the lack of interest in their project by casting Indian actors in bit roles. Hello, Amitabh in The Great Gatsby.


One of the better 100 years of Bollywood pieces...

Cinema actually has been the most vibrant medium for telling India its own story, the story of its struggle for independence, its constant struggle to achieve national integration and to emerge as a global presence.


And Jerry Pinto gets in on the action! Part 2 and Part 3.

Jerry Pinto gets it.


Ameesha Patel is going to Cannes and we're all excited...

And we're also excited about Isabella Kaif (?) getting launched, since it is almost assuredly going to be a disaster.


I'm still really looking forward to Raanjhanaa but why isn't this a lip sync-song?


And a little video on the making of Lootera!


Moimeme said...

Why are you so sure that Dr. Cabbie will be a "disaster?" Is it just the anti-Isabelle sentiment? I don't know if you saw Breakaway/Speedy Singhs, which is the previous film that Vinay Virmani starred in, but I liked it quite a bit. The story of Dr. Cabbie sounds quite interesting, and, to put your apprehensions at rest, Isabelle is only the second lead actress, so won't have that much screen time.

Filmi Girl said...

@Moimeme I was referring to Isabelle's debut, not the film itself. :)

Moimeme said...

@FG - But even if your comment was restricted to Isabelle's debut, I find it surprising. Why? Because all the anti-Isabelle comments I've read in various places have come from Katrina haters. They can all be distilled into "Kat is no good, why do we need another no good 'actress' from the same family?" But, since you're a fan of Katrina, this logic won't work for you, will it? ;)

The bottom line is that Isabelle is an unknown quantity at this point. So let's see what she can do. In any case, as I've pointed out above, this is not "her" film in any sense. And if people were aware of the mission statement of Salman Khan Being Human productions, or of the other films produced or green lighted by this production house, they would realize that the story of Dr. Cabbie is very much in line with that thinking, so it's no surprise that it is being co-produced by SKBH.

I for one am looking forward to the film. :)

Filmi Girl said...

@moimeme Well... trying to channel my early morning self, I think my logic went something like: Isabelle is going to generate a lot of hype; she is white; even if her performance is really amazing, unless she has a really strong personality, I suspect we're going to see a flame out. She'll either end up like Amy Jackson and maybe move South for a while or she'll end up another pretty face doing red carpets, trolling for a rich husband.

And if she DOES make it, you'll see a lot of "she's not even Indian" "her Hindi is terrible" rants/wank just like Katrina.

I just don't see how this is going to turn out well... but I've been surprised before. XD

Moimeme said...

But is there any evidence that Isabelle wants a career in India? Yes, she did the Bollywood rounds with Katrina a few years ago, but then she decided to go to New York and study acting. And now when she's finished her training, she's still based in NY looking for work. This films is a Canadian production to be made in English, so I don't see why Indian audiences should feel threatened. :) Yes, there's an Indian connection, but I'm sure this film will flop in India just like Breakaway did, because it is too realistic and won't fit into the "NRI romance" trope pioneered by Chopra/Johar. Given what a tough profession acting is, it's not surprising that those who are starting out in it will use every connection they've got, even if it's not directly relevant.

I'm just sorry that the Bollywood media has turned this into another "Salman and his ex" story and generated a lot of negative publicity before the film is even finished. OTOH, as I said, I expect it to flop in India, so there's no big loss there. :)

Filmi Girl said...

Good points. :)

Let me rephrase my "disaster" line and say if she is going to try to do anything in India, there will be a big kerfuffle and it will most likely lead to her not doing anything in India, except red carpets.

Moimeme said...

Ah, there I can agree with you completely. :)

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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