Thursday, June 13, 2013

Thursday Post: A two news story day...

Suraj Pancholi will be in jail for another few weeks. Apparently he deleted all messages from his phone and the police need more time to investigate... so we'll be hearing about this until at least July. Unfortunately.

Poor Jiah.

Now we have some media outlets and Bollywood celebrities coming out in support of Suraj (because nobody understands or is more qualified to talk about the pain a young actress is going through than Sanjay Gupta, Subhash Ghai, and Mahesh Bhatt) and others continuing to paint him as a monster. I suppose it depends on who has been paid off by the Pancholis and their backers and who prefers the "clicks" generated from Suraj's Tales of Horror. And in between, Jiah's mother is getting painted as a raving looney. You know, I think we could all cut Rabiya some slack considering her daughter just committed suicide and is having her life choices dissected in the nation's headlines.

At the very least, we can all be grateful that Madhur Bandar-car, Friend Of Spielberg, hasn't announced a "feminist" film on the subject... yet.

(For some perspective, read Lakshmi Chaudhry.)


And the only other story today is the Chennai Express trailer and how awful it looks. The USP of the film appears to be a watered down version of SRK's Raj/Rahul character dropped into a watered down version of a Rohit Shetty film where he meets Deepika putting on a bad Tamil accent. To quote one Shekhar Subramaniam: Ai yooooo~.

How is something so openly mocking of southern India acceptable in 2013? And who is this film aimed at? Do the mass audiences across northern India want to see their southern brothers being made fun of like this? Or are they betting that the diaspora wants to laugh at the rubes back home in Tamil Nadu? Or are we just supposed to swoon over Raj/Rahul and forget everything else? As an outsider, the whole thing just feels uncomfortable. I like Tamil films. A lot. What is Shahrukh's weird obsession with making fun of Tamil Nadu? All I can think is that at school there was a really super-cool Tamil kid and Shahrukh resented him so much that now that he can make whatever films he wants, he insists on lampooning Tamils in every single one just to get back at a guy from 40 years ago.

On top of everything else, the trailer just feels tired. The car stunts seem tired; Raj/Rahul seems tired; the soundtrack seems to have been salvaged from Himesh Reshemmiya's waste bin. I love Rohit Shetty's comedy but his weak points have always been a) song picturizations and b) romance. That these are also SRK's strongest suits should have been a match made in heaven but instead it looks like the pair have brought out the worst in each other.

It is possible that this is just a terrible trailer and the film itself is going to be fresh and full of life... but I'm not holding my breath.

(I will reserve some breath for LOLing at the comments underneath the trailer from SRK fans defending it from haters. To quote "Courageous Buddy" : Bloody hater this is not ur place...go and cry somewhere else!...SRK rocks so as his Fans! \m/


odadune said...

That firstpost piece is the most sensible thing I've seen on this case since Jiah's letters came out. Rabia is not necessarily a saint-she was frequently portrayed as a pushy overbearing "stage mom" when Jiah was alive and active in films-but she has every right to be angry, hurt and less than rational right now, and the media have NO right to exploit that.

as for the police, it sounds like a case can be made against Suraj under Indian law, and he and his dad sound awful enough to where I won't waste much pity on them, but the police should be making the case on the merits, not just to satisfy public outrage.

Haven't had a chance to look at the CE trailer yet, but I have to commend SRK for stepping outside his comfort zone and into Rohit-land.

OG said...

The trailer looks so bad FG, with so many cultural stereotypes (half of which is totally wrong :) ) haha

What is ironic is the fact that only about 15 days back, SRK was awarded the Vijay TV awards and he had only good things to say about the Tamil industry back then and he then comes and back stabs us with his trailer.

Vijay award link:

Divya said...

I am almost speechless with rage at the trailer. What is Deepika trying to do with that accent....Why does SRK hate us so much. So everyone south of the Vindhyas is either a bespectacled geek loser or a savage goonda in contrast with the suave, handsome, urban northie....AArrrgh.
My only consolation is that the movie looks pretty much identical to Bol Bachan which was set in Rajasthan I believe so Rohit Shetty may be an equal opportunity offender. Also do I spot Sathyaraj as the head honcho there? What is wrong with SRK, this isn't a first time thing that can be excused, he has a scene mocking Southies in every one of his recent movies, what did we ever do to him?? he actually is reasonably popular in Chennai, yet he seems to hate us so much.

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