Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tuesday Post: Paging Miss Gorightry!


Oh, thank god, it's that other Salman Khan who might go to jail. And here I thought he was doing good works with the Khan Academy and he's out carousing...

(Here's a real write-up from Firstpost.)


A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LOLO! Have a tribute post!


Bollywood Hungama is handling the promotions for Krrish 3 so don't expect anything objective from them.


Honey Singh is joining the soundtrack for Chennai Express in move that certainly doesn't in any way resemble Jackky Bhagnani doing both the Harlem Shake and Gangnam Style in the SAME SONG.

Also, maybe it's just me but NOTHING says "Chennai" more than Punjabi rapper Honey Singh.

Can I get a face palm?

And some food for thought from Baradwau Rangan on the stereotyping in Chennai Express... and in films in general. We all have different lines on what we find acceptable and mine is drawn WELL before this:

Mickey Rooney’s bucktoothed Japanese character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is all wrong not because he’s offensive but because he’s playing it so broadly in a film that’s otherwise so subtle, so sophisticated.

Oh, brother. No, that character is offensive because he's FUCKING OFFENSIVE and you have to take in the context of the times, aka America had just sent it's entire Japanese-American population INTO DETENTION CAMPS and they were still being horribly discriminated against. Har-dee-har-har buck teeth.

Maybe a lot of the outrage against the broad stereotyping in Chennai Express comes from the fact that Bollywood is sent out globally - for better or worse it's the "public" face of Indian cinema and that "face" has essentially turned Tamil people into walking jokes.


Shiv Visvanathan, social science nomad (my favorite kind), pens this delightful tribute to Dhanush in Raanjhanaa!

Dhanush does not play the boy next door a la Shahrukh or Salman Khan. He is the launda, representing the nukkad outside the door, content to stand at the street corner soaking in the beauty of the ordinary rhythms of life. The ordinary, however, is not routine. Here, a tap can turn into a waterfall, a gas delivery boy and a street performer can triumph over Prince Charming. His wisdom of ordinariness lies in accepting life as it is is and coaxing it gently beyond its limits.

Now I'm REALLY mad at that stupid bougie art fest! I want to see this movie!


Did we know this already? Shahid and SRK to host the IIFA Awards. Do Shahid and SRK get along? They both seem like lone wolves, more comfortable with a pack of girls than with men.


Saif Ali Khan is playing a TRIPLE ROLE in Sajid Khan's Humshakals.


Somebody (aka Neil Nitin Mukesh and Ameesha Patel on speakerphone together) is starting to push the story that ZOMG SHORTCUT ROMEO WAS SABOTAGED!!!!!!!!!!!! By which they mean: was not more popular than Fukrey or Raanjhanaa.


Adds a friend of Neil, "What can he do? Then they blame actors. Neil has been praised by all. But if he is not given a chance only then it can't be helped. This has really been very disappointing for him."


Some info on the detective "franchise" Samrat and Co.:

Specially targeting India's young audiences, Samrat And Co is the first of its kind detective franchisee, wherein the very nuances of crime solving, human nature and the world of standalone private investigators will be presented on the big screen on a pure entertainment platform.

I have nothing against detective films - in fact I quite like them - but calling something a franchise before the first film is even released is just asking for trouble. Is the "first of its kind" part the part where the franchise is announced before audiences even get a chance to say that they like it? Because the rest seems pretty standard detective stuff. Which I like (to be clear) but it's not exactly ground-breaking.


Ew. People know I'm no prude but... is all this kissing really necessary to tell a story? AND TALK ABOUT STEREOTYPING! Another "exotic" blonde brought in to titillate the audience and pander to that disturbing undercurrent of white woman fantasy... There is something just so gross about using women this way.


Moimeme said...

Re Salman Khan's accident trial: Sorry, FG, but I don't think it's nice of you to propagate a wrong story, *knowing it's wrong*, and sully an innocent person's name, just to score a point on a publication.

As for the Bollywood actor Salman Khan, his accident trial has been ongoing for many years now, on the charge of negligent driving. Briefly, the status on that is that the prosecution has presented its side, the defense has yet to begin. This new court decision is on a different attempt to frame a more severe charge against him for the same incident, which has also been ongoing for several years (close to a decade), so it's not as if this is the first time charges are being brought. This present decision can also be appealed in two higher courts. If those two further appeals also are rejected, and the trial on culpable homicide is to take place, it has to start afresh, i.e., throwing out what has already been presented in the trial for negligent driving. All of this, as you can guess, will take many more years, since the verdict of that new trial will also have its series of appeals that can be brought, by either the prosecution or the defense. Given the pace at which the trial has moved so far, I expect it to take at least a couple of more decades. Incidentally, at the beginning of the trial for negligent driving, Salman's lawyer asked for the process to be sped up, only to be told by the government prosecutor, "What's the hurry? There are many trials which take even longer."

Moimeme said...

For all the factual lowdown on Salman's cases, please go to this link: http://www.salmankhanfiles.com/files/

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.

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