Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tuesday Post: How much longer can we spin out the hug?! HOW MUCH LONGER?

The biggest question of the day is: HOW MUCH LONGER CAN THE MEDIA SPIN THIS HUG STORY? Seriously.

Shahrukh is keeping Chennai Express promotions under control.

"Also, with the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Rohit Shetty and Deepika Padukone out there, you don't need to scream from the rooftops about your product. The film is coming on Eid and with the kind of credentials involved in the film; audience is bound to step forward on his own. Yes, there is connect that is required with the youth and for that an elaborate digital campaign is on," the source said.

Is there an elaborate digital campaign? Are they talking about the youtube videos? Do "elaborate digital campaigns" even work?


Oil mafia, you say? I can dig it. (No comment on the "spunky, naive, innocent NRI character.) The question it raises is - yet again - what is the point of the "remake" tag if they don't appear to be actually REMAKING the original film but using the bones of the story to build something else. That's not remaking or adapting, that's called: making a movie. More and more it seems like the "remake" tag is being used only for the the name recognition of the original and as an excuse to put in "updated" versions of classic songs.


Akshay x Shruti? this should be an interesting pairing but I can see it working.


There is so much to lol about in this TOI article that I don't even know where to start.

1. An Ayushmann-Sushant feud over who gets to star in a fairness cream ad that seems to be just Ayushmann butthurt over Sushant getting picked to do a fairness cream ad.

2. This sentence: [Yash Raj] thought that Sushant needs more exposure than Ayushmann, who has already risen to stardom with Vicky Donor and Nautanki Saala.

Was the source for that "already risen to stardom" Ayushmann wearing a hat and sunglasses?


Imran Khan isn't going to let his lack of acting ability get in the way of his acting career. So says hiren Trivedi at Bollywood Life.

Imran has gotten labeled a ‘non-actor’ and to some extent ‘pure wood’ by critics. But Immy doesn’t wish all that to affect the actor in him, and so he’s taken up a new challenge, this time from Vikramaditya Motwane.

*slow clap for that bit of masterful snark*

The film is called Bhabesh and it's about a common man's battle against the system. Obviously the first choice for that role isn't somebody from the theater world but the nephew of Aamir best known for playing yuppie types who don't know what love is.


"Damn! There are just no good actresses in all of Bollywood," complain directors and producers. (The next day.) Teen beauty queen signed for 3 film deal. Her first role? Opposite Sunny Deol.

What will be interesting to see is 19-year-old Urvashi opposite Sunny Deol, who is 38 years her senior! “I am playing a young and pretty Punjabi girl, Mini, who is in her 20s and falls in love with this elderly man (Sunny Deol) and yet they are so compatible with each other,” says the 5’9’’ beauty, who is also a known face in the ad world.

Look, I can't make this stuff up.


"I don't like using my surname to get work," says Prateik Babbar, "but I'll do it anyways because otherwise nobody would hire me."


Vishal Bhardwaj and Sanjay Leela Bhansali to make films about lady gangsters?! WHAT? Apparently Bhardwaj's is about a lady whose only mission in live is to take revenge for her husband's killers. (*yawn* Because no lady can just be a swaggering villain without having it be about a dude.) I'm more interested in SLB's:

Sanjay Leela Bhansali would be directing a film based on the life and crimes of female gangster Gangubai Kothewali, the dreaded female crime lord who is known as 'The Madame Of Kamathipura'.

The Madame seems like she will make a much more Bechdel-friendly film. You know, like how novel to have a lady gangster film about ladies.

As powerful is Gangubai Kothewali, the Madam of Kamathipura. Sold into prostitution by her boyfriend and hardened by Mumbai's red-light district, she still has a soft-corner for young women forced into the trade. No wonder she has been deified and her idols and photoframes adorn many a mantelpiece or wall in Kamathipura.



Maya said...

I think calling Imran a non actor and wooden is very unfair. I mean, he was great in Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola & it was a nicely layered performance, his best yet. But people calling him "pure wood" haven't even seen that movie yet. I'm not saying he's the best actor we have right now but he definitely can act.
I'm more interested in the casting of SLBs & Vishal's film. I really hope they don't mess it up. I can totally see Rani in both films though it's very unlikely that she'd be offered & say yes- refusing great projects is her thing. Did you hear she was offered Mary Kom biopic? I know how much it irritates you that PC is in it, do you think she'd have been a better choice? :)

odadune said...

In Hollywood terms, there are Jimmy Stewart common men and Charles Bronson leading men. I could see Imran as the former.

Akki/Shruti...this is not going to be a romantic pairing or not much of one, if they stick to the plot of the original. The heroine is a college student with a crush on the main character that he takes absolutely no notice of. She gets a couple of song picturizations imagining him romancing her, she maaaybe (if they follow the Telugu version) gets a scene where she watches him while he's asleep and all but drools on her own shoes in the process, and that's about it.

I am glad at the idea of Shruti's involvement, because I think she and the director (who is pretty good with female characters) could maybe build the character up into something interesting.

Filmi Girl said...

@Maya Well, if they weren't going to use an actress from the Northeast, of course I think Rani is a better choice. ;P She's a better actress for one thing and less "beauty queen" looking. Boxers aren't beauty queens.

odadune said...

FG, Maya: Rani also has a sturdier build than Priyanka, and more of an everywoman attitude, IMO. Hate the rumor that Mardaani will be her last film, hope it's not true.

Maya said...

It's not true! At all. She's said she'll never retire in dozens of interviews, even after marriage & kids. I don't know why "sources" leak this rubbish to the papers. IMO she's one of the best actresses ever and if she quit... :(

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