Monday, September 23, 2013

Monday Post: Welcome back, drama!

Good morning, folks! I had a lovely day bopping around DC yesterday with an old friend who was visiting from Boston--

*still as cool as ever*

Jenn is one of the smartest and most dedicated people I know. If you're at all interested in literacy or education, you should check out her blog or the blog posts of her ESL students, one of whom was featured in a documentary about little Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for trying to get an education. These kids have a lot of truth to tell and it's quite moving reading their statements.


This article cracked me up for one reason:

Saxophonist Buff - who was a jazz musician before travelling to India to study Indian classical music and a branch of yoga called sahaja yoga - provides what Tihai3 refer to as their ''difference'', namely the playing of characteristic patterns of notes in Indian music known as ragas with a distinctly non-Indian instrument.

Ew. That's like my nightmare right there. My friend Jenn and I were laughing yesterday about our time at Berklee and the types of kids who played a lot of wanky jazz and invited you out to hear their "trios" playing some 1:20am slot.


Shut up about The Lunchbox already!! This film has gotten way more attention and hype than than a film about some middle-aged man finding out what love is deserves. And why is THE OSCAR such a Holy Grail? Do you know what won The Oscar? Crash.

Ten things to know about The Good Road.

Oh, I see, The Lunchbox is for connoisserus of sensitivity. Well, that's me out then.

Deepanjana Pal gives the full rundown on The Lunchbox Scandal: Not Selected For The Oscars.

But as far as the industry is concerned, [various awars from the National Awards to Filmfare to Filmfare are] irrelevant. Since there’s no respect for either the awards or the process by winners are chosen, the hankering for a pat on the back from something like the Oscars becomes that much more intense. It’s not just an award, it’s a validation for the entire Indian film industry that lets us say, “Look, we’re not crap! A real film industry with a real critical establishment said so!”


Oh, Vidya. As much as I'd like to see you play a detective, is joining up with Dia Mirza really a great idea? DOES NOBODY REMEMBER Love Breakups Zindagi?!


It's official. Ayushmann is the new Abhay Deol. That makes sense, actually.


Is Poonam Dhillon's son going to get a launch?


For some reason, I really like the image of Ranveer getting carried away with posing with all his fans.


Bullett Raja gets a graphic novel.


odadune said...

That graphic novel artwork is terrible-I'd snark about it being done by the cast themselves, except that I'm pretty sure that I've seen doodles by Sonakshi that look better than that.

Re: Ranveer: Surprised YRF can't manage security on their projects any better than that.

Moimeme said...

Do you know what I find most troubling about the whole Lunchbox fiasco? It's the naked bullying by Bollywood biggies who want to hog the whole pie of Indian films, including government support. With producers and distributors like Dharma, UTV-Disney, and Sony Classics already attached to this film, why does it need any more encouragement? Do any of the people associated with it actually care about its artistic merit? Heck, no, it's all about the extra income they could snare with an Oscar nomination, or even with just schmoozing around Hollywood while they "lobby" for the award. If they are shamelessly bragging that their film should have been sent because they are in a better position to do the necessary lobbying, then haven't they already diminished the value and credibility of the Oscar award?

But what really enrages me is the arrogance of the Bollywood "fraternity" (as KJo likes to say) that nothing else exists in India, and their abysmal ignorance to the wonderful work that goes on in other film industries in India, which are usually far more creative than Bollywood. When I first saw the trailer for The Lunchbox, I thought it looked interesting, and looked forward to seeing it. Well, now that I've seen the trailer for The Good Road, I find it equally interesting. But the hubris displayed by all associated with The Lunchbox has me hoping that Nemesis will catch up with all of them soon.

From one of the articles you linked earlier, I read that The Lunchbox has financing from Italian, French, and German(?) organizations, as well as the NFDC from India. So what exactly makes it an "Indian" film? The determination of nationality of a film is usually made on the basis of where the financing comes from. This is why Slumdog Millionaire is not an Indian film, despite the fact that it was based on an Indian novel written by an Indian author, was filmed in India and featured Indian actors and technicians. That's an angle that no one seems interested in examining.

filmi-contrast said...

The Oscar-hype in Mumbai is kind of baffling to me. It smacks of insecurity about one's own industry, and seems to be a coded insult towards the type of product Bollywood is known for . . . which amounts to a kind of self rejection.

Sure, only a "realistic" film or a film with a major social relevance is going to have a chance of winning at any category at the Oscars. But not only does the Oscar committee arbitrarily decide what elements constitute "social relevance" or "realism," but the weight of that arbitrary opinion affects what a lot of people see as worthy of respect in films made anywhere.

I hate seeing Bollywood try to be Hollywood. That's a mistake--because there's already enough of Hollywood. And Hollywood could never pull off a lot of what Bollywood pulls off convincingly. That's why there's something to be said for maintaining cultural conventions of storytelling. Why give up what you do best for what someone else does best? That's madness. Certain people in the Mumbai industry need to go do some psychoanalysis and deal with their self-loathing and social comparison issues ;)

lvrplfc4l said...

How wonderful would it be if The Good Road actually was nominated, you can almost hear the revisionist history that will follow:
KJo While I loved The Lunchbox I knew The Good Road was a revelation.
Wouldn't be wonderful to see all those questioning the choice change their tune.
Am I the only person who didn't hate Love Breakups Zindagi? I actually like Dia and wish they had cast anyone beside Zayed Khan.

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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