Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thursday Post: Dhoom Machale, Dhoom Machale, DHOOM!

There's only one REAL story today: DHOOM 3 TRAILER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (!!!!!!!!!)

I cannot wait. I've been on Team Vicky since Dhoom 2 and I loved Tashan enough to see it TWICE in the theater and many more times after that. The circus angle interests me quite a bit, too. I've long been fascinated by all things circus and magic related--magic as in stage magic and not the fantasy bullshit, I mean.

Adding to my enjoyment is the upside down view of the trailer from Luis Gomez at the Chicago Tribune. It's interesting to see what somebody with no idea of the franchise or the stars thinks the movie is about:

The third movie in the buddy cop, action franchise – which revolves around a supercop and his joke-cracking sidekick...

And later:

I was, however, able to gather that the protagonists are trying to capture our bowler hat-wearing friend (played by Bollywood mega-star Aamir Khan), who is the villain in the third film.

Imagine walking to Dhoom 3 thinking Abhishek and Uday's buddy act is the main point!! I mpossible, right? I'm not ripping on Luis. He has no way to know the history but it's funny to see the film described like that. Context matters. I haven't seen it yet but I can guarantee you Vicky wrote this with Aamir as the lead.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wednesday Post: Spoiler alert...

Bollywood media. Dudes. Can you NOT put spoilers for Krrish 3 and/or Dhoom 3 in the titles of articles? I know you have no restraint but let's at least try, okay? Let Aamir keep his top secret trailer top secret. Nobody takes any pleasure in having the plot of upcoming films spoiled drip, drip, drip through stupid news blurbs.

Also, this nonsense is unacceptable. I get that everybody loves the stream of free content flowing from Priyanka's press team but one poorly danced "modern mujra" is not overshadowing Deepika in Ram Leela--especially since the movie isn't even out yet. Just chill on the cat fight nonsense.

Just chill, chill. Just chill.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tuesday Post: If Priyanka is "rounded," what does that make us non size zero types? Elephants?

We'll start today with Aamir and Priyanka in America.

Aamir Khan gets a thoughtful write-up in the Washington Post for the first America Abroad Media award.

“I want the viewer to take one step toward me,” says Khan, rather than channel surf from cricket match to soap opera to reality show and back to him. “We had no idea whether people would be interested in watching a really heavy topic like child sexual abuse or domestic violence.” They were, it turns out, because Khan is charismatic, empathetic and influential.

Meanwhile Priyanka Chopra's press team exploded all over American ladies media with gushing reports about how she is the first Indian Guess model.

From the last link:

"I'm pretty much quintessential Guess—feminine, the big hair, the big eyes, the doe-eyed look," Chopra told me in an exclusive interview at the Guess studios in downtown L.A., adding, "I really do believe that women should always be feminine and beautiful and not skinny, but rounded."

Wait, Priyanka considers herself NOT skinny? Okay, then... To my eye, what this means is Guess Jeans wants some of that sweet, sweet, upper middle class diaspora/metro money.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Monday Post: Injar Pinjar!

So, obviously, I didn't see Mickey Virus this weekend but I suspect this cranky review from Manoj Krishnan at the New Indian Express comes closest to how I would have felt:

This movie, however, is a feel good movie for nerds. Although, I don’t know too many nerds with such a good muscle tone. I doubt they even exist. This could, as usual, be attributed to the real world unrealism we see in Bollywood. Spoiler alert: The nerd gets the girl, and for nerd standards, she’s a regular Lara Croft.


Just like Hollywood!

Which perhaps explains why Dude-Bro over at Variety seemed to think it was aiight.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru: Just because it's on Netflix, doesn't mean it's good.

*Review contains some plot spoilers but you shouldn’t watch the film anyways.*

I’m on record as a committed romantic-comedy hater but the truth, like 2009 Meryl Streep/Steve Martin/Alec Baldwin starrer It’s Complicated, is complicated. It’s not that I hate love or even romance--in fact, I remember enjoying the ironically titled 2003 Ewan McGregor/Renee Zellweger starrer Down With Love among others--but I have come to loathe the Hollywood conventions of the romantic-comedy genre and I loathe even more the Bollywood rush to adopt the same. And now those same tired conventions have pushed even further South to Chennai.

Welcome to the hell that is Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday Post: The Lionheart arises...

It seems like Micky Virus is getting okay reviews but I can't stand the look of the hero. His face annoys me for some reason. I guess it's a good thing I had no interest in the film to begin with. Something about these movies with a bunch of guys chasing after some Hot Girl... I'll be avoiding, yaar.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tamache Pe Disco: Did I think I would be this pumped for Bullett Raja?! NO, I DID NOT!

There's something appealing to me about "Tamache Pe Disco" where other campy disco songs have really turned me off. (Yes, I'm looking at you, Aamir and Ranbir).

I think it's a) the RDB factor, b) presence of Sona and Jimmy Shergill, and most importantly c) Saif goes big but not TOO big. He doesn't overdo it and drown the song in a pile of smugness at how clever he is not to be in 1977 right now.

Whatever... DANCE, SAIFU! DANCE!

Thursday Post. Sad news today...

This is some very sad news--Manna Dey has passed away.

A couple of greatest hits lists.

Some reminiscences from Sandip Roy:

Till the end of his career there were very few Hindi films where all the hero’s songs have been sung by Manna Dey. He got the reputation for singing old men’s songs, difficult songs, semi-classical songs. He bristled at those memories.

“Every song is classical,” he said sharply and sang a line from his famous Bengali song “Aaami je jalshagharey” and quickly segued to “Kaise kaatey raat” tracing the notes – re ga ma pa dha ma. “ People who have not learned what sa re ga ma pad dha ni sa is will not be able to sing this. Andaaz se kabtak gaatey rahogey ( how long will you sing by guesswork?) To be a singer you have to do your homework first.”

Old is gold.

Rest in peace, Manna Dey. Today my thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Happy LOVE day!! My favoritest idol group new album titled LOVE releases today!! My copy has been shipped but you are welcome to order your own over here.

And, yes, this group does in fact contain "Yatterman"!

Definitely recommend this one if you like pop music and/or disco. It features some of the tastiest disco jams this side of Daft Punk.

And now!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tuesday post! And the most disappointing film of 2013 so far is... *suspense*

Somebody in my building is making pancakes and they smell heavenly. It's a Tuesday morning but do you think they would mind if I stopped by with a plate and some Grade B Maple Syrup?

Mmm... pancakes...

Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday Post: The bitch is back! Did you miss me?!

Good morning! Yes, everything is more or less back to normal here in DC and that includes my writing schedule! I'm sorry for abandoning you for a couple of weeks but it looks like I didn't miss too, too much except for drama over online ticket booking for the Mumbai Film Festival that rivals the dramatics and Shahrukh getting a cold or something and the media spinning 200 stories about how he was watching his own movies on Netflix (or something--I skimmed.)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Blog returning on MONDAY!!

In the meantime... enjoy "Gandi Baat"! Wow! This song is so catchy!!

I should also get to see Boss sometime tomorrow. I know the reviews are bad but what to do? I am the charter member of the Akshay No. 1 Ladies Fan Club after all.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Update from Hiatus-Land

In case it wasn't obvious, things probably won't be back to normal for at least another week and maybe two but I thought I would pop in with some updates!

FEARLESS NADIA! Did that get your attention? A restored Fearless Nadia print will be shown in Melbourne on October 13.

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