Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tuesday Post: What happens when my coffee pot breaks? This.

You guys!!!!! I went to switch on my coffee pot this morning and *zap* NOTHING HAPPENED!!!!!

So, please excuse the lamest post ever. Without coffee, my critical thinking skills are essentially at this level:

*pink glitter*

*swishy sound effect*

*Lolo is so pretty*

So have the handful of stories not involving Aishwarya's in-law drama or Farhan mouthing off to the press about how movies now have layers. (NOW?! NOW?!!!!!)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Monday Post: Mr. J-J-J-Joe B Carvalho!

Good morning, good morning! I'll be updating today and tomorrow and possibly Wednesday but it's Thanksgiving weekend here in America so I'll be with family for the long weekend.

So, do you know, I ended up watching Darr on Netflix streaming last night and, wow, does that film hold up well!! I think that's one which definitely stands up to its reputation. It was really nostalgic somehow to see the young Shahrukh just chewing scenery with all his heart and Juhi! Poor Sunny, though. It's like he knows, even while they're filming, that he's irrelevant.

Let nobody say I don't give credit where credit is due. I would chew my own arm off to get out of watching Chennai Express or MNIK but Darr is a-ok!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday Post: She's armed with sunglasses...


I can't believe I missed it yesterday!

She's 75 years young~ and still as gorgeous as ever!

I couldn't resist!! I found this digging around youtube. Helen has always been such a good sport. Happy Birthday, ma'am!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thursday Post: But who else would you cast in a Bollywood "300"?

This weekend, the big new film is Tamil!! Arya's fantasy epic Irandaam Ulagam!!

Hindi-wise, we'll have to see if Sunny's Singh Saab can halt not just the "Tattad Tattad" Express but the film that is probably best described as an excuse to gaze at Bebo's shiny, shiny hair for 2 hours. Although, it appears like we're getting Singh Saab this weekend… Somehow I don't think either Past-His-Prime Sunny or Bebo's hair (amazing as it is) have much of a chance against Ranveer's oiled up chest.


Get well soon, Hritihk!! The poor guy is facing health problems again.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wednesday: Good Boy; Bad Boy.

Sorry, E!News, but there is NO WAY Bebo would be caught dead in something like this. Maybe Hollywood Reporter-approved Bollywood superstar Sophie Choudry could be coaxed into it...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday Post: My goal is to act in two movies a year and produce one film every 18 months.

Good morning, all! So, how many plays has "Tattad Tattad" racked up on your playlists? (1 million? 2 million?)

So… it was brought to my notice that some people were butthurt over my Ram-Leela review because I found Krrish 3 more emotionally moving. But, you know, we're all different, my friends. I'm not a big romance person and I never have been. There are many, many worse things out there than to not get to marry the person you're in love with. Sure, that sucks big time but it's not like a tragedy in my books. I did really enjoy the film, though--don't get me wrong--but what's so wrong about finding Rakesh Roshan's melodrama more engaging on an emotional level than SLB's romance?

I've always been a big fan of sci-fi and Krrish 3 used one of my all time favorite tropes--the non-human who learns how to feel emotions only to have them used in a heartbreaking way when she sacrifices herself for the greater good!!!! *crying already*

Let's all just get along, okay?

Now! TUESDAY! It's TUESDAY! Hit it!

(I covered the Ranveer Refusing to Shave His Mouche story already, right?)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday Post: Ask Salman about it...

The thing about movie finances these days means if "highest grossing" is your only tag, somebody else will come and dethrone you soon enough. Krrish 3 just overtook Chennai Express… and Dhoom 3 will probably tromp Krrish 3.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela: SLB's The Color Red.

I don’t think it’s taking anything away from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela aka Ram-Leela aka The Color Red if I say that the image which lingers, hours after I’ve seen the film, is of Ranveer Singh jiggling his oiled chest in Tattad Tattad. It’s a rare treat to see such a tour-de-force show of charisma and an even rarer treat to see it set in a good film. In fact, Priyanka Chopra’s heaving plastic bosom aside, the only major complaint I have with Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela is that no amount of whistling would make the projectionist replay “Tattad Tattad.”

Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday Post: In which PC pretends Kangs doesn't exist!

I'm desperately trying to avoid all buzz and reviews for Ram Leela so, like with Krrish 3, I'm going to ask that you refrain from posting spoilers, etc. as comments--although that didn't stop everybody last time. Sigh.

Isn't it a nice thing to go into a film with no pre-formed opinions?

Ah! People in Washington, DC! I went to the Kennedy Center last night to see Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty and it was wonderful!! I highly recommend you check it out if you have a chance. The lead dancer is really good!! And the choreography and sets and costumes were so cool!! There was even an Isadora Duncan inspired dance, which set my inner teenager all a-flutter because I went through an (embarrassing) Isadora Duncan period of swanning all around my bedroom to music.

It's funny. Looking back now, my mother says she wishes she had signed me up for ballet lessons since I loved dancing so much but I'm actually glad she didn't. With my body type--tall and with a broad frame--it would have been miserable in the end, right? But maybe there's some adult learner classes or something...

Anyways, quick news today!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thursday Post: It's Children's Day… in India!

I can no longer contain my glee at Vivek Oberoi delighting in his own self-importance! I should have perhaps linked to this yesterday morning but I was a bit groggy and couldn't quite put the words together (as you may have gathered.)

But now… Vivek thinks he's Heath Ledger as the Joker. Which, no. He's really not. Vivek was good as Kaal and Kaal was a great villain opposite Hrithik but Heath Ledger owned that movie and Krrish 3 was purely a Hrithik Roshan affair.

I feel so happy and ecstatic the way the audience has accepted the character of Kaal. Some have complimented my role of Kaal to the legendary Gabbar Singh of 'Sholay' or that of 'Mogambo (Mr India) while others have compared my performance to international level, like that of Heath Ledger's portrayal of Joker in 'Batman,'" said Vivek in an interview with Unitezz.com.

Would those "some" be named "Vivek's family and/or his hangers on"?

Just joshing ya, Vivek! Never stop giving delightful interviews like this. As my love for Kareena Kapoor's interviews can testify, I love a star with an inflated sense of self-importance and no filter.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wednesday post: The Bandar-car is outraged. OUTRAGED!

Abbas-Mustan's Baazigar is 20 year old! Check out Shahrukh and Kajol's Filmfare performance of "Yeh Kali Kali Ankhien."

Deepanjana Pal writes on the film over here.

Baazigar established Khan as bona fide Bollywood and from then on, there was no looking back. The role of Ajay Sharma in Baazigar had been turned down by a number of actors, including Akshay Kumar. Unsurprisingly, not too many were comfortable playing a character whose solution to every problem is murder. Khan got the role and he played up the calculated evil of Ajay’s action so convincingly that by the end of the film, you found yourself feeling sorry for the man who has killed his girlfriend, two of her friends and her father.

I feel like going on a 1990s movie binge now.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tuesday Post: Luv Sinha is a self made man and other fairy tales.

Irrfan Khan is still banging on the International Cinema drum.

"We need to find a way of telling stories where a universal audience finds itself engaged in the storytelling. That's one thing we need to do, and that's one thing we have not been doing," said Irrfan, who believes the onus lies on directors and producers.

Why? And who is this mythical "universal audience"? If you really want to do the Hollywood thing, you'd have to start chasing Chinese money.

Along with the change in the nature of subjects and storytelling, India also needs a renewed understanding of the importance of an Oscar, advised the versatile actor, whose "The Lunchbox" was a frontrunner as the country's selection for the foreign language film category at the Academy Awards this time.

Gujarati film "The Good Road" was chosen over "The Lunchbox". Irrfan is not complaining, but he believes a larger understanding of the ballgame needs to persist.

But he's not complaining. Even though Krrish 3--old fashioned masala at heart--is doing gangbusters at the box office, Bollywood just needs to change everything it's doing and send The Lunchbox to the Oscars.

But he's not complaining.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday Post: Johnny Walker Appreciation Day.

Today is Johnny Walker's birthday! RIP to a talented comedian. I love watching old Johnny Walker songs; they remind me of a more innocent time.

Here's a list of ten great Johnny Walker songs!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sunday Post: My heart is with you today, Filipinos!!

What an awful storm hit the Philippines!!! And 10,000 dead?! If there are any Filipino readers, please know my thoughts are with you.

Here is a Filipino band rocking "Yeh Ishq Hai" from Jab We Met which is all I could find for videos linking the two.

And as long as I was posting, here is some news:

Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday Post: Shamelessly Unnecessary.

The Library of Congress has awarded the Indian nonprofit PlanetRead for their work teaching literacy through Bollywood!! Congratulations, PlanetRead!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thursday Post: Krrish 3 again this weekend? Yes/Yes?

Roti, Kapada, aur Rum's Rum sent me a link to this silly review of Krrish 3 this morning. I hate these reviewers obsessed with picking out references--as if everything in every Hollywood film sprung directly from the head of the filmmaker like Athena. What's wrong with Rakesh Roshan assembling bits and pieces of the Western superhero mythos into a uniquely masala superhero product? I've seen X-Men and Iron Man and whatever and was bored stiff. I was riveted during Krrish 3. There's the only thing that matters.

And it seems like audiences agree with me and not Reviewer Pulled From The Set Of The Big Bang Theory.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Krrish 3: Love, Peace, and Hrithik

I apologize for this review coming so late! I had two functions to attend last weekend and just barely managed to fit in a screening of the film itself. I’m going to try and keep this as spoiler-free as possible, respecting Rakesh Roshan’s wishes, but really I would suggest just seeing the film if it seems at all like something you would enjoy.

If you are the kind of person bothered by the fact that there is no Krrish 2, then Krrish 3 is definitely not the film for you. Much like Rakesh Roshan’s numbering of the series, his narrative is more concerned with what feels right, as opposed to what would make logical sense. Fortunately, that’s exactly the way I like it. What Rakesh Roshan (and co-writers Honey Irani and Robin Bhatt) have given us is a wonderful mix of science-fiction, family drama, action, and good old-fashioned masala dil. Krrish may look slicker and more musclely than heroes of days past but his heart is firmly anchored in the time when we cheered for Vijay, not Don.

Wednesday Post: The Human Factor.

I saw the trailer for Sunny Deol's Singh Saab this weekend and do you know what? It actually looked pretty good!! What do you think?

The film is in trouble with the censors for one of the songs which allegedly has objectionable lyrics.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tuesday Post: Another slow news day...

Yay! Krrish 3 enters the 100 Crore Club!

Wow, Diwali celebrations mean not too much news today, I guess, unless you want the media creeping on Aamir Khan's 16 year old daughter. I was hoping for more of Shahrukh Khan's delightfully surly teenage son looking like he would rather be anywhere else in the world than at his Dad's dumb work party but all the media vomited up was a slide show of photos snagged from the Aryan Khan FC, which is CREPPY ON SO MANY LEVELS.

(And yes, review is half written but the media aren't the only ones who partied too much this weekend. Ooof.)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday Post: It's Magic!

Krrish 3 is doing well at the box office it looks like! I'm happy for Hrithik and Rakesh!! I really, really enjoyed the film and I promise I have a review coming. Let me put it this way: I enjoyed the film enough that I didn't even hate Priyanka!!

So, don't listen to wet blanket reviewers; if you liked the first two films in the series, you'll enjoy this one, too.

All I can say right now is that Rakesh Roshan really understands me.


The TOI floats the idea of a film called Mr and Mrs Tapori starring Ranbir and Parineeti.

And Mid-day has Ranbir turning down a two hero film with SRK.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday Post: Happy Birthday, Aishwarya!

Happy birthday, Aishwayra Rai!!!

It's been quite a journey! Please keep making films, Aishwarya!

And, people, NO SPOILERS for Krrish 3--I'm not reading a SINGLE review before I go, okay? Nobody is going to ruin this for me. NOBODY. We're so information saturated about every film before we see it. It's tiring.

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