Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wednesday Post: Is it Wednesday already? Huh.

Ughhhh… what a way to wake up. With Arjun Kapoor on a publicity bender about how much kissing there is in Two States. "I'm like the next Emraan Hashmi." WHO CARES?! Am I missing something because it really feels like the only people who care so DESPERATELY about kissing seem to be media flacks and Bollywood types who want to "catch up to the West" on this point. I don't understand why kissing is this big selling point, especially in the age of cell phone pornography. I'm fine without actors kissing and fake-sexing in any industry because 99% of the time it's not necessary to tell the story. I mean, if you need to have actors making out to have the audience understand that they like each other, maybe you should re-think your script or hire better actors.

And what is this mess?

Kapoor agrees, saying: "If today we can't speak about a live-in relationship with a kiss in Bollywood, then I think we are degrading our audience's sensibilities."

Look, Arjun, I really just don't want to see you making out with anybody. THAT would be degrading my sensibilities. I can only think of a handful of on-screen kisses I've found worthwhile: Aishwarya and Hrithik in Dhoom 2; the end of The Cutting Edge; um… that movie Snakes and Earrings; The Crying Game; was there a kiss in Pankh? I should re-watch that.

Kissing should be used sparingly and to make a point. There are a lot of things that happen in live-in relationships, are you going to show us all of that, too? First tell me who stunk up the bathroom and then put down your video games and do the fucking dishes, I'm not your maid or your mom. I have a job, too, you know. Ugh! I'm going out. No, girls night. NO, Chintu's son won't be there.

Who are all these people dying to see REAL EVERYDAY LIFE depicted JUST LIKE REAL LIFE on screen? Don't you get enough of that at home? Meh.

Anyways, ARJUN KAPOOR: WATCH OUT EMRAAN HASHMI was the headline of like at least a billionarticles today.

Meanwhile poor Alia Bhatt has felt compelled to explain that she was just joking around and not actually proposing to Chintu's son.

"When I say 'I want to marry Ranbir Kapoor', it's not like I literally want to marry him. It's just like a fan girl who wants to take a boy home to meet her parents," she added.


On to other annoying media shorthand: BEYOND BOLLYWOOD at the LA Indian Film Festival. Seriously, enough with the "Beyond Bollywood" tag, since most people running these things know or care nothing about "Bollywood" in the first place. Why does appreciating the types of "independent" films they like always have to come hand-in-hand with running down films that please the masses? Huh? We aren't in high school and it's not "cool" to hate NKOTB just because everybody else likes them.

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles aims to be “the Sundance of Indian cinema” according to festival director Jasmine Jaisinghani, with films that contrast Bollywood’s often glamorized escapism with vivid realism.

Of course, this "vivid realism" of the festival includes Bombay Talkies, so take that as you will.


Ekta Kapoor is bringing Devdas to television.


Akshay and Abhishek for Housefull 3?! Oh ho ho!

The last time that Akki and Abhishek worked together, wasn’t a great success. They were last seen in 2002 film Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya Hai with Karisma Kapoor as the leading lady.

If they brought back Lolo for this, too, I'd be VERY interested indeed.


Red Chilies is moving towards becoming a studio?


Varun to work with his brother Rohit in a film with John Abraham? Desi Boyz 2?! PLEASE SAY DESI BOYZ 2: NOW WITH MORE DESI BOYZ!

He has Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya, Sriram Raghavan's next, and also a film to be directed by his brother Rohit, which co-stars John Abraham, on his plate-and now the buzz is that this Karan Johar protege is all set to ink a multi-film deal with Balaji Motion Pictures who produced Main Tera Hero.


Anushka Sharma wraps for Bombay Velvet and there is cake.


Did Hrithik walk out of Shuddhi for cash?


Kangana is returning to New York in June!! She wants to wear track pants and cook!! Kangs!!!! Hit me up, girl!! I'll make you spaghetti and pretend I don't own the soundtrack to Rascals. I swear. (But Tik Tuk is really catchy… I'm only human!!)


And… a fun listicle of the worst films of the year so far that I stumbled across while checking to see if anybody had posted that PR piece on Jackky.

8. Youngistaan: Let’s face it, nobody would want to live in a Youngistaan run by Jackky Bhagnani. The very premise of this film defies logic yaar!

Obviously, but trying telling that to Vashu!


Here's a treat for everybody who's been annoyed with Chintu lately… "Thumka."

And the "making of" in which everybody pretends this item isn't embarrassing for all involved.


Why am I slowing turning to Team Yo Yo Honey Singh? I don't understand why I like this but I do. Something between Honey's Backstreet Boys-esque coat and somehow being less gangsta than the Big B despite being a) under 60 and b) an actual rapper…

Big up, Honey!


And the trailer for an interesting looking Kannada film! I want to see this now!


Moimeme said...

I feel that "Chintu's son" loses all its zing without the title "Darth" in front, the way Odadune originally had it. :)

Filmi Girl said...

I see your point… I shall amend the title in future. XD

Moimeme said...

Thanks. :)

And how come you ran into a billion articles of Arjun Kapoor talking about his kissing scenes, but not the one really moving interview of his where he talks about his mother and the help Salman gave him? (TOI)

Filmi Girl said...

I think after the billion articles, I started tuning out the name "Arjun Kapoor." Feel free to link it here if you want!

Raye S. said...

I don't seem to recall very much of Akshay and Abhishek sharing any real screen time in Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya Hai. Was that because of a personality conflict or the writers fault for not blending the two characters lives more? So I can't see that being "The" exact reason for a lack of success. The story always struck me as rather disjointed anyway, and that can be offputting...but maybe thats just me.

However if they were together in something new, I'd watch it! : )

odadune said...

Raye S: I've seen only a few bits of the movie in question, but I thought it was pretty common in love triangle stories of that time for the two same-gendered angles (whom the "apex" is supposed to choose between) to not interact with each other much-there is exactly one sequence apiece in HDCCS, Dhadkan, and Devdas 2002 where that happens, and although I don't remember Andaaz very clearly, my impression was that Lara and Priyanka didn't interact much either.

My impression from papparazzi photos and news items is that in the present day the younger Bachchans get along pretty well w/ Akshay and Twinkle IRL, w/o being BFFs or anything like that.

And IMHO our chances of seeing Karisma in Housefull 3 are roughly equal to those of seeing an epic PC-Akki-PCjr romance in Shuddhi, ie: nil. ;)

eliza bennet said...

Abhishek usually gets along with everyone. He is that easy going guy with good manners, wit and a normal sized ego. I should be pretty hard not to get along with Abhishek (and Big B and Akshay's families socialise and Aish is in good terms with Akshay so I assume Junior B gets along with him too)

"Kissing should be used sparingly and to make a point."

This is not supporting silly kissing based promotion campaign.
I just don't agree with the statement. Or any "should"s when it comes to films. Anyone can film anything they like and if you do not want to watch, you won't watch.
Personally I don't mind when actors kiss (sometimes when UST is just too much and I urge them to kiss already!!! :) )
I think if there is a "should" involved, it "should" be the filmmaker's choice.
(just to make it clear that the problem I have is not with the act of critisising, it is with the type of criticism).

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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