Thursday, June 5, 2014

Filed under things I will never get tired of...

Rani Mukerji.

DANG, GIRL! And here's some behind the scenes photos from CNN-IBN.

They claim the film is going to involve Rani on a "relentless" hunt for a teenage girl who has been kidnapped by human traffickers.

I, for one, welcome this new badass, bad-guy hunting Rani and would like to learn more about the various butch outfits she will be wearing in the film.


Kim T. said...

Happy you're back and glad that you're taking a break from the news recaps. It was a definite service to your readers, but it did seem like it was becoming a bit of a chore for you (understandably so). I enjoy your "random" thought postings just as much and hope that you'll still do reviews, too. I miss your "favorites" lists from early in your blogging career, too. So write blogs about what you love and I'm sure we'll love reading them!

I've been in a bit of Bollywood slump lately, too. Nothing has really appealed. Shaadi Ke Side Effects and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag were stupid and boring, respectively. I'm not very excited about any of the new actors and actresses, with the exception of Ranveer, Sona, and Parineeti. The rest are so bland and interchangeable in my mind. Even the actor that first sparked my interest in Hindi films, Hrithik, has lost some lustre lately.

The best Hindi film I've seen in a long time definitely was The Lunchbox and Nawazuddin Siddiqui is just *everything*. Before that, the last movie to really make an impression was D-Day and Arjun Rampal and Shruti Haasan were so hauntingly memorable. Hassee Toh Phassee was cute and had some nice eye candy, but on further reflection and viewing became irritating and stupid, and even irresponsible in its portrayal of mental health issues.

Also looking forward to both Rani and Vidya as detectives! The script of Shaadi Ke Side Effects did Vidya no favors and Rani has never done a film I haven't loved or at least respected.

OK, end of rambling...what I really meant to say is "Welcome Back!"

Kim T. said...

And here's a question, just because I'm curious: in addition to Indian films and Japanese and Korean dramas what are your other favorite international film/tv industries/genres, if you have any? Or, what kind of Hollywood films do you enjoy the most?

I find myself returning to earlier interests in Scandinavian (Dogme 95 especially which can't be more diametrically opposed to the Bollywood ethos), Irish films, auteur films like Jane Campion's Bright Star (which I just rewatched and swooned again over...), and I'm loving the X-Men movies, too (it helped erase the memory of Krrish 3). I guess after several years watching more Hindi films than any other genre, I needed a break, too. That being said I have Dhoom 3, Highway, and Grace Kelly's The Swan arriving today from Amazon. So I'm still leaning Bollywood!

odadune said...

Kim: not to stick my nose in, but I went through a phase like that from late-2010 to late-2012, where I cut way back on the Bollywood, watched a little more Kollywood/Tollywood, and a bunch of old-school Hollywood cowboy movies like the ones I used to see on basic cable when I was a kid/teenager. I think balancing Bollywood against other types of entertainment (like you and FG are doing) is a good thing. The Swan...been a long time since I saw that one, I remember it as more interesting than good, if that makes any sense, but it had its moments.

FG: have you seen Rani's "Mehndi"? It's a 90s melodrama where she's a young bride persecuted by her scummy in-laws until she uses her legal training and the deep pockets of a third party who hates the inlaws to get back at them. I don't know if I'd call it good, but the second half has lots of righteous Rani indignation going for it, and a brief Rani fight scene IIRC.

Kim T. said...

Odadune, you're absolutely right. After a steady diet of Bollywood, we all definitely need a break once in a while! I've watched several Kollywood and Tollywood's just a bit harder for me to figure out what I like in those industries. I like some of the actors, Vikram especially (thanks Filmi Girl for talking him up!), and I'm familiar with some of the crossover stars' work there (Genelia, Siddharth, Kajal (who I really like), etc), but so many times I think I'm liking a film and then one scene will just be so jarring and the films lose my interest (the ending of Orange was a perfect example). Still that can be said of many Hindi films, too. Maybe I just need to keep exploring the different regional industries. I've tried Bengali films, too, and I wish I liked them better than I do. Some are just so slow, though I see the distinctive qualities of the industry and why they rank so high in "world cinema". My DVD keepers from the regional industries are Magadhera, Raavanan, and Urumi.

For some reason, I've always liked the sad fairy tale quality of The Swan and it's finally available on DVD, so I snapped it up. On a Bollywood related note, I'm kind of sad that the Uday Chopra produced Grace Kelly movie is getting terrible reviews. I was looking forward to it!

Jess said...

Kim - For Telugu, anything by SS Rajamouli is worth checking out. Some recent non Rajamouli Telugu films I liked are Ishq (2012) & Dookudu (2011) Uyyala Jampala (2013) got good reviews and looks cute, I'm planning to see it.

In Tamil I'd say anything that gets good reviews is worth seeing. They aren't as predictable as Telugu (Telugu films always have happy endings and seem to me to really all be variations of masala)

Malayalam films tend to be more toned down that either Tamil or Telugu, so sometimes I prefer those.

Lately I've felt bored with films in all industries, but hopefully Edge of Tomorrow and Holiday will reverse that!

odadune said...

Posted a review of Holiday on the Bollywhat forums. I liked the movie quite a bit, with Akshay striking a tone sort of midway between Rowdy Rathore and Special 26, and it does try to stay away from pointing the finger at anyone's religious beliefs. But the hero's specifically framed as someone who's alot like the terrorists he's hunting, and the film's not going to do a lot for anyone who doesn't find that a). thought-provoking or b). entertaining in a cathartic, rampaging-vigilante way.

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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