Monday, July 21, 2014

We're doing something with a strong female lead.

Let's start the week with an utterly delightful interview with Kalki Koechlin! She just seems like a normal theater-arts person, which is lovely.

And Kalki's advice for up and coming actors? "Stop wasting your time 24 hours in the gym."

And then there's this. Oh, boy. Where to start with Khoobsurat… besides the fact that watching it gave me a headache. I mean, are ditzy, zomg clumsy heroines still a thing? Can they not be a thing from now on? Especially with heroines pushing 30? What's cute at 18 is just pathetic at 28. Oops, I'm a helpless idiot. Tee hee!

And that prince guy looks and acts like a plank of wood in the few seconds he's on screen.

UGH! The only way I'd watch this is if it turned out to actually be about Ratna Pathak going on a revenge killing spree of overly pampered millennials.

And then the Priyanka Chopra In And As Mary Kom, A Real Person Who Is Still Very Much Alive.

This doesn't give us much more than the posters. I'm really curious to see how this turns out, though.

I should also mention that at dinner the other night with my Bollywood-watching friend who hasn't watched Bollywood in a while, she mentioned trying to watch one of the latest PC movies but having to turn it off because it was so bad. And then she leans in and asks, "What did she do to her face?!" Yeah… imagine going from PC in Don to the PC of Gunday.

Remember when she still looked like a (very pretty) but still human woman… and not a Barbie doll? (With Lara Dutta.)


Moimeme said...

You'll probably never pay attention to anything I say again, but oh well, here goes ... :)

When the teasers of Khubsoorat and Mary Kom released simultaneously, I thought Mary Kom looked interesting, but Khubsoorat looked like *fun*. So if I had to choose, I'd choose the fun movie.

Now that we have an actual trailer, I'm less motivated to see Khubsoorat. But as for the rest of your complaints, consider:

1. The film is produced by Disney (in its Disneyland child and family friendly avatar). What did you expect?

2. It is co-produced by Anil Kapoor Films -- i.e., it's Daddy's gift to his little girl. Again, what do you expect?

3. Finally, I'd rather have a 28 year old acting like an 18 year old than a 44 year old claiming he actually is 18, and everyone going gaga praising him for how well he pulled it off. You get my drift?

Anyway, I'm only half way through your J-Pop post, which is why I didn't comment yet. I found it great so far, since I know nothing about J-Pop (or any kind of Pop, to be honest), so it's very educational. And I fully see the similarities to "outsiders" commenting on Bollywood and Indian films in general. I hope to get back to this topic later in the week.

I'm glad to see you back writing!

Filmi Girl said...

@Moimeme First of all… lol! :D In theory I'd take *fun* over *serious*, too. But all points taken. You're right, I don't know what I was expecting but it probably should have been EXACTLY this… sigh. I don't like Disney that much in the US and the Indian avatar seems just as bad.

But to your second point, I'm glad you're enjoying!! I don't know if you've read the comments but there are a lot of similarities between "heroes" and "idols"… and there are definitely a lot of similarities between outsiders writing on them. You have your instant experts, your scolds, your "Old Hands", and the people who just want to laugh at everything without understanding it. In both Japan and Indian mass culture, it's taken me YEARS and a constant process of learning, unlearning, and making mistakes to come to where I am so it's frustrating to see people pontificating who have clearly not thought through any of the cultural issues.

Especially English. And on what's available IN English. That seems like such a fundamental point and yet it almost never gets discussed.

Yunus Perveez said...

I'm actually really looking forward to Mary Kom, if that is Priyanka bobbing her head to one side to the other, she must have really trained like nuts to get that speed and agility, but I do know quite a few boxers so always very intrigued when a movie gets made about it. The only decent one in India was Sohail Khan's Aryan (a pre- Rock On Abhishek Directed it...Sohail must be so pissed) At least Priyanka and all are actually putting in some efforts compared to the Deol's and their horrid Apne.
And I do like Priyanka when she isn't playing second fiddle ( those are the roles that truly annoy me about her ie Agneepath, Zanjeer type)

Khoobsurat is just not meant for me but i saw some people quite excited to see another movie with Sonam...I keep wondering what people find so exciting about her...any movie with her seems to be " She looks pretty but...)Quit sad as i did hold up hope for her but she hasnt delivered on anything....


odadune said...

Mary Kom: Not enough to judge the film on, but what a great piece of marketing to get people excited. SLB Productions seems to have the cleverest promotions department in the business right now.

Khoobsurat: Only just got around to watching the trailer after seeing some very positive comments elsewhere, and found it pretty much like the the other Disney/desi coproductions I've seen (Do Dhooni Char, Roadside Romeo, bits of that Siddharth/Shruti thing). Bland, overwrought, and surprisingly bad production values.

My perhaps-mistaken impression of Sonam's fanbase is that it's about equal parts guys who find her attractive and gals who wished they had her lifestyle-the looks, the cool clothes, the cool dad, the occasional spot of international modeling, the sassy mouth, the confidence. What she actually does in a film is kind of incidental, according to this theory (kind of like the theory that says her cousin Arjun's popularity is based more on his RL family drama than on his movies).

Moimeme said...

Talk about serendipity! Entirely through happenstance, I stumbled onto the link for part 2 of this blog post on female action stars in Hindi films. So I went looking for the first part, too. Fascinating information here! I knew about Fearless Nadia, but none of the rest.

Part 1:

Part 2:

I'm tempted to get the book which was used as a reference for these posts.

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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