Friday, July 25, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
A decade or more ago, the publishers of English newspapers scorned Indian language readers, assuming that, as hundreds of millions more Indians became literate, they would turn automatically into consumers of English papers. But the steady rise in literacy rates—from 64.8 percent of the population in 2001 to 73 percent in 2011—has had unexpected consequences. The new middle class is increasingly found in smaller towns, and prefers to read in its own regional language, rather than English. Meanwhile, major media houses have discovered that English readership is declining or stagnant, and that advertising rates in English papers cannot be pushed much higher.
I'm sure you all have your own opinions and maybe this is off but it does track with what I've observed--where English press and increasingly "Bollywood" are aimed more at the global audience while regional languages and films are for the people at home.
Anyways, have a great day, folks!!
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Uh, yeah. This is going to ROCK! Really looking forward to Bang Bang!
In other news Priyanka Chopra: The Movie has a full trailer and it basically hits every negative point I was afraid of. I've said my piece on this but the short version is: what bothers me the most is the erasing of Mary Kom herself from her own story and replacing her with a glamorous celebrity. Biopics about real living people are just creepy.
And… it looks like I'll be in New York on the 26th to catch Kick--probably the 4:15pm show in Times Square--so if you will be around feel free to drop me a line!
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
For all the "youthful rom-com" boom today, nothing I've seen has quite captured that sweet, friendly romance like Maine Pyar Kiya. Maybe in part because Bhagyashree and Salman were so young at the time. Youthful romance is more convincing from teens than 30-40 year olds playing immature.
It's all made me feel like I should watch Bobby again, too.
Dimple! Rishi! Dimple! Look!
You don't know how it pains me that she's the "butt" of the joke of the Finding Fanny trailer. I'm glad she's working but are these really the only roles out there for women of "a certain age"? Dimple, you're still a star in my books.
Ah, and speaking of ladies who are forever stars: a lovely bit of writing on Zohra Sehgal over at Tehelka.
Monday, July 21, 2014
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."
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
And aunties with big personalities. We need more of them, too. Jobs for Dimple, Ratna Pathak Shah, Lillette Dubey, REHKA…! It would be nice to see more casts with a big range of ages. Old people don't just want to watch old people; young people shouldn't just be watching young people's stories, you know.
Anyways, my friend and I had a good old time rehashing the plot of Aaina so, for your consideration, the trailer: