Wednesday, April 23, 2014
But that doesn't mean I don't want to celebrate!
To help the poor American journalists tasked to cover the event, I decided to give you all a sneak peak of the ebook I'm working on! I'm re-editing my BOLLYWOOD FOR BEGINNERS series and am going to have it all in a nice, compact file for Kindle or iPad or whatever! Then when somebody is all like, "What is Bollywood, anyways?" You can point them to it!
So, enjoy! Let me know what you think:
And American journalists! Please. Don't make assumptions. If you don't know something, LEAVE IT OUT. Nobody will think less of you for not having an opinion on Shatrughan "Shotgun" Sinha's work. (Although, for my money, everybody needs to see him camping it up in Shaan. Also, everybody needs to read his ridiculous advice column in Filmfare.) And if you're feeling ambitious, feel free to e-mail me or any other blogger with questions. We're all happy to answer! If I seem unfriendly (which I'm not but I get that) try Beth over here or Asim over here. Mmmkay?
AND FOR THE REST OF US!
Let's enjoy the vicarious gossip and pap photos and hope there's some scandal to top RANBIR PARTIED TOO HARDY 2013. (Ah, those were the days.)
The Tampa Bay paper may be the one to follow for immediate updates but I'll keep an eye out:
I've been looking forward to this for WEEKS now, so I just had to post it.
Ranveer struts his stuff for Durex condoms in an ad that is hands down my favorite track of the year. Everything is glorious! The costumes, the ridiculous rapping, the sheer charisma on display…
And I think Ranveer deserves some credit for endorsing a product like condoms, which are one of those things "polite" people never mention. Making something like condoms that are GOOD FOR HEALTH but have been tagged as "filthy" seem cool and desirable, well, if he's doing that AND making a paycheck, more power to the Singh!
I know I've come down hard in the past on unnecessary "bold scenes" in films and I still maintain that ninety-nine times out of one hundred, films are better off with a sexy song in place of a simulated sex scene… you know, something like "Do the Rex." Sex exists; we should be able to talk about it; but make no mistake: two actors fake humping on each other is no more a "realistic" depiction of real human person sex than Ranveer dancing, and the dancing is SO much more enjoyable to watch.
That is interesting, though, about the premium condom pricing… I'm kind of with Team Capitalism on this one. Set the price limit on the basic utility types but let the manufacturers make the fancier models with the higher price points, too.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Rani apparently released a statement to the press:
“I would like to share the happiest day of my life with all my fans all over the world whose love and blessings have been part of my journey all these years. I know that all my well-wishers who have waited for this day will be really happy for me. It was a beautiful wedding in the Italian countryside with just a few of our close family and friends with us,” she said in her statement.
Now, if only this meant Aditya would retire…
We can dream…
(Special bonus link to a review of sorts of the new Waheeda Rehman book in which she gets hassled by the author for not spilling the beans about her alleged affair with Guru Dutt and she sound suspiciously like me complaining about how films these days substitute "bold scenes" and kissing for love songs.
The actress also laments that today’s “dances are more like pt drills” and that contemporary film songs “sound the same”. Waheeda says: “In our times songs were used to express love. But now the couple meet and are hugging and kissing soon enough — where’s the time or opportunity for them to a sing a love song?”)
Friday, April 11, 2014
Before I get into Bollywood news, I have a small announcement. I've had something very sudden come up and while I deal with it, I won't have time to keep up with my daily posts. Hopefully, I'll be able to get back to it sooner rather than later but for the time being, I'll just be posting sporadically--reviews and whatnot.
Thanks for understanding!!
And here we go!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Being in India just meant I was thinking about race less and I didn’t need to talk about Indian identity. I could talk about myself in a really honest way whereas in New York [that's] something that I’m constantly thinking about. So it took me out of that kind of zone and brought me somewhere I could just make honest art instead of Das Racist where I kind of hid behind humor, and my solo material where I hid behind being this Indian guy from New York.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
I needed a good laugh!
My collection of star sons is growing by the day; these guys are just too entertaining. Between Chintu's son and the Bombay Velvet drama and Adhyayan Suman's movie that his daddy directed and in which he played the role of his own dead brother… I'll come back to Heartless in a minute but speaking of star sons, my verdict is still out on Tiger Shroff. I kind of like the kid, even if his dialogue delivery in the trailer was horrible, as were his facial expressions.
Here's an interview with Tiger:
What is keeping you so busy?
I don’t take even a day off. Even when I am not shooting, I go for my martial arts training to SAI (Sports Authority of India) in Kandivli. Also, I attend Paresh Shirodkar sir’s dance classes in Badlapur.
There's a hard working kid! Keep it up and you'll keep FG on your side! Maybe I'm just partial to dancers/martial artists-cum-actors, since I like a very physical style of acting.
But back to Heartless, I have a growing list of notorious flops I really want to see and that is one of them. As is Shortcut Romeo. I should try to find some of these online and reboot my Flops Series. I never did write up Lafangey Parindey, did I? I quite enjoyed it, actually.
Anyways, I'm assuming both Heropanti and The Xpose are going to be on my list, too, since both look pretty epic. Especially The Xpose.
I MEAN COME ON, RIGHT?! This looks like a hugely entertaining mess.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Murthy, who shot India's first cinemascope movie 'Kagaz Ke Phool', is best remembered for his stunning camera work for all films of legendary Guru Dutt. His picturisation of the song 'Chaudavin ka Chand' is still considered one of the best cinematographic works that Hindi cinema has seen and his work in classics like 'Kagaz Ke Phool' and 'Sahib, Bibi aur Ghulam' won him Filmfare Awards.
I had all these grand plans for this morning--i.e. I wanted to start a list of the films you HAVE to have seen to be considered a film buff to counteract that one going around FB that has Pixar crap but no Sholay--but instead I had to entertain a cranky cat and then I got distracted by watching youtube videos of A Band Of Boys. (Nain Katari. #NeverForget)