Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Is it Akshaye Khanna time?!

I'm sorry, friends. I'm still working on my Kick write-up. I know by the time I post it nobody will care but… it's still very busy at work at the moment. No rest for the wicked, eh?

Anyways, I stumbled over this gem today about Akshaye Khanna "reworking" the script for Bombay Samurai and then I was confused because a) I hadn't realized Akshaye had any films "in his kitty" and b) I'd thought my Bebo-starrer was stalled thanks to Farhan (THAT GUY RUINS EVERYTHING) but the resulting mental film I created for myself--in which Bebo is a Bombay Samurai and has to fight off the heavy-browed and evil Akshaye's henchman before ramming him through with a sword--pleased me muchly. The actual film probably won't be that cool, unfortunately, and will feature MUCH MORE of Farhan's self-serious "acting" than I really want or need.

But Akshaye. Oh, Akshaye. He was a terrible hero but I rather enjoyed his super star turn in Tees Maar Khan. I could FULLY support a ridiculous over-the-top character actor Akshaye.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mere Rang mein!

I hope everybody enjoys my take on Maine Pyar Kiya! That film is special to me because it was the very first soundtrack I ever listened to. I think I've told this story a million times but I'd been hugely into Britpop and, especially, Kula Shaker back in the late 1990s and I was always blasting something dippy (I was only 17, okay?!) from my dorm room. Eventually one of the guys in my dorm cornered me about it and was like, "So… how about some real Indian music" and handed me a dubbed cassette of the Maine Pyar Kiya soundtrack.

Ah… it really brings me back. I fell in love with that cassette. Not the guy, though. He was planning to enter the seminary. I wonder whatever happened to him.

This was my very first favorite Bollywood song! I used to dance around my dorm room to it. Hee! I loved and still love the brass flourishes.

I'm working on my Kick review now. Hopefully I'll have that up for you soon, too! I just can't believe how much crap has been written about it. I get that these outlets need something to stick around the ad-space they're selling but there's no need for tripe like this. Lazy thinking, lazy thinking, lazy thinking passed off as "sociology" and "film criticism."

Well, as @thebollywoodfan said to me yesterday:


Monday, July 28, 2014

Maine Pyar Kiya: What ever happened to friendship?

Last weekend I re-watched Maine Pyar Kiya and I was amazed at how alive it feels, even after 25 years. The story, to refresh your memory, goes like this--Karan (Alok Nath) and Kishan (Rajeev Verma) are best friends who will do anything for one another as young men. But when they grow up, they grow apart: Kishan becomes a wealthy industrialist and Karan remains a poor country mouse. As the movie begins, Karan, now a widower, needs to go abroad to earn some money but he can’t just leave his teenaged daughter Suman (the absolutely darling Bhagyashree) on her own. Who does he turn to? His best friend Kishan! And so Suman goes to stay at Kishan’s giant mansion. Although she misses her papa dearly, she soon finds a friend of her own in Kishan’s son Prem (Salman Khan).


Happy Monday!

Good morning, all! I owe you two reviews for the two Salman films I've seen. One of which is almost done and the other shouldn't take too, too long. It's a busy time for me right now, so thank you for being patient!

I will give you a quick verdict on Kick--it's a silly film but a great entertainer and absolutely worth seeing in a packed hall where you can cheer at all the appropriate locations.


Friday, July 25, 2014

If you can, try to have a nice weekend.

I'll be in New York tomorrow to do some shopping and see Kick! It'll be a nice break and if you are around, do feel free to drop into the 4:15 showing in Times Square! I'm trying to avoid ALL spoilers/reviews/etc. so please don't post ANYTHING about it in the comments. I don't even want to know what the "buzz" is; I just want to have a good time, dammit! The world is going to hell and I'd like to sit in peace and forget how shit things are by watching Salman hero around for a few hours. Okay? (OKAY?!)


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday? One more day until Kick!

I got up a little late this morning so all I have for you today is a link on English in India I've been sitting on.

From the NYRB:

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

Bang! Bang! Vacance!

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

Eep! It's Tuesday already? How about some more Strong Women?

Do forgive me, friends. I got caught up writing on Maine Pyar Kiya this morning and lost track of time. What a wonderful film, no?

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.

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