Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Congratulations Rani!

Popping up for a minute to say congratulations to Rani and Aditya on their wedding! It ends years of speculation and rumor and--for that--we can all be thankful.

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…

Ah, well…

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

Friday Post: Hello, Good-bye!

Hello and good morning!

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

Thursday: Party with the Kunal Khemu?

It's not strictly Bollywood related but I'll start you off with this interview with Himanshu Suri because I thought it was interesting.

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

Wednesday Post: Is it Wednesday already? Huh.

Ughhhh… what a way to wake up. With Arjun Kapoor on a publicity bender about how much kissing there is in Two States. "I'm like the next Emraan Hashmi." WHO CARES?! Am I missing something because it really feels like the only people who care so DESPERATELY about kissing seem to be media flacks and Bollywood types who want to "catch up to the West" on this point. I don't understand why kissing is this big selling point, especially in the age of cell phone pornography. I'm fine without actors kissing and fake-sexing in any industry because 99% of the time it's not necessary to tell the story. I mean, if you need to have actors making out to have the audience understand that they like each other, maybe you should re-think your script or hire better actors.

And what is this mess?

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

Tuesday: The Perfect Fit

Okay, so I began the day with a delightful publicity e-mail from Jackky Bhagnani's PR team, forwarded to me from a source who shall remain unnamed for their own protection. Apparently the "self-made" Jackky is the hottest shit in town and leading artists (though nobody specific) have been praising him on twitter.

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

Monday Post: Hi, Mo!!! How's Bombay?!

We bid a sad farewell to cinematographer VK Murthy today.

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)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Heropanti: What am I watching right now?!

It came too late for my post this morning so here you go!

I've watched this THREE times already and I can't decide what I think about it. Tiger is oddly compelling… in that he has an odd face and it's compelling to watch the way he doesn't move it at all. Did somebody tell him not to "overact"? Did he get botox? What is your secret, Tiger?! But the movie itself looks like a good old fashioned masala romp, which I'm always down with. So, I don't know. I could end up liking Tiger or I could end up hating him.

The heroine is Pooja Chopra level annoying and she grates after 3 minutes. So, hopefully Heropanti will be more action than romance. Tiger's sweet moves seem to be the selling point anyways.

(But he ain't no Vidyut.)

Friday Post: BRAINLESS AND LAME! (Shut up!)

Here's the wonderful thing about doing this blog… every once in a while I get really surprised in my news searches. Like finding out that Todd Freaking Rundgren is apparently covering "Jaan Pehechaan Ho" on his latest tour. I mean, what? Okay!

What am I even listening to right now?

This is my fave Rundgren jam, though. It reminds me of lazy, late summer days just kicking around.


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