Saturday, April 30, 2011

Saturday Gossip!

So, last night my sister and I tried to go see Fast Five and... HOUSE FULL! All the shows - even 1am! And I have to tell you that it really warmed my heart to see so many excited people milling around, even if my sister and I couldn't get in. We ended up seeing Disney's Prom instead, which was highly enjoyable. If you like wholesome teen movies like High School Musical, definitely give Prom a try. The 10:30pm show was about half-full and approximately 100% women. We all ooo'ed over the dresses and awwww'ed when anything cute happened.

The funniest part of the evening happened when we were leaving the theater and walked into the parking lot... the
Fast Five show had released as well and we could just tell that everybody was getting into their cars and driving around like they were still in the movie!! It was hilarious! I have never heard so many tires squeal in a parking garage in my life! And one group looked like they wanted to race but mall security was tailing them so they couldn't.

My sister and I are going to try (again) to see it on Sunday...

Unfortunately, the Hindi film I want to see -
Shor - is not in the cinema here and I can't force myself to go see another Abhishek film so soon after Game, even if DMD is getting praise from people I trust, like Upodcast.

Now, gossip! 

Friday, April 29, 2011

Friday Gossip!

Good morning!

For you today... Ali Zafar's special appearance in
Love Ka The End!



I love the "Zamana"-style light bulbs and wind machine action going on.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thursday Gossip!




I'm so ready for
Ready! Check out Salman Khan's entry at the music launch!!

Now, are you ready for gossip?!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wednesday Gosssssip!

Small public service announcement - I made a Facebook page where I'll be posting odds and ends, pictures, videos, etc. So go check it out!

Now, I want to say a sad farewell to X RAY SPEX singer Poly Styrene who passed away yesterday.



She was a true iconoclast - and still an outlier in an era when female rock stars are still expected to be size zero and blond.

To those who would put us in boxes, I say: OH BONDAGE! UP YOURS!

Now, time for some Bollywood gossip...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

From the Vault: Night in London!

Because you all deserve some funky 60s screencaps, please enjoy this old 2008 review of Night in London taken from my old blog. The film stars Mala Sinha and the recently departed Biswajeet. RIP Biswajeet - may you have just as snazzy red turtlenecks in your next life...



The spunky and stylish Mala Sinha stars in
Night in London, which belongs in the top tier of nonsensical 1960s masala fluff. Directed by Brij, Mala suffers the same disappearing fate that Saira Banu does in his later film Victoria No. 203 - apparently a Brij heroine can be a tough cookie until the last 20 minutes when cut-rate hero has to jump in to save the day. I'll give him this, though, thankfully Biswajeet is not as terrible as Navin Nischol AND he has the comedy relief stylings of one Mr. Johnny Walker to save us from total boredom when Biswajeet and his groovy red turtlenecks are on screen.

Tuesday Gossip!

Good morning! I thought I would treat us all to a review of Dum Maaro Dum from a Western film critic who has never seen a Bollywood film before and is seeing it with fresh eyes, untainted by the media hype surrounding Deepika, Abhishek, Dev Anand, etc.

The reviewer, a Mr. Josh Board, has a lot less patience for the technicalities of watching Bollywood than we fans do.
Click here for the full review.

There were a few other bizarre things. One was the intermission the movie has. The film was only two hours and 10 minutes, hardly long enough to warrant a break. And when the intermission started, a few people went to bathroom. It was unfortunate for them, as the movie started three minutes later, before they had gotten back.

This movie also had the weirdest use of subtitles I’ve ever seen. Early on, some characters would speak a mix of Konkani, Hindi, and English (Goa is a multilingual state and often characters speak those two languages, as well as Portuguese). We’d be reading the same words we were hearing. Sometimes when they spoke English, they would use slightly different words than we were reading, which was confusing. Add to that some of the curse words were censored in subtitles, which is something I’ve never seen.


I would like to direct Josh's attention to http://paagalsubtitle.tumblr.com/ for some real ridiculous subtitles!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Harry Key: Outsider in Bollywood Part 3

This is the third in a series of interviews with non-Indian actors who have appeared in Bollywood films. Next week will be actor Alexx O'Nell (Madrasapattinam, Urumi, Joker, and many more.) For part one of this series with actor Jonnie Louis Brown who went from Baltimore (The Wire) to Bollywood, please click here and for part two with actress Sarah Thompson Kane, who romanced Ranbir Kapoor in Raajneeti, please click here.

If you have watched any Bollywood film from the recent past, you’ve probably seen – or at least heard – Australian actor Harry Key. Harry was tooling aimlessly around India on his motorcycle when fate took him into Mumbai. He ended up staying for five years, carving out a niche for himself in Bollywood as the go-to guy for producers looking for a white actor. Although Harry has left the industry for brighter pastures, he was kind enough to speak with me about his experiences as an actor hustling to make it in Bollywood.

Monday Gossip!

Good morning, all! I hope everyone had a blessed Easter weekend!

Small public service announcement - I made a Facebook page where I'll be posting odds and ends, pictures, videos, etc. So go check it out!

Monday morning gossip round-up!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sunday Gossip!

Small public service announcement - I made a Facebook page where I'll be posting odds and ends, pictures, videos, etc. So go check it out!

Okay, first of all...

HAPPY EASTER to everybody who is celebrating! One of these days I want to do a post on
filmi Christianity, which is such an interesting little look into the religion. Like, remember when Ranbir meets Jesus-ji at the end of Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani? Fascinating, right?!

Okay... time for gossip!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Saturday Gossip!

First up is my public service announcement: Don't forget to "like" me on Facebook! We've been having some fun over there...

Now gossip!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Introducing... AJAY DEVGN!

I had this idea when I was writing up my Bollywood for Beginners piece on Ajay Devgn - wouldn't it be fun to see how all our favorite heroes were launched? I've had these screencaps sitting on my computer for ages and since I have the day off, today is the perfect time to put them up for all to enjoy!


INTRODUCING... AJAY DEVGN!



Friday Gossip!

Good morning, Friday!

Pssst... Don't forget to "like" me on Facebook!

Let's see what is in store for us today!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thursday Gossip!

Good morning, good morning!

Are you ready for another exciting day?

We've been having fun on my new
Facebook page! The poll to determine who is the worse rapper, Abhishek or Akshay - has a winner, er... loser: Abhishek by a whisker. I think the real loser is the audience whenever we have to listen to an actor rapping.

(Leave it to Hard Kaur, boys!)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Filmi Girl rants about American Filmgeeks

Ra-ra-ra-a-a-a

Ru-ma-ma-a-a
Ga-ga-ooo-la-la
Want your bad romance


-Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”

I recently began listening to the Slashfilmcast podcast - a fairly entertaining show that focuses on mainstream American filmgeek culture, by which I mean the boys who host it enjoy comic book movies, probably cried at Toy Story 3 (but would never admit to it), and have a Chris Nolan fetish. The reason I bring this up is that I was disturbed at their comments regarding Taylor Lautner in the latest episode. Taylor, as we all know, stars as Jacob Black in the romance-driven Twilight series of films and the reason they were discussing him was the trailer for Abduction.

Wednesday Gossip!

Helloooooo! I hope aal izz well with everybody this morning!

Don't forget to go check out my new little
Facebook page and "like" it! I'll be posting odds and ends up there - pictures, videos, etc.

Now, how about some gossip?!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tuesday Gossip!

Hellooo everybody!

I'm loving the response to my interviews! You guys are the best! Thank you for making all the hard work so worth it...

If you are interested, I made a little page for myself
on Facebook and put up some pictures and things. Go check it out and "like" me... if you want.

Now, for gossip timmmmme!



Monday, April 18, 2011

Sarah Thompson Kane: Outsider in Bollywood Part 2

This is the first in a series of interviews with non-Indian actors who have appeared in Bollywood films. Next week will be actor Harry Key. For part one of this series with actor Jonnie Louis Brown who went from Baltimore (The Wire) to Bollywood, please click here.


Monday Gossip!

GOOD MORNING, lovely people! I had the most amazing weekend being a fangirl at a fan convention and it's so hard trying to return to the everyday kind of mindset. Ah, well... the next convention here is in July - the super fun Shore Leave, which I HIGHLY recommend attending if you are a sci-fi fan. I'll be counting down until then!

But, yes, you probably just want to know when OUTSIDER IN BOLLYWOOD: SARAH THOMPSON KANE will be posted... and if I get everything together in time, I'll have it up tonight. You guys will love her interview, Sarah is a such a sweetie and she has a great sense of humor!

For the complete opposite approach to my series (but fun nonetheless,) check out this gleefully catty write up of
phirangi babes in Bollywood.

Now it's gossip time!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Happy 45th Birthday to Vikram!


The first time I saw Vikram, I fell in love. I’m a latecomer to Tamil cinema - with the exception of the Aishwarya Rai-Tabu-Mammooty starrer
Kandukondein Kandukondein, the one film that everybody has seen - my first exposure to Tamil cinema came in early 2010. When offered the choice between Mani Ratnam’s Hindi Raavan and Tamil Raavanan playing in back-to-back theaters at Loehmann’s Twin Cinema, I chose the Tamil version. Gambling that this Vikram guy would be better than sitting through another painful performance from Abhishek Bachchan, my least favorite actor in Hindi language cinema. I chose Ravvanan.

Vikram’s performance in
Raavanan blew me away. Even though the subtitles were wonky and I didn’t understand what was being said for long stretches, I knew I was watching a master at work. I had never seen anything like the emotion and power he put on screen... I immediately went out and bought most of his back catalog on DVD. I have yet to be disappointed in a Vikram film - even a flawed effort like Kanthaswamy has its redeeming qualities.

So, to celebrate that sexy MoFo Vikram’s 45th birthday, here are all my Vikram reviews for you to enjoy!

Sunday Gossip! Pretty Lady Edition!

Good morning, everybody!

I haven't had this much sleep in ages... YAWN! Sometimes it's good to step back from a busy life and just rest. Of course, that means I only made it halfway through that epic battle of ideologies and Prabhudeva with blond hair and zebra-striped trousers that is
H20 before I zonked out. But... WOW! Interesting film! I can't wait to see how it all turns out. I'm consistently surprised and delighted by the films coming out of Karnataka.

Okay, what is popping in Bollywood today...

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Saturday Gossip!

April showers bring May flowers... that's what I'm telling myself this rainy day.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday Gossip!

No new films at Loehmann's this week - not even a new regional film.

We have new trailers, though!!



READY!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thursday Gossip!

GOOD MORNING, WORLD!

* Alexx O'Nell is doing tons of publicity these days... here's another interview on
his projects.

How different is your Chittagong from Abhishek Bachchan starrer Khele Hum Jee Jaan Sey which also looks at the same event in history?

Our Chittagong is a grittier tale of the 1930s robbery. It was a failed attempt at robbing the British armoury by young revolutionaries in Chittagong, which is in present day Bangladesh. I’m sporting short hair in the film, unlike in Urumi and Joker. The film also features Manoj Bajpai and Barry John. I play a bad guy. It’s minus the glamour factor that came with
Khele Hum


And if Alexx is in it, it's also plus English actors who can act.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wednesday Gossip

Hi, everybody! I hope your Wednesday is going/will be fantastic!

Now, let's see what the gossip pages have for us...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Filmi Girl Reviews a Thank You Review

Here is a great example of how not to review a Bollywood film by the master of bad Bollywood reviewing: Rachel Saltz.

Rachel Saltz reviews Thank You.



The film in question is Anees Bazmee’s
Thank You, a broad comedy set in the non-resident Indian (NRI) community of Vancouver, Canada. For those Western film buffs unfamiliar with the man, Anees Bazmee’s signature style is probably best thought of as a Bollywood Blake Edwards with a bit more heart. He loves broads, party scenes, great visual gags, and films packed with the sense of getting something past the Censor Board. In other words, Anees Bazmee is not everybody’s cup of tea and he’s certainly not involved in the business of making Oscar bait films. (Thank You even opens with a fun animated sequence, much like the Pink Panther films did.)

Tuesday Gossip...

Oh, Filmi Girl, will you never learn? Staying up late to finish a couple episodes of The Wire is satisfying at the time, yes, but a grown-up life choice... not so much. YAWN!

Ah, well...

Monday, April 11, 2011

Thank You: No, thank YOU, Anees Bazmee!



Anees Bazmee’s
Thank You is not the film you think it is and it’s exactly the film you think it is. What I mean is that I went into Thank You expecting to see something along the lines of Khiladi: Partner Edition packed with buxom babes, silly gags, action, and the khiladi making goo-goo eyes at a vapid Sonam Kapoor. Well, Thank You has the buxom babes, silly gags, and action but I’m very happy to say that the rest I was completely wrong about - including Sonam. Thank You is an effective (if amorphous) comedy* with one or two dabs of genuine emotion and plenty of eye candy for everybody.

Monday Gossip!

Helloooooo lovely people!

Just a note, I did see
Thank You yesterday (and it was hilarious!) but I didn't have time to write my review. Look for that sometime later today.

Remember my old nemesis Rachel Saltz? Well, she is back with a really unhelpful review of
Thank You.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Jonnie Louis Brown: Outsider in Bollywood Part 1

This is the first in a series of interviews with non-Indian actors who have appeared in Bollywood films. Next week will be Sarah Thompson Kane from Raajneeti. For previous interviews I have done, please check here.


I was beyond thrilled when I got word that the first African-American actor to have a major role in a Bollywood film, Jonnie Louis Brown, was willing to speak to me for this interview series. However, when I mentioned to some friends that I was going to be interviewing Jonnie, the responses I got were all some variation of, “He’s so scary!” In the United States, Jonnie is best known for his portrayal of the sadistic Officer Eddie Walker on HBO’s
The Wire, a standout performance on a show packed with talented actors. Bollywood fans will know Jonnie from Apne, in which he played the toughest, fiercest boxer in the world.

Aishwarya Rai in Verve Magazine March 2011



Isn't she lovely? It's no longer March but I thought we would all enjoy seeing the Divine Miss R!

Sunday Gossip!

Good Morning!

How are you fine folks today?

Let's see what gossip has in store for us!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

1000 POSTS! (Saturday Gossip!)

Good morning, everybody! Despite the gray weather, I'm in an excellent mood this morning - this marks 1000 posts of my blog plus the US Government averted a budget shutdown and Washington, DC will not become a depressing trashpit.

Now... gossip!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Friday Gossip!

You guys, this is my 999th post!

Also... in case you weren't aware, I live in Washington, DC, which is facing some
real difficulties right now. Most of my family would be among those affected if the US Government shuts down, so please keep the 800,000 federal workers and many more men and women serving in the military in your thoughts through this stressful time.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Thursday Gossip!

YOU GUYS! Bollywood is finally picking up steam again - I've got two more trailers for you!



Nana Patekar's
Shagird - which looks freaking AWESOME.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wednesday Gossip!

Good morning, lovlies! I am here with another assortment of gossip links for you!



This video of an Indonesian police man lipsyncing to "Chaiya Chaiya" has gone viral! And it's adorable - I think my favorite parts are when he looks over at his co-workers like, "Come on, guys! All together!" And they mostly just grin and shuffle.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Dum Maaro Dum: Take a toke....!


There are drug movies and then there are movies about drugs. The difference may not be clear at first but if you think about it, there are two sides to the drug trade - buyers and sellers.

Tuesday Gossip!



Top story today: first look of Vikram's new film!!

What do you think?

Monday, April 4, 2011

BOLLYWOOD FOR BEGINNERS POST #22

For previous installments in the series, please visit the index.

Now that you’ve met The Three Khans, let me introduce you to some of the other important Heroes in town these days. These guys are still A-list and can set the box offices blazing but they aren’t The Three Khans popular. Some of these guys are scrappers who have been racking up moderate hit after moderate hit for years and some of these guys are huge stars on a gentle downward slope. Either way, you will want to know who they are!



KNOW YOUR HEROES: HRITHIK ROSHAN

Monday Gossip!

Good morning, fellow Bollywood fans! How was your weekend? I went to go see Game and streamed F.A.L.T.U. right to my living room! Of the two, I would recommend the latter. It's not mindblowing or anything but it put a smile on my face and is certainly worth the $2.89 for the legal streaming.

What else... oh, yes! If you are on twitter, you probably remember me asking about non-Indian actors and actresses who have appeared in Bollywood. Well, I just did an interview with Sarah Thompson Kane from
Raajneeti that should be up later this week. I have a couple more lined up and I'm really hoping to get a few more responses from the feelers I sent out so this can be a full-on series. So, keep your fingers crossed!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sunday Gossip!

I think India is taking a breather today after their epic world cup win, so gossip is a little light... let's see who managed to make headlines!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

F.A.L.T.U. is far from Faltu!


F.A.L.T.U. (which translates to “useless,” if I’m not mistaken) was not what I expected. Despite the candy colored posters and spunky promotions, Jackky Bhagnani’s re-launch film was not a throwback to the soft-focus college campus capers of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai nor was it a romance. The film picks up on the major plot thread of Patiala House - kids learning how to motivate themselves and parents realizing that their children have their own dreams – but as seen through the lens of choreographer-director (that’s how he’s billed in the credits) Remo D’Souza.

GAME or Revenge of Bluffmaster

You will have to bear in mind that I’m not the biggest Abhishek Bachchan fan. If he is your favorite Hero and you would enjoy watching him run around and do stuff for no reason, then you will mostly likely enjoy Game much more than I did.

I’m going to keep this as spoiler-free as possible, in case you plan on seeing the film.




Saturday Gossip!

Hellooooo world!

So, I tried out the legal
online streaming of F.A.L.T.U. and I should have my review of the film and the service up later today. English speakers be warned - there are NO subtitles. However, the plot is fairly simple and there is a lot of Hinglish so you may be fine.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Friday Gossip! HAPPY APRIL!

(For those who were curious where Karan Johar denied the news of his marriage - Pinkvilla apparently talked to his camp and they set things straight... so to speak.)

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