I woke up this morning and--at least on my Twitter timeline--you'd have thought the Film Federation of India had personally taken a dump in every former PFC-er's tiffin because the butthurt was flying fast and furious over Gujarati film The Good Road being selected as India's entry to the Oscars instead of... The Lunch Box.
Now, you know me, I had zero interest in this film before all the hype and even less interest now that the hype has reached hysterical levels. Negative interest. While there is nothing inherently wrong with making a small, self-contained, film about a romance between a housewife and an office worker, I do think it's ridiculous to slather on the praise so thick--unless I'm seriously missing something and the housewife ends up going all Second Wave on the menfolks and starting her own lunchcart business? Or going all Fire and running off with her daughter-in-law to have a torrid love affair in Goa or something?
Because otherwise, my interest in The Lunchbox extends about as far as this Faking News article: Housewives Request Dabbawalas to Commit More Mistakes.
Frustrated and angered by their illogical demands, Ghule Bhau is reported to have told the women to ask their husbands to shave off mustaches and buy sunglasses, and they will have Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi right at their doorsteps.
Come on, PFC-ers, The Good Road has Sonali Kulkarni in it and she's awesome. So deal with it.
The BBC talks to some Pakistani film makers!
"It is crucial that people in Pakistan support their local cinema. We need to encourage tastes beyond Hollywood and Bollywood," [director Iram Parveen Bilal] says.
Al Jazeera points us to Kalki Koechlin and my girl VJ Juhi Pandey in a satirical PR campaign about rape: IT'S YOUR FAULT.
And PS If you don't know Juhi Pandey, she's freaking delightful, and this is like my most favorite thing ever:
India Today needed an excuse to post pictures of "foreign beauties" trying to make it in Bollywood.
Ranbir Kapoor has internalized the concept of love based on Nora Ephron movies.
"Personally, love is very important for me. There are lots of ordinary things in life, so love should be extraordinary. I hope I achieve that,” he added.
That is a LOT Of pressure to put on another person, dude. And what happens when the romance fades, as it always does? Move on to the next "extraordinary" young model who passes your way?
Heh. Ileana politely tries to compare Shahid and Ranbir in the TOI.
Subhash Ghai will not go quietly--Kaanchi is going to feature an item with all his previous heroines.
Eega is... GOING TO TOKYO!!! In October! 東京民は『エーガ』が好きになると思いますね。Enjoy karo, Tokyo!
Trailer for The Good Road--which looks infinitely better than last year's Barfi at any rate.
BOSS!!!!!! I WANT BOSS RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!