Life of Pi. awesome trailer


awesome doesn’t describe it.  It looks like another Ang Lee masterwork, magical.

 

 

The official trailer for Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi”. Starring Tobey Maguire, Suraj Sharma and Irrfan Khan. The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper’s son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.

in love with Deepika Padukone


I know I shouldn’t talk this way, being a woman and all. But I just can’t help myself.  Yesterday I went to see Cocktail, the new movie produced by and starring Saif Ali Khan and Wonder-Women Deepika Padukone and Diana Penty. All eyes were naturally on Penty, who made her Bollywood debut with this movie, an impressive one what’s more, but I couldn’t unglue my eyes from Deepika, who plays Veronica,  and who lives life in London’s fast lane camouflaging wounds from the past by acting out as a party queen, as the It-girl.

As Veronica, she is a tortured soul battling loss and abandonment issues and she hides a great deal of vulnerability under her contemporary, sleek fashionista appearance.  Audiences and critics were surprised that the hi-five feel-good movie morphed into melodram during the second half.  I wasn’t. I thought Deepika’s deeply-layered performance reflected already a storm to come. Not only did I love her character but she made me believe it.  Had Deepika been born roughly two millennia back in Greece or Rome they would have worshiped her as the goddess Artemis or respectively, Diana. Or at least she would have personified them in their amphi-theaters.

I was awe-struck when I saw her first in Om Shanti Om (2007) She showed such confidence and poise already in her Bollywood debut. Deepika puts meat into her roles!

Her performances shoot like arrows. Even in roles that show her vulnerability, she never wants to be pitied. And that’s her.  She can get angry, like any self-respecting goddess, she can charm you, seduce you, she can get hit by life, abandoned by her lovers, but she will not be submissive.  Not Deepika.  So I think she OWNED the movie, talking about Cocktail!

Diana Penty shows great promise and a real knack for acting.  She is doted with a gracious screen-presence and she reminded me a lot of this beautiful actress in Swades, Gayatri Joshi, who to fans’ dismay got married soon after the movie and vanished from the radar. Diana is exquisite, an elegant creature by all standards, but no match to Deepika whose acting skills keep you magnetized and breathless. Anyway, that’s just my five cents.

She could even pull it off making us believe her infatuation with boytoy Saif, who slowly starts lacking the sex appeal as a romantic hero, hmmm. Hrithik might have been better for that role..  but one thing is for sure, the actors seemed to be all very comfortable with each other, which is a strong point in the movie, the triangle story. Diana Penty though couldn’t pull off the falling in love part… hehe.  I didn’t buy it.

I really could relate to the rest of the story.. and I’ve seen more than one cases like these, where friendships are sacrificed for love. One of the hardest lessons to learn in life. Nothing hurts more and I thought that was somehow the more interesting part of the movie.  Again I could sympathize with Veronica, her disappointment and rage, pulling out all the stops to reverse the situation with “I’ll be anything you want me to be, just don’t leave me..FOR HER, Hello, my formerly best friend!!”

It also rings  true that we might go into a relationship thinking we are in control and it won’t mean much at first, but then we open ourselves up to love, gradually and unnoticeably,  and before we know it BANG! it backfires and MrWonderful-oh-so-fullofsh *t moves on to greener pastures. And for some reason they seem to gravitate towards our friends or sisters, as if the world didn’t have millions of other women to choose from…. Out of Laziness?  No, absolutely. Good movie. If you just start out in life, it’s an Education :-)

PS  WHO LOVED THE SHOES??

OMG, Deepika’s outfits? TO DIE FOR!!!

Music was good too.

 

Dee’s Wikipedia page:  Deepika Padukone


love the pictures, love the blog. nobody could describe it better. if you have ever fallen insanely in love with a totally mad but genius guy or gurl you know how it feels to love India. All you can do is fall at their feet and say “I surrender! ” :-)

ilovethedangerindistance.

Out of all the places I have travelled to, India has been my favorite. Trying to explain the country to people that haven’t been is like explaining astrophysics to a 5 year old or social skills to Sheldon Cooper. Just impossible.

India is organized chaos to the absolute extreme. Regardless of whether you go north, south or somewhere in the middle you’ll be surrounded by people, cows and maddening traffic. The holy mantra written on the back of each vehicle is what keeps the system going: HORN PLEASE. Everyone seems to drive with one hand on the horn and the other on their mobile. The roads of India make up most of it’s soundtrack. A chaotic symphony of deep blasts, staccato honks, high-pitched beeps, Bollywood music booming from radios and verbal abuse being yelled at anyone and everyone on the roads. It’s as though Indians drive by sound, but many…

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Amitabh Bachchan asked to carry Olympic torch


If anyone deserves this honor,  it’s Big B. He actually deserves a gold medal after everything he has been through in life!  You gotta love him.  He is my favorite living Bollywood legend.  Have you seen him swing his leg in Bol Bachchan? :-)

If they should ever make a Grandpa Barbie doll I hope they will model it after him.

good idea, btw…

 

 

 

Amitabh Bachchan to carry Olympic torch in London

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Mumbai: In what will be a rare honour for India, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan has been invited to carry the Olympic torch on the final leg of its relay on Thursday.

An overwhelmed Big B, tweeted about the impending event, “OK !! HERE IT IS : Have been invited by London Olympic Organizing Committee to carry the torch in the relay tomorrow ..”

The face of Indian cinema and the country’s rich cultural heritage for over four decades, has been specially invited to be a part of the London Olympics.

Amitabh Bachchan to carry Olympic torch in London

Amitabh will carry the torch in the Southwark area in south London. Talking about the it, the 69-year-old megastar wrote on the micro-blogging site, “Honored to be asked to carry the Olympic Torch in London at Southwark around 10:30 AM !! A proud moment for me and country!”

The Indian star will be in hallowed company with United Nations (UN) secretary-general Ban Ki-moon among the dignitaries who will be the torchbearers on the relay’s final leg. Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal and his 36-year-old son, Aditya, will also be among the individuals who will carry the Olympic torch a day before the Games begin.

The 32.7 mile relay has other legendary personalities from all over the world and all walks of life carrying the prestigious Olympics torch. Other eminent personalities, who will be a part of this event with Big B include Lawrence Dallaglio, Lewis Moody (England rugby players), Jim Anderson (novelist), Phil Packer (army hero and marathon man), Darren Fitzpatrick (Aussie Rules coach) and Tom Davis (2006 Commonwealth judo champion).

This is not the first time that Bollywood stars have been a part of the Olympic torch relay.

For the 2004 Athens Games, Euphoria lead singer Palash Sen, filmstars Aamir Khan, Vivek Oberoi, Bipasha Basu and Rani Mukherjee had been among the torch bearers.

The torchbearers for the 2008 Beijing Olympics included Bollywood brother-sister duo of Saif Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan.

Action star Akshay Kumar has had the honour of being the torch bearer for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

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http://ibnlive.in.com/news/amitabh-bachchan-to-carry-olympic-torch-in-london/274834-8-66.html

 

 

Ek Tha Tiger Trouble


 

The fact that the movie could be based on a real life spy makes it even more interesting. But it could mean, godforbid, a DELAY?!!!  I am already so psyched about this movie and have been for a long time that the thought of having to wait is killing me!! Maybe I should relax. After watching Bollywood movies for seven years now I should know better. There has been always SOMETHING jeopardizing a major movie release. .. I can understand the family members wanting to read the script or see the movie first, but hey, even if it should be modeled after  Ravindra Kaushik, they could object to ANYTHING and they could be also CLUELESS… when family members claim to know specifics about an XYZ famous relative, it usually turns out they know NOTHING!  I know fathers who have been in wars, they never ever talk about those experiences! I know soldiers who worked on special missions. Even the family members know better than asking questions!! So, dear Kaushiks, get over it. Let the movie talk… :-)

 

 

 

Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger has landed in trouble. The nephew of real life spy Late Ravindra Kaushik, sent a legal notice to the producers of the movie saying that he wants to see the film before release, as according to him Salman’s character has a striking resemblance with Ravindra Kaushik…..Talking to a leading daily Vikram Vashishtha, nephew of Late Ravindra Kaushik said, “He (Ravindra Kaushik) was my maternal uncle who was with the Research Analysis Wing (RAW). Born on April 11, 1952 in Sriganganagar, he also did his graduation from there. He displayed his talent at national level dramatic meet in Lucknow, which was also witnessed by some officials of the intelligence wing (RAW). He was contacted and offered job for the secret intelligence in Pakistan

 Later he was sent to Pakistan for the purpose.”

The promos of Ek Tha Tiger bear striking resemblance to Kaushik’s experiences in Pakistan and, therefore his family has sought legal help to have a look at the original script or view the film before it releases.

http://entertainment.oneindia.in/bollywood/news/2012/salman-khan-ek-tha-tiger-legal-trouble-097711.html

Relax, I’ll be back: Barun Sobti


this statement is probably coming out after his colleague, Shenaz, has communicated to the press that she fears for her life… we know fans can get crazy, but hey, girls! what’s all the excitement? he is a happily married guy.

Maybe Miss Treasurywala should put a little post on twitter asking for some strong and goodlooking volunteer bodyguards. I am sure there’ll be no shortage!

I am not getting any Indian channels so I know neither her nor Barun. A film could change that in a sec.  Main aur Mr. Right stars Shenaz Treasurywala and Barun Sobti and will be directed by Adeeb Rais. And it looks like this romantic comedy is going to be the filmi debut for Barun and Adeeb. Something to look forward to in 2013.

 

and here is a taste of lovable Barun which may explain all the bruhaha and why he is so popular:

 

 

 

I am receiving hate mail: Shenaz Treasurywala

‘Delhi Belly’ actress talks about why co-star and telly actor Barun Sobti’s female fans hate her

July 23, 2012
Mumbai
Sonali Joshi Pitale

While in the daytime Shenaz Treasurywala is working hard on the sets of her new film, helmed by Adeeb Rais, she spends her free time keeping a constant watch behind her back. Reason being that the VJ-turned-actress feels her life is in danger, thanks to her co-star Barun Sobti’s female fans.

Before Barun signed the film, there was strong buzz that he might leave his TV show to be free for the Bollywood project. The actor allegedly has a very big fan following and as a result his fans targeted Shenaz for venting their ire.

Shenaz says, “I have received hate mails from his crazy fans accusing me of taking Barun away from them! They are upset about him leaving his TV show. But in fact, he has not exited the show.”

The actress is now scared about her wellbeing. She says, “These girls are mad. They can go to any extend for Barun. They are madly in love with him and they hate me.”

While stating that Barun is a happily married man, she adds, “He is so sweet. In fact, I too want a guy for myself who will take care of me just like Barun does for his wife.”

http://www.mid-day.com/entertainment/2012/jul/230712-I-am-receiving-hate-mail-Shenaz-Treasurywala.htm