Spielberg coming to India: what’s for dinner?


 

who can forget the immortal scene of

 

but didn’t Kate  look lovely in that jewelry? I wonder if she got to keep it…

 

Ladies, eat your heart out!    :-)

 

but with our vegetarian Amitabh Bachchan presiding during this visit of Grandmaster Spielberg, I am sure the menu looked somewhat different.

 

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Also, the elite guests consisted this time of 60 Indian filmmakers. Talk wasn’t about lost treasures but about future possibilities of collaboration.

ndtv article:

Steven Spielberg’s India: Benaras to Mumbai, 30 years apart

ibnlive:

61 directors meet Steven Spielberg in Mumbai. Can you identify them?

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Midnight’s Children US release date still in the dark


From the wonderful filmmaker Deepa Mehta, who brought us the impressive  trilogy Fire (96),  Earth (98)  and Water (2005) (which always top my list of recommendations),   the irreverent comedy  Bollywood Hollywood (2002)  and the deeply disturbing Heaven on Earth (2008), here comes her maybe greatest venture Midnight’s Children, based on the prize-winning novel by Salman Rushdie.

Music by the multi-talented composer and songwriter Nitin Sawhney, whose music never ceases to inspire.

Midnight’s Children premiered in September 2012 at the Telluride Film Festival  and was presented shortly afterwards at the Toronto Film Festival. Hopefully we’ll get to see it soon here in the US. What takes it so long!?

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Dancing with the Stars” sizzles with Bollywood flavor


AWESOME!

Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd

Season 14: Derek Hough and Maria Menounos

BUT I LOVED BEST THIS ROCKING BHANGRA:

Derek Hough and Shawn Johnson dancing to Bhangra

SHABASH! :-)

I bet it’s not the last time we will get Bollywood-inspired dances on this show. They are always a sure hit.

Even though the guys are all doing a good job…. Bollywood-moves are not in our exactly in our collective DNA.  Maybe they should invite Hrithik :-)

the sex tape saga and my 5cents on Heroine..


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Help!!  Are sex tapes invading Bollywood, too, now? I wanted to google the topic but didn’t want to expose my pc to a virus by visiting dubious sites. So from what I could see, the only thing that kept coming up on first search was Bipasha Basu and Malika Sheravat and I don’t know if any of those are real to begin with, and/or certifiably leaked anythings :-)

If you check out Hollywood’s sex tape scandals, the list is LONGGGG! Paris leading the pack with her famous entree. Even I can remember the scandal and how her career took off subsequently. Miley Cyrus, formerly known as goodie girl, has made quite a turnaround and I guess her leaked stuff hasn’t done anything good to her career. Scarlett Johansson? I was surprised. Ke$sha? didn’t check it out but UGLY squared.  Rihanna? prob leaked it herself..haha. Kanye West? geez. who wants to know?  tattooed Pete Wentz? brutally ugly. Chris Brown? omg, I’ll get slapped!  All I could think of is, rule of thumb, I like my celebrities better with clothes on.

Decades after Paris Hilton (was she the first one?) rose to notoriety because of a leaked sex tape, Kim Kardashian’s mom now being accused by some of leaking her own daughter’s to achieve the same goal (if she did it or not, it proved to be a mega success turning all her daughters into cash cows).

Finally the sex tape saga has reached Mumbai’s shores, making it a climax in an unsympathetic movie about Bollywood’s film industry, Heroine. I hope Madhur Bhandarkar didn’t start a fad here! I love my beautiful actresses in saris and salwar kamiz, or ok mini skirts and I am not in the least curious with whom they share their intimate moments. I hope our beautiful Indian heroines will never have to steep that low to fare well at the box office. But maybe I am naive.

I think if Bhandarkar had made a satire and dressed up the subject as a comedy it might have fared better altogether, because if that’s BW reality, then it’s pretty pathetic. Poor famous girl. How my heart goes out to you…. :-) last resort a sex tape? oh dear how scandalous. naughty naughty.

None of the characters in Heroine came across as likeable which made it hard for me to get emotionally involved. If you can’t touch my heart I can’t follow your pathos. Halfway through the second part of the movie, you just want it to END, but no. You’ll have to sit through several “2months later” “2years later”. As I am reaching the peak of my patience, our heroine, Mahi, played by Kareena Kapoor, drops the bombshell.

She can avoid her looming professional demise, she confides to her PR manager, by leaking a holladi hi-holladi-ho sex tape to the press!  Sex tape which A) just shows a grainy cellphone video recording of her in an embrace with B) her co-star, Aryan (Z-gorgeous Arjun Rampal), who really, we find out, deep down is just a repenting sorrytushie  who’s trying to salvage her from the inevitable death sentence handed to actresses past 30.  Loverboy Aryan, sex-tape-humiliated, has to use the last resort: delete Mahi’s phone number from his handy. Duh! That’s harsh. The poor guy has to hold back his  tears. ( were you counting the number of guys u deleted from ur contacts within the last few years? and without shedding a tear? :-)

Okay, so Aryan was giving it his best shot to come up with a make-or-break movie with ‘babes’ Mahi, (who btw starts resembling more and more Linda Blair in The Exorcist ), who not being aware of his last minute heroism, deviously pulls out 20 seconds of their raw cellphone passion and leaks it to public.

‘If I fail at reviving my career I can still buy a cricket team?’ Was that godforbid geared at our poor Preity? All these little bits and pieces you could pick up and see where they fit in the gigantic 50,000 piece Bollywood gossip puzzle..made my head spin. I don’t know but I was just turned off by this movie. Honestly. Bhandarkar, Try it again Sam.

 

BTW This film is coming at a time when every weekend we are seeing a new release with a lead actress in her 30s, 40s, 50s!!! which hopefully makes this movie look dated.

 

 

Brad Pitt on Indian cinema and working in Bollywood


Hollywood/Bollywood cross-pollination. It would be awesome if Brad Pitt were to play in a Bollywood movie!!  I know a lot of Indians who are almost apologetic about their movies. It would restore their faith  :-)

image found on google

……..”Indian cinema seems to be growing very well at its own pace. I would love to work in a Bollywood film as there is so much drama and colour in the films there,” Pitt told IANS in an email interview.

“The film making, I hear, has evolved a lot in India and of late we have witnessed some good films making a presence at the Oscars and the world stage,” added the actor.

The presence of Indian films and their artists has witnessed a boost in the western world in recent times. International premieres, opportunities for actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor and Irrfan Khan, as well as A.R.Rahman’s Oscar-winning feat for Slumdog Millionaire have drawn international interest in India’s cinematic offerings.

“That tells you a lot about the quality of the actors and the films. You never know when I might decide to work in a Bollywood film and do one of those dance numbers with the whole crew in the backdrop,” quipped Pitt, who shot in the country for 2007 movie A Mighty Heart.

The 48-year-old actor, who has been named among the sexiest men in the world multiple times, is especially fond of former Miss World Aishwarya. He says he is open to work with her.

“Given a chance, I would like to work with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan because she’s a versatile actor. She has worked brilliantly in films like The Mistress of Spices, The Last Legion, The Pink Panther 2 and Provoked to name a few,” said Brad Pitt.

“She is one of the most popular actresses of Bollywood, who has achieved huge acclaim in the west for her style, beauty and acting skills. I think we missed an opportunity to be cast together for the movie Troy,” he added.

Aishwarya was reportedly offered to essay the historical part of Briseis, but she turned down the offer by director Wolfgang Petersen. Troy, released in 2007, continues to be one of Pitt’s best performances till date.

Meanwhile, Brad Pitt has finally decided to enter wedlock with his lady love Angelina Jolie, with whom he makes up the popular ‘Brangelina’ brand. The couple have six children. Though his wedding date is yet to be fixed, the actor has wished India’s ‘Saifeena’ – Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor – all the best for their D-day next month.

“To be honest, I really think Saif and Kareena can be called Bollywood’s sexiest couple so far. I am glad to know they are getting married soon. I wish them all the success for a happy married life,” he said……

 

read the whole article here:

 

http://movies.ndtv.com/movie_story.aspx?keyword=bollywood&ID=269369&subcatg=&nid=269369

Priyanka kicks off NFL with her international singing debut “In My City”


 

Now these are exciting Piggy Chops news! NFL??? Hello! I would say that could easily lead to a red carpet entrance right into the heart of Hollywood. I am surprised that they haven’t discovered Priyanka Chopra yet!! Freida Pinto has made it big with Slumdogs but Priyanka is such a hottie, very hard to miss.  Once offers start bouncing in we will miss her! Bollywood won’t be able to afford her anymore.

I am so happy for her. She looks glam. Radiant. Supersexy. You go, girl!! :-)