Bollywood a la Gangnam


If you think Gangnam is so darn original, think twice. Bollywood has been entertaining us for eons in Gangnam style.  And they have not run hush hush to obtain a patent …

I don’t know how long we will talk about Gangnam but one thing is sure, Bollywood will endure the test of time.

AR Murugadoss’s Ramana Hindi remake with Akshay Kumar


AR Murugadoss’s Ramana Hindi remake with Akshay Kumar.

 

We shall see, according to what I read they are supposed to start filming soon.. Katrina Kaif as female lead was talked about, and I hope this project will come through. I always loved the pairing of Katrina and Akshay. They look fab  together. just works.

I can’t get enough of Akki. He’s a breath of fresh air. He made a couple of silly movies. The fact that they became blockbusters is his merit. It can’t be denied. He still has the pull. He’s got game.

King Akki

 

 

Anurag Kashyap part of Sundance jury


This is fantastic news indeed.   Finally somebody here in the US paid attention.  Showing   Gangs of Wasseypur in Cannes earlier this year and then in Toronto opened new doors. To have him part of the jury will make me follow the festival with even greater interest.  Kashy could be very instrumental in regard to exporting Indian film to the US..  I hope he makes great connections at Sundance because there is a lot to be said about the under-representation of Indian film here, starting with distribution, advertisement…
it always aggravates me that Indian films are ignored on a lot of sites and even listed in the category of Foreign Film. eg Netflix, moviefone IMDb upcoming releases. Nada. Zilch.. Poorly reviewed and misunderstood.  People wrongly associate Indian film with just romance and song and dance. Yes, music might be an integral part, but young filmmakers have found innovative ways using music as part of the narrative, something the West can actually learn from.
But that’s besides the point. India has a large pool of creative young talent just waiting to rise and get some recognition abroad. The time has come.  Proud of Kashyap, his work, his intellect and happy to see him being recognized as the innovative filmmaker he is and trailblazer in this native country.
Here is the article I found on ndtv.
Anurag Kashyap part of Sundance film festival jury
Press Trust of India | Thursday, December 20, 2012 (Mumbai)
He is currently working on his next venture titled Ugly.
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap is part of the prestigious jury for the 2013 edition of Sundance film festival.

The director’s epic crime saga Gangs of Wasseypur is also screening at the festival in the Spotlight section of the festival.

Anurag Kashyap is part of the 19 members of five juries awarding prizes at the festival, which runs from January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

Anurag Kashyap, who has directed films like Black Friday, Dev D, Gulaal and Gangs of Wasseypur I&II, will take part in the festival as the jury member for the World Cinema Dramatic section alongside director Nadine Labaki and producer Joana Vincent.

It has been a good year for the director with Wasseypur doing well at the home box office besides travelling to festivals like Cannes and Toronto. Set in Bihar’s Dhanbad district, it was also honoured at Asia-Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) in Brisbane and Asia-Pacific Film Festival (APFF) in Macau, held recently.

“It is a truly special film for me and I’m overwhelmed with the audience reception and happy to know that the team’s efforts have been honoured at such large platforms,” Anurag Kashyap said in a statement.

Dabangg 2, coming with a big bang or leaving through the wormhole?


As a general rule, I don’t like sequels. I just don’t. With the exception of James Bond maybe. On the other hand it always makes me happy when somebody scores a blockbuster in Bollyland and ultimately that’s more important than if I like or don’t like a movie. It feeds a lot of people, creates excitement in the industry and the cash flowing.  I was happy when Salman had a big bang comeback with Wanted. Because I WANTED him to succeed. ( btw,  I enjoyed Wanted more than Dabangg but all the  talking about a #3 when the verdict on #2 isn’t even out yet, for some reason makes me weary).

Trailer of the first one rocked:

So I checked out the soundtrack to see if it gives any indication of what’s to come and neither trailer nor soundtrack left me tingling with anticipation. All very deja-vu. Perhaps I should get hypnotized before the movie to erase all recollection of former Salman heroes and kahanis to sit through it open-minded.

Well, Dagabaaz is a pretty song and Sonakshi is such eye-candy. Hard to resist her.

Sorry, but sequels are for the lazies. Unless there is a progression of a character or something terribly interesting you were waiting for at the end of number 1, then just progress to greener pastures.  As always though,  I hope I will be positively surprised, the miracle of a fabulous sequel which leaves me yearning for more.

Thankfully for the film industry I am not indicative. Just look at the success of the Twilight series (which I ditched after #2), or the Pirates of the Caribbean, (which I also ditched after #2), but if the Godfather can’t pull it off then I doubt anybody can. I am just tired of being sent to watch rehashes. but maybe I am just tired because it’s 2 am. Tomorrow I will have to rewrite the whole blog. With a more positive spin.

Let’s see what the reviews will be like and the audiences’ reaction and see the glass half full instead of 2 am empty.

 

Okay, now that I am awake, just to clarify, I don’t want to diss Salman bhai’s movie beforehand, because the guy is larger than life and I love his little chutzpah smile. What would Bollywood be without him! Unthinkable! So my sequel phobia won’t overrule my love for Salman Khan. If he wants to hit us with one, two or three banggs won’t matter all that much. He is Bollywood’s heartbeat and should keep on ticking.

 

 

renaming my paw pal “SpeedySingh”


This shall be my anthem.

 

If Rob Lowe can play a Canadian hockey coach who is fluent in Hindi, coaching a Punjabi ice hockey team,  then there are no more boundaries.

 

I used to be ein ShellyMingh,  now  I shall be SpeedySingh.

Shelly 2

 

 

And if you think I am cute… you should watch

“Speedy Singhs” – the movie.

 

PS there is apparently an English language version, which my Port Washington Library didn’t acquire since we are all speaking Hindi here :-)

but I must say it was fun listening to Rob Lowe hindi bol rahe tha.

Read up on the movie, co-produced by Akshay Kumar, starring Vinay Virmani and Anupam Kher, here on IMDb:

http://http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1736552/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

a huh.  mystery solved. it even comes with an English title.. “Breakaway”  ( I like Speedy Singhs better…).

so, okay, the movie is a X-ing between Bend it like Beckham and The Cutting Edge. Great for teenagers and hockey fans alike.

 

If you enjoy the idea of an all Indian ice hockey team but you think it’s fiction, think again:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preity’s Ishq got lost in Paris, apparently. Au revoir so soon?


What Happens In Paris Stays In Paris…

Ishq in Paris, kua hua?  It’s easy to get lost in its Parisian charm and not finding your way back to your point of origin.  Happened to me. We all can relate to it. Love makes you stupid. But for once it’s a movie that got lost. We have sent search troops out…. European trained whatsmore!! Nada.

 

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Ishq in Paris could not be found.

Now that’s a real shame

 

because we all love Preity Zinta and she hasn’t graced us with her lovely screen presence for A WHILE!!!

While I suspect that her love interest in the film has not been available for  the100,000 reshoots, necessary to save the film.. well, I am a bit mean here because maybe he’s fantastically underrated as an actor, it could be any other reason too.

Financial, couldn’t find a distributor? What could have been going wrong? Maybe we should put Aamir Khan, aka Inspector  Sekhawat, on the case to scare the ghosts out of this project and get it on screen.

Khiladi786’s genius soundtrack


I am going to watch Khiladi this weekend, and I am excited. Not so much because I love bodies flying through the air, car collisions and firecracker-Kung-Fu. Well, I do love Akki, but that’s besides the point.

My autistic and predominantly non-verbal student LOVES Bollywood music, so whenever a new movie comes out I am showing him the trailer and the songs. I show him Stardust magazines with all its glamorous Bollywood stars. When I point and ask him “who is this?” he will identify the star with 100% accuracy. On our frequent walks I may start humming a BW tune and lo and behold he will know one or two lines of the lyrics -without understanding a word. Point in case I was humming after a very long hiatus Chammak Challo and he knew the title and who’s acting in the movie.

Today I was telling him about the upcoming Khiladi and I went on Youtube to show him the trailer and then the songs. I had seen the trailer but I had no idea how many beautiful tunes it had!

From my student’s point of view here are the songs he liked best: (with passionate repeat-listening..)

Hookah Bar

music and lyrics  and vocals by Himesh Reshammiya

in second place came The Lonely Song, credits go again to  Himesh and Yo Yo Honey Singh & Hamsika Iyer
Lyrics by: Shabbir Ahmed

followed by Saari Saari Raat also by the ultra-talented Himeshji, GEE!!

and we liked Long Drive, music Himesh.  sing sing: Mika Singh

for some reason Balmo came last in our favorite countdown:

music Himesh, singers  Shreya Ghoshal and Sreeram

I mean, this movie is a musical treasure chest

and off I go to buy the CD :-)

can’t wait to see these beautiful songs on the big screen!!

– which makes me laugh because before my Bollywood mania days  I DESPISED music and dance in movies. Go figure.  What a turnaround.

Thank you Youtube, Eros Entertainment and T-series for all these great Bollywood video clips

And thanks Bollywood for adding another dimension to my life. With its colors, its music, its stars, it just brings so much joy, not just to me but all the peeps I can share this passion with. Like my wonderful student.

Mika Singh – popular Bollywood songwriter, singer, performer in his own rights


 

you probably know best his songs from Singh is King and the Desi Boyz

 

but he’s got many more goodies hidden under his sleaves..and here are some of my favorites:

 

 

IBn-E-Batuta

Desi Beat – Bodyguard

Ganpat

Watching  Namaste America (the only Bollywood program available on my optimum cable, Saturdays at 10 am on channel 48)  there was a segment on Mika Singh, one of Bollywood’s top playback singers. You can’t help it but dance to his bouncy songs..

 

in case you missed him in Singapore at the IIFA 2012

Mika Singh live performance Singapore IIFA 2012

 

I did…

 

so I looked him up on wiki and walked away IMPRESSED.  I know very little about the playback singers and songwriters in India but I have heard their songs of course. I try to catch them live, very often I hear too late about their US appearances. Mika I have missed. Apparently he was on a US tour. Too bad. I got to catch him on Youtube :-)

 

from his wikipedia page:

Mika is a singer, composer, performer and songwriter. He is considered[by whom?] an acclaimed musician and most of all the ‘Powerhouse Entertainer’.[citation needed] Amongst a wide catalog of smash hits, the prominent ones remain “Singh Is King” (Singh Is King), “Mauja Hi Mauja” (Jab We Met), “Idn-e-Batuta” (Ishqiya), “Dhanno” (Houseful), “Dhin Chika” (Ready), “Desi Beat” (Body Guard), “Subah Hone Na De” (Desi Boys), “Pungi” (Agent Vinod), “Ganpat” (Shootout at Lokhandwala), Gabru (album) and Sawan Mein Lag Haye Aag (album), to name a few. He is also famous for “Jaatan (Jat) ka chora” song which is based on Jat clan (Haryana)Rani tu mi RajaSon of Sardaar.

Early life

Mika was born on June 10, 1977 at Durgapur, and brought up in Patna, Bihar with his brother Daler Mehndi. Although born and raised in Bihar, he is a Punjabi. His father, Ajmer Singh Chandan, was a classical musician and amateur wrestler. His mother, Balbir Kaur, took interest in folk music and is a state level amateur wrestler. He is the youngest of six brothers.

Discography

Song Title Movie
Rani Tu Mein Raja Son of Sardar 2012
9 Track Album Pardese 2012
Go Go Go Govinda OMG: Oh My God! 2012
Boom Boom AJAB GAZABB LOVE 2012
Paglu Title Track Paglu 2(Bengali Movie) 2012
Humse Pyar Karle Tu Teri Meri Kahaani 2012
Kammo Department 2012
Chinta Ta Chita Rowdy Rathore 2012
Chaddha Vicky Donor 2012
Bittoo Sabki Photo Lega Bittoo Boss 2012
Pungi Agent Vinod 2012
Pyar Ka Jhatka Khokababu (Bengali Cinema) 2012
Saj Dhaj Ke Mausam 2011
Pyar Do Pyar Lo Thank You 2011
Gaddi Modange Dharti 2011
Paglu Paglu (Bengali cinema) 2011
Saari Duniya Mere Ispe Loot 2011
Subah Hone Na De Desi Boyz 2011
Ban Gaya Kutta Pyar Ka Punchnama 2011
Desi Beat Bodyguard 2011
Dhink Chika Ready 2011
Ishq Na Kariyo Kake Pyar Ka Punchnama 2011
Jugni Tanu Weds Manu 2011
Ibn-E-Batuta Ishqiya 2010
Aal Tu Jajal Tu F.A.L.T.U 2010
Saajna Lamhaa 2010
Balu Rao Once Upon a Time in Mumbai 2010
Dhanno (Aapka Kya Hoga) Housefull 2010
Jis Din Toh Baat Pakki 2010
Pilla Navarda Kadu Adhurs (Telugu) 2010
Ba Mulaiza De Dana Dhan 2009
Oh By God Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani 2009
Dil Bole Hadippa Dil Bole Hadippa! 2009
Quick Gun Murugun Quick Gun Murugun 2009
Aage Aage Life Partner 2009
Dhun Lagi Jai Veeru 2009
Tabahi Tabahi Jugaad 2009
Duniya Hai Gol Bad Luck Govind 2009
Muztarib Wafaa 2008
OK Tata Done Dil Kabaddi 2008
Oye Lucky Lucky Oye Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! 2008
Khoka C Kkompany 2008
Ganesha My Friend Ganesha 2 2008
Singh Is King Singh Is King 2008
Bhutni Ke Singh Is King 2008
Talli Ugly Aur Pagli 2008
Apun Ke Saath Mission Istaanbul 2008
Saawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag Woodstock Villa 2008
Tu Makke Di Roti Mr. White Mr. Black 2008
Nachle Soniye Dus Kahaniyaan 2007
Mauja Hi Mauja Jab We Met 2007
O Yaara Dhol Bajake Dhol 2007
Ganpat Shootout At Lokhandwala 2007
Neeli Neeli Aankhon Wali Nehlle Pe Dehlla 2007
Dil Mein Baji Guitar Apna Sapna Money Money 2006
Dil Tod Ke Na Ja Pyaar Ke Side Effects 2006
Album – Saawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag Saawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag 1998
Album – Gabru Gabru 2004
Album – Dunali Dunali 2006
Album – Something Something Something Something 2008

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mika_Singh

Khiladi holladi holladidum


releases Dec 7th

Action: Akki in his hottest, pheromoniest Khiladi avatar! Get ready!! Looks like fun.

I love Akshay Kumar in action-packed roles. He’s a bit older now but age doesn’t seem to interfere with his sexiness. Whereas I find that Salman Khan and Shahrukh have lost some of their legendary sex-appeal [ but maybe that’s just me],  this little gangster hasn’t.

He’s a bit heavier around the middle but I don’t mind. hey, and that’s the keyword: MIND. Akki sparkles with genuine enthusiasm and it’s somehow contagious. Salman looks a lit bit worn out. Shahrukh turned slightly introvert, Akki seems to enjoy himself. Even in lukewarm or disastrous movies, he is always a breeze of fresh air. so yes, I am looking fwd to the movie.

 

Most of all, however, I’d  like to see him pairing up again with John Abraham! That would be my greatest joy. They make such a power-team! Garam Masala, Desi Boyz… Action/Romance/Comedy: Can you make it a triple play!?

the looooong-awaited screen kiss


The Kiss

The Kiss

How many years,  DECADES,  have we waited for Srk’s first kiss? on screen, okay…. As for me,  since Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.

After watching Jab Tak Hai Jaan  I have to say… too little too late, because for so many years he has been avoiding the kiss and alone the subject of it that, I think, we all made our peace with the hero who never kisses. Now, in a moment of midlife crisis, obviously,  Shahrukh plants one on Katrina Kaif. And guess what, the chemistry between these two wasn’t right. It’s not the longing and romantic, heart-throbbing kiss, it’s just  “a kiss” – with no attachments. No tingling in the air.  He basically sacrificed this last bastion of privacy for no good reason. I almost feel bad for him. check it out. He looks MISERABLE.

Probably it was Yash Raj’s idea, bad idea. And we can’t blame him..Anymore anyway. The kiss was supposed to be the dot of the i in his prolific and exciting career as filmmaker and producer. It hasn’t worked out as he had planned. Nothing in life ever does.  Right now he is probably up there in heaven, scratching his head, thinking to himself ‘ I had planned that so well and look how underwhelmed every one is with these lukewarm kissing scenes’…

Yeah, Yash. C’est la vie. We know how that goes with things we await so anxiously for so long…they always have a way of letting us down.