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.



New York, NY! get ready for some hot Bollywood action

The NY Indian Film Festival is marching with trumpets into town. And Kareena Kapoor is coming? How much bigger can it get? :-)

Kareena Kapoor set to rock America

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Kareena Kapoor and Madhur Bhandarkar are expected to attend the upcoming New York Indian Film Festival, which will showcase over 40 award-winning films by directors like Rituparno Ghosh, Anurag Kashyap and Pakistan’s Oscar-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

The 12th annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF), presented by the city-based not-for-profit arts organization Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC), will run from May 23 through 27 in lower Manhattan’s Tribeca theatre, considered the home for independent films.

The festival’s schedule includes an impressive line up of internationally acclaimed and celebrated films like director Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Nana Patekar-starrer ‘Shagird’, ‘Dekh Indian Circus’ which won the Audience Choice Award at the 16th Busan International Film Festival 2011, Rajan Khosa’s ‘Gattu’, Ashvin Kumar’s ‘Inshallah Football’, a documentary set in Kashmir and winner of the 2011 National Award.


Also on the festival’s schedule is ‘Azhagarsamy’s Horse,’ winner of the 2011 National Awards for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and Best Supporting Actor. “To commemorate the 100th year of Indian cinema, our 2012 line-up celebrates all that NYIFF finds inspiring about great films depth, character study, ingenious plots, and riveting messages,” IACC Executive Director Aroon Shivdasani said. “

These movies have already won National Awards in India, at Cannes, Sundance and the Berlin Film Festivals. We are proud to share our entire schedule with New York cinephiles,” Shivdasani added. Celebrities expected to attend the festival include Kapoor and Bhandarkar, director Mira Nair and model and television host Padma Lakshmi.

Ghosh’s ‘Chitrangada’ will have its world premiere at the festival. The National Award winning director faces the camera again in the role of a choreographer who plans to stage the dance drama Chitrangada on the occasion of Rabindranath’s 150th birth anniversary.

The festival will also pay a special tribute to the legendary Dev Anand and showcase the colorized version of his cult hit ‘Hum Dono.’ Director Shyam Benegal will also be honoured with a retrospective of his movies – ‘Zubeida’, ‘Mammo’ and ‘Sardari Begum’. Kashyap’s ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, the Manoj Bajpai-starrer movie going to the Cannes festival this year, would be the closing night film while Bedabrata Pain’s directorial debut ‘Chittagong’ will open the festival.

Set in the turbulence of the 1930s British India, ‘Chittagong’ is the true story of a 14-year-old boy and of his journey to find where he belongs. An inductee to the US Space Technology Hall of Fame, Pain gave up his career as a NASA scientist in 2008 to pursue his passion of filmmaking.

Pain was the executive producer of the 2005 national award-winning film ‘Amu’ and author of ‘Behind the events in Kashmir’. Regional language films in Tamil, Bengali, and Marathi will also be showcased, notable among them being the Tamil film ’3′ directed by Rajnikanth’s daughter Aishwarya Rajinikanth Dhanush and featuring Dhanush and Shruti Haasan.

Other highlights of the festival include Obaid Chinoy’s Oscar-winning documentary ‘Saving face’, ‘Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret’ and award-winning films from South Africa, Australia and Sri Lanka.

NYIFF is the longest-running showcase of Indian films in the US. It was born in the aftermath of 9/11 in response to then New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s call to New Yorkers to help rebuild a limping city.

Thank you, Bollywood Eye, for the reminder!