Holy Rajnikanth y’all. It’s been a while. But I’m sloooowly getting back into blogging mode – things are still iffy till after the holidays but we’ll get there, we’ll get there.
Anyway, I’m SO out of the loop on Bollywood gossip that I wouldn’t even know where to start so I thought I’d keep things simple with this post, just to get warmed up, and write about a few random things that I’ve seen, heard, obsessed about lately.
Random Obsession #1: Talaash [SPOILERS In This Section]
So I didn’t get time to do a review and by now everything that can be said about Talaash has been said already.
- the SPOILER which was heard round the world in a brutal attack of twitter-warfare (and apparently via random SMS too)
- Aamir’s EPIC mustache
- did knowing the SPOILER actually make the movie better??? (yes it did beeyatch! coz if that twisty-shiz came at me outta nowhere I’da been like WHAAAAATHELLNO?! )
- whether the movie was really all that great (cleverly disguised, Aamirkhanized & Excelglossified – but a classic? Hmmmm, don’t think so.)
- whether Vikram Bhatt’s ghost possibly haunted Reema Kagti & Zoya Akhtar during the writing process (cough, splutter, no pun intended)
- whether Zoya actually saw a ghost on Haji Ali Road (apparently she did and therefore wrote the story, no word on whether the “ghost” was Vikram Bhatt)
- and finally, to place the the final hair in your epic mustache (coz everyone deserves one), those crazy people who were huffin’ and puffin’ about how OUTRAGEOUSLY OFFENSIVE it was that the Satyamev Jayate Man was “promoting” the supernatural and thereby single-handedly corrupting the nation….can we just file that under What Is Wrong With The People Of This World?
Basically, I liked Talaash – thought all three leads plus a fantastically awesome Nawazuddin knocked it out of the park with their performances. The story didn’t do too much for me though so the whole experience was a bit meh. Seen as the story of a father dealing with loss, it works. As a suspense thriller, not so much. So you think you’re watching a suspense thriller but actually you’re not…and yet at the end of it, it doesn’t move you or leave much of an emotional impact.
What I WILL say however is that Excel has The Most impeccable production standards in Bollywood today. The acting (Kareena was absolutely mesmerizing), Mohanan’s cinematography and Reema’s scene construction took the film several notches above what it was.
Random Obsession #2: The New Love Of My Life, Karan Johar
Okay maybe it’s just coz I happened to catch two amazing KJo interviews in the span of 3 days, or maybe it’s coz KJo is the bomb-diggity of B-town (I’m sorry, my lingo is channeling someone crazy today) – but the man just makes a lot of sense.
And no one does interviews like he does.
I LOVE this interview with Anupama Chopra in Marrakesh, like I wish I could turn this into a poster and stick it to my wall because everything I think about the current state of Bollywood is here. In this video.
I like that he points out there’s a difference between making “commercial” cinema just for the sake of being commercial (an issue I’m starting to have with a lot of the masala films being churned out) and actually making a film from the heart, because you’re passionate about a story that you want to tell.
I would also add – I think it’s high time that Bollywood films stopped referencing themselves so much. I’m done with meta. It was fun circa Om Shanti Om but enough already. Let’s just get back to some clean, from-the-heart storytelling minus the gimmickry.
And then where the hell have I been and when the hell did The Big Indian Picture come into existence because they are pretty dang awesome. I mean an HOUR LONG KJo interview with *gaspums* questions that actually make sense by an intelligent lady with enviably clean arm-pits like people, once again, if I could make a poster out of this interview and stick it to my wall I would.
PS – they also have a tete-a-tete with Ranbir which I haven’t watched yet.
Random Obsession #3: Aiyyaa (And The Other Love Of My Life, PRITHVIRAJ!!!!!)
You guys! This movie is so good!!
Weeeell…. it’s got a lot of annoying bits too.
And by that I mean BIG annoying bits with a lady who has Bugs Bunny teeth (playing Rani’s friend) not to mention a totally unnecessary story arc.
But I swear if you just ignore the Toothy bits, what you’re left with is a totally adorable Rani and an omg-I-died-and-went-to-heaven Prithviraj and the sweetest, simplest love story I’ve seen in a while.
Well, not if you count JTHJ, but that was more of a complex, larger-than-life love story.
I’ve never seen a Hindi film capture that feeling of infatuation as well as this did, with the added deliciousness of objectifying the man instead of the woman, and LADIES IF EVER A MAN NEEDED TO BE OBJECTIFIED, IT IS THIS MAN.
But now, I’m making it sound dirtier than it is because while the songs are raunchy, the story is not and though Prithviraj didn’t get as much screen time as THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE would’ve wanted him to have, I think it worked in the story’s favor. Because the whole concept is that Rani/Meenaxi is completely obsessed with this guy that she can’t even muster up the nerve to talk to and yet spins entire fantasies and future plans around him.
Have we been there done that my Bolly-raised girlfriends? Oh yes, I think we have been there and done that. Holla if you are a Meenaxi!!
And the ending totally made my filmy dil melt like a Hershey Bar in a sauna y’all….soooooo frikkin’ cute! (And NEVER happens in real life).
Also, the Heavy-lidded SwoonyDreamy Large Eyes which formerly belonged only to Salman now have a worthy contender in Prithvi. Plus, he has heavenly sideburns.
Speaking of Salman…
Random Obsession #4: Why Am I Not Excited For Dabangg 2?
So I’ve seen Fevicol Se, and I’ve seen Pandey Ji and all the romantic songs and though I thought the trailer was pretty great, I’m just not feelin’ the butterflies for Dabangg 2!
Is it possible I have Salman Fatigue? I mean is that even a thing? Is it even possible?
Partly I think I may have burned up all my excitement with Ek Tha Tiger and I kinda wish the DB2 release was happening a few months later. Just so I could be all hyped up for Salman again.
And I feel like everything about the sequel is looking like a rehash of the original. But then, it’s just promos – picture toh abhi baaki hai mere dost (oh snap, see what I did there, one Khan to reference another Khan just to mess with y’alls Khan-partisanship heads).
But seriously though, is it just me or is the build-up to Dabangg 2 just not as fun and exciting as the build-up to ETT was?
And now I hear that Dabangg 3 is already set to go on the floors in late 2013. Look, I’m glad Arbaaz finally succeeded at something but maybe try and do something different now, y’know? Arbaaz? Up and out of the Dabangg-box we go….
Random Obsession #5: SRK Vs Aamir Khan
And now it’s time for my favorite single-girl activity otherwise known as Get Filmy Psychoanalyzes SRK.
So since I was catching up on all The Front Row episodes I missed, I watched and enjoyed Anupama’s interview with Team Talaash, in which she asks Aamir about his fears and he responded by saying he was afraid he would some day lose his creative connect with the audience, his instinct in choosing stories that matter to people and connect with people. Fair enough, it was a nice interview.
But what was even MORE interesting was when Anupama referenced that response when she’s asking SRK the same question (starts at around 3:05), about whether he was afraid of losinghis creative instinct re choosing the right material and thereby no longer connecting with his audience.
What’s interesting is that SRK literally didn’t even understand the question. I mean, AC asks it twice, and he still didn’t quite grasp the question. Finally he says “Creative instinct has nothing to do with the audience” but even before he said that, what I was thinking in my head is that this is such an awesome display of how differently the two Khans connect to their respective audiences.
Aamir’s connect, especially in the 2000s, has always been about the story material, the quality of his films. He’s a big star but let’s face it, he doesn’t quite engender the kind of craze that the other two do. What he commands from us is more respect than OMG I LOVE YOU AAMIR I WILL SLIT MY WRISTS FOR YOU EEEEEEEE *DIES*.
Yeah, ain’t nobody dying for Aamir. Not since QSQT anyway.
Shahrukh’s connect, on the other hand, has never had anything to do (in my opinion) with his movies, his talents or anything else that’s ultimately quantifiable. To be quite cheesy about it, SRK’s connect with his fans is simply about the heart. We’ll love him if he makes a bad film, we’ll love if he makes a great film. We just love him. Period.
I think that’s why the question was so jarring for him – it’s just not how he thinks. His love and connect with his fans is in its place, and his creative instincts towards his work (which admittedly, are not as sharp as Aamir’s) is in its own place. He’s a big thinker with big plans, but he doesn’t have a good team around him which is why the execution always falls short. (Hi there SRK, please hire me because obviously I KNOW EVERYTHING.)
Anyhoo. Y’all know I’m the in-house Khan Psychologist, so that was my little Wassup SRK? jam session.
Also, how much do we LOVE what he’s wearing in this video? So classy, spiffy, snazzy! Mwah!