The Yash-Chopra-SRK Teaser
I totally won’t lie people I am teased, I am SO SO teased by this teaser because for me Yash Chopra will never be a punchline – his films pretty much define my entire childhood and adolescence. Just look at this montage of epically unforgettable cinema – Amitabh in that sleeveless white tee from Kaala Patthar, Dilip Kumar pleading for someone to stop and help his dying wife in Mashaal, Rakhee & Shashi in that iconic suhaag raat sequence from Kabhi Kabhi or SRK himself terrifying us with that maniacal stammer in Darr (trust me, it was scary in 1993).
And then, the few glimpses we catch of the new (still untitled) movie – all sarcasm & concerns about the NRI romance, the London setting, the cliches, the age differences, even the pink shirt vanish in an instant because come what may, no matter what he does off-screen there is still very little to beat the magical anticipation of Shahrukh Khan in a brand-spankin’-new-movie from the House Of Yash Raj.
It just makes you happy. Pure and simple. Maybe it doesn’t generate the kind of feverish excitement that a Bhai film does, but where a Salman movie is pure adrenaline, a Shahrukh movie (for me) is pure comfort, pure happiness, pure magic.
I really hope the story lives up to Yash Chopra’s legend, and from what we’ve already heard, there’s no question that Rahman’s music in combination with Gulzar’s lyrics (he is THE modern day Ghalib) is going to knock our socks off.
Predictably and awesomely, Ek Tha Tiger has already obliterated all previous opening day figures. I’ve pretty much kept review-reading to a minimum but just to keep the balance I read the one by Mihir Fadnavis and the one by Taran Adarsh. You know, the yin and the yang of Bollywood film reviews. I find that reading one and then reading the other sets your brain back to neutral in preparation for movie watching.
Apart from the two polar opposites, tweets have been mostly positive. Some are complaining that there isn’t enough Bhai-ism in the film, others are appreciating the balance of masala and realism. Katrina’s been appreciated a lot, apparently even out-shining Salman in some of the action scenes. Some think there wasn’t enough action, others are loving the love story. The primary complaint is, once again, the story/screenplay.
One thing’s for sure – it really doesn’t matter what we (as in people who write about movies and stuff) think. It is a monster-storm at the box office. I’m watching it later today and CAN.NOT.WAIT.
PC Isn’t Angling For All Of Bebo’s Projects
Taran Adarsh confirmed that the final cast for Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha is Ajay Devgn and Kareena Kapoor. There was a story that came out recently about how Priyanka expressed her interest in the project directly to Jha but -
“Priyanka is neck-deep in shooting for ‘Krrish 3’ and the schedule for her international pop album requires her to hop back and forth between India and the US. She also has a couple of other projects on the anvil — the promotions for ‘Barfi!’ then ‘Zanjeer’. Where’s the time to angle for projects?” [Source]
So there, Daddy’s Lil Girl is busy doing stuff and isn’t interested in all the projects she’s not being considered.
Besides, who cares about Satyagraha, truly? It’s clear that the success of Raajneeti went to Jha’s head and I have a feeling his lineup of forthcoming films (and there are many) are going to be more in paint-by-numbers-skim-the-surface Aarakshan territory. You know you drank the Bhatt Brand koolaid when you’ve got Raajneeti 2 and Gangaajal 2 in the pipeline.
Well, someone is out to get Talaash. There have been so many weird stories that have surface around it in the last month or two!
First, there was the weird rumor about Rajnikanth doing an item number for 15 crores, then the story about the fight between Aamir and Reema Kagti, murmurs about the loss of interest in the film due to the delayed release, and now the latest bizarre piece about how advance booking for tickets have already commenced with the release still 3 months away!
Actually, I think Joginder Tuteja and Subhash K. Jha might have a bone to pick with Aamir or something. Most of the rumors/articles have been started by them. What gives?
Independence Day Special Tweet Of The Day
I pledge to produce a film with nation interests at the core.—
Fardeen Khan (@khanff) August 15, 2012
That’s right. Fardeen Khan is going into production. What better to boost the nation’s rep?