February 23, 2009
Also want to share this interview with Manjot, who played the young Lucky in "Oye Lucky Lucky Oye"- he sounds very sweet.
February 22, 2009
AR Rahman's Oscar performance
AR Rahman's Oscar performance
AR Rahman's Oscar performance
-BRILLIANT is too small a word.
Apart from all the Oscars that Slumdog won, AR Rahman's performance was the icing on the cake.
Hugh Jackman, looking uber hot, commented that the musical has come back- if we build on that, could we dare imagine that in the next Bond movie, the femme fatale could have a little item number? or maybe the next Potter movie could have a "Pehla Nasha" style first-love song? or maybe the next Leo-Kate movie would be a SRK-Kajol equivalent?
I am of course being premature, but 10 years ago, we would not have imagined such strong Bolly-representation at the Oscars, so it is good to have wild dreams.
Jai Ho Slumdog!
PS: Wasn't Frieda Pinto looking amazing?
PPS: I am already contemplating the Indian entry for Oscars '09- and of course I believe Dev D would be the best choice- nah- that's too much of a dream perhaps- yet.
PPPS: Miffed about the makeup and art awards- totally think Hellboy II deserved at least 1 of those, esp. the art Oscar- ah well.
PPPS: Anil looked AMAZING!!!! That man was SMOKING that tuxedo, and how cute were those earrings?
PPPPS: Kate Winslet's win was a foregone conclusion, but while she always looks lovely, tonight she looked truly stellar- I love how she usually wears blue, and yet always makes it look so unusual and so fabulous.
PPPPPS: And it was a total of 8 Oscars in the end for Slumdog! WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! The speech for best movie is still on, and check out the crowd on the stage- fabulousness :D
PPPPPPS: The unheard of "Smile Pinki" got best short documentary, with "The Final Inch" a close contender- both with strong Indian themes- alas, there is a next to nothing chance I'll get to see them, but ah well. It was a very satisfying Oscar night.
February 20, 2009
February 19, 2009
BUT- I had to stop and update "Abhay News."
So apparently Abhay is planning to shunt between NY and Bombay, and taking the Welding class/workshop at the Art Students League of New York - how cool an idea is that? Did I say I love him to death? I can repeat that again, np.
Meanwhile, Dev D has apparently made up its costs and is doing fairly well. Should you care for Wallpapers, the most I have found are right here.
February 17, 2009
Yes we are unapologetic about it :D
We are breathing a huge sigh of relief that his move to the NYC is temporary, where he has been attending the DIlli-6 premier. He continues to make movies, and this one sounds like it'll be fun .: the movie features Dharam, Sharmila, and Bobby with Soha playing Sharmila's youth and Abhay playing Dharam's- what brilliant casting- everyone except Bobby- ah well.
February 16, 2009
February 13, 2009
Farhan plays a struggling actor in Bombay, with a little circle of friends, all trying to get a break into the movie industry. He meets Konkana, who has been struggling for a while in the industry, and is being taken advantage of by Alyy Khan, a producer/director. Farhan gets a lucky break, and he amplifyies it by using his cunning and his talent to become what every struggler wants: a star. But in this rise his budding relationship with Konkana crushes, who walks away to become a soap star.
But that's not all to the movie, whose highlight is the trillion cameos by Bollywood actors every few minutes. Ironies abound in this movie, and some which particularly struck us are:
Conclusion: Definitely one of the better movies that will come out this year. We are very eager to see what Zoya and Farhan choose to do next.
February 12, 2009
SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ FURTHER IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE MOVIE
February 11, 2009
Conclusion: I think I just talked myself into going to watch it again this weekend.
February 10, 2009
For the record, I had never seen a Devdas movie from start to finish before this, because I am really bad at handling tragedies, and this Devdas gave me the conclusion I have always wanted!
More on Devdas later- I need to sleep over it and internalize it some more. Until then, I need to share the new-found affection I have for The Twilight Players featured in the movie.
This has to be one of the most unintentionally hilarious movies of all time :)
Cast: Harman/Hurman/Hurmann Baweja, Anupam Kher, Amrita Rao, Gulshan Grover.
Baweja is a cricket wunderkind in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. He argues his way into a Ranji match (!), then is ushered into the Indian national team, loses himself in the hype and money of being a cricket star (!), loses all due to misguidance by his manager (Gulshan, of course), and then makes a huge comeback.
It’s not a bad story, but here it is again, with places where it misses the point in scripting, editing, and most of all, acting:
- The story opens in Jaisalmer, but takes almost no advantage of its scenic beauty.
- Harman has a South Bombay accent even as he addresses his adorable uncle, Anupam. Seriously, the boy needs voice and acting classes. Also maybe an eye doctor can teach him how to look straight.
- Harman's getting into Ranji is a bit rushed- there could have been better buildup. They could have added in some Amrita-Harman romance, but maybe that was just as well- they seriously lack chemistry.
- Even more rushed is his transition from Ranji (State levels) to National- he must be a true wunderkind.
- Harman seriously needs to act better- 2050 was had enough flaws on its own, so we couldn’t truly blame him for it entirely. This is a flawed product as well, but we can’t constantly keep shifting blame here. For his sake, I hope he redeems himself with Gowrikar's next, since with Gowrikar's track record, chances are any failure would be attributed to Harman.
- At the National levels, we don’t really get a sense of Harman's supposed sports celebrity. There is no connect.
- Harman falls from glory- we feel no empathy. He makes no attempt to clear his soiled name, which is weird- any sportsman would at least have a press conference if they were accused of wrongdoing. Instead, he flails about in ineffective rage- I couldn’t control my laughter.
- Anupam is upset- we felt bad, but ah well.
- Harman goes for recuperation to Australia- and his treatment is aided by Brett Lee (!) Heeh!
- Harman makes it back, and goes into a Rocky-style exercise plan. There are some serious issues here that my husband pointed out very kindly: Most of the exercises he does are aimed at building body bulk (except the skipping and running), which cricketers normally do not do, since they (ideally) aim to remain lithe for the game. Anywho.
- Harman is magically inducted back into the State levels (!)
- Harman is inducted back into the National team- after a lame 2-minute internal argument by the Board.
- Harman suffers a BRAIN injury during the final game (though I suspect he has had a brain injury for quite a while now). Despite severe pain, he continues to play, gets zero paramedic assistance, and makes silly grimaces all the while. However, once he wins the game (of course), he exhibits no signs of any injury, gets no post-game medical aid either, and generally appears very OK.
- It ends, and Anupam dies- for no real reason that anyone could understand.
And in Conclusion: It's pathetic. That said, who knows- in 20 years, it may be a camp classic- but I have my doubts.
February 3, 2009
It appears to be a very accepting neighborhood, since Shammi lives next door with his family, and is supposedly a well-to-do man. Everyone knows about Nanda and Shashikala's profession, but there are no riots or BJP marches, so I am assuming everyone was pretty open-minded.
Kunal and Padmini are obviously in love- but of course no one approves.
There is also a pedestrian side-plot involving Deven Verma, playing husband (as usual) to Aruna Irani who cheats on him- its terrible and leaves me cold.
While leaving, Girish realises that Nanda lives next door- and goes to meet her, and we realise that he is Nanda's missing husband!
Without explanation re: what happend in the past, we are told that Girish has since remarried, and has a daughter almost as old as Padmini :S
Kunal sees Padmini with her father, and jumps to the conclusion that she too has become a prostitute like her mother.
Look at the cute stricken face- aww :D
Padmini behaves in a lamb-like fashion, does not stand up for her mom or herself and does all that she is told. She tries to study, and is encouraged to do so by Rehman, her college president (wasted here, in one of his last movie roles), but has no interest in life anymore.
So she decides to become a prostitute too! (what brilliant logic) and receives no protest from her mom. This really makes no sense. She could go on and work, and support her mom. But no- since her boyfriend has left her, she needs to be silly. And her mom has no advice for her- wth.
On the way back from temple, right after a ceremony announcing her joining of the prostitute-sisterhood, she stops by Shammi's house, and kills herself. As soon as she flops over, Nanda follows suit, and everyone cries.
And in conclusion: There may be a worse movie in the world. When I meet it, I shall let you know.