September 29, 2008
Aamir too hasn't commented yet on his plans at his blog, and therefore his publicity plans are still largely unknown.
To be honest, between the crazy blasts happening on almost a biweekly basis in India, the insane financial markets and my own attempts to issue 3 sets of financials in the coming 2 weeks, I am having some trouble concentrating on Bollywood. I don't doubt you are probably going through the same, or comparative madness.
September 25, 2008
TZP'09- daily bulletin
Meanwhile, the deadline to enter for the Best Foreign Film for the '09 Oscars is fast approaching,and the contenders are lining up.
Also from India, a small but wonderful movie called Tingya, is attempting to make a bid to compete as an independent entry to the Oscars. I am a bit ashamed that I have only just heard of this movie, but will try to track it down in the next few weeks.
September 24, 2008
Daily TZP Oscar update
There is a tons of commentary floating about, gauging TZP's chances at the oscars, including fears and hopes.
Aamir himself has spoken about his game plan, and you can hear the man here, and also at BollywoodFan's blog.
All together now: TZP '09!
The Burning Train- the songs.
This first post is devoted to the songs from the movie, which are all very engaging, foot-tapping numbers. Check out the LP cover- half of reigning Bollywood was cast in this one, to spectacular results. The LP cover was a breakthrough as well- my parents had it when I was a child, and the cover was multi-sided, with 6 (believe this, 6) LP-cover-sized pages of scenes from the movie printed on it- ah if only I could have it now ... [sigh]
To begin with, we have the credits in scenes from the movie, transposed in lurid red, blue and green, with a electro-funk track- giving us a inkling of the fact that this was truly a "different" movie from anything Bollywood had ever done, or would ever do.
As the movie opens, we have another song, which is very 70s-80s masala, and unusual for its co-mingling of very Indian-traditional and disco tracks. We find Dharam and Vinod blown away by breathtakingly gorgeous Hema and Pravin, in Meri Nazar Hai Tujhpe (My eye is on you).
As love blossoms (as it will), we are treated to the two couples, bicycling all over New Delhi- we catch glimpses of the Train Museum, various consulates from Chanakya Puri (my fav- the Malaysian embassy, which was supposed to be Dharam's home in the movie!) and Lodi gardens, among others. The song: Pehli Nazar Mein (The first time I saw you..)
Later, Dharam and Hema frolik to Vaada (Promise), as they are engaged to marry. I don't believe this song was shot in Delhi- I rather believe this is Bangalore.
Things turn serious soon, and there is little time to sing songs until the fateful train is well on its way. Halfway through the journey, the entire passenger body gets together for the rousing, and symbolic Pal do pal ka saath hamara (Our togetherness is fleeting, as is our friendship. We are making this journey together only to part ways when we reach our destination). This is without doubt my favorite song from the movie, and gets me sentimental, knowing what is in store for most of these characters. Goes without saying: Jeetendra and Nitu completely rock their parts. Also watch out for a uncredited cameo by Anand Balraj (the guy Madhuri is engaged to marry in Ram Lakhan).
And now to the final song of the movie, and my least favorite- or perhaps the most, because I am so very affected by it. It is a prayer, Teri hai Zameen Tera Aasman (This earth is yours, as are the skies. You are a kindly God- please give us your your grace). I get weepy-eyed every time I see/hear it, because it is SO sad!!! I can hardly bear it [sob]. And of course Simi is a doll in her trademark pink.
The review coming up next!
September 23, 2008
Drumroll to the greatest movie EVAH
Oscar pick 2009
September 13, 2008
Shaan- the watch-beside
Having experienced a very surreal 24 hours (as stated above), it seemed right that my review be as loopy as the state of mind it was written in.
Some Bond-style credits later,
we find out that Sunil Dutt is a cop,
... who seriously is the most macho dude in Bollywood- look at him glower...and glower some more. I really do believe I love him.
While we are waiting to find out, how about one last dance with the heart-stopping Helen.....
Watch out for:
September 4, 2008
For each situation described, you have to come up with song/sthat would apply to these situations in your life.
But it took SO long! I really had to think a lot, an activity I generally attempt to avoid...(heeh)!
Opening credits: Main Hoon Don [Don (2006)]
Waking up: Mangalayaam [Alaipayuthey (2000)]
Average day: Chand taare tod laoon [Yes Boss (1997)]
Falling in love: Couldn't choose between these; :D
Pyar hua chupke se [1942 A love story (1993)]
Pehla Nasha [Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992)]
Love Scene: Yeh haal dil ka idhar ho raha hai [Sarfarosh (1999)]
Fight Scene: Every body is Kung Fu Fighting
Breaking up: Yeh dil na hota bechara [Jewel Thief (1967)]
Getting back together: Aaja aaja mein hoon pyaar tera [Teesri Manzil (1966)]
Life’s ok: Here comes the sun (Beatles)
Mental Breakdown: I'm not crazy I'm just a little unwell [Matchbox 20]
Driving: Aaj ki raat hona hai kya [Don (2006)]
Flashback: Na Jaane Kyun [Choti si Baat (1975)]
Partying: Bure Bure [Bluffmaster (2005)]
Happy Dance: "Appadi Podu" [Gillie (2004)]
Regretting: Khoi Khoi Zindagani [Kabul Express (2006)]
Death Scene: Where do you go my lovely [Peter Sarstedt/Darjeeling limited (2007)]
Closing Credits: Ya Ali [Gangster (2006)]