January 22, 2009

Happy for Slumdog, sad for Taare

While Slumdog's nominations made us very very happy, the fact that Taare didn't make the cut does hurt us more than a little bit.

And it isn't just us who have been cribbing about the lack of marketing the movie got- for a movie this lauded, with the right push, it would have done so much better. :(

Now if Rahman gets the Oscar, all will be right in my world again :)

PS: I am really overwhelmed w/ wk (its busy season AND my manager left!) and not posting too much. I have a huge backlog of movies to write about, but screenshots take time, and usually I am way too sleepy or just plain sick when I get home- hopefully I will have posted the insane "Karma" this weekend.


theBollywoodFan said...

Good luck with work! And for TZP, I give you two words that we're probably sick of hearing: 'professional skepticism', ROTFL...

If Oscar nominations were a benchmark, Bollywood has made only three solid movies in oh, about 70 years or so. Having said that, I am all for an Indian finally winning it, so go go A. R. Rahman! The odds are certainly in his favor. And how cool is it that 'Jai Ho' was composed for the movie people (generally speaking) love to hate, Yuvvraaj?!

I think we discussed in one of your TZP bulletins the strong likelihood that TZP would not make the final cut. So no disappointments for me, really, because although the film did well elsewhere, it was tailormade for the Indian audience in India (the director's commentary in the TZP DVD tells a lot with respect to this), which is typical of Aamir films. It's also why he is a lot more popular and more appreciated among Bollywood fans in India than internationally. Works for me, because his films have the impact where they're supposed to (that's a need-based argument). And it's where I disagree with one of the articles. To the author, I'd say where a film such as TZP "counts most" is not in the awards circuit, but in the impact on perceptions toward the subject matter. In raising awareness (among the masses) of a specific, tangible issue facing Indian society, it is second to none!

But I do have my biases, of course. :)

Anonymous said...

And Gulzar's been nominated, too! Yippee!!!! :-)

Yup, screen-capping is the biggest time-suck EVER. The more you take, the less satisfied you are with the ones you do have! Here's hoping your workload gets less stressful and we get to see more insane screencaps. :-)

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

Bollyfan: Still sad :P And still convinced that better marketing, and focusing on a release here would have helped. Ah well.

Bollyviewer: With ur encouraging words, I got into the spirit and churned em out! Lord knows that's a heck of a movie to screencap :D