October 14, 2010

First Look: Tees Maar Khan

So director Farah Khan is the new kid on the Twitter block and it so happens that she has an upcoming film... coincidence? I thank not. Oh well, I don't care cause she dropped some awesome images of Tees Maar Khan.



Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in a Tees Maar Khan song


Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Akshay Kumar in a Tees maar Khan song
By the way, my stalking leads me to believe that this is a qawwali style song titled Wallah Re Wallah. Ve shall see.


Farah Khan with Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan on the sets of Tees Maar Khan


Katrina Kaif in a Tees Maar Khan song



Katrina Kaif in Tees Maar Khan

This totally looks like the female version of "Dard-e-Disco" it is the same director/choreographer after all!


[Photo Source: Twitter.com/TheFarahKhan]

Twitter, I love thee.

Among many, one of the reasons I'm madly in love with Twitter is because I get to see pictures like this straight from the stars themselves:


Arjun Rampal and Scarlett Johansson From, I believe, some European event



Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar in their childhood

I can't remember which sister posted this for the other sister's birthday, but OMG. Vintage! And kind of cute.



Hrithik with his son, awwww.



Cousins Kareena Kapoor and an adorable Ranbir Kapoor dancing at Riddhima Kapoor's birthday




Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif, Preity Zinta, and Rani Mukherji backstage at the Being Human fashion show

Priyanka is so dang adorable. Katrina seems like a wall flower, awww.



The ladies with the man of the hour, Salman Khan


[Photo Source: Twitter.com/rampal arjun, Twitter.com/ashabhosle, Twitter.com/mangeshkarlata, Twitter.com/sussannekroshan, Twitter.com/KareenaOnline, Twitter.com/priyankachopra, Twitter.com/bipsluvurself]

Ms. Elaine Eyus (Miscellaneous)

A bunch of random tangents I need to go on.


Dabangg is totally the 'it' movie right now. Well, I think the high is slowly dying down, but was reaaally well received by regular cine goers and critics alike and supposedly raked in more money than 3 idiots? Apparently Salman Khan returned to his old school hilarious comedic ways, Sonakshi Sinha is an absolute dollface and the music is nothing short of delicious. Supposedly it was the return of old school masala Hindi cinema. Hello, right up my alley!

While on his Dabangg high Sallu bhaisaab had his Being Human fashion show during HDIL Couture Week. He roped in EIGHT actresses to channel each decade. How badass is that, right? Right. Check out the star studded fabulousness here.

In completely unrelated news, the film Do Dooni Chaar is doing spectacularly. What? Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh on screen together after 30 years! (with the exception of her cameo in Love Aaj Kal). The critics are saying this is the year for starless casts. What with Udaan, Love Sex aur Dhoka, Peepli [Live](India's official entry for the Oscars) and now this film all doing well.

If you want to take a peek at Do Dooni Chaar here you go:


That is all for now... I think. :)

October 13, 2010

Trailers, Promos and Friends: Guzaarish


Woohooo we get a first look at Sanjay Leela Bhansali's awaited Guzaarish

Ethan Mascarenhas (Hrithik Roshan) is a magician who one day injures himself horribly while performing an illusion causing him to become a paraplegic. This is when Sophie D'Souza (Aishwarya Rai) enters his life as his nurse. The film focuses on what happens fourteen years after the two met.



Delicious. Absolutely delicious. A little disconcertingly dark, but I guess that's Sanjay's style now. I kind of miss his colorful (with dark undertones) days of Hum Dil De.. and Devdas, but that's okay this looks lovely. What really reeled me in was this song promo.



Seriously. Sanjay Leela Bhansali brings out the best in Aishwarya. And to quote a YouTube comment,
"Ash is a chameleon. Give her anything from traditional to modern she carries it off with such grace. She looks divine as well. Agreed she isn't the best most natural actress nor the best dancer but she is a competent one in both aspects and that adds the word 'versatility' to her cap."
-tonynaso
Loved it. You have to hand it to her... the new chickadees have nothing on her and it's pretty baller that she's still around post-marriage.

And can we talk about that song?? Soooo sultry. I found that I liked it more and more each time I listened to it. It's interesting to hear SLB as a music director. We all know he has an ear for it, especially with that whole story of how he heard Shreya Ghoshal on TV and roped her in for Devdas (sadly he didn't use her for this film). Every single one of his films has had a memorable song, if not the entire soundtrack. I really anticipate the soundtrack for this one.

The film is slated to release November 19, 2010.

Promos, Trailers and Friends: Break Ke Baad

So Break Ke Baad just dropped their trailer.



Two words: COOKIE. CUTTER. A typical, cynical, "different" take on the "modern" love story. Backdrop: Some delicious city outside of India. A hit Indian movie doesn't take place in India... duh.

Please note my sarcasm. I'm so annoyed. Okay so it looks cute. Cute as in let's watch this on Friday night when we're deathly bored. When did India's audience suddenly become the tweens of America? Remember in the '90s even early 2000s when Bollywood could do masala film, but have substance? I miss that. Okay, so like a few years ago I would have hope seeing a trailer like this I really would (think Salaam Namaste), but it just seems so overdone now. Just in the past few months we already have I Hate Luv Storys and Anjaana Anjaani. Those movies aren't bad, but they're just so... bleh like the status rom coms have in Hollywood and it shouldn't be that way because Bollywood IS rom com.

Watch, this movie will be like the next DDLJ after my rant haha.
This film is slated to release November 26, 2010.

Trailers, Promos and Friends: Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey

Do I waaaant to show you the trailer of Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (KHJJS)?? After watching it... NO (but I will). Uprising against the British, folks talking about their playing field, Ashutosh Gowarikar directing. Oh hey, sounds like Lagaan. Too soon Ashutosh, too soon. It looks like all those other patriotic movies with a lot of Jai Hind, eff the Brits, bloodshed hoo ha. Okay so don't get me wrong there are good patriotic movies out there-- few, but they exist. I didn't really feel any sort of heart or soul in it. Maybe I'm just being a meanie because I wrote off the trailer 15 seconds in because of Abhishek's hilarious intro line. No seriously, I laughed out loud. Deepika might have a badass role though... enh I'm confused. Watch:



This film is slated to release December 3, 2010.

Trailers, Promos and Friends: Action Replayy

Remember when I was all "ohh Action Replayy might be cool, but not really, but maybe since it's a period film." Confession: After watching the trailer I'm aaaallll over it. I love me a good period piece irrespective of whether it's a satirical one or a serious/accurate one... this film being the former, obvs. Secondly it's totally spoofing old school '70s Bollywood (and who doesn't love '70s Bwood?). Sure it's a bit Om Shanti Om-esque, but I don't mind the overlapping. And like I said in my previous post, I'm kind of excited about seeing Aishwarya. Check it:



p.s. I like that Vipul Shah casts Neha Dhupia (Singh is King) she deserves a spotlight.
This film is slated to release November 5, 2010.

August 17, 2010

Marvel

Hold on.

Can we just stop and marvel at how marvelous some of the ladies in the industry today are? Firstly, Lady Deepika Padukone was a show stopper for Farah Khan Ali at India International Jewelry Week. Let's just gape, stare and try not to drool:



Secondly, if you missed Kareena Kapoor at the Indian Idol 5 finale, like yours truly did due to severe food coma, then you missed out on witnessing this beaut. She. Looks. Gorgeous. No? Yes.



[Photo Source: High Heel Confidential]

Trailers, Promos and Friends: Action Replayy

Action Replayy is an upcoming film directed by Vipul Shah and stars Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Neha Dhupia and Randhir Kapoor (what? Yes, Randhir Kapoor). Apparently based off a Gujarati play, the film centers around time-traveling. Mmm... the only thing reeling me is that it stars Aishwarya and it kind of falls under the "period film" category. Shah, who has a serious Akshay fixation, brought us films like Aankhen, Waqt, Namastey London, and London Dreams. The only film out of those I really loved was Aankhen... maybe this film could end his bad streak. When I say 'bad streak' I mean bad streak with me because I believe Waqt and Namastey London were successful though I can't really imagine why.

Trailers, Promos and Friends: Anjaana Anjaani


Promos for Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor's upcoming film, Anjaana Anjaani, have dropped. I hate hate myself for saying this, but I'm... disappointed. I wasn't thinking it was going to be a jovial-youthful film. The whole trailer centers around two strangers falling in love. Okay? Give me more than just that! Disappointed with what I've heard of the music too. Vishal-Shekhar must be experiencing the composer's version of writer's block? I'm not noticing a difference from I Hate Luv Storys. BUT! on the upside, and let the bias kick in, Priyanka's comedic timing helps make the movie look a little bit hilarious and I'll admit I chuckled a couple of times in this trailer.

OF COURSE Eros won't let me embed. I need to write to them about this. Here's the trailer, enjoy!

Musical Madness: On Repeat

I'm back by popular demand! (I have always wanted to say that and it's actually true!)

I'm going to try out a new post titled "On Repeat" a.k.a what's on repeat on my iPod these days (Indian music-wise of course). *This post is dedicated to my music-soul-mate-of-a-cousin* (You know who you are). The list as follows, in no particular order, and why:

1) Song: Mehngai Dayain. Film: Peepli [Live]. Singer/Directors: Raghubir Yadav, Bhadwai Village Mandali and Brij Mandal & Bhawai. Why I love it: It's as authentic of a folk track you'll find in a Hindi film. It's raw and real, not to mention actor Raghubir Yadav sings himself. Also, the group jammed out to it on Indian Idol last week and Aamir Khan played the drums and it made me go "hai." Watch for yourself

2) Song: Munni Badnam Hui. Film: Dabangg. Singers/Director: Mamta Sharma, Aishwarya & Sajid-Wajid Why I love it: Well first off, look at that title, how do you not giggle with delight? (Er, the closest translation I can come up with is "Baby girl was defamed.") I assure you the lyrics get even funnier. Secondly, it's just a fun song full of zest and energy. No annoying English rapping portions, just a very celebratory song. Also, after watching the promo I fell even more in love (which rarely happens) cause it's picturized on India's hottest MILF, Malaika Arora Khan and dare I say it, Salman Khan reminds me of old Sallu in it. A few things to note: A) Is the whole Bhabi-Devar (sister-in-law/bro-in-law) dynamic awkward? B) Doesn't it look like Sonu Sood has Tourette's @1:00 min. mark? C) Malaika is so hot! If I look and can dance even 50% like that after two kids in my thirties I will be beyond joyous.



3) Song: Pee Loon. Film: Once Upon a Time in Mumbai. Singers/Directors: Mohit Chauhan and Pritam. Why I love it: Pritam and Mohit work really well in tandem and didn't fail to deliver this time either. It's sooooo romantic. Mohit voice is so suave and the music accompanies the feel perfectly. It's got a very My Name is Khan feel to it, which I loved and I enjoy the picturization of this too. Well, minus Emraan Hashmi. My mom always says he gets the best songs and it's so (annoyingly) true! But how cute is Bani?! I mean... Prachi Desai. Also love the homage to Bobby, but not so much the naked Emraan. GAG. Check it:



4) Song: Lehrein. Film: Aisha Singer(s)/Director: Anusha Mani, Neuman Pinto, Nikhil D'Souza and Amit Trivedi. Why I love it: A peaceful, contemporary number that you listen to in seclusion late at night.

5) Song: Aankhon Mein Neendein. Film: We Are Family. Singer(s)/Director(s): Shreya Ghoshal, Rahat Fateh Ali and Shankar Ehsaan Loy Why I love it: Because Shreya Ghoshal sings it. Because Rahat Fateh Ali sings it. Because there's a sargam. Because Shreya and Rahat sing a sargam. Yep.

6) Song: Tere Mast Mast Do Nain. Film: Dabangg. Singer(s)/Director(s): Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shreya Ghoshal and Sajid-Wajid. Why I love it: Omggg I can't explain how awesome this song is. Totally a romantic number, love the beat, not an ounce of Western influence. Rahat touches your soul and it's just composed beautifully.

7) Song: Gal Meethi Meethi Bol (The Bombay Bounce Dhol Mix. Film: Aisha. Singer(s)/Director(s): Tochi Raina, Amit Trivedi Why I love it: Okay, first off I usually hate when the films remix the song itself it's usually just a lot of unnecessary bass and kill the beauty of the song, but this remix does otherwise. It actually enhances. A fun wedding-esque song and the use of the dhol is perfect and consistent throughout without drowning out the original song.

8) Song: Humka Peeni Hai. Film: Dabangg Singer(s)/Director(s): Wajid, Shabab Sabri, Master Salim and Sajid-Wajid Why I love it: It's full of masti for lack of better word. It's soo fun! You can't find yourself not tapping your foot to it. The dholak beats are perfect and the harmonium just adds to the festive mood. Master Salim's voice is used awesomely in this. I particularly love the interlude that kicks in at 2:52-3:19.

9) Song: Behke Behke. Film: Aisha Singer(s)/Director(s): Anushka Manchanda, Raman Mahadevan, Samrat Kaushal and Amit Trivedi. Why I love it: It has the Spanish flavor which I usually find annoying in Hindi songs, but Amit Trivedi sprinkles his magic and adds an awesome beat. Anushka Manchanda does full justice to the sultriness of the song. A full on Amit Trivedi-esque song. I'm even willing to forget the line "...everyone knows you's a cutie..." oh God. I heard this is picturized awesomely too.

10) The rest of the Dabangg Soundtrack. The entire thing is so good! Full on Bollywood fun while keeping modern Bollywood music in mind. Sajid-Wajid are quickly becoming my favorite music director duo. They gave us the song "Jalwa", the Partner Soundtrack, the Veer soundtrack and now the Dabangg soundtrack. By the way, I can't believe their names rhyme. It's like when aunties are speaking and they randomly rhyme a word i.e: "table shable", "door shoor," etc.

July 7, 2010

Trailers, Promos and Friends


I'm so glad this movie hasn't been TOOO hyped up, so the trailer provides some what of a surprise element. I hope they dont' go overboard with the PR work like they do for every other movie. It's such an overkill and then there's no excitement left in actually watching the movie. Like 3 idiots, for example, they ran about two promos, both of which were very short and didn't reveal too much about the movie and look how successful that film was. Just a rant I've been wanting to go on... back to the film: We Are Family. Ugh, lame title... good stills and promo though, Look! (Oh and if you're wondering what the hell We Are Family is... jog your memory here)






How chilling is Kareena's expression? Chilling.

Here be the trailer:



Typical Dharma Productions. Can they PLEASE deviate from this NRI obsession they have going on. It's fun and all, but so sick of it. Do something Indian damn it. Whatever, the film looks fun and I think the casting is pretty brilliant. Well with the female leads anyway and I dont' think Rampal will disappoint. We'll just have to wait until Sept. 10 to reach a verdict.

Next in queue (queue?) is Lafangey Parindey. A Neil Nitin Mukesh and Deepika Padukone starrer, directed by Pradeep Sarkar (of Parineeta and Laga Chunari Mein Daag fame). The trailer pretty much explains the plot so have a looksie:



I mean... it's like, you want to laugh but you can't deny that you're curious, you know? Well, that's how I feel anyway. A blind roller skater named Pinky... have we trangressed back to the early '90s where something like that would be acceptable? Oh well, I like the director, like Deepika, and Neil's a promising kind of guy so I won't write it off.

Lastly, there's Aamir Khan's latest production venture: Peepli [live]. Yup. It's directed by newcomer Anusha Rizvi and stars a handful of really talented stage artists. According to our good ol' friend Wiki,
"It's a satire on the farmers' suicides and subsequent media and political response"
Seems kind of similar to Well Done Abba, which was also a satirical take on real-life situations that occurred in rural India. Just saying. If this film's successful, I feel like it will only be with a select crowd. Watch and judge for yourself.



...until next time! By the way, this is probably the first time in life I've actually blogged when people on my side of the world are awake.

June 22, 2010

Promos, Trailers and Friends

THE AISHA TRAILER! Watch, then we'll talk:



Definitely feeling it. Looks like a chick flick, not the kind you watch and forget about two hours later, but the memorable kind. You know?

Abhay Deol makes me drool.

June 13, 2010

Just A Thought

There hasn't been a film nearly as charming as Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in a while, right? I feel like it's SLB's best work. Yes, even better than Devdas.

June 11, 2010

Promos, Trailers and Friends

It's here!! The first look of AISHA has finally dropped. I have been waiting and waiting to see what direction they were going to take the film and ohmahgah, in spite of my sky high expectations, I'm not in the least disappointed! (Btw, if you're wondering who/what/where/when Aisha is... remind yourself here.)









HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE THE FIRST PICTURE? It's sooo fitting for the character. The second looks like a magazine spread-- very chic/elegant which, again, is fitting. Abhay Deol looks so very dapper in the last picture.

There's only a few in Bollywood who can carry off the fashion required for this film, but Sonam obviously fits the bill so I loved that she's casted in this. I don't think I have ever anticipated a Hindi film for its clothes, but I deffo am for Aisha. Let's hope they get it right, which according to these stills they are. As anxious as I am to catch whatever glimpse I can, I hope they keep the promos minimal so that the movie remains an enigma until its release.

Ms. Elaine Eyus (Miscellaneous)

The other day I finally got around to listening to Rajneeti songs. I totally wasn't anticipating the soundtrack or anything because based off the promos I thought, "enh... will it even have a soundtrack?" I, unfaithfully (to Bollywood), didn't bother to check the music director(s) or anything. Lucky for me, I caught a song promo on B4U and I'm glad I did. The music is surprisingly good so you should definitely check it out. But that's not why I'm posting. It's something I saw in the video that caused this post. Barkha Bisht has/had an item number in the film! Barkha = a television actress, a fabulous dancer and a killer body. I call her "The Shilpa Shetty of Tellywood" in my head.

Is it becoming a trend to feature television actresses/models in item songs? Remember Gauhar Khan's featured in Once Upon a Time in Mumbai? I don't mind at all. If you haven't figured out by now, I'm on a crusade to bring back quality female dancing in Bollywood (a pent up rant I've been saving to post) and I've always said TV actresses are better than film actresses. Shama Sikandar also has a dance number in the upcoming comedy, Kushti.

Here's Barkha's item from Rajneeti (sorry for the poor quality this was the best I could find):



The only complaint I have about all of this is the song doesn't match the OVERDONE club scene. It does, but it doesn't. There was so much potential to run with this and do a ghagra-wearing tumka dance, but of course... we must feature a club scene. It probably doesn't even work into the story line, but we still should do it because that's what India loves. Ugh, SO OVER IT! Okay, in their defense, I'm sure a ghagra-wearing tumka dance didn't work into the story either... but still! Anyhow, I hear this entire song was cut from the film. Someone clarify?

Shama Sikander's item number for Kushti:



They got everything right except for that horrifically annoying voice. I know it's supposed to be a rustic-folk feel, but they failed and it kills the entire song. What a shame. Isn't it sooooo refreshing to see a dancer who can complete her moves?! Ah. I'm glad she's sticking to item numbers though and not dipping into the acting pool anymore 'cause that was a train wreck.

I've been a fan of Shama and Barkha's dancing, an extreme fan of Gauhar's dancing but I'm an absolute die-hard fan when it comes to Mouni Roy's moves. Glad 3/4 have been featured. Now someone give Mouni a beautiful mujra number for us to marvel over!

May 24, 2010

Awards Season: Cannes

Okay, so it's not awards season nor is the Cannes really an award function (but it kind of is) but I didn't know where else to place this post.

Our lovely Desi stars graced the red carpet this year as they have been (and been serving on the jury... this year being represented by Mr. Shekhar Kapur). Our Cannes regular Mrs. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been gracing the red carpet, photo calls and parties. Have a looksies, my friends:


Aishwarya Rai in Elie Saab



Aishwarya Rai in Armani Privé



Aishwarya Rai in Sabyasachi with hubby Abhi



Aishwarya Rai in Emilio Pucci at a Photocall



Aishwarya Rai in I'm guessing Gucci because it was a Gucci party



Aishwarya Rai in Gucci



Aishwarya Rai in Gucci again


Wow, Abhishek did you steal that ugly outfit from Dhai Akshar Prem Ke?

Enough of Ms. Rai... let's move onto a rookie. Lady Deepika Padukone went to the festival for the very first time and I think she fared pretty well. People were hating on her haphazardly put together sari, but I don't care because with a face like that she could wear a trash bag and still draw positive attention.




Deepika Padukone in Rohit Bal


Aaaand lastly the cast of Udaan (the only Indian movie being featured at the festival).


Rajat Barmecha, Vikramaditya Motwane, Ronit Roy and Ram Kapoor


[Photo Source: HHC & Red Carp Fashion Awards]

On Location

This isn't really on location, but more like a still from the film Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey. Remember when I told you about it? Anyway have a gander at Deepika in traditional clothing:



I want her eyebrows. Good day.

[Photo Source: Midday Masala]

Promos, Trailers and Friends

I Hate Luv Storys:



Ohhh how typical. How Bollywood. How Dharma Productions. Am I complaining? Nope! Oh wait, I do have one thing to complain about...THE SPELLING OF THE TITLE. The creators of these films are educated people, they know it's incorrect so is it all the superstitious stuff? I don't know, but I hate it... more than Imran Khan's character hates 'luv storys.' Oh gag me. Dumb down the youth a little more, why don't you. Sigh. On a brighter note, I think it is totally refreshing seeing Sonam and Imran in these roles... especially Sonam. So far we've only seen her in marvelous desi attire on screen or in marvelous high fashion off screen so seeing her in casual clothes is a welcome change. I look forward to this film (as I do to pretty much every movie it seems) 'cause who doesn't love a good ol' Bollywood flick? Not to mention I have a sneaky suspicion they're going to spoof a lot of K Jo's flicks so that will be fun to see.

Raavan Theatrical Trailer



OH MY GOD that very last shot with Abhi is just psychotic in a good way... if that even makes sense. Oh and confession... I think I might be an Aishwarya fan again because I got excited seeing her in the trailer. Anyway, there are a few song promos up as well click here to watch!

While we're here talking about the magnificent man who brought A. R. Rahman to the Hindi Film Industry which in turn into our livesv(Mani Ratnam), can I just go ahead and tell you about this movie of his I stumbled across the other day? It was an old '80s Tamil film (dubbed in Hindi) titled "Anjali." It's about how a family/community deals with having a mentally handicapped four year old girl in their lives. Holy cow, it was such a real film which made it a feel good film as well. The kids in it were unbelievably talented actors so I wasn't surprised to find that they had won National Awards for Best Child Artiste. The movie also won for best regional film. It's not shocking to see he dealt with a film like this so beautifully because 'real issues', per se, are his forte-- which makes me curious to see how he'll play out Raavan since it's based on mythology. Anyway, this is my two-decades-later PR for the movie so if you ever happen to see it on (I caught it on Z Cine) or are looking for a good watch... watch it.

Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Theatrical Trailer:



Okay, not the biggest Ajay fan (slay me). I kind of really despise Emraan-- though I am guilty of enjoying some of his films. Feel indifferent towards Kangana (she's talented, I know but so type-casted) and Prachi is adorable, hasn't disappointed, but still needs to prove herself. Basically what I'm saying is that this film has a lot of things going against it, for me personally, but then I watched this trailer... and I'm totally feelin' it? I love the '70s feel, the '70s drama, the '70s gang wars. It all seems very 'blow' esque. I think I could like this and if anything I'll watch 'cause the gorgeous Gauhar Khan has an item number, holla! This excites me not only cause I'm a fan of her's but because that means there will be some very legit. dancing... assuming Saroj Khan's laadla son, Raju Khan does justice to her (Gauhar's) talent. Judging from the trailer I'm guessing it's a cabaret number... meh, not the biggest cabaret fan but at least it's something.

April 13, 2010

Brown Bond Girl?

Rumor has it Freida Pinto is supposed to be the next Bond girl. Here's the catch, I've only heard about this through Desi sources and I have no idea if it's confirmed or what.



The film's supposed to take place in Afghanistan so a brown girl only makes sense. I love Freida, I do, but aren't Bond girls supposed to be voluptuous? She's petite... gorgeous, but petite. Now if I were to have it MY way (and wouldn't we all love that?) I think Shilpa Shetty would be PERFECT. Wasn't she being considered at one point and time or did I make that up? I think I made that up, because when Aishwarya was being considered I think I went on the same rant about how it should be Lady Shetty.



Okay so she's making a weird face. We all know she's attractive... but look at that body!!

On a kind of side-tangent: I heard this bit of news from my side of the world. Apparently Lady Gaga and Michael Bublé are battling it out for the theme song. Two completely different genre of music, but I absolutely cannot cannot decide who I think will win. Random, but I thought I'd share.

[Frieda Photo via: HighHeelConfidential.com]

Awards Season: Padma Shri

Saif Ali Khan and Rekha received the Padma Shri this year for their contribution to Indian Cinema. Past winners have been Shahrukh Khan, Amir Khan, A.R. Rehman, Madhuri Dixit, Hema Malini, Shekhar Kapoor, Hariharan... all who are immensely talented. Rekha receiving this I understand... Saif? Mmm, not so much. No offense. He's talented forrr sure. I think about Omkara and am stunned by his acting skills, but I don't know if he's earned himself this award just yet. Either way... I can't help but marvel at how regal him and his arm-candy Kareena looked. He completely looks the title of "chote nawab" here.





Why don't our Bollywood men don sherwanis or kurta salwars more often? It takes their handsome level about ten notches higher than when they wear clothes intended for the youth. Just saying.

[Photos via: HighHeellConfidential.com]

Magazine Covers

If I were to sit and post every magazine cover that our lovely stars grace I would be so behind... but this particular one was so stellar I couldn't not share.



WOW. Right? Right.

Waheeda Rehman Ji, Hema Malini Ji, Karisma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone ALL ON ONE COVER? It kind of just takes your breath away... and then that record halting noise kicks in. Where the hell are the late '80s/early '90s ladies? Obviously getting all of these women on same date must have been hell and beyond but it would've just been perfect if Madhuri, Sridevi or Juhi were there. Regardless, I thought this cover was awesome.

Musical Madness

Hrithik Roshan is the latest actor to join the singing bandwagon. When I read about this I kind of rolled my eyes because I figured all reports were using the term loosely. I mean, remember when Amir Khan "sang" "Kya Bolti Tu" or Shahrukh "sang" "Apun Bola" but really both were just speaking in sing-songy ways. Or before the music of Devdas released everyone was talking about how Madhuri was being classically trained for a song and we heard... and it was good, but not the full-on singing we were all expecting.

Of course I had to check it out and I was pleasantly surprised! So surprised it's currently my latest obsession. This kind of music strikes a chord with me (pun unintended). I love it so much I'm willing to forgive the line "lovers forever." I mean, it's no secret that I hate when English is used in Hindi songs because it usually sounds ridiculous (not always). Anyway have a listen!



Btw, while we're all here talking about actors singing don't you feel like Kareena's singing in "Jab Nahin Aaye The Tum" from Dev was sort of shunned? It's not supposed to be wonderfully melodious, but it's so real and charming:



Laaastly, in my previous post I mentioned the film Sadiyaan... well here's a gem of a song that will probably go uncelebrated due to the film it's associated with. You'll only like it if you're into Richa Sharma and/or Qawwali-type songs. If that's up your alley check it out:


(hahah what a random and totally inappropriate picture)

Forthcoming Films


So there's this film I accidentally stumbled across, I have no idea how... titled "SADIYAAN." So I did some investigating. Generally, it wouldn't be a film I would even think to blog about but there are a few reasons why I've decided to share it with you. A) It stars Rekha, Hema Malini and Rishi Kapoor B) It's about Partition.

Point A is pretty self-explanatory... I mean, that's just a little too epic for anyone's own good. I'm wondering how much money they got out of this because... everything else about the movie is lacking. Let me fill you in, it's directed by Raj Kanwar (the wonderful man who brought Priyanka Chopra into our Bollywood lives), the lead actors are newbies Luv Sinha (Shatrugan Sinha's son) and Ferena Wazir and the music was composed by Adnan-I-miss-his-mota-self-Sami.

Point B... even though movies based on partition usually fall flat because the story is either biased and/or inaccurate I still want to watch because... Confession: I kind of have an obsession with partition. No, really. I think this quote sums up why "The ifs and buts of history... form an insubstantial if intoxicating diet." That's from one of my favorite books, A Suitable Boy, which incidentally takes place a few years after partition. Anyway, I never got the chance or was brave enough to ask the super-buzurgh-folk (basically the elderly) in my family about it. Learnin' about the Civil Rights Movement in the '60s during my U.S. History classes was intriguing and all, but this kind of history my family was a part of. You know? I don't know why I went on that spiel, but it's been festering inside for years now. Basically all I'm sayin' is that I like to see/read about anything dealin' with that and that's one of the reasons why this movie might have me as audience... some day. Not to mention the music is catchy. I'm not even going to bother subjecting you to the floptastic looking trailer. If you're curious look it up. Luv Sinha's acting makes Tushar Kapoor seem Oscar-worthy.


I keep forgetting to mention the upcoming film TEES MAAR KHAN directed by Farah Khan, starring Akshay Kumar, Akshay Khanna and Katrina Kaif (wow, lots of Ks going here). The music's being done by Vishal-Shekhar. From the looks of it, it's a typical love triangle and that the two men are con-artists. Reaaaaal original, Bollywood, real original. Farah Khan is the master behind this and I've liked her first two movies (Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om). Her films have been clever, satirical and funny with an OD of Bollywood masala... just the way I like it so we'll just have to wait for promos to drop before I judge any further. That will be a while though because the film's expected to drop late December.

March 30, 2010

On Location

Priyanka Chopra, who tried to keep her whereabouts an enigma, is currently in Kashmir shooting for Vishal Bhardwaj's Saath Khoon Maaf. Here are some absolutely lovely pictures of her whilst shooting there.





OMG. She looks so beautiful in that second picture! I can't get over it. There's also a picture of her in a full blown burqa. It's pretty tight.

From what I'm gathering, the film is about a woman who has seven husbands (I'm assuming at different times) and kills them off one by one... thus the title "Saath Khoon Maaf" (Seven Forgiven Murders/Forgiven Seven Murders). It's apparently based off of the book, Susanna's Seven Husbands by Ruskin Bond (another book adaptation. Is this Bwood's latest trend?). She claims the role is a really difficult one and is taking a toll on her. Oh, but Priyanka we have full faith in you! I mean, Shahrukh Khan didn't call you the greatest actress in Bollywood today for no reason. Anyway, the seven leading men are John Abraham, Vivaan Shah, Mohan Lal, Anu Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Naseeruddin Shah, and Irrfan Khan. Did your eyes glimmer with delight upon reading "Naseeruddin Shah?" Mine too. I mean, Naseeruddin + Priyanka + Vishal Bhardwaj... how can you go wrong. Oh... it's all too promising, so I'm going to calm down a bit and lower my expectations. Saath Khoon Maaf is expected to release sometime in 2011. I hope I'm misinformed and it's actually earlier. Haha, here's to hoping!

Trailers, Promos and Friends

TRAILERS

FINALLY! The much much awaited and talked about KITES trailer has dropped. The film stars Hrithik Roshan, Barbara Mori, and Kangana Ranaut. It's directed by Anurag Basu and produced by daddy-dearest, Rakesh Roshan. The chemistry between Hrithik and Barbara is supposed to be incredibly hot. So hot that there were rumors of an alleged affair, but those died when wifey Sussanne Roshan claimed her and Barbara were friends. The dancing in this is supposed to be spectacular and I don't doubt it. It looks action packed, thrilling and passionate. Here's the theatrical trailer, you judge for yourself.



Next up is a promo for BADMASH COMPANY, the Shahid-Anushka starrer I talked about earlier.



This looks like Bunty aur Babli meets Dhoom, but honestly I don't mind. I'm loving the cast. Seeing Shahid-Anushka on screen is sooo refreshing. Nice, adorable, young and promising faces. AND IS THAT MEIYANG CHANG FROM INDIAN IDOL?? Oh, but it is. How did that even happen? I don't know nor do I care. I'm just glad to see him on screen again. (Btw, if you're wondering how/why there is a Chinese man who can speak Hindi so well don't be alarmed. He was born and raised in India. His family has been living in India for three generations. He's more Indian than I am American. Weird.) Also, I'm going to cross my fingers and hope for a good dance number... but all I sense are annoying club bangers... that are catchy and I grow to love and hate. P.S. this film is directed by Parmeet Sethi. Parm-who? "Kuljeet" from DDLJ, "Raj Malhotra" (the boss) from Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin. He's also Archana Puran Singh's husband. Archana Puran Singh = "Ms. Borganza" from KKHH and "Preeto" from Mohabbatein.


...AND FRIENDS

So I made a mistake in one of my previous posts. Arjun Rampal IS in Ra.One. How exciting!

Other upcoming films are BREAK KE BAAD which stars Deepika Padukone and Imran Khan. I haven't decided what it is about the two of them that's similar, but they are similar and I hope good things happen for them with this film.

March 20, 2010

Firangi Musicians

Somedays I find it ironic that I use the term "firangi."

Remember when Singh is King featured a song by Snoop Dogg and all the hooplah it caused, but then we heard the song and kind of laughed? And then remember when A. R. Rehman roped in Kylie Minogue for a song in Blue and everyone went buck wild until we heard the gibberish song-title, "Chiggy Wiggy" (still trying to figure out what that is exactly). Okay, so ready for this? Akon is the next to join the Bollywood bandwagon.



Mmmhm. Akon was roped in to feature a song in Anubhav Sinha's superhero film, Ra.One starring Shahrukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor. Vishal-Shekhar are the music directors of the film and claimed to have a great time recording with Akon. I am so super curious to hear this track. It's the most promising yet, but judging from previous Desi-American collaborations I'm not going to keep my expectations high. Oh, but it's sooo hard not to!

Okay, so while we're here talking about Ra.One, let me just give you the lowdown. It's supposed to be the second most expensive film made (Blue being the first most) and supposedly a science-fiction thriller. I bet Rakesh Roshan is pleased with himself for starting the "superhero" trend with Krrish. Arjun Rampal was supposed to play the villain. Man, that would've been awesome. Unfortunately he can't and was reportedly replaced by... Vivek Oberoi? This could work. I haven't decided how I feel about any of this superhero business yet. Thinking of SRK playing a superhero I'm instantly reminded of this hilarious scene from Om Shanti Om:



Udi Baba, my friends.

Bollybabies

I can't decide if the title of this post is really cute or really perturbing?

Anyway, is this where life has come?! Actresses I watched as a child are now popping out children. Aah.



The very preggers Karishma Kapoor finally gave birth to a baby boy whom they've named "Kiaan." Hot. Baby Kiaan was born March 12, 2010. Lady Kapoor/Kapur? is already a mother to her five year old daughter, Samaira. I've gotta give it to the couple, they pick lovely names.




Whilst one just popped one out, we've got another fellow '90s actress waiting on deck. It's been reported that Kajol is pregnant with her second child. The Devgan couple has a seven year old daughter named Nysa. Ooh, so exotic.

So many little bolly babies running around, I wonder if any of them will follow their parent's footsteps. Shahrukh's got two kids he often fondly tweets about and Arjun Rampal has two daughters (can I get a collective "awww"). Oh I hope one of these kids continue the legacy, but the day that happens I will feel horrifically old.

Promos, Trailers and Friends

I can't believe I let something like school get in the way of Bollywood! Sad days, man. I've been keeping up just never got around to gathering it and putting it here for your reading pleasure.

Of course I have missed a lot of major Bollywood moments i.e.: Bal Thackeray vs MNIK, MNIK meeting/exceeding expectations, Imran Khan officially engaged and um... my memory fails me. My point is, instead of trying to recap everything I'm just going to act like everything's already up to date.

Promos:
Alright, I hate getting trailers/promos from unofficial people but the EROS account doesn't let you embed :( So, I'm thankful for all the sketchoes who steal and upload trailers. On that note, here's one of EROS Ent.'s latest ventures, PAATSHAALA, starring Shahid Kapoor, Ayesha Takia, Nana Patekar & Sunil Shetty. Ah yes, I too, feel a yawn coming on. It has nothing with the actors individually, but seeing that group just doesn't sound promising. Here's the theatrical trailer



Here's a song I keep hearing (about) from the film, Aye Khuda, it makes it look a little more promising. ClICK HERE TO LISTEN.

After having watched both... are you instantly reminded of School of Rock too? No worries, it is probably only inspired by it because this film is a commentary on the shortcomings of the Indian education system. I shan't lie, I'm curious to watch it but probably will when it's on Colors or Imagine in a couple of months. The film is set to release April 9, 2010.

Next we've got Sajid Khan's second directorial venture (first being Heyy Babyy)"HOUSEFULL" starring: Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Arjun Rampal, Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta & Jiah Khan. It's like the A and A minus of Bollywood but I'm totally down with all six of them (yes, even Jiah Khan) this could make for a cheeky comedy... the trailer doesn't really disappoint, but you judge for yourself:



Riiight? That could be really cute. I love the last scene where Riteish goes nuts because he's all confused. It looks like, what my brothers and I call, "a Frasier situation." (That only makes sense if you watch(ed) Frasier... but basically it's where a whole bunch of misunderstandings occur, cleverly causing all kinds of hilarious drama.) Okay, one question though. Jiah Khan is actually from the UK so wouldn't it have made more sense to have her play Lara Dutta's role? Of course, they're actors they should be able to adapt to any role yada yada, but I mean really. I will admit though, seeing Jiah Khan in a "ghareloo" traditional role is going to be hella interesting. Btw, I have reason to believe that Akshay and/or Riteish's character(s) are into old-school songs/dance moves. We'll have to wait 'til April 30, 2010 to find out 'cause that's when the film releases. Also, on a semi-related note I forget how wonderfully handsome and stunning Arjun Rampal is... goooood God!!

Thirdly, we have pretty much the antithesis of Housefull aka a serious, artsy, targets real issues film titled THE GREAT INDIAN BUTTERFLY starring Sandhya Mridul, Aamir Bashir and Koel Puri. The film is supposed to release this weekend on March 26th. Won't say much else just watch the teaser:



... I love how they bleep out the word "sex." Yes, bleeping it out suddenly denies its existence. But that's another argument for another time. All I gotta say is that Sandhya Mridul is, like, the epitome of "bindaas." Anyway, all the other films had song promos and I skimmed through some and though some are worth showing I'm trying to keep this post "short" (for me, that is) but this song Thoda Thoda from The Great Indian Butterfly (okay guys, I keep chuckling as I type that...immature?) is really catchy: CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Next up is JAANE KAHAN SE AAYI HAI (JKSAH) starring Riteish Deshmukh and Jacqueline Fernandez. A cute little love story about a human and... an alien. Interesting. I have a feeling it will have the same fate as Aladin without all the pre-release hype or maybe a little better. Here is the trailer... and again it's the Riteish moment at the end that makes me laugh (happens around the 1:49 mark):



This next one isn't for the easily disturbed. PANKH starring Bipasha Basu, Maradone Rebello and Mahesh Manjrekar. I kept finding this title all over indie-cinema art-lovin' blogs but never got around to watching the trailer until just now. Just watch...

P.S. Tellywood fans, the adorable Sanjeeda Sheikh is set to star in this film as well. A desperate attempt to get her foot into films or is she an art-film-savvy kind of girl? Only time will tell...



What an interesting premise. I'm pretty sure the film is aiming for a "we're all trying to figure ourselves out" message but what a unique approach to take. This makes me worry for Ahsaas Channa. Say who?? The adorable little "boy" from Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna and random commercials. Aha! Just as I had suspected. I discovered some (not too reliable) articles claiming Pankh was inspired by her story. I once read somewhere that her father and mother have separated over the issue. If I remember correctly it was the dad who was against it. Bichari, what a crazy childhood.

Friends:

I hardly ever have anything under my "and friends" categories, but today we do! So here's a quick update on poster-less/trailer-less films: Sonam Kapoor and Imran Khan just finished shooting for I Hate Luv Stories... like I mean JUST as in less than 24 hours ago. Karan Johar's Stepmom remake just began its last schedule of shooting. Apparently Kajol, Arjun and Kareena are shooting for a song. I'm trying really hard to place where in the story all three of them could have a fun song but failing miserably. Oh Bollywood, how I love thee. Don 2 is set to start shooting this summer/early September (that's by memory don't hold me to that). Dostana 2 is a 99% go. We know John and Abhi are back in but unsure as to whom the leading lady is. Mani Ratnam's Raavan is done filming and dubbing is almost complete as well. Kunal Kohli's Deepika-Imran starrer, Break Ke Baad, just began shooting in Delhi. Lastly, omfg! Vishal Bharadwaj recasted Priyanka Chopra in his next venture, tentatively titled "Saath Khoon Maaf." He got her to be a Marathi girl, I wonder what he'll make her do next? Here's to hopin' for great things for ALL of these films.

Shoot, I'm beat. More trailers to come soon, I swear it!

January 26, 2010

On Location

Spotted. Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in NYC shooting for Anjaana Anjaani. Just from the looks of it, their chemistry seems like it could potentially be a winner.

Have a gander.



Also spotted was Ranbir Kapoor at the Lakers-Knicks game and he managed to get a picture with Kobe Bryant. RK's wearing Knicks attire though, I wonder if that was awkward...



[Photo Source: Pink Villa]