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.