Outlook's Bollywood Special
Outlook has published a set of interesting articles on various filmi topics. My favorites:
- Dibakar Banerjee, the director of my favorite film of 2008, wonders whether non-filmi love could ever make it on to the big screen.
- Nandini Ramnath summarizes and ranks heroes from the last 40 years. (No Shashi. BOOOO. But Vinod! Yaaaay!)
- Naman Ramahcandran lists some of the other kinds of love to hit the big screen.
- Sudhir Mishra investigates the appeal of Devdas - and it ends happily, Dev.D. style.
I enjoyed the one on different types of love the most, and while I can't say that I'd rush out for a movie about incest, I applaud those filmakers that aren't shy about introducing debatable content in their movies.
shell - I think so too. To each their own - I learned this lesson by heart the day I met someone crazy for Uday Chopra :)
bollyviewer - Agree agree. I thought the critique of Rajesh Khanna was especially funny given how vehement some of his internet-vocal fans are.
Amrita - Insert planning/plotting/scheming laugh in The Voice!
As for KJo...um.... Yeah. It's complicated. Despite rational objections (from myself and others) and that totally saccharine little girl, I do really enjoy KKHH. I used to like KHNH quite a bit but it has faded on subsequent re-watching. I think KANK is totally overrated and am pretty sure no one would care about it if it weren't by him and starring the people it does. I think K3G is so awful I've only watched it once - which means that my impressions of it being regressive, overdrawn, and mawkish might be incorrect, but I hardly want to go back to correct them. But there's something about Karan himself as a celebrity that I like, so it's hard for me to write him off entirely.
Err, I hope when you say 'vehement' you mean that we are 'passionate' rather than just 'forcibly expressive'? :-)
And Nandini Ramnath is now officially mud amongst Kaka's (Rajesh Khanna) fans. We don't say you have to love him, but if you must criticize him, at least do so after having viewed his work which she doesn't appear to have done. Given how few gems each actor can really lay claim to, there's been some that he's done that really shouldn't be dismissed so offhandedly.
To be fair, my experience with Rajesh Khanna fans is primarily through the comments on Memsaab's blog. I haven't seen any of his movies (unless you count Disco Dancer), so I haven't sought out any writing about him. And indeed, "passionate" is a word I would use.
As for her critique, it'd be hard to use much material with only three or four sentences in which to respond. I do wish she had named at least particular film for each actor - but given the brevity of the format, I don't think she could have said much more about anyone than she did. It's not an in-depth analysis (nor does it claim to be). And the idea of Rishi never looking camp?!? To each their own, I say! (She overlooked Shashi entirely, after all!)
I'm referring to the 'Indie Quill' link. The latest posts on that site were offensive in the least.
This time I'm choosing to remain 'Anonymous' ...
Rajesh just didnt allow any other actor to show his face....such was his domination...
Indian women just like the studio bosses had no other choice but Rajesh Khanna...
But she didnt tell the full story.....
Post mid 70's til early 80's studio bosses took over from reigning super star and
unleashed such powers that virtually shouted and
kicked the Indian women out of cinema halls that threw them back into the kitchen
to the point of no return.....and you cant have more depressing scenario than this...
also do u know why T-Hype has stopped blogging ?? She hasnt posted for quite a while now.
Anonymous 2 - Clearly I need to see what all the fuss is about!
The Anon - Thank you! A very lovely start to my morning. T-Hype has been in Korea for the last...I think almost a year and has been occupied with other adventures :)