Bollywood Insider from Feburary, 2009…yes it covers Slumdog Millionaire.

I admit it, I’m a hypocrite. Just yesterday I wrote “Slumdog, Bas!” I’m not really a hypocrite though since I liked the movie and I’m happy over the film’s success, and love Anil Kapoor and Irrfan Khan. I just don’t like the Bollywood confusion from the film’s success, or rather the film being mistaken for Bollywood. So brush my hypocrisy aside, as I often do, and enjoy Suzi Mann with Bollywood Insider’s latest chugli reports:

2/27/09: Bollywood Insider Slumdog Oscars party exclusive! We interview Anil Kapoor and Danny Boyle at the Slumdog Oscars party, fresh from scooping 8 awards:

Slumdog, Bas!

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My Bollywood loving fans-ji. I think you’ll appreciate this funny podcast from BBC Radio’s Adil Ray regarding what he’s experiencing from the Slumdog Millionaire Academy Award’s win fallout, not to mention the SAG and Golden Globe awards as well. It’s a slumfest! As a Bollywood fan I bet you’re experiencing Slumdog fallout too. Mahesh Manjrekar and Anil Kapoor are both interviewed in this clip and are a lot of fun to hear. Anil-ji speaks of his mustache and stubble being his only real contribution to the Indian Film Industry.

LISTEN!

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Adil becomes a Slumdog Millionaire expert and tracks down actors Mahesh Manjrekar and Anil Kapoor from the film. Pablo from Love Bollywood gets the wind up treatment and even Akon gets in on the Slumdog action. (podcast)

Remember fans, we were on the Indian bandwagon first. :D I suppose I can’t say that, since it makes me sound like a jerk, but you’ll understand, right? How many people come up to you at work or out and about, knowing you like Bollywood and say, Now YOU must have seen Slumdog Millionaire? This is what I want to say:

Hey but it’s not really Bollywood. It’s only taking the best ingredients of Bollywood and that’s why you like it hai! If you liked Anil in that you’d love him in a real Bollywood film. What about those 2 littlest ones from the slums? Yeah Fox or whoever is going to pay for school and apartments of the wee slumdogs and family, but then will people in their home be kidnapped and held ransom for $? Will those tikes seeing Disney Land warp them? I mean to see Disney Land and then get dropped back into Mumbai, everyone knowing you’re a star now…won’t they be continually harassed for money, even though they’re like 5 or 6? And A.R. Rahman is fantastic, but he’s done so much more and so many songs I like so much more! I mean that sound track to Bombay is so beautiful. Jai Ho is cool, but I mean come on, he’s so much more! Rahman himself even says that’s not his best work in THIS ARTICLE. And did you know when A.R. Rahman got his award and quoted and Indian movie saying Ma mere pas hai , that it was from Deewaar ? (Thanks theBollywoodFan for letting me know what movie it was from in his post HERE.) I mean if you wanna see real Bollywood, you ought see Deewaar! Plus the dancing at the end was OK, but I thought it was sort of making fun of Bollywood. I wanted to see more gusto in the dancing! And Irfan Khan! Did you even notice how HOT he is? And, and, and…

I don’t say that though, I only smile an say stuff like, “Yeah it was great!” Sometimes I manage to work in, “Well if you liked that then you’d love real Bollywood films.” Yet then I hear, “But isn’t that Bollywood?”

On a more positive note, I predict that Bollywood will soon no longer be highlighted in spell check with the popularity of Slumdog, even though it’s not Bollywood.

Watch a bit of Irrfan and Anil HERE.

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Get well soon SRK-ji! With Love from, Amitabh, me and the readers!

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“Shah Rukh’s surgery went off fine and he should be back home in two days. However, he will require some good rest for a long period and he has been advised not to do any strenuous work,” said Sanjay Desai, orthopaedic surgeon at Breach Candy Hospital here. (The Hindu)

This blog is all about cutting and pasting today friends. I mean it often is, but today more so than usual:

Prayers For Shahrukh Khan’s Speedy Recovery:  Prayers were performed at a hair-cutting saloon in Bhopal to wish a speedy recovery of Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan, who underwent a successful shoulder surgery on Monday.  Naresh Sen, a barber in the saloon said that Khan had inspired their community to become successful through his film Billu. “The havan(ritual) which I performed was for Shahrukh Khan to live a longer life. He will live much longer. I performed this ritual in my saloon because he has given us inspiration through his film Billuand an opportunity for the poor class to move forward.” said Naresh. The 43-year-old actor underwent an arthroscopic surgery on left shoulder, which kept nagging him for quite sometime. Doctors at the Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital said Khan was recovering well. The operation lasted for around one-and-a-half hours by a team of three doctors, a hospital official said.  Before he left for the hospital Khan said that getting injured was part of his job.   “I think when you working in a profession like this you ought to fall and jump. It is obvious you can get wounded like this. So I always believe this is a payment for all the goodness that I get,” said Khan. (Hindustan Times)

First off, could Amitabh be looking any cooler than in these photos of him posted on his blog recently?ab1

I think we all have to admit that he can even rock that cartoon bear sweater and not only get away with it, but somehow make it look cool.  Who can do that?!  Amitabh Bachchan can. More cut and paste, this time from Mr. Bachchan’s blog from day 300 in which he writes about ShahRukh Khan’s successful surgery:

ShahRukh has been in  hospital for a surgery. I had sent him a message for his speedy recovery. He calls back to thank and inform that he is home. Was getting depressed in hospital he says so came away. Oh ! I was planning on visiting you in hospital. Come home sir, we shall play some games. Do not take after surgery too lightly I warn him, take rest and do not get into any kind of activity. He sounds a little groggy. I shall visit him tomorrow. (bigb.bigadda.com)

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Great to think about Amitabh stopping over a Mannat for a few games.  Perhaps Parchisi? Or maybe Snakes and Ladders?

Speaking of, I recently read a good book with the same title, Snakes and Ladders, by Gita Mehta which you may like reading, since you are here in the first place. 

Or maybe they’d play some Texas hold em?  Or what about this game here which I’ve seen in the Indian films called carrom? Well probably carrom is out until his shoulder is fully healed.

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I love imaging playing some table games with SRK and Amitabh at Mannat!  I spent an evening playing dominoes the other night, which I love to do.  Now, since reading the posting on Amitabh’s blog, I’m thinking how fun it would be to play dominoes with Amitabh and SRK.  Or spades or hearts!  My mind is spinning with the possibilities now that I know they’re both gamers. I also love a jigsaw puzzle. Can you imagine THAT?  “Hey Amit-ji, here’s another edge piece.”  I just know that Amitabh would have the sense to construct the edge of the puzzle first.  “Aur SRK, are you still working on the sky?  Here’s a couple blue pieces. Vay!”   We’d finish the puzzle whilst sipping on Johnnie Walker, black or perhaps even blue or green label since they are so fancy.  We’d discuss many things.  I would mind my tongue and casually say The Indian Film Industry and NEVER say Bollywood, as that may set off the stars.  I would ask even more fake casually if they wanted to play chess (which I can’t play) and say, “Oh by the way, Amit-ji, I remember when watching  The Chess Players, that I heard your voice narrating.  Do tell me what you remember about working with Satyajit Ray on that piece?”   His head would snap and look to me, thinking suddenly that I had some Bollywood, I mean Indian Film Industry street cred. The lovely Gauri Khan would slip in from time to time with some ladoos, maybe a paratha or two and some chai.  Not the help, but Guari, because she’s a hands on wife I’m sure. Finally, late into the evening, Gauri comes in and says, “Janeman ShahRukh, time to rest, remember you just had surgery! OK guys, Amitabh-ji, Sita-ji, thanks so much for stopping by. The flowers are lovely!  Do come tomorrow for a swim!”

On that note, like Amitabh, I say to SRK along with you all, “take rest and do not get into any kind of activity.”  Get well soon, we need more movies!

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I spent Valentine’s Day with the Khans, Irfan & Shahrukh at Billu Barber.

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Watch the Billu Barber Trailer HERE.

Today was Valentine’s Day. I had some options. I could either get started on preparing my income taxes or go and see Billu Barber (2009). I went to Billu Barber. This was really a cute and sweet movie. It was also very romantic for me since I could channel my imagination to play Lara Dutta’s part in the film and thus be Irfan Khan’s wife, whose part requires her to admire Shahrukh Khan’s character. That’s a win/win situation for me. SRK’s character had item numbers with Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, and Kareena Kapoor. Khan and the gals all looked fantastic, but the costume department must have had to make some concessions for the weak economy and only allowed Kareena to wear a full outfit, and put poor Priyanka and Deepika in small strips of cloth, which made me feel cold just watching.

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Shahrukh Khan’s ending speech was shamelessly sentimental and I enjoyed crying through it. I feel it’s only right to cry along with SRK while he’s crying. To weep along with SRK is polite really, and the least I could do to show some respect to him and the industry, and to my Mother India. This speech had the following essential Bollywood ingredients: maudlin reminiscing about better times from childhood, even though those times were sorrowful (dead mother), and hard (hunger brought about by poverty), they were made better through the help of a friend. SRK delivering a message that the masses need to hear in these trying economic times: When I was really poor, my life was actually really rich. Which reminds me, I have to get to those taxes. SRK’s speech in Billu reminded me very much the speech Amitabh gives in Muqaddar Ka Sikandar just before the O Saathi Re tune. So this Valentine’s Day, dosto, I dedicate this nice song about friendship to you:

O saathie re, tera bina bhi kya jina…

Lyrics traslation by theBollywoodFan

I always enjoy watching these FIRST DAY FIRST SHOW videos. Watch it and picture me added in there; I would be the gori who says in my best Indian accent, “SRK was rocking hai! Supurb! Vay! Irfan was acting so excellent!”

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Bollywood Insider: Catching up for 2009!

Here’s a better late than never update on Bollywood Insider, with my favorite correspondant of Bollywood chugli and news, Suzi Mann.  Many of the links I’ve added here before from ITN/Bollywood Insider  through youtube eventually disappear.  Hopefully these newer links from AOL,  Bebo,  Joost, and MySpace will last. 
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Enjoy the updates yaar:
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It’s my birthday! “Today is February 7th, if U had come later U would’ve come too late.” from Aap Ki Kasam (1974)

Today is my birthday and it’s the ideal opportunity to post some images I found from Aap Ki Kasam (1974). This is a screen capture of Sanjeev Kumar and Rajesh Khanna:

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When I saw these subtitles on the screen during Aap Ki Kasam I was happy to see the mentioned date since it’s my birthday, yet even more interesting is that they used U instead of you. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen you translated as U before in subtitles. Maybe some young hipster accustomed to texting did the subtitling here. At least they didn’t translate later as L8r. Here’s a little description of the film’s plot, in case you haven’t seen it:

aapkiskasamRajesh Khanna plays Mumtaz’s jealous husband who begins to doubt her fidelity when his best friend Sanjeev Kumar enters their lives. She is unable to convince Rajesh Khanna that she loves only him. He leaves her, not knowing that she is pregnant with his child. Depressed and confused, Rajesh Khanna becomes a homeless wanderer, while Mumtaz remarries to provide a secure home for her child…(wikipedia)

Head over to memsaabstory for a great write up on the film. OK, it’s my birthday, so back to ME! In my Bollywood colored imagination, I am having a whisky party with Ranjeet and Rajesh, just like in the movie, see:

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Readers, you’re invited too! Speaking of birthdays, if you saw The Office on TV this week (Episode 5015 | Season 5 ), you’re sure to remember Kelly Kapoor’s (Mindy Kaling) fantastic tirade over people forgetting her birthday. I couldn’t find a precise link to the scene, but if you click HERE and watch from about 4:12-5:15 you can see it.

Thanks for celebrating my birthday with me blogosphere! Thanks to the balloon wallas of India for supplying balloons for my online party:

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