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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:

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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. 😀 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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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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288644Just what does this remind you of: tragic mothers, slum scenes, orphans, trains, police interrogations, a love story, coincidences galore, super bad gangsters, great music, and references to Amitabh Bachchan. Sounds like Bollywood, hai na? Well almost. In my recent drift to not Bollywood but almost, (The Pool, Heat and Dust) I followed the recommendation of Renegade Eye to go check out Slumdog Millionaire (2008). The movie is based on the novel Q & A by Vikas Swarup. Shri Swarup-ji’s website has lots of great information about book’s transformation into a movie. From an interview with the film’s director, Danny Boyle:

‘It’s called ‘Slum Dog Millionaire’, It’s based on a true story, and it’s about a kid from the slums of Mumbai, who has nothing – he’s ill educated, he’s illiterate – and he goes on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ and wins it. And they can’t believe that he’s done it. They think he’s cheated. They think he’s getting signals from embedded chips in his body, or that there are people coughing in the audience, but he won it. ‘What’s clever about the film is that the structure shows you how he knows the answers. Certain things have happened to him in his life and they happen to ask questions about those things. But the real reason he’s on the show is to get in touch with the girl he loves but has lost in the chaos of Mumbai, and all he knows is that she watches the show religiously. So he’s not even there to win the money, but that’s when you win I suppose, when you’re not even trying.’ (source)

I was lucky enough to get tickets to the premier of the film, and just like when I watched  The Pool ( 2008 ) in a theater recently, I was surprized that this movie had some Bollywood stars, but this time I didn’t cry out “Anil Kapoor! Irfan Khan!” when I saw my familiar Bollywood friends on the big screen and avoided being shushed. Phew! There are several other fantastic Bollywood character actors in this film that my Indian Film Industry fans will recognize, like the inspector, Saurabh Shukla. I love a film on the big screen, but there are definately perks to watching at home where horrific scenes can be muted or fast forwarded and this film has a couple of those, so be preparred. I nearly walked out, but was glad I stuck it out and stayed. I loved the tribute to Amitabh Bachchan within the film and I wonder if Amit-ji has seen it. I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s really a very sweet honor paid to Mr. Bachchan and I’d love to hear his reposnse to it. Ifran Khan is also fantastic as the police inspector, but who am I to say since I love all his work.

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Anil Kapoor plays an arrogant host wearing a sleazy suit. He’s perfect! Get a taste of that HERE.

I LOVE the song Paper Planes by M.I.A. (Maya Arulpragasam), and was so excited that it popped up in this film, look:

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Bollywood popped up again in a scene where people were watching Aaj Ki Raat from Don (2006) with music by Shankar-Eshaan-Loy and playback singers Alisha Chinoi, Mahalakshmi, and Sonu Nigam. Since I was in an art house theater I didn’t scream out, “Hey that’s Priyanka from Don!” But I thought that! I also thought “Aaj ki raat means tonight, do you people know THAT!?”

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Just like many of the best movies India has to offer, this one has a score written by A.R. Rahman. Listen!

During the film I thought how it reminded me Millions (2004), and no wonder, because when I went home and looked up Danny Boyle, I saw that he also directed the sweet and beautiful Millions.

I’ve given you plenty of reasons to see this film, and if you’d like to see more, watch the Slumdog trailer.

p.s. Stop over the MemsaabStory for a review of the film.

p.p.s.  I had wondered about Amitabh’s reaction to his tribute in the film, which he has since commeted about in his blog, which I first read about in an article by Emily Wax.  Washington Post Foreign Service writer Emily Wax’s insightful article, Protests & Praise “Slumdog’s’  Mumbai Realism is Divisive contained a bit of Amitabh’s reaction:

 

One of India’s iconic Hindi film heroes, Amitabh Bachchan, whose likeness appears in the movie as the object of a slum child’s adoration, criticized the film for portraying a poverty-stricken India. Big B, as he is known in India, wrote in his blog that if the movie “projects India as [a] Third World, dirty under belly developing nation and causes pain and disgust among nationalists and patriots, let it be known that a murky under belly exists and thrives even in the most developed nations.”

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When I drove by the movie marquee reading Mira Nair’s The Namesake (2007) last spring, in my head I accidentally said, “Na Me Sa Ke.” Since I read Mira Nair’s name first, I figured it must be a Hindi word. DUH! I was fully into my Bollywood hobby (obsession) so my mind eager for all things filmy, tried to morph the title into a more bolly-appropriate title. Even though I know Mira Nair’s movies aren’t Bollywood, my brain would not accept it! I did rather quickly figure out my amusing mistake and treasure it as one of my best ever! I finally saw the movie this week and was hypnotized by Tabu’s character’s strength and vulnerability. The scene where she receives the phone call about her husband and runs through her split level suburban home flipping on all the lights and finally emerges through the open garage onto the lawn was brilliant! I have a non-homsexual-homosexual crush (from George Costanza on Seinfield) or girl crush on Tabu, which has grown stronger from her work in this film. Irfan Khan’scharacter was equally fabulous.

THE NAMESAKE is the story of the Ganguli family whose move from Calcutta to New York evokes a lifelong balancing act to meld to a new world without forgetting the old. Though parents Ashoke and Ashima (Irfan Khan, Tabu) long for the family and culture that enveloped them in India, they take great pride in the opportunities their sacrifices have afforded their children. Paradoxically, their son Gogol (Kal Penn) is torn between finding his own unique identity without losing his heritage. Even Gogol’s name represents the family’s journey into the unknown. (FoxSearchlight)

On behalf of all Americans, I extend an apology to all Indians, NRIs, and Bengali immigrants in particular, for Maxine’s (Jacinda Barrett) behavior, especially her behavior at the funeral.

Fine Maxine, you’ve got truffles, but do you have ladoos? Doubt it.

Time I spent crying during the film = 10%.

Time I spent sobbing during the film = 5%.

I thought Jhumpa Lahiri did a fabulous job capturing the immigration experience. Use this clip to jog your memory and tell me what you thought of The Namesake, or what I like to call…The Na Me Sa Ke.

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bobdylan.jpgI love life with all its crazy twists and turns and surprises, just like Bollywood. And I love Life… in a Metro (2007). Within this movie there was such a surprise: hearing Minnesota’s own musical legend Bob Dylan. Minnesota is BFC headquarters, yet even sitting here in Minnesota I was blindsided by hearing Dylan in a Bollywood movie. At least it wasn’t him as a playback singer. Now THAT would really be wild! The scene with Dylan happened when Konkona Sen Sharma was at a pop (the Midwestern, Minnesotan term for “soda” or “cola”) machine. While she was trying to choose what drink to buy and day dreaming about a guy, the music in the background was Dylan’s “I Want You” so take a listen:

Thanks for the video thcarmine. Lyrics

Did I ever dream of posting a Bob Dylan tune here? Never! Kabhie ne! But such is the unexpected beauty of life. But back to what I’m here for: Bollywood! Filmfare mania continued! I’ve already posted about the winners for best actress and best female playback singer for the 53rd Annual Filmfare Awards here. Life… in a Metro was such a great movie and nabbed both best supporting actor awards for Irfan Khan and Konkona Sen Sharma.

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The cast was fantastic! It stars Shilpa Shetty, Kay Kay Menon, Konkona Sen Sharma, Sharman Joshi, Shiney Ahuja, Kangana Ranaut, Irfan Khan, and Dharmendra. It tells the tales of the individual and interrelated lives of seven people living in Mumbai. To find out a bit more go to the film’s website. Like I’ve said here before, I deal with the more superficial analysis of Bollywood films, so instead of a review, take in these nice images from the film:

Dharmendra’s character got to share the some of the wisdom of Bollywood:

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While watching I finally figured out why Shilpa Shetty‘s looks confused me: She’s what a a child of Tabu + Jennifer Aniston would look like, right? Hain na?

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I love Shiney Ahuja! We all know what this can really mean:

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And this is precisely WHY one must be careful when offered a “cup of coffee,” since such a proposition can sometimes turn out like this:

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Yes, I do love you too Shiney! But I also LOVE Irfan Khan! THIS is why he won the 53rd Annual Filmfare Award for best supporting actor:

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And you are looking good to me, Irfan. I LOVE Konkona Sen Sharma! THIS is why is why she won the 53rd Annual Filmfare Award for best supporting actress:

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That’a right girl! Tell him!

For more on the movie, check out The Bolly Blog.

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