Friday, September 05, 2003

news, and updates

HAPPY TEACHERS' DAY to all concerned. The TOI achieves new tabloid-wannabe points with a little-bitty writeup about crushes on teachers.

Updates first: The TOI has an article about the dreaded bill that might strike the death blow for the H-1B visa. {see previous post}

The TOI barely redeems itself with a note about the product endorsement in Kuch Naa Kaho {see music review}, which incorporates desi-ized elements of Jerry Maguire. One must also note, at this point, the Videocon-ness of Hungama.

why was salman khan let off? asks the TOI. This from the rag that published a paean to Salman Khan (written by a certain Aparna Kalra) a few months ago {more about that in brains, people and common sense}

Kareena Kapoor is ready for risks. What that translates to is an interview with this horrifying ghoul about her role as a street walker (aka hooker) in the late Anant Balani's Chameli. A few "illuminating" quotes:

* An actress usually gets to play this kind of a character after a decade in the industry. At 22, with just three years of experience, I must be the youngest actresses to attempt anything so challenging (Note how she conveniently refers to herself as an 'actress' as opposed to a 'star'. Wonder when someone will explain to these star kids that stars don't necessarily qualify as actors. But then, we have her last "acclaimed" performance opposite a muscle flexer, a brooder, a 2D dog and a 3D parrot)

* Poo of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham was a gamble, so was Asoka's Kaurvaki. Hey, if you remember, even my first film, Refugee strayed off-the-beaten-track... I'm very nervous about how people are going to react to my new "look"...the crassness of the character. (Just as they usually do: with fear, shock and disgust)

* [Sanjay Leela Bhansali] is the only director in the country I haven't worked with yet (Pretty small country she lives in ...)

* To do films like Chameli, Bajirao Mastani and Bewafaa so early in my career seems almost like a miracle. I've even managed to strike just the right balance between Govind Nihalani, Rituparno Ghosh and Deepa Mehta on one hand and Abbas-Mastan, Mani Ratnam and Dharmesh Darshan on the othe (yawn ... well, at least she got the polarity right)

* [Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon is] not as bad as it's made out to be. I loved it (sure, you got paid for it!) ... and people appreciated my performance. Every film of Sooraj Barjatya's can't be a Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! (it had better not be ... I'd rather see all that wasted money go towards a good cause)

* Right now I'm more interested in playing a sex worker! (At least she has clear objectives ... for now)

And finally, some new movie titles {previous post in thread}:

Ashiqui The Burning Love


Raste Ka Maal Saste Mein

Paayal Bar A Passion of Love

And, to reiterate, our mainstream releases this week are Kuch Naa Kaho, Calcutta Mail (a remake of the Chiranjeevi/Anjala Zhaveri starrer Choodalani Vundi), and Rules: Pyar ka Superhit Formula (ugh!).

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