Friday, October 17, 2003


There's an arrest warrant out for Daler Mehndi: the charges relate to an illegal immigration racket. Wow!

Prem Panicker does a well worded (but not film-critically rich) review Kill Bill Vol I (this blog's review), and gets a response reading What a wonderful talent wasted in reporting meaningless movies!!. Prem, please revert to Cricket reporting. The cricket reports on rediff on pretty Bland these days. (see also: another example of rediff reBUTTals)

Meanwhile, Stephen Dowling at the BBC believes that despite its countless layered references to cult film, Tarantino's latest flick is too cool to become a cult flick itself.

Another poll. This time it's movie endings. Titanic tops (although I don't know what was so interesting about the ending -- what happened that was unexpected, open-ended, or satisfying -- except for star-struck viewers?).

Business leaders from Birmingham - and from Britain's Asian community - are visiting the home of Bollywood in search of partnerships and profit. Expect more NRI-friendly pieces of flush with lush mijhik, doe-eyed looks (which pass off as 'acting'), and catchy lines about love, faith, emotions and family values.

Rediff has posted an extract from Anupama Chopra's book on DDLJ {last mentioned on this blog}

"Crossover" (what a dumb name!) films (like Mr and Mrs Iyer) have been receiving an encouraging response among Indians, both back home and abroad. The reasons cited worry me though. The article cites some crossover filmmakers (wish they would name names!) as attributing this popularity to "the growing number of Indian immigrants in various countries and the increasing demand for films that are closer to reality and stimulate the brain". And D K Krishna, an upcoming director says Crossover films, however, need to address more universal themes if they are to become mainstream cinema. How can crossover films remain crossover films if they become mainstream films??? Baat karataa hai!

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