Monday, September 19, 2005

Quizlet #1

What do Amrish Puri, Jalal Agha, Pankaj Kapoor, Supriya Pathak, Neena Gupta, Shreeram Lagoo, Dalip Tahil, Om Puri, Tom Alter, Roshan Seth, Mohan Agashe, Alok Nath, Rohini Hathangadi, Saeed Jaffrey and Alyqee Padamsee have in common besides being well known Film/TV personalities?

They all shared the same screen in this movie. Amazing.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Making a splash in Toronto

It seems Indian films have been well represented in the Toronto Film Festival 05. The same cannot be said of the upcoming New York Film Festival (not a single Indian film). New York has one of the most vibrant Indian expat communities, and is home to renowned Indian filmmakers like Mira Nair and the late Ismail Merchant. However, our films have not been able to create the same kind of excitement here.

The Lincoln Center did host a film series on Amitabh Bachchan in April. It was obviously a huge hit with the Indian crowds, but failed to make a dent in the mainstream consciousness. Indian movies are regularly shown in the heart of Times Square, but you would be hard pressed to find an American in the crowd. What makes Toronto different from New York?

Mithun bhakt

Greatbong declares: Mithun = GOD. When his faith faltered, Prabhuji did not leave his side.
On the very first day of shooting for Mithun-da's new movie "Chingari" directed by Kalpana Lajmi, the traditional rape sequence was being picturized between Mithun-da and Sushmita Sen. However Sushmita, who is somewhat of a nag and a pathetic pseudo, left the sets fuming about how Mithun touched her inappropriately during the scene.

Despite the irony of inappropriate fondling during a rape scene, I was distraught. How could Prabhu do this to a girl his daughter's age? I cried myself to sleep and in my dreams, Mithun-da came to me, whispering words of wisdom.

Well actually no.

He said nothing. In my dream, He was standing on a desolate beach with dolorous weather-beaten eyes. He bent down, picked up a fistful of sand, and let it fall through His fingers. I immediately understood what He meant----the ephemeral nature of the human body, ashes to ashes --dust to dust----what is one touch here or there ? It's all Maya. How true.

In the morning I realized that He also may have meant that all He did was touch silicon (ie sand) and not Sushmita Sen, the creature of flesh and bone.

I was born again.
And I am a convert.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

I love SP

I looooove SP Balasubramanyam! Listen to this (till the end) and you will know why :)

(For some reason MIO's player works in IE but not in my FireFox)