Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Dirty Picture

The Dirty Picture, the Silk Smitha biopic, is generating much chatter after the release of the official promos.

Smitha, a South Indian movie heroine, died in 1996, a probable suicide at age 36. For that and other reasons, she draws comparisons to Marilyn Monroe.

Normally, I dislike those E!nglish parallels ("He's India's George Clooney!" "She's India's Meryl Streep!") But in this case, it's less about putting it into a western context for easier digestibility, and more about something universal that connects both Marilyn and Silk, women who arose in puritannical times and shook all the timbers with their unbridled and complex sexuality, before being consumed.

Silk took on bolder roles than Marilyn however: "A vast majority of her movies are softcore and a common theme is her playing a freakishly strong agent in skimpy bikinis beating up huge thugs." (Wikipedia) More Silk Smitha videos here.

Produced by Ekta Kapoor of Balaji Films, directed by Milan Luthria and starring Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah, Tusshar Kapoor and Emraan Hashmi.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Bollywood in Britain

Stumbled into a great blog today. Read about Bollywood's impact on one British-Pakistani woman. Enjoy.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Breakaway/Speedy Singhs: Shera Di Kaum

First song from Breakaway, aka Speedy Singhs, Akshay Kumar's Indo-Canadian production about a Sikh ice hockey team, opening soon, with Akki, Russell Peters, Ludacris, Rob Lowe, Anupam Kher and newcomer Vinay Virmani, who also co-wrote the script:

And here is the trailer:

Opens in India September 23rd, 2011. Co-Produced by Akshay Kumar and Paul Gross (Canada's Akshay Kumar).

Trivia: There is a thriving ice hockey league in Leh, Ladakh in Northern India. The head of India's ice hockey association is also named...Akshay Kumar. They should have a mini-premiere in Leh, with the other Akshay.