Welcome to Haider, a Bollywood version of Hamlet set for a controversial, much anticipated release this autumn.
Vishal Bhardwaj's latest Shakespearian adaptation turns the Prince of Denmark into a philosophy student from Kashmir, the former Himalayan princedom, who returns home from university after hearing that his doctor father has disappeared and his mother is in a new relationship. View the trailer here
- captions available. [more inside]
Bertrand Russell in Bollywood: The Old Philosopher’s Improbable Appearance in a Hindi Film, 1967 [SLYT]
"The year was 1967. Russell was by then a very frail 95-year-old man. Besides finishing work on his three-volume autobiography, Russell was devoting much of his remaining time to the struggle for peace and nuclear disarmament. To that end, he sometimes made himself available to people he thought could help the cause. (See our March 2012 post, “How Bertrand Russell Turned the Beatles Against the Vietnam War.”) So when he was asked to appear in a movie called Aman, about a young Indian man who has just received his medical degree in London and wants to go to Japan to help victims of the atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Russell said yes." [via: openculture.com]
"I Want Fakht You"
is a semi-show-stopping musical number in the new Hindi comedy/fantasy film "Joker"
), a rather odd movie
(by Bollywood standards) about what happened after the Inmates literally started running the Asylum (plus a rocket scientist, some post-colonial history, a media circus and maybe
aliens!).It MUST be noted that the word "Fakht" is Hindi for "Just", so the lyric is "I Want Just You", but the audio may still be NSFW for clueless Anglophones.
At the end of your Bollywood comedy
you have an item song
to be a tribal song with gibberish lyrics, so why not just list film directors' names? Cue, The Akira Kurosawa song
has released a new single called Bad Girls
. The music video
, another collaboration with Romain Gavras (previously on Metafilter
), features a Middle Eastern style of drifting
and a see-through glow-in-the-dark car inspired by Prabhu Deva dancing on a see-through bus
in the Tamil film Kadhalan
believe M.I.A. is making a statement against the Saudi Arabian law banning women from driving, others
see it as a relatively positive view of today's Middle East, and still others
fear M.I.A. is misappropriating stereotypes for the sake of creating controversy. But maybe you'd just like some more lighthearted information on the making of the video. M.I.A. herself delivers
. (More M.I.A. on Metafilter: 2005
, most recently
In cinemas soon: Hero Hitler in Love
. (autoplaying audio) [more inside]
Yahoo, Bollywood actor
(and internet buff
) Shammi Kapoor passed away
after illness in Mumbai on 14th August 2011. The actor belonged
to the Indian film industry's famous family
of actors which included
his father, Prithviraj, and brothers Raj and Shashi Kapoor. (His first wife
Geeta Bali was a superstar
in her own
One of the most popular stars
of his generation, also known
as the "Elvis Presley of India" he starred in hits
, An Evening in Paris, Chinatown and Kashmir Ki Kali
Jingle Bells, gujarati/tamil style.
A year ago or so, MTV India released two Christmas-themed bumpers/music-videos, each an animated rendition of the Xmas classic "Jingle Bells" in regional dialects and in regional musical styles: gujarati/tamil and punjabi
. [more inside]
He is a balding, middle-aged man with a paunch.
"If a tiger had sex with a tornado and then their tiger-nado baby got married to an earthquake, their offspring would be Rajinikanth.
" [more inside]
Bollywood Radio, the classics
l Top 40 Countdown
, news, interviews, talk about the music scene in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam l Bonus links: Indian classical music on Radio Live365
Some Hindi music directors
take a lot of er, inspiration from popular western songs, lifting music and even lyrics. The results range from awful to inspired. [more inside]
Tajik Jimmy is the new Susan Boyle.
Baimurat Allaberiyev, a diminutive native of Tajikistan, can perform Bollywood show-stoppers as a one-man band, equipped with nothing but an uncanny falsetto and a metal bucket. More of his story here. Here is the original song
from the 1983 Bollywood musical Disco Dancer. Previously.
Kuchh Kook Hota Hai
is an all singing, dancing (and possibly epileptic fit inducing) Indian cookery show (without much cooking), featuring two sassy assistants 'salt' and 'pepper'. To whet your appetite – Mutton Burger
and Carrot Roll
- ("[walk] in the shadow")
. The smash Bollywood hit from the movie "Dil Se"
. for ceege [more inside]
Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Naa
(You don't know, and neither do I) = A guy who's in love with a girl falls in love with someone who he thinks is right for him, but he realizes his mistake, only after the girl has decided to marry her perfect match [or so she thinks]. Taree Zameen Par
(Stars On The Ground) = A boy who has difficulty with school work gets put into a Hostel for boys where he discovers a teacher who understands him and is willing to fight for him. And Jab We Met
(When we met) = A story about a guy and a girl, who meet on a train and get hitched to each other; the guy finds himself by the end of their travel but has to leave the girl because she's run away from home to marry a guy, only to find out that he doesn't want to marry her... three Hindi movies which I would suggest that everyone watch!
) Sikh superstar
and former cab driver, sure can dance
There are of course, imitators
Even if you only have a passing familiarity
with Bollywood musicals, Asha Bhosle
's voice will be familiar to you.
As one of the most sought after playback singers
in Bollywood, and an accomplished, versatile
musician in her own right, she's reputed to have sung over 12.000 songs
and may be the world's most recorded artist. She's
certainly one of the most beloved.
Bollywood, the 1960s and 70s: "For years, the favorite setting for the big dance number has been a cabaret, with its atmosphere of forbidden liquor and sexual permissiveness, with its mixed audience of privileged Indians, industrialists, playboys, princes, and its foreign decadence..."
And no one was more at home this exotic milieu than an Anglo-Burmese refugee who began dancing in films at 13 to support her family. Her pale skin and vaguely foreign looks, along with a collection of colored contacts and wigs, allowed her to play white women, Asian women, whatever titillating role was called for. She was Helen, Queen of the Nautch Girls
, part 3
, part 4
). [more inside]
releases the fire of pain inside her body and immolates herself. Neat! (YT)
Rare Kishore Kumar Songs
is a website dedicated to the music of legendary Bollywood playback singer
and comic actor Kishore Kumar
. There are hundreds of songs, many with other Bollywood legends, such as Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar. There are also songs by Kishore's son Amit. All songs and videos are in Real Player format and in low quality.
Today's Indian Pizza Hut Special:
Buy one large tikka masala pizza, get one Bollywood-style dance routine free
. Yay! [more inside]
The most beautiful woman in the world
today. Aishwarya Rai
and Abshishek Bachchan
, two of India's most popular actors, tied the knot in Mumbai, amid tight security
. While a comparatively modest affair
, it was not without drama
. Oh, you weren't invited
? Well, you can still watch the bride and groom
dance -- with the father-in-law
It seems apropos today to post about Bollywood and its style of romance and love
. Songs are often the
equivalent of a bedroom scene
, a fact I didn't believe until it was pointed out to me that
there were numerous instances
of extremely suggestive
songs followed by pregnancy. Bollywood also uses songs to arouse patriotic fervour
, a trait that master music director A.R. Rahman
takes to new heights with his release of the classics Vande Mataram
[Motherland, I salute thee] and Jana Gana Mana
[India's national anthem]. But even before him, there were classics of public service advertising
such as "Mile sur tera hamara...
" a fuzzy video but inspiring nonetheless of the myriads of voices and languages spoken in India. Other loves that hindi
cinema celebrates through its songs is that of a mother for a child
, god, love across cultural boundaries
and what is politely termed
as "conjugal love".
Bollywood in a nutshell: Bollywood is the name given to the Bombay (Mumbai)-based Hindi-language film industry in India. Bollywood films are colorful, crammed with singing
, loads of costume changes
. In the past there were often absurd and hilarious take-offs on Western films or superstars, such as the Beatles
, Michael Jackson
music and hair styles
. Spectacular collection of Bollywood posters
and vintage original poster art for sale
. The history
of Bollywood, brief chronology
[pdf]. The main actors
. The main actresses
. Some of the renowned songs
and the singers
who sang them. Bollywood song lyrics and audio
at the excellent Music India Online. [more inside]
The UKs Celebrity Big Brother provokes a diplomatic incident
after bullying and alleged racism in the Big Brother house. At the center of the furor are Shilpa Shetty
, massive bollywood film star, and Jade Goody, a previous Big Brother content famous for being a previous big brother contestant and her odd views on geography
. Both Jade and Shetty are now up for eviction, with the formerly popular Jade being widely expected to be evicted
. She could face trouble on the outside, where already an anti-bullying charity she represents has dropped her
. Meanwhile Shetty has become favorite to win
YouTube, but also Bollywood. So it's got an international appeal. Via: First Rule.
As Bollywood goes global
its becoming more cosmopolitan - and embracing one of the most controversial aspects of globalization
- "Westerners will do a lot of things on camera that Indian's just won't do," says Kaneez F. Khan, a Chennai-based producer. "It's easier just to outsource the role to someone who doesn't have anything at stake."
Bollywood is remaking Fight Club. It seems there wasn't enough dancing and singing. Trailers here [Windows media]
. No mention of soap.
Cornershop's "Brimful of Asha"
and Panjabi MC
with Jay-Z don't mark Desi
's lone inroads into mainstream European and North American culture. The creative hybridizaton might not be widespread, but the impact is felt well beyond pop music, from examples that often range from the comedic
to the dramatic
to the controversial
, giving a glimpse into the ongoing conversation between widely disparate cultures and traditions, going beyond convenient media stereotypes.
Bollywood Record Covers
Crazy Bollywood soundtrack LP covers. My likes? This one
and this one
. No, I have no idea what they say either.
Hollywood? Old. Bollywood? That's soooo 2003. Make room for Nollywood
, Nigeria's own film industry which is growing by leaps and bounds every year, and is currently worth about $45 million dollars
. About 400 Nollywood films are produced every year many on a budget of around $15000 and are distributed almost entirely by VHS and VCD. The stories are very much simplistic
and pulpy (check out 419 Stalk Exchange. Yes, 419 as in the email scam) but are much preferred
by local residents and emigre's than the usual arthouse fair one often thinks of when talking about African cinema. Now if you'll excuse me there's a bucket of popcorn and a copy of GSM Connection
waiting for me in the living room.
Making Bollywood accesible to all. Including such wonders as lyrics translations
, newcomer's guides
and intriguing articles such as Masculinity, Bollywood-Ishtyle
and a Hollywood FAQ
for a different perspective. Explore and enjoy.