Posts Tagged ‘Mallika Sherawat’

We don’t like Olive branches. Fest films don’t make money in India. We are still not sure about how to say it – is it Cann, Kans or Cannes? French people are rude. There are enough excuses for not making it to the official Cannes list. Or as Balki put it here, “There are no Cannes films in India! Ask why? The day one of those films will be enjoyed by us, our films will be enjoyed by them.” I wish Balki had seen the ruckus during the screening of Biutiful at MAMI last year. And  the organisers were forced to have  two more shows of the film. “Our” number might be less but that’s no reason to be so dumb and dismissive about it. Not that we ever had any doubts about Balki’s take on cinema (Kill a kid, let the lovers unite – Cheeni Kum/Paa), but this reason puts him in a different league all together.

What’s on the Cannes menu this year?

Well, Aishwarya Rai, Sonam Kapoor and Freida Pinto will walk the red carpet, not for any film but for L’Oreal Paris. This is the perfect combo – an almost has been actor who never earned any points for her acting skills, a daddy’s girl who was last seen in Anees Bazmee’s atrocious Thank You, and the third one whose middle name should be ladyluck. Apart from the brand that they are endorsing, there is only one common factor that all three share – lack of any acting talent. Imagine someone talking to Sonam Kapoor at the fest – So, what was your last release? That’s True Grit.

Blame it on the Fest too? They are all about stars, about sponsors, about big money, but they are also about cinema. About finding that independent and unique voice and putting it on the world cinema map. Even with all the goss and the glamour, you can’t deny that credit.

What else?

Mallika Sherawat has also been thereatening to make her presence felt like she did last year and the year before that. Peek a boo-b with some Hisss and you will always get some pics clicked. BTW, have you noticed her twitter handle – it’s MallikaLA. Conspiracy theorists believe that she is trying hard to belong “there” and detach from here. She even got a pic clicked with Barack Obama (Ssshhh..she has new film coming up called Politics Of Love. But it might go direct to dvd. Oops) Or is that just good ol’ photoshop? So MallikaLA, how about changing the handle to MallikaCannes?

Films in competition?

Someone please help me here. When was the last time a desi film made it to the competition section of Cannes? Ok, let’s make the base wider. Competition section of any of the top six (Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Sundance, Toronto, Locarno) film fests?

Vikramaditya Motwane’s Udaan was in Cannes Un Certain regard section last year. Bit of googling and you will know that all those countries which are so small that they are difficult to locate on a world map and with names which are difficult to pronounce, even they are  making that Cannes cut.  Why and how? Blame it all on our bollywood musical and melodrama? Or go back to Balki’s bolly-gyaan.

Bollywood – The Greatest Love Story Ever Told?

And this isn’t helping much. If we can’t qualify, let’s make a film for them. According to official release….

Bollywood – The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, is the title of a feature film produced by Shekhar Kapoor exclusively for the Festival de Cannes. It will be screened out of competition during the 64th Festival that runs from the 11th to the 22nd of May.

 It all began with a conversation with ShekharKapoor, a member of the Cannes Jury in 2010. Why not make a film that brings together the most beautiful moments in the history of Indian musical films, with all their moving pageantry and dance? A few months later, there was Bollywood, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told. It is a swirling and poignant montage in which Shekhar Kapoor, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
 and
 Jeff Zimbalist pay tribute to this cinema genre that has contributed to establishing India’s identity in the eyes of the world and to making Mumbaione of the world capitals of film history.

 “We love it. We hate it. We see it as regressive. We see it as modern. We need to breathe it to feel alive. Some say it is the only culture that holds India together. Some say it gives identity and individuality to 25 million Indians that have left her shores and who’s third generations that are still addicted to it. That’s Bollywood!”

Direction Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
 et 
Jeff Zimbalist. Production : Shekhar Kapoor &
UTV Motion Pictures with Ronnie Screwvala and Trishya Screwvala. India, 2011, 81mn)

That’s Bollywood! Well, that’s the baggage too. At a time when filmmakers are trying to find their voice, trying new ideas, this montage/documentary/film will reinforce every cliche attached to the cinema of Bollylalaland.

Shekhar Kapoor has written a post about it on his blog – How it started, why and where. And i still can’t sense anything substantial in it except for some razzmatazz on the beats of dola re dola. The intention must be honest, but how about championing a film next time at the Cannes?

( PS – Dear Shekhar, have you seen Aaranya Kaandam?)

Madam Mahalingam has been missing in action since some time in Bollywood.  Why ? Because she is busy in Hollywood. Or what she believes is Hollywood. She keeps on tweeting every possible pic that she clicks when she meets any lil’ known face in Hollywood. And there is no news of her so called Hollywood debut Hisss yet!

Anyway, the first teaser trailer of her new film Politics Of Love ( or Love, Barack ) is out. Take a look and yawwwwn!

BTW, it seems the only thing she has gained so far is a fake accent. Click here and enjoy!

And if you are still interested, here is the official synopsis of the film….

The world’s hottest election just got much hotter… Politics has never been this sexy… She was swift-boated by sex-tape! – Politics makes strange bedfellows, but never stranger than when, a month before the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, Kyle Franklin, a sexy, savvy, African American conservative falls for his Democrat counterpart, Aretha Gupta, a beautiful, idealistic local Obama volunteer coordinator. Sparks fly, tempers flares, heads turn, and romance blossoms for this mismatched pair of campaigners in the frantic and intoxicating days leading up to Election Day. Can the politics of love conquer all?

Starring Loretta Devine (Crash, Dreamgirls), legendary Oscar nominee Ruby Dee, Brian White (Stomp the Yard, Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad…), Gerry Bednob (40 Yr Old Virgin) and Bollywood star Mallika Sherawat (Hisss, Murder).

Yes, she is very much alive! In Hollywood, as she claims! And in just few months has even managed to put a fake accent. We will come to that later. BTW, first look of Mallika Sherawat’s s0-called Hollywood film is out. Have a look. Its called Love, Barack.

The film is directed by William Dear. Mallika Sherawat plays Aretha Gupta, a devoted local Obama volunteer coordinator. And a month before the election day, Democrat Aretha unexpectedly falls for her Republican counterpart (Alonso),a handsome, dynamic African-American working for the local McCain office.

And coming back to her accent, click on the play button and enjoy! She was at Cannes for her film Hisss’ promotion. Interview by NDTV’s Anupama Chopra.

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This is purely for cheap thrill. Two days back, we posted Aishwarya Rai’s Cannes pics on our blog and suddenly there are two Eiffel towers on the blog stats page.  Is the whole world googling her ? So,  now we are wondering can Mallika Sherwat’s Cannes pics beat those twin towers of Aishwary Rai ? Plus its pure gimmick! The name is Mallika!….ah Mallika…oh Mallika….ouch Mallika! Do we need to say more. Enjoy!

BTW, she is there for the promotion of her latest release Hisss (Not sure how many “S”). But the gimmick seems too thanda by Cannes standard! Even Mathieu Amalric and his co-stars did better on the red carpet!

PS – Dear Mallika, this is 2010. Scroll down and see what they did in 1954. The last pic in the last row – Robert Mitchum and Simone Silva!

imran khanImran Khan is the latest bollywood celeb to join Twitter. Karan Johar introduced him to it. Imran can be found at http://twitter.com/1mrankhan .

We have also updated the list of other bollywood celebs on twitter. Take your pick.

Actors

Priyanka Chopra – http://twitter.com/priyankachopra

Uday Chopra – http://twitter.com/udaychopra

Sonam Kapoor – http://twitter.com/sonamakapoor

Ritesh Deshmukh – http://twitter.com/Riteishd

Mallika Sherawat – http://twitter.com/MallikaLA

Gul Panag –  http://twitter.com/gulpanag

Dino Morea – http://twitter.com/DinoMorea9

Ayesha Takia – http://twitter.com/Ayeshatakia

Lara Dutta – http://twitter.com/DuttaLara

Anushka Sharma – http://twitter.com/ANUSHKASHARMA01

Rahul Khanna – http://twitter.com/R_Khanna

 

Directors

Ram Gopal Varma – http://twitter.com/rgvzoomin

Shekhar Kapur – http://twitter.com/shekharkapur

Saket Chaudhary – http://twitter.com/sakiboy

Karan Johar – http://twitter.com/kjohar25

Hansal Mehta – http://twitter.com/hansal

Sujoy Ghosh – http://twitter.com/sujoy_g

Tarun Mansukhani – http://twitter.com/Tarunmansukhani

Madhur Bhandarkar – http://twitter.com/mbhandarkar

Kaizad Gustad – http://twitter.com/kaizadgustad

 

Music

Vishal Dadlani – http://twitter.com/V1SH4L

 Shreya Ghoshal – http://twitter.com/shreyaghoshal

 

Others (Producer s/ Writers/ Magazine)

Pritish Nandy – http://twitter.com/PritishNandy

Shridhar Raghavan – http://twitter.com/ShridharR

Amit Khanna – http://twitter.com/amitkhanna 

Bobby Bedi – http://twitter.com/bobbybedi

Filmfare – http://twitter.com/filmfare

We are sure, have missed many others. Do let us know.

Mallika Sherawat is on a promotional over-drive for her film Hissss. And her mantra is twitter twitter! So she is twittering about every move, every pic, every bit of news and videos of her. And if its Mallika Sherawat, who would mind! Here’s a new pic of Mallika Sherawat from her forthcoming film Hissss. Mallika going back to basics! The eve era. Enjoy!

Mallika Sherawat

For more on Hissss which stars Mallika Sherwat & Irfan Khan and is directed by Jennifer Lynch, click here and here. It got  the story/plot/synopsis and the trailer.

But the big question is where the hell is Mallika Sherawat ? The motor mouth siren who hit the headlines with bold statements has vanished from Bollywood these days. Hissss is the new ssshhh in her life. It seems she is in Los Angeles, trying her luck in Hollywood and is busy with her new film Hissss in which she plays an icchadahri naagin! Wooh!

And the dare bare actress is smart enough to keep herself in the news and make the right buzz. She was spotted with musician Yanni and well known music composer Ric Wake recently at Ivy Restaurant, Los Angeles. And if rumours are to be believed she is in serious discussions with Yanni and Ric as she wants to perform a snake dance during his next concert in India.

We wonder if Yanni will play the naagin dhun for Mallika Hissss Sherawat to dance ? If nothing else, she is hitting the right notes atleast.

BTW, Hissss is directed by Jennifer Lynch, daughter of David Lynch. And the cluless bald man with Mallika is Govind Menon ( of Khwahish, Kis Kiski Kismat and Bachke Rehna Re Baba shame)

There are four pics and a video of Mallika Sherawat with Yanni and Ric Wake. Check them out.

For Hissss trailer, click here. And for first look/plot/story/synopsis click here.