Various News

Well, we just finished watching My Name is Khan. The phrases I said the most while watching it were “Oh. My. GOSH.” and “What the HECK?” because it was a bizarre experience. In fact, after watching it, I’ve decided to take back the happy birthday wishes for KJo, because I’m seriously freaked out now. No, I still love him. But I wonder how an educated, privileged, well-traveled man could get the US so entirely wrong in such a totally weird way. I really do.

Karan claims to have “outgrown mush” and this news story (about the new film I Hate Luv Stories) even claims that My Name is Khan is a serious political-human statement, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating, my friends, and I’m just not convinced.

I like Imran’s take on the film, (I Hate Luv Stories, not My Name is Khan). “We are making films for the Indian industry so why not just make it the way everyone loves them? Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday Favorites – Swades

As you may have noticed, I’ve been kind of pathetic about posting lately. Swades deserves to be a Friday favorite; it’s one of my favorite movies, and I don’t mean out of just Hindi films. I’m going to sit down and stick through this review. Wish me luck.

Swades (Homeland): We the People was released in 2004. It was written, produced, and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker with music by A. R. Rahman, and lyrics by Javed Akhtar. Interestingly, there is a musical theme used in the film that Rahman worked into Slumdog Millionaire— if you’re familiar with Slumdog, keep an ear out for it.

If you want a summary, you can visit the Wikipedia page, but to give you a really basic idea– Mohan (Shahrukh) works for NASA, but goes back to India to find Kaveri Amma (Kishori Balal), the woman who raised him. He finds her living with Gita (Gayatri Joshi, in her first and only film), a young woman in a small village which he finds quite primitive. But he’s captivated by Gita, and is drawn in by the problems he sees in the village. He and Gita work to change them, and gradually the people of the town become quite impressed by him. He has to return to the US, and asks the two women to come with him. You’ll have to watch it to see what happens. :) Read the rest of this entry »

Jai Ho

The opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games were held today in Vancouver.  I’m much more aware of India than I was during the last games, and it’s been fascinating reading about Indians in the games:

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar got to carry the torch.

Some sad news for Indian Olympians.

Wikipedia says

“India is the country in the world with the lowest number of total Olympic medals per capita (of those countries that have actually won at least one medal)”.

Their explanation amused us:

“Numerous explanations have been offered for the dearth, including poverty, malnutrition, neglected infrastructure, the lack of sponsorship, the theft of money and equipment, political corruption, institutional disorganization, social immobility, the predominance of cricket and other cultural factors.”

Fortunately, the three Indian Olympians participating in this year’s games have been given uniforms!

And now, in case you haven’t seen it, here are some Pardesi (and Desi) kids in Chicago doing the dance from Slumdog Millionaire:

A.R. Rahman and Sukhwinder Singh really bring out the best in people.