With Wanted last year and now Dabangg, Salman Khan seems to have found his winning formula. There’s no one who can quite carry off a larger-than-life superhero of the so-called masala action films of the 1980s – a genre, the South, especially Tamil and Telugu, still does with a lot more flair and conviction. Little wonder, his upcoming films too are Southern cinema re-makes – of Ready (Telugu) and Bodyguard (Malayalam). Southwards Ho!
Just finished reading the synopsis of Priyadarshan’s Ajay Devgn – Akshaye Khanna – Bipasha Basu starrer Aakrosh coming up on October 1. Hmmm, wonder what the makers of Mississippi Burning (1988) would say about this one… From burning crosses to burning trishuls… Really!
Yet another discussion on the pathetic state of smaller, content-driven ‘mulitplex’ cinema with a fellow filmmaker. More and more moaning about lack of infra-structure for the indie film – be it a total rethink in marketing strategies, or creating the concept of art-house theatres with a proper distribution network, and most importantly, having a different pricing structure for such films. Only see two ways to make a film now – go the totally no-budget digital route or play the game, chase the star, persist, persist, persist and make that dream blockbuster! Actually, can pursue both ends of the spectrum simultaneously – why not?
Finally, an interesting bit of old time trivia – Raj Khosla’s initial announcement of Bambai ka Babu (1960) with Dev Anand and Madhubala. Of course, the film was ultimately made with Suchitra Sen.