"When a beautiful actress is cast in a movie, executives rack their brains to find some kind of flaw in the character she plays that will still allow her to be palatable. She can’t be overweight or not perfect-looking, because who would pay to see that? A female who is not one hundred per cent perfect-looking in every way? You might as well film a dead squid decaying on a beach somewhere for two hours."
Just saw a trailer for “West is West” on cbc….”from the creators of East is East” they say.
I think it came out in the UK already, but I hadn’t heard of this till now….It feels like they took a movie I actually enjoyed and carelessly handed it over to the producers of Outsourced. Hopefully I’m wrong. :(
Deepa Mehta’s much-awaited film adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Booker Prize winning novel Midnight’s Children will be called Winds of Change. The film starring Irrfan Khan, Rahul Bose, Nandita Das, Shabana Azmi and Soha Ali Khan among others, will start shooting in Sri Lanka next month.
When you are dealing with source material as epic as Midnight’s Children, it seems unnecessary to change the title. I guess the title Winds of Change incorporates the last element that Mehta has to cover in her “elements” film series. Still, to change the name suggests that this project will be defined by Mehta’s direction, rather than Rushdie’s source material, which I hope won’t be true.
I saw Slackistan at the South Asian International Film Festival last week. The film gave an insightful and humorous glimpse of the day-to-day lives of Islamabad’s wealthy and young, but took its slacker pacing a little too seriously towards the end. Still worth checking out.
John & Jane is an astonishing look at the souls of the outsourced. Shot on 35mm and composed with unsettling grace, this documentary finds and entirely original and fitting language to express the eerie dislocation of virtual work.
Along with donning American aliases, the call agents must attend accent neutralization classes, watch Hollywood movies, and study American shopping flyers as part of their “cultural training.” The six employees featured in the film represent different shades of distorted reality—from those who hate the job to those who love it to the point of abandoning their Indian identity.
My faith in Indian cinema was restored last night with Aparna Sen’s masterful 15 Park Avenue (2005). The film stars Sen’s own daughter, Konkona Sen Sharma…
I was actually a little hesitant going into this, partly because there have been many mainstream Indian films focusing on mental illness in one way or another in recent years — all of which I’ve hated…
… Among other things, the film takes quite seriously the difficulties seriously ill people can trigger for their families — not a small thing.