REMAKES, RED HERRINGS
After playing a terrible actor-turned-director in Luck By Chance, Sanjay Kapoor is actually directing a film now. It’s My Life is a remake of the Telugu super-hit Bommarillu that starred the matched in cuteness Genelia D’souza and Siddhartha. Kapoor’s version too will also star the lovely Genelia D’souza but the hero is Harman Baweja. Why, Genelia, why? And what is this red herring Kapoor is addressing to an imaginary interlocutor when he says Aamir Khan is too old for the role? We didn’t ask.
Slumdog Millionaire has been a magnet for madness this week. Freida Pinto has a part in a new Woody Allen movie. The Pussycat Dolls are singing Jai Ho, the deeper connotations of that song cracking us up entirely in a juvenile way. (Though it is completely unrelated, can we also say that Megan Fox is going to play Mother Teresa and Jackie Chan’s son Jaycee is going to be in a Bollywood movie. And this apart there are those who will sulk and those who will balk. Amitabh Bachchan for instance feels that no one should criticise Delhi-6 since ‘everyone’ loved Slumdog.
TICKET OUT OF JAIL
Siddhartha The Prisoner is the mysteriously titled new film starring Rajat Kapoor. Now it is looking likely to stay mysterious because shows are being cancelled in Mumbai since people are not turning up. In case you have plans to see it, here’s the lowdown. It is directed by first-timer Pryas Gupta and traces the adventures of an author (who almost won the Booker prize) who ends up in jail. The movie begins when he is out of jail and hopes to restore his life with a new book. Only he loses the manuscript. Go watch.
The second Indian Art Summit is coming up in Delhi on 19 August. The space booked for the Summit is 4, 000 sq metres has optimistically been increased (up from 1,400 square metres last year). While the organisers are saying that they are sure of luring buyers, the general gloom around the art market is not encouraging. Hence, the embarrassing veiled promises of bargain-basement prices for art.
Resul Pookutty (Describing the experience of being congratulated for his award-winning work by filmmaker Steven Spielberg backstage at the Oscars)