Tareefan – Female Anthem we need or nah?

To be totally honest I didn’t even understand the trailer let alone what this song is trying to do. If it’s the whole gender role reverse for the men to be backing dancers then yeah ok (my god they have some fine men in this video!) but like where is the dancing? They could’ve got any choreographer from these unlimited dance shows in India, and I’m sure they would’ve done 100% better.

I will say that both Sonam and Bebo looked stunning, and their makeup looked bold and sultry but again this video looks like an end of movie credit song to me. Why didn’t Swara have her own moment in the video? I thought they all had equal roles in this movie, after all the leads are all women. Not like she had to dance because the other two didn’t.

Now for the actual song, it’s a grower on me, I personally don’t like Badshah’s raps, they’re very basic. I would’ve preferred Guru Randhawa as he does good punjabi anthems, or even Diljit Dosanjh but hey beggers can’t be choosers.
Without the rap this song isn’t bad. I like the chorus.

What do you think about this song?

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R.I.P. Sri Devi – An Indian Cinema Icon and Legend

Sri Devi

I wouldn’t normally do a post about Bollywood celebrity deaths but this news has been such a shock and I still can’t believe it.
Over the past couple of years Bollywood legends such as Om Puri  (January 2017), Vinod Khanna (April 2017), Reema Lagoo (May 2017)  and most recently Shashi Kapoor (December 2017) last year alone have passed away. I never thought I would be posting about the passing of Sri Devi so early on. Even while writing this I still can’t believe she’s gone.
I only saw pictures of her a couple of days ago on Instagram enjoying a wedding.
Sri Devi passed away on Saturday 24th after a cardiac arrest in Dubai, where she was attending a family wedding, along with many other Bollywood celebrities.

She had been acting since the age of 4, you could say she was just born to act.
She had done several films before I was even born, but I still grew up watching her movies. We were just getting to see more of Sri Devi since her comeback to Bollywood in English Vinglish in 2012, and most recently Mom in 2017, where she took on these key roles as representing older women, and now she’s gone.
She had acted in over 150 movies including regional Indian cinema in Tamil, Telugu, Malaylam, Kannada and Hindi languages. That’s how versatile she was and we have lost her too soon.

Sri Devi is and will always be a legend. She had given us so many iconic roles. Her big eyes, her facial expressions, her style, her dancing and just everything about her was the epitome of grace. She was and will always be an inspiration for girls everywhere.

Chandni, Mr India, Chaalbaaz (favourite), Himmatwala, Khuda Gawah, Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja, Laadla, Army, Judaai (favourite), English Vinglish and Mom to name a few of the hundreds of movies she did in Indian cinema.
Gone but never forgotten.

My condolences to her family and friends. We have lost a true star.

“Balma” “Understand, You better Understand”

Zack Knight & Jasmin Walia – Bom Diggy Diggy in a Bollywood movie!!

Go Zack Knight and Jasmin Walia for getting their song in a Bollywood movie and I’m so happy for them!

The video was released by T-Series yesterday and features in the movie Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety starring half of the Pyar Ka Punchnama 2 cast, Kartik Aaryan, Sunny Singh Nijjar and Nushrat Bharucha.

I’ve been hearing this song since last year summer and now it’s being featured in a movie.

This looks like the boys’ intro song in the movie to me.

I just don’t understand this video though, are they in a “foreign location” because there’s so many white girls twerking. Why are they lip syncing to Jasmin’s words rather than the south asian girls? Why couldn’t they be the leads in this video, it is in a Bollywood movie isn’t it? But the asian guys can get their air time and highlight their dancing skills.
Anyways here’s the original video as well if you don’t know what the singers look like…

Koffee With Karan Language Barrier

I started watching an episode with my mum, she wanted to see the one with Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, because it kept advertising on TV, and I realised that most, if not all the episodes, the guests as well as Karan are speaking in English. (They probably have been from Season 1 but I’ve never picked up on it).

My mum understands English but doesn’t really speak it, so most of the time she just gets the gist of what they’re saying. I know sometimes she doesn’t understand what they’re talking about because of their words, like when Ranveer called Karan a “needler”, she would understand it better in Hindi. Sometimes she even asks me what does this mean, which I think as an Asian TV Show (even if it is a chat show) isn’t right.
It’s harder to explain the private jokes they make amongst themselves, which doesn’t come out the same when you translate it. Some words can’t be translated which will be the same from Hindi to English.

Considering the channel it airs on (Star TV in India, Star Plus in the UK), the primary audiences’ first language, their background, their education. Unless they have been in further education or communicate in English, these audiences wouldn’t understand half of the stuff the guests say.

A few days days ago I watched ‘The Roundtable with Rajeev Masand’ I watched the one with the Actors first, with Aamir, Ranbir, Irrfan and Nawazuddin before I saw the one with the actresses.
While Rajeev was asking them questions in English, the other three didn’t have a problem in replying back in English, but Nawazuddin was the only one who replied back in Hindi with the odd English word here and there. Even Rajeev translated the questions, when he was asking Nawazuddin, which I think helped him and didn’t make him feel like the odd one out, because he was replying back in Hindi.
I don’t know if anyone noticed that or they were just mostly listening to the answers, not how they were saying it.
I know slowly but surely he will pick it up as well but for some reason it’s just become normal for them to always speak in English.

If they can do movies in Hindi, why not chat shows? I’m not saying they should all be in Hindi but good amount of it should be.

While it might be great for international audiences, for the people who have grown up watching Hindi cinema, they should be able to understand them better.

Don’t you think?

ranveerarjun

Films Watched in 2013

Happy New Year!!

What a year it’s been for the movie industry both Hollywood and Bollywood!
In the beginning of the year I decided to make a list, of all the movie I watch for the first time in the year no matter how old they are.
The list first started off with Hollywood movies and then at the end of Feb/beginning of March I decided to do the same for Bollywood as I watch both. (makes sense right?) So here’s the list including my favourites for the year:

Hollywood Movies Watched In 2013

– Hotel Transylvania (2012)
– Django Unchained (2013)

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– Silver Linings Playbook (2013)
– Les Misérables (2013)

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– A Christmas Carol (2009)
– Fun Size (2012)
– Kiss The Girls (1997)
– Wreck It Ralph (2013)
– Rio (2011)
– Identity Thief (2013)

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– Source Code (2011)
– Takers (2010)
– Fired Up (2009)
– Looper (2012)
– Friends With Kids (2011)
– The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
– Limitless (2011)
– Salt (2010)
– Iron Man 2 (2010)
– Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
– 21 & Over (2013)
– The Hangover Part 3 (2013)
– Despicable Me 2 (2013)

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– The Croods (2013)
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– Monsters University (2013)

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– Grown Ups 2 (2013)
– The Heat (2013)

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– Epic (2013)
– Planes (2013)
– Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

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– We’re The Millers (2013)

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– Iron Man 3 (2013)
– The Worlds End (2013)
– This Is The End (2013)

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– Now You See Me (2013)

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– Turbo (2013)
– Red 2 (2013)

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– G.I. Joe Retaliation (2013)
– This Means War (2012)
– The Internship (2013)
– Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)
– Bad Teacher (2011)
– The Kids Are All Right (2010)
– Rise Of The Guardians (2012)
– Arthur Christmas (2011)
– The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

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– The Best Man (1999)
– White House Down (2013)

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– ParaNorman (2012)
– The Best Man Holiday (2013)

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– One Direction – This Is Us (2013)
– Pain & Gain (2013)
– The Family (2013)
– The Sapphires (2012)
– Julie and Julia (2009)
– Saving Mr Banks (2013)

Bollywood Movies (Starting from end of Feb)

– Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)
– Table No 21 (2013)

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– Aashiqui 2 (2013)
– Talaash (2012)
– Student Of The Year (2012)
– English Vinglish (2012)
– Kai Po Che (2013)
– Yamla Pagla Deewana (2011)
– Gippi (2013)

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– Mujhse Fraandship Karoge (2011)
– Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani (2013)

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– Faltu (2011)
– Jolly LLB (2013)
– Guru (2007)
– Raanjhanaa (2013)

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– Ghanchakkar (2013)
– Aurangzeb (2013)
– Ishqiya (2010)
– Don 2 (2011)
– Race 2 (2013)

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– Chennai Express (2013)

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– ABCD (2013)

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– Shuddh Desi Romance (2013)
– Fukrey (2013)

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– Besharam (2013)
– Grand Masti (2013)
– Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara (2013)
– The Lunchbox (2013)
– Bullett Raja (2013)
– Bombay Talkies (2013)
– Ram-Leela (2013)

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– Ramaiya Vastavaiya (2013)
– Lootera (2013)

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Overall I think I’ve done well but I still have A LOT to watch!