Ae Ji. O Ji.

Last night was a lot of fun at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. Need I say more? =)

Anil and I had a great (and public, at first) exchange during a formal Q&A session, in which he: a) denied the existence of a script for a remake of Mr. India (1987), and added, "some films can simply not be made again." (Whew, thank you sir -- talk of a Mogambo other than Amrish Puri is silly, I think); b) joked about how old he feels because I happened to see Mr. India when I was five (a slight gaffe on my part, although I was only trying to express the duration of my fandom); and c) proudly (and prudently) proclaimed that his best work is yet to have been made.

The auditorium was filled to capacity, and I was startled at the applause received by my mere mention of Mr. India, which remains in my top two favorite Anil films to date. Of course, I managed to squeeze in a comment on Lagaan (2001) while I had the microphone (I'm serious), but that's another story ;) He was kind enough to meet with some of us afterward, and my brief conversation with him was centered around his films with Sridevi, and Eeshwar (1989 - my other Anil favorite).

Enjoy the title song (and all its masala goodness) from one of the more underrated Anil-Sridevi movies, Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1993).

And to stay consistent with the title to this post, here's a link to My Name is Lakhan from Ram Lakhan (1989).

The film we saw -- Gandhi My Father (2007) -- is discussed briefly in this post. The English version (of which this was a World Premiere, I believe) is not dubbed, which is quite a feat. And the ArcLight cinemas have some of the best audio-visual equipment I've experienced an Indian film on, for which I'll definitely re-visit. And finally, here are AK and yours truly. (Please note the source of the Aamir sketch.) Thank you IFFLA! Thank you Anil!


Darshit said...

Still hiding urself ? :-(
will read it after work. Thnx 4 sharing.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Vay! Anil is looking very handsome and personable in your photos! Between this post of yours and memsaab's on Shammi and her comments regardng meeting Kareena, Kunal, Boman and your Aamir Khan, I just can't keep up with the excitement. The video you included in this is great. Have to see THAT movie! Keep enjoying the IFFLA and report back more.

All the best!

Bhargav Saikia said...

Lucky you!

Roop Ki Rani..was terrible for me. I loved Gandhi My father though. Very well made and again underrated, which is like a crime really. How did this movie go unnoticed in India! Sigh!

Anyway, glad you had a good time with AK. You should have clicked a photo with him!

theBollywoodFan said...

Darshit: Good luck with work! Do stop by again.

Adab Sita-ji! Anil was very cool, and it was great they had that Q&A session afterward. We'll talk about the specifics some time, but it was all really good. I don't know if Memsaab would agree on this, but from Kareena on the sets of Kambakht Ishk (or however it's to be spelled) last year out here in L.A., I can tell you the camera doesn't do her justice. The crew have my word that I shall not share any pictures until after the release.

Bhargav: I hear that a lot about Roop Ki Rani, but remember liking it enough back in '93 to watch it multiple times, LOL. Not sure what my reaction would be now, but its failure was always a mystery to me. "Hello Ms. Chai mein shakkar, Na lena hum se yun takkar!" :D

You should have clicked a photo with him!He was kind enough to let me! (Behind that Aamir sketch in the last picture, LOL.)

JJC said...

Aw Anil Kapoor, love glad he was so kind. I hate when good actors ruin my image of them by being mean. My favorite flm of his is also Eeshwar. I wish it was talked about much more.
haha you pulled a Deepika (the time she mentioned on koffee with karan how she was when DDLJ released in front of SRK)
you're right, I just don't see what you can add to Mr. India.
Seems like you had a good time there ;p

theBollywoodFan said...

It was a lot of fun. And it was really nice of him. I didn't know that about Deepika, so did she ever call SRK 'uncle'? At least Sonam and I are close enough in age to where I could do that with Anil and get away with it. The audience got a nice laugh from it, so I didn't mind at all :o) And right on about Mr. India. It's perfectly fine the way it is!

Anonymous said...

Adab theBollywoodFan,
Memsaab had wonderful comments about all of them, which I'm sure you read or will get to, and she specifically commented on Kareena's gorgeousness in person. People usually look much better in person and stars seem to even more. They also seem to look smaller and shorter than you'd imagine too. I remember seeing Tupac in a nightclub in Mineapolis years ago and he was mini. The only exception was seeing Lisa Leslie WNBA, who appeared taller that you'd think. The only star I've seen in person who didn't look *better* was Bill Murray, but I loved him in "Lost in Translation." I look forward to seeing those shots you got of Kareena (a top The Standard, right?)when they are legal for you to post. I think in "Luck by Chance" she looked super cute and close to what she would look like in person, maybe because she was playing herself.

All the Best!

Darshit said...

Did blogger ate my comment??

Thank God, for the Mr.India update. I too think it can't be remade again.

Seems like you had great fun. [jealous]. When this was being shot around Ahmedabad, i rushed to location, but as city was sensitive those days, I could get only glimpse of Akshaye and Bhumika. No Anil :(

And yeah, I am also in a minority who loves 'Roop Ki Rani...' [why not...Sridevi !!!]

Rum said...

LUCKYYYY! I wished i coulda gone, but i think you would have asked all my questions for me! Congrats to meeting the Anil!

theBollywoodFan said...

Sita-ji: I have met far more sports personalities than movie stars, and you're right about them being the exception. I have never felt as tiny as I did when I stood by Shaq, for instance (he wears 20+ size shoes, go figure). Or as skinny as I did when I was by Ricky Williams. The KI set I spent time on was on the day after they were at The Standard, at a nearby aparment building.

Darshit: I hope they stick to the Mr. India from the 80s. One can see why an actor would be attracted to playing a villain as mighty and charismatic as Mogambo, but even Amitabh Bachchan as Gabbar in RGV Ki Aag a couple of years ago was disappointing.

Great that you got to see the sets of Gandhi My Father. The film's a visual delight. And yeah, Roop Ki Rani was fun! I have a very specific memory of watching that in a theater in Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania), which was a real fun experience.

Rum! I can almost picture you collapsing with a smile on your face (a la Deepika Padukone in Om Shanti Om (2007)) while handing over a list of questions, ROTFL. I got home at around 2 a.m., and I reckon had you and your questions been there, we might have been there a lot longer! =)

Anonymous said...

Glad you got to meet him in LA. Remember we'd met him at an Oberoi brunch when you were living in Mumbai? You haven't changed much, my filmloving baby cous. :P

theBollywoodFan said...

Right! I remember...exactly. Thanks for calling me today, S. For a moment, I was wondering who it was. :) There are a few dozen of you who call me 'baby cousin', LOL, and about 5 of you were there with me that lovely afternoon in Bombay. Jai Bombay!

a ppcc representative said...

Cosmic coincidence! I was just gushing out my Anil-love in the last review. Gosh, I love that man. What are the prospects on a Raj Kapoor biopic looking like? That's my Holy Grail of Anil filminess.

theBollywoodFan said...

Indeed! It's difficult to not be a fan of one of the most versatile actors of our times (I say, the initials AK must stand for something, LOL). For what it's worth, I did tell him he's a favorite in the blogosphere. Thanks for stopping by. :)

theBollywoodFan said...

All: Feroz Khan passed away today. Sad, sad, news. :'(

S.K.S. said...

Nice blog! Did you get to see The Fakir of Venice? I heard it's great...Farhan Akhtar is surely an emerging talent acting wise! Although I personally think he should stop singing. Check out my blog ( when you get a chance. I'll be sure to tune into yours.

theBollywoodFan said...

Welcome Sabrina, and thank you for your visit and comment. I did not see The Fakir of Venice, and I know I should have. Farhan Akhtar singing in Rock On wasn't all bad :) I'll definitely look forward to checking out your blog this weekend. Thank you again for stopping by. And do come again. Cheers.

Pitu said...

Oh fun!! And what's hilarious is, you remember I told you I was wondering if you'd bump into my friend who was on the organizing committee last yr? That's her husband in the 1st foto on the extreme right :-D

So.... Sonam ji ke baare mein no baatcheet? ;-)