April, and the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

Not much at all going on in March on the new releases front, with only two releases scheduled. By far the more interesting of them is 8 x 10 Tasveer (the other being Meri Padosan, on the tenth), starring Akshay Kumar, Ayesha Takia, Javed Jaafri, and Sharmila Tagore, and with music by Salim-Sulaiman. It is scheduled for the third, as advertised (rumors of its postponement were denied). Its official website is available at 8x10tasveerthefilm.com. A human with supernatural powers should be interesting. Every time I think of the theme, I remember Mr. India (1987)...

...which is great, because the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (April 21-26) has a salute to Anil Kapoor upcoming! Films screened will include Gandhi My Father (2007), Virasat (1997), and Lamhe (1991). It certainly helps that Mr. Kapoor will be in attendance! Here's the film guide. Here are more notes on the program, and all related press releases. Much more at IndianFilmFestival.org. Those of you in Southern California, please let me know when you're going!


ajnabi said...

So, what's your take on Lamhe, tBF? I've heard wildly different opinions of the film and can't figure why a Yash Raj film should result in such a disparity!

Darshit said...

I love film festivals. Wish, I could also be in one. But there are only a few in India. If I had my own multiplex, I would surely run festivals. Like one on Independence day, I would play your 'Azaadi Sawaari' movies.

So what are you gonna see? Firaaq?

And yeah. Feeling gr8 they are 'saluting' Anil Kapoor.

And Mr India, it is a set standard of supernatural bolly movie. A classic. Will you review it please?

Sharmila Tagore. Hummm....reason to watch 8x10 :-P

Pitu said...

Nice! One of my friends was on the organizing committee like 2 yrs ago.. dunno if she is now. Wonder if Sonam will come since her dad will be feted. If so, teri to nikal padi ;-)

JJC said...

oh mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn..an anil kapoor marathon..with two of my favoriteee films virasat and lamhe..im guilty of not watching gandhi my father yet..wish i oculd attend that..the SAIFF week in NY usually has some good movies also..but I attended for a day with a model freind of mine and Id have to say, it was unpleasantly disorganized. hope you have a better story to share form your experience though.

shweta said...

Honestly nervous about it being a bad mess. I'd like to see Naya Daur on the big screen though.

theBollywoodFan said...

Ajnabi: I'm somewhere in the middle when it comes to Lamhe. I like it because of Sridevi and that music, and Anil Kapoor's always been a fine actor. The script is something I found a little ridiculous, but I don't consider myself a big fan of the Yash Raj brand of cinema anyway, so I can stay in the middle :) My favorite Anil Kapoor film has to be Eeshwar (1989). Of course, when I was a kid, I liked Mr. India a whole lot more.

Darshit: The Azaadi Sawaari at a film festival would be nice! There's plenty of scope for film festivals in India, given the diversity of the population and the films that are socially relevant to the segments, so hopefully that'll be more common some time.

Now that I think of it, the only case in which I'd go see Firaaq on the big screen is the presence of Nandita Das there. Not even Aamir could get me to see Earth (1999) at the cinema. I prefer to have access to a fast-forward button with the theme, just in case :) There's a long story behind it, one I'd rather not discuss. I have Mr. India, and it'll be a treat to see it again after all these years. Definitely hope to discuss it some time.

theBollywoodFan said...

Pitu: This is true. I was thinking of introducing Anil uncle to my parents ;) Nikal padegi, absolutely. Sonam-ji is the one actress who has dared to dress in traditional attire in back to back movies, and for that, I have a lot of respect for her. She looks equally stunning in western outfits, mind you. Filmfare magazine had some great snaps a couple months ago.

JJC: You're welcome to stop by L.A.! Gandhi My Father is an interesting watch. I don't think it's all that bad. Much like anything else, it will be what you make of it. It only adds to ones appreciation for Gandhi-ji, in many ways. No one (NO ONE) can accomplish that much without sacrificing key components of his/her life, it's rampant in the corporate world, one would think people understood it was part of the package for someone who would try to change the world's geography!

Shweta: There's always that concern, and since this is my first IFFLA, I don't have much to go by. I have Naya Daur and haven't yet seen it, but anything with those quality songs on the big screen would work! Do you plan to attend any of the events? More soon!

Darshit said...

Yeah, Sonam was stunning in that filmfare issue.

JJC said...

Yea I"ll def have to find it and watch it, and yea its true. TO achieve something bigger you've to make some sacrifices along the way. I was watching a documentary on Gandhi(ji) just recently.
I see your a Sonam lover eh? Join the clubbbb.. That girl has amazing style, attitude and is gorgeous. She reminds me of the classic actresses. Im constantly playing stalker status to her online seeing what she's up to.
Also, thanku thanku thanku..your the first non-relative to make a comment on my amateur blog. I appreciate it alot ! ;p

theBollywoodFan said...

Darshit: I think Asin was on the cover of that edition. Might be wrong.

JJC: Agreed on Sonam's style! And no, please, mention not on the blog. You've got a fun blog going and I think you're on to something with your music series. And we all have amateur blogs, which is what makes the constant learning all the more fun, no?!

shweta said...

Agree w/ u on not watching Firaaq and similarly themed movies on the big screen. I am thinking of def going for Naya Daur- seen it many many times, and yes the songs attract me most. Maybe Friday and Saturday evening as well, depending on work :)

Bhargav Saikia said...

April is going to be such a dull time at the cinemas. Even Tasveer has got poor reception..really nothing to cheer about this month. Waiting for the May releases.

Darshit said...

Ahh..that filmfare issue was of 24 dec. Having srk on cover

theBollywoodFan said...

Shweta: A big 'yes' to attending the cinemas based on the theme, and a bigger 'yes' to Naya Daur on the big screen!

Bhargav: Yeah, man. The April lineup is pretty sorry. May should be fun, though. This might be a good time to catch up on those DVDs :)

Darshit: I think the one with Asin had a couple, too. There seems to be a freeze of sorts on the vendors in L.A. (like the Indian video and grocery stores) when it comes to Filmfare magazine. The distributor from wherever has apparently been involved in some dispute, which is a shame.

Bhargav Saikia said...

Yup, I'm catching up on the movies that I had missed..like Little Zizou, Aa Dekhen Zara etc.

Anonymous said...

Adab Nawab,
I am jealous that will be able to attend! I hope you're enjoying it mitr! Do post more on it. BTW, I have to rate "Lamhe" (hey ajnabi!) as great, but theBollywoodFan, yes that story line is a bit creepy, but that's part of the appeal I suppose. It has one of the most magnificent slapping scenes, actually 2 scenes. Anil can certainly deliver a tight slap with conviction!

Al the best!

theBollywoodFan said...

Bhargav: They were playing Little Zizou last night at the IFFLA as well, but the screening was concurrent with that of Gandhi My Father. I can't wait to see it, though.

Sita-ji: Lamhe is interesting. Some from my family and friends are going to the screening tomorrow (Saturday) evening. I think I'll be going to Naya Daur next. Say, I was thinking how very cool it would be to watch Lagaan or even Rang De Basanti or Ghajini on *that* screen. Maybe next year? I'll definitely have a recommendation. And yes, Anil is an expert of the tight slaps! :D

They're showing Virasat as I write this, but I'm running on 3.5 hours of sleep through my Friday, else there was no way I was missing seeing Tabu :'(

Anonymous said...

Yes, so busy, and too bad there aren't more hours in teh day for this type of fun.
Virasat is fantastic, especially Tabu's performance. Anil and her together were GREAT. WOw, I remember when he finally grabs her hand it was just too much! Hats off to the Indian Film Industry for making a holding/grabbing of a hand nearly X rated. And Amrish! Vay! I remember being pleased when doing my post viewing internet research in seeing that the original (Tamil) version was written by and starred Kamal Hassan. Now that's a choice that's impossible: Anil vs. Kamal in such a part or any role for that matter. Have you ever seen the original?
Your post reminds me I was meaning to rent that too. Keep enjoying the festivities Nawab! Great that you get to see Naya Daur on the big screen. I hope it's the recolorized version, since it's practically glowing.

All the best, Sita-ji

theBollywoodFan said...

Would you believe I have yet to see Virasat (nor the original)? I'll be looking to see it soon. The Naya Daur print is recolorized, and any film that has villagers preparing for a contest with dignity as the prize, I am *all* for! ;)

Anonymous said...

Awesome! I always love a contest in a Bollywood film. Naya Daur is so great and my first sample of Vijayanthimala. I loved "Reshmi Shalwar Kurta" best and wanted to screen cap it all!

I also like this one:

and this one:

OK, I'll stop, since I'd post clips every song form that film. :) You're licky to get that on the big screen. They just showed "Jodhaa Akbar" on the big screen in Minneapolis yesterday, so of course I had to take the opportunity for that again.

All the best!

theBollywoodFan said...

Same here Sita-ji, regarding Vijayanthimala. Any more of her works you'd recommend? All the songs are amazing, I'll hope to write about the film some time soon. Great going with Jodhaa Akbar! You know what I think of Ashutosh Gowariker, although he has me worried casting Priyanka and Harman in his next. We'll see.