Month: December 2010

Upodcast:The Perils of Bollywood fandom and reactions to Tees Maar Khan

NEW SEASON! And we are back from our short break, with an amazing Bollywood episode. This week Beth, FilmiGirl and I discuss the critics/fan reactions to the release of Farah Khan‘s Tees Maar Khan. We delve into many controversial topics and many feathers will get ruffled, so listen to the complete episode after the jump! Read More

More bad santa?

We move from Finland to the Netherlands for our next dose of anti-Santa.  Whilst your reviewer can’t claim to have seen either Rare Exports or Sint he does feel in the mood to publicise movies that don’t quite take the usual Christmas turn of events, Home Alone, It’s a Wonderful Life etc.

Added to this, I do like the country and the people of the Netherlands and as Upodcasting hasn’t yet reviewed a Dutch film I thought I could at least seasonally set the scene for Dutch review in 2010. 

In any case…any film that depicts St. Nicholas as a murderous bishop who kidnaps and murders children when there is a full moon can’t be that bad and deserves a mention.


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Review Tees Maar Khan

Farah Khan’s comic caper has a lot riding on it. It’s Farah breaking out on her own, free from collaborations that were safe bets from within a comfort zone. In some way it’s a comeback for Akshay Kumar whose had a horrible year of releases. And it’s also Katrina Kaif strongest claim for the top Bollywood heroine slot. (if she doesn’t already own it?)

A lot of question surround this movie but you forget about all of that within minutes when Tees Maar Khan theme song kicks in.

I’ll try my best not to spoil too much of the movie as I was fortunate enough to catch an early preview in London; but honestly speaking I could only spoil some of the comedic beats,not much of the plot.

It’s a pretty straight forward masala caper and most of the set up is in the trailers.

Tees Maar Khan urf Tabrez Mirza Khan ,the biggest con artist in the world, is hired to rob a train carrying an immense treasure for a set of conjoint twin “villains”. He also is a shameless plugger of his own name. There was maybe one too many reference to the title of the movie to my taste but all that is not important for what we get is easily one of the funniest and most entertaining entertainers of the year.

It’s what Housefulll wishes it was, what Action Replayy could never accomplish and what Golmaal lies in bed at night crying it could be one day.

First, I would suggest that if you have a chance, go and watch this movie on the big screen. Partly because it’s the kind of movie that is elevated with a participating audience and partly because it needs the big canvas so you can soak up all the gorgeousness in every shot.

I have a pretty good media set up at home but in no way could I understand the awesomeness of Sheila Ki Jawaani until I saw it today.

There were many discussions the previous weeks about which was the best item number of the year: Munni Badnaam Hui from Dabangg or Sheila Ki Jawaani.I am still not sure I have an answer for that question but what I can tell you is that there were moments in Sheila ki Jawaani that Katrina Kaif took the entire audience’s breath away.

It is EPIC and if I could, I would rewind it and watch it again. You might not be able to do that in a cinema (unless you’re Raja Babu) but what you do get in the theatre experience is the full force of Vishal- Shekar‘s “saaand” blaring through the speakers and every minute detail of Katrina’ s performance elevating the song to a whole new level.

In my opinion Katrina delivers the strongest female comedic performance since Kareena Kapoor in Jab We Met. She is hilarious in every scene as Anya Khan the wannabe Starlet/Item girl and I really hope people stop asking her to prove herself over and over again. I think she has been doing that in her recent roles and this is probably one of her bests.

When reviewing our best Bollywood soundtracks of 2010 (click here) we thought that the Tees Maar Khan OST was maybe not the greatest (I am still not convinced of the Sonu Nigam’s Chipmunk voices) but it could only be fully judged when seeing it picturized. And lo and behold I was humming the songs exiting the theatre and want to get my hands on the soundtrack as soon as I can.

Although Salman Khan’s cameo in Wallah Re Wallah is featured in the promos, it still manages to send a bolt of excitement through your spine.

The first half of the movie just breezes by and the second half has a bit of a slower start but manages to put in a lot more heart in the movie.

So now on to the Khiladi. See I’ve always been fond of Akshay Kumar (especially his work ethic and just plain sincerity) but somewhere his lovable loud mouthed buffoon shtick and those indistinguishable Priyadarshan comedies just turned me away from him.

A movie that I unashamedly loved back in the day was “Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi” ,probably not the most discerning of choices, I admit but Akshay was amazing in it. That’s the kind of Akshay we get here. he is again ahead of the world, a real hero character kids would want to emulate (those fluorescent Jersey Shore Shirts can be omitted) . Someone who is witty, funny and confident. I don’t know if he ad-libs some of his lines in that throw away manner but it makes me crack up everytime and actually believe in Akshay as a leading man again.

Unfortunately for my non-hindi speakers the subtitles were not able to catch every joke thrown in but there are so many if you miss one you’ll surely catch the next one.

There are even “Inception- like” levels of joke-within-a-joke which film geeks can play filmi-bingo with. I would suggest inventing a drinking game around it, someone catches a reference and everyone drinks. Even I jumped with joy seeing Anil Kapoor’s most iconic dance and the whole Master India sequence. (Boney for reals, can we get that Mr.India sequel already??)

But you can also just enjoy the movie just as a fun masala caper with great dances and and performances from the lead as well as the supporting cast (woohoo Avtaar Gill!!) and we even get the final sequence where the whole team apears.

Akshay Khanna is hilarious as the oscar obsessed Bollywood superstar, some will claim it’s inspired by Amir or Shahrukh but I don’t see it really or at least nothing to create news stories about but I’m sure that won’ stop people.

There are certain moment that I did feel the ghost of Shahrukh Khan, who was rumoured as the main lead, loom over Tees Maar Khan. In some of Akshay’s hero poses, comedic repartés and even some of the choreography, you can can almost imagine what Shahrukh would have done with it. Even a few of the sets and décors were eerily similar to Om Shanti Om. But although fun to speculate that’s just context with no real importance to the film.

All in all I think this movie is a great move for Farah, Shrish Kunder and her production company in developing her Manmohan desai style even further. I am truly looking forward to her next paisa vasool flick but until then: go watch Tees Maar Khan on the big screen NOW!

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Review: Rare Exports – A Christmas Tale

When I heard the words “Evil Santa movie” I was sold. The trailer was smart, brooding and promised a very dark film twisting the usual conventions of the annual bearded gift giver. So does this Finnish flick -that’s receiving some excellent reviews- live up to the promise? Check out our full review after the jump! Read More

6 year old Tanner Edwards dances & gets a surprised!

Ok okay, at this point I will come clean, the only reason I am using this kid’s talent and adorableness is to push down the monstrosity that Asim posted about Friends! 🙂 I guess he found one of my buttons and instead of pressing it he slammed on it! 🙂

In any case please check out this kid he is AWESOME and extremely talented, he is simply mind blowing!

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College Humor!!

So, I have been a huge fan of college humor for a bit of time now, ever since I saw my first Youtube clip which is acted by one of my favorite comedians Donald Glover and of course you can catch him on the best comedy show for the past two years Community!

In any case this clip caught my attention well it’s more like it spoke for the simple reason that it shares my hate for Facebook! Anything or anyone who hates that platform is automatically my very good friend! 🙂

Check out the clip and leave some comments!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyU4FeVdUa4

This one is going out to Asim and all the gamers out there!

I came across this and thought its one hell of an awesome idea on behalf of Sony, so pretty much Sony announced that it is preparing to launch an official PlayStation application for the iPhone and iPod touch. The app will be free!!

For the full article please follow the link:

http://www.macrumors.com/2010/12/16/sony-announces-playstation-app-for-iphone-and-ipod-touch/

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Jamel Debbouze and Stromae – Alors On Danse!

Hey, check it out, in this clip Jamel Debbouze shows how to create a tube Stromae while helping him composing the song “Alors On Danse” .

A funny video where one discovers Stromae plus of course Jamel is being him self as usual. 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEhoQOf_WPA

A list of black actors on Friends

Pretty hilarious video that start a bit slow but the beat kicks in around the 37 sec mark! Before watching though give it a think, how many black actors were there in Friends?

I could only come up with Charlie (Aisha Tyler) and that was in the final seasons. Check out the clip after the jump!

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Best Bollywood Soundtracks 2010

It’s that time of year again where we revisit the year that has passed and recap the best and worst moments. There will be quite a lot of “Best of”- lists appearing on the interwebz but Upodcast’s lists are obvisouly the best .  So here is a rundown of the best Bollywood Albums of 2010! See the entire list after the jump!

Our friend FilmiGirl is running her “best of 2010″ lists on her blog and although usually we see eye-to-eye, for once I didn’t agree at all with the picks she made.

 So we decided to put our own of list of best Bollywood Songs together but realized that it is actually pretty hard to create list only ranked by songs. And especially coming to our top 3 we just couldnt pick single tracks that stood out. (unless you have the science of iTunes backing you up).  So instead of ranking our favorite songs, we went with our favorite Albums of 2010. Here goes nothing!

10. Once Upon a time in Mumbai-

Music Director: Pritam

Pritam might not be my favorite composer but he is extremely effective in the style of music he delivers for commercial Hindi cinema and although accusations of plagiarism are rampant, I do find myself putting his songs and albums on repeat even when the film has come and gone. He has a knack for collaborating with singers with quite unique timbres and finds songs that really suit their style ie Atif Aslam, Mohit Chauhan or Tulsi Kumar.

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“Pee Loon” which had a bit of “Pehli Nazar Mein” from Race hangover but still was sweet and this could have been an Atif song so I was glad to hear Mohit chauhan grab the mic instead as a change. Although the picturization might not have been that great (The scene where Emraan dresses up his girlfriend like Dimple Kapadia in “Bobby” and then jumps her bones  just made me a throw up a little in my mouth!). “Tum Jo Aaye Zindagi mein” sung by Rahat Ali Khan and Tulsi Kumar was a nice soft ballad and barring the black face “Parda” was passable lacing the album with 3 pretty decent tracks!

9. Tees Maar Khan

Music Director:  Shrish Kunder

I have to be honest here, I haven’t checked out the full album and the chipmunk voices on the title track do not work for me at all. But I do have a lot of faith in director Farah Khan to add oodles of entertainment and masti and actually improving on the musicality of the album by making the songs look awesome.

A Perfect example of this is “Wallah re Wallah” which would be a pretty average qawalli track if it wasn’t for a certain special appearance. And of course Tees Maar Khan does have the 2nd most awesome item number of the year in “Sheila Ki Jawani”!


8.Band Bajaa Barraat-

Music Director: Salim Sulaiman

Another soundtrack that you want to revisit after watching the movie! The Punjabi feel is heartpouding and most of the songs are high in energy especially “Ainvayi Ainvayi” .The item song “Dum Mast Mast” is a bit of a misfire but we get to see a glammed up Anushka Sharma which doesn’t happen enough. I also have a real soft spot for her, like my friend Suraj mentioned: She is the new Zinta!


The song “Tarkeebein” which was used in most of the promos wasn’t bad although the constant repeating of “Turkey mein” started to get grating…( and why was break out star Ranveer singing about Turkey anyway? Wasn’t this movie supposed to be set in Delhi?)

7.Guzaarish-

Music Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Both Hritik Roshan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali have been having rough time lately and although they pour their heart and souls in every endeavor, they do not manage to strike gold at the Box Office every time. Both the music and the movie seemed to beg the audience to love them just because  it was sincere and heartfelt but to me it seemed like that needy kid in High school that writes love poems for girls that are way to hot for him. It’s just not gonna happen,  kid! As both high school and the box office are cruel mistresses.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali first fully composed album and although “Sau Gram”,” Guzaarish” and “Udi” are poetic songs completely part of the mood and story of the movie and look beautiful, how could they not with SLB framing Aishwarya Rai-Bachan.


 I can’t help but wonder if the movie itself would have been better if he had just focused on directing and put his trust in a team of talented people around him.

6. Love Sex Aur Dhoka (LSD)-

Music Director:  Sneha Khanwalkar

Probably the most refreshing OST of the year composed by newcomer Sneha Khanwalkar who had previously composed for Dibakar Bannerjee’s “Oye Lucky Lucky”a film I wasn’t a huge fan of.

 I don’t think the movie created many ripples but was showing in quite a few film festivals (even in London) it was one of my favorites of the first half of 2010 and the soundtrack has been on repeat on my playslist all year.

When I first heard the woman’s scream followed by a gun shot at the start of LSD’s title track I had a similar feeling to hearing the Dev D album a  year ago, the same kind of excitement of listening to a fresh music composer trying to do something different whilst still being embedded in the narrative of the movie. Although the lyrics might not make it as the best sing along album for your family picnic (I am looking at you “Tu Ghandi/ Nangi Achi lagti hai” surprisingly sung by Kailash Kher). I would recommend seeking the movie and the soundtrack out if you still haven’t; it’s an underrated gem and an album you can play back to back!

Before I go into my top 5: I wanted to give some honorable mentions, these were Albums that had some great tracks on them but not enough to make them part of my top 10:

  • Lamhaa:” Madnoo” and “Sajnaa” probably my 2 favorite easy listening songs of the year, rest of the album didn’t connect with me though.
  • Robot: I shall only say  “O O O O ROOBOOO” maybe this was a better album in Tamil but I had the Hindi version and didn’t care too much about electrons and Newton.
  • Lafangey Parindey: Our Review is on the site so you can find more of our thoughts on the movie itself. Even then I mentioned that Mohit Chauhan’s “Man Lafanga” was the only good thing about this Yash Raj films debacle. I wished this song hadn’t been wasted on this filled diaper of a movie.
  • Raavan:  Again a misfire from my favorite composer of all time AR Rahman. I know most of our Bollybloggers agree that Raavanan was better than Raavan but I have not heard as much about the soundtrack. Beera is still awesome though and truly the Rahman sound we know and love with a rustic drum pattern and amazing chorus line.

Back to our list!

5. Prince: It’s Showtime-

Music Director:  Pritam

WARNING:  if you are not a fan of Atif’ Alam’ss crooning do not even consider giving this a listen as you might want to poke hot steel rods in your ears afterwards.

I think the more time has passed, the more I hate this movie. But I can’t lie that I listened a lot to the album. Being a full on Atif Aslam fanboy needs to be a requirement though as I mentioned as he’s sung the lion’s share. Tips produced the movie and being predominantly a record company every song was poppy and catchy from the Britney Spears inspired “Ishq Mein” to the bittersweet acoustic remix of “Tere Liye”. I never bother listening to the remix version of any songs but I made an exception with this album. And I still sing “Tere Liye” when riding my bike through London!

4. I Hate Luv Storys-

Music Director:  Vishal Shekhar

Probably my favorite music composer duo at this time, even if Vishal gives me shit on twitter sometimes.  I do feel that they try to do something innovative even within the constraints of the commercial powerhouses they compose for now.

Although they only had 2 major albums released in 2010 and “Anjaana Anjaani” didn’t work for me at any level, I kinda loved the OST for I Hate Luv Storys especially the “Bin Tere” in all its variations, the title track sung by Vishal himself (he does rock the mic every time he grabs it) and the dreamy “Bahara” which had an awesome Rahat Ali Khan version that was unfortunately not featured in the movie (or might have when I dozed off for a second).The album rounds off with “Sadka” and “Jab Mila Tu” which weren’t too innovative but successfully served their purpose. I hope to hear more from them in 2011 again!

3. Ishqiya-

Music Director:  Vishal Bhardwaj

 This album contains me overall favorite track of the year sung by the already legendary Rahat Ali Khan, you know I’m talking about “Dil to Bacha Hai Ji”. Although the title has been lifted for a Madhur Bhandarker ( a practice I truly despise) I have had the song on repeat the entire year, from the soulful first notes to when the harmonium starts backing up the melody, I was in love the first time I heard it.

Rahat once said that he decided to branch out to popular music as he could never surpass the milestones set in Classical music by his unforgettable uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and after hearing his songs I’m glad he decided to do so.Â

After” Dil To…” you still have soon to be classic tracks like “Ibn-E Batuta” and “Ab Mujhe Koi” (sung by Rekha Bhardwaj) and a few remixes but the album is pretty short and sweet as usually the case when Vishal Bhardwaj composes. I hope with these best of lists we can shine the light again on this may be forgotten gem. I’m going to stop raving about it and give “Dil to Bacha hai ji” another listen…

2. Aisha-

Music Director: Amit Trivedi

Amit Trivedi might not be the most prolific of music directors but whenever he is involved I storm out to get the album without even taking a second to read up about the movie itself.

 In this case the OST was vastly superior the movie which being a adaptation of a Jane Austin novel ( or more likely an adaptation of Amy Heckerling’s Clueless) was the brain child of Sonam Kapoor and her producer sister Rhea Kapoor. Everything I have just written was the main reason I still have the movie gathering dust on my DVD shelf and have never watched it.

But the album on the other hand was ludicrously good!

From “Suno Aisha” to “Gal Mithi Mithi” there wasn’t a single track that wasn’t innovative, fresh and thought through. Even the songs that any other composer would consider filler ie “Behke Behke” and “Lehrein” were treated with the care and attention by Trivedi and did really not deserve to be part of such a vapid and superficial movie.

1. Dabangg-

Music Director: Sajid Wajid

Ok, I know a lot of reader must be balking at my choice to put the Dabangg’s OST as number one. It especially pains me to see names like Vishal Bhardwaj and Amit Trivedi come after Sajid Wajid but here are some of the reasons Dabangg is my favorite soundtrack of the year:

  • Numbers: The movie and the soundtrack are the most loved by most people and however cool it is to find some underrated composers and album, this album just worked in terms of sales figures and will continue to do so probably with the next reason being an important one
  • Munni Badnaam Hui: Clearly badnaami was the way to go this year. Honestly I think the kind of frenzy this song created can only be compared to Madhuri’s “Choli ke Peeche Kya” hai from Khanayak. The ultimate of Item song made me wish we had recorded our Upodcast Item Song special after his came out as it would have topped all our lists. The song was composed by Lalit Pandit as a guest for Sajid-Wajid who took care of the rest of the album and has been on repeat in every household since the first teaser trailer for the movie released. And of course Upodcast has a special bond with this track through Project Munni from our friends The Curry Smugglers!
  • Complete Package: Unlike Aisha and Ishqiya, Dabangg soundtrack works for every mood and every listener. Except Munni there is still the romantic track “Chori Kya Re”, the drinking song “Humka Peeni hain” and the Rahat – Do I still need to Rave about him- Ali Khan’s “Tere Mast Mast Do Nain”, and every song was picturized pretty perfectly too without spending all their money on funding the Swiss economy.
  • This is Bollywood Yaar! We think we need creativity, sensitivity but what we truly crave is a good dose of masala and this exactly what makes Dabangg delivers. To me it’s the perfect and best soundtrack of Bollywood in 2010!

 I am sure not everyone will agree with my picks but that’s what the comment section is for!

Let us know which albums or tracks we forgot!

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By the Hammer of Thor’s Trailer

The first official trailer for Marvel’s Thor has just been released. Adapted from the long runing comic book based on the Norse God of Thunder and Ligthning, the movie releasing this summer is directed by Keneth Brannag and stars Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman. Check out the trailer after the jump! Read More

Gylne Tider: Let it be- The Ultimate Celebrity Where Are They Now?

Gylne Tider means Golden Times in Norwegian and for the premiere of the 4th season of  “Where are they now?” a little viral video has been created with a host of childhood stars. Altough I don’t understand why some of the people are included (Glenn Close, Mickey Rourke) as they still have pretty succesful careers, it is fun to see a lot of older faces on blue screen backgrounds. Check out this awesome viral video after the jump! Read More

Wallah Re Wallah Sheila ki Controversy: Thoughts on Tees Maar Khan

Farah Khan’s Akshay KumarKatrina Kaif starrer, Tees Maar Khan is closing in for a Christmas release and has quickly become the talk of the town altough maybe not for all the right reasons. To counter or fuel the PR machine the third promo featuring Salman Khan, basking in his post Dabanng glory,  has just released. Check it out this mast qawalli number and our thoughts on some of the controversies surrounding Tees Maar Khan’s release after the jump! Read More