Month: December 2012

Movies you might have missed in 2012 (Bollywood)

It’s that time of year again where we start wrapping up and looking back at the year that was.

As every year we will be having our big yearly Upodcast episode with loads of our blogger friends and this year me might even do a little something special.

You can still check out episodes from previous years:

Best of 2012 with guests Roti Kapada Aur Rum, Filmigirl and CurryBear

Mid Year Wrap up 2010 featuring Beth from BethlovesBollywood, Katherine from Totally Filmi and Filmigirl

To start things off,

Here is a list of 6 movies that you might have missed this year or probably won’t be featured on any “Best Of” List but deserves at least a watch!

Tere Naal Love Hogaya

Both Geneliza Desouza and Ritesh Deshmukh seem to be actors that we root for and we were glad to see them take on lead role after their debut together with Teri Meri Kasam (a movie impossible to find apparently). The movie got sidelined by the real life marriage of the actors and lost as its release was scheduled at the back end of a barrage of other rom com’s.

Although the story line has a very strong déjà vu feeling (Kidnapping ends in Love with the 2nd half from DDLJ), director Mandeep Kumar manages to add more life to Tere Naal Love Hogaya than it deserves.

It’s available on Netflix so do give it a spin as it’s head above Ek Tu Aur Ek Main at least, and where the main leads actually have chemistry together.

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Are You Indian? Author Sanjit Singh aka Bad Swami talks to Upodcast

Sometimes you come across a book that comes so close to your personal experiences growing up that it feels like the author has been following you your entire life in a Truman show kinda way. But rarely is there a book that combines that personal journey for Asians with such humor and insight.

Sanjit Singh, who a lot of people might know his from his twitter alias Bad Swami or comedy website, has just written “Are You Indian? A Humorous Guide to Growing Up Indian in America” and he was our guest on this episode of Upodcast chatting to us about growing up as an Asian kid in America and how it differs from growing up in Europe, how he came about writing his book and a host of other topics in this hilarious yet soul searching chat.

 

You can head over on to amazon or his website to see some of the amazing reviews he has been getting, and his book is definitely a strong recommend by the Upodcast team.

 

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@asimburney

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Pixar’s Brave Review Upodcast

A sneaky little Upodcasting stocking-filler of a podcast for our next episode.  The main event is Disney’s Brave and all of the long, bouncy, exceedingly life-like curly red hair that goes with it.  Maybe it makes sense for Asim and Martin to do this one without Ahmed, as we are the two who need some of Merida’s offcuts!  Seemingly under the radar (at least for Martin) for a Disney, Brave is fantastic fun and some of the animation is remarkable.  As someone who’s losing his own, perhaps I might be fixated on the hair too much, but it’s amazing I swear.  I was equally impressed with the running time, meaning it is actually suitable for young children to watch with a mere 90 or so minutes and a simple story without any over-complication.  It’s also great for spotting who the voices are – there are in fact two from Trainspotting plus other more well-known names.  Certainly a great choice of family movie for Christmas day.

As per usual we don’t draw the line at merely a movie.  Asim has been catching-up on one of the biggest releases of the year in Prometheus and Martin preferred to spend his time reliving the glory days of a quirky one-off British spoof sci-fi, spoof many things show called Garth Marenghi’s dark place.  Fans of the IT Crowd and The Office (UK version) will enjoy “actor spotting”.

 

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@martincawley

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Dabangg 2 Review Upodcast

After the massive success of Dabangg, no one was surprised by the announcement of a sequel. What was surprising was that neither director Abhinav Kashyap nor Sonu Sood were coming back.

Instead Arbaaz Khan, previously producer of Dabangg, was going to make his debut as a director and deliver the follow up to the adventures of Chulbul Pandey within a year.

 

We loved the first Dabangg and we discussed it at length in a previous podcast with wonderful guest FilmiGirl and Amaluu, check out that episode by clicking here.

 

This week Upodcast is joined by always thought provoking writer, burlesque MC, dancer and all round amazing guy Bastard Keith, to challenge our statement that Dabangg 2 might be one of the best sequels made in Hindi Cinema.

We take you on a earth stomping ride, gyrating our belt buckles whilst we compare both Dabangg’s, talk about the phenomenon that is Salman Khan and what the future might hold for him and his now director brother Arbaaz.

Fevicol this Podcast to year ear holes and listener discretion is advised from the outset… seriously guys and gals, this is meant for immature mature audiences.

If you don’t believe me, check out some of Bastard Keith’s other work on his site.

 

Listen/download/subscribe below!

 

@asimburney

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Kai Po Che: Trailer + Poster

Desi dude friendship = Shirtless street dancing + jumping in lakes

Or at least that’s what seems to be the case for Abhishek Kapoor who gets back in the directing chair after a conspicuously long delay after his massively successful Rock on, now 4 years ago.

Teaming up with the producers of Rang De Basanti and adapted from the novel of Chetan Bhagat, the trailer looks exactly like what you would expect when these 3 names would come together.

3 different guy friends (we never seem to get movies about female friendship as much) taking car roads, teasing each other and running from stuff.

Pretty sure the movie will have heart and the newcomers do look quite energetic (although some have a bit of a Ranveer Singh hangover) but the trailer just looks a bit bland and paint by numbers for the moment.

Music is by Amit Trivedi so that should be pretty amazing.

Here is the trailer:

 

Kai Po Che releases in cinemas on 22nd Feb 2013.

@asimburney

 

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The Great Gatsby: New Trailer + Character Posters (Trailer Contains Amitabh Bachchan!)

Not only is Leonardo Dicaprio teaming up with Baz Luhrman after Romeo + Juliet, but also with long time friend Toby Maguire. It seems that Baz Luhrman is bringing a lot of his trademark elements to this adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald classic novel.

The film is shot in 3d and adding to that the visual energy which Baz is known for in all his movies and the amazing cast supported by Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan (“An Education”) and Joel Edgerton as Daisy and Tom Buchanan; Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke as Myrtle and George Wilson; and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker.

And finally we get a good look at Amitabh Bachchan and his awesomeness playing Meyer Wolfsheim. ( Kinda pissed off that he didn’t get his own character poster but we probably shouldnt get our hopes up about the length of the role)

Mouling Rouge had quite a few Bollywood elements in it so Baz probably knows the hindi cinema a bit at least.

 

 

Here is the amazing trailer and a plot synopsis:
“The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks.  Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan.  It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits.  As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.”

The Great Gatsby will be released May 17th 2013

@asimburney

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SkyFall and Final Part of 007 James Bond Retrospective

Upod’s final fling with Bond culminates in an extravaganza of mind blowing proportions. This time we give you not one, not two, but four Bonds for your money and take a detailed look at Skyfall for good measure.

We start by training our sights on the Down Under Bond, Australia’s George Lazenby. One of the very first actor-slash-models, the guy arguably had the toughest job in all of Bond-dom, having to take the baton from Sean Connery. It wasn’t his fault he couldn’t match the hype and to be fair, On her majesty’s secret service is one of my favourites and gives us the first glimpse of a skiing James Bond.

Timothy Dalton gets the treatment next before we talk about perhaps the most important Bond, mr Pierce Brosnan.  If he failed in his mission, it was effectively the end of Bond as we know it: no reboots, no psychotic Sophie Marceau and in the end, no Daniel Craig, Quantum of Solace or of course Skyfall.  OK, we might all have been better off without Quantum, but hell, we’ve been spoiled with Casino Royale and of course most recently with one of the most mature films of the 50 year series; Sam Mendes’ forward looking Skyfall.

This week we are joined by first time guest and proper award winning film director Paul McGhie.

Check out more of his work on his blog or follow him on twitter

Or his Short All Pinatas Go To Heaven by going here.

 

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@martincawley

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Dabangg 2 Exclusive Stills and Synopsis

Needless to say our readers know our allegiances and we are firmly planted in camp Dabangg, we loved the first part (here is our Upodcast) and have very high hopes for the 2nd one.

We wrote a trailer breakdown about Dabangg 2 on HeyUGuys, you can read it by going here.

In the meantime we have some very juicy looking stills and the plot synopsis of the movie.

It’s not really spoilery and most people would want to watch the movie for Salman awesomeness anyway.

We might not be huge fans of Fevicol but that still looks amazing!

Dabangg 2 is a continuation of the amazing exploits of Chulbul ‘Robin Hood’ Pandey played by Salman Khan. The notable facets of the character include his nonchalance, his wry sense of humor and his tongue-in-cheek dialogues.
This film begins with Chulbul (Now married to Rajjo- Sonkashi Sinha) moving on from being a local inspector in a small town Laalganj to becoming an Inspector-in-charge of Bajariya Thana, a police station in Kanpur, the largest and most populous city in Uttar Pradesh. After arriving in Kanpur, Chulbul immediately gets into action thus bringing him in conflict with Baccha Bhaiyya (Prakash Raj).
If Dabangg marked the return of action films, Dabangg 2 takes it to a higher level with some of the coolest action sequences ever conceived. All in all, Dabangg 2 promises to be a full on entertainer, with Chulbul Pandey and his sunglasses et al.

@asimburney

Mel Gibson’s summer vacation with pizzas

It's all about the pizza, Mel

Lights, camera, action! Or in Upod’s case: pizza, ice cream, movie! The venue? Martin’s flat, London. The food? Domino’s meat-based pizzas and Ben and Jerry’s Vermonster and Cookie Dough ice cream. The occasion? A Upod get together and a chance to watch Mel Gibson‘s shot at redemption ‘How I spent my summer vacation’ (better known as Get The Gringo) using the new Domino’s Pizza Box Office service. So, a suitably quick pizza delivery achieved and on to the movie.

As new users of the streaming service, thankfully it streamed really well (just go to the site and enter the code you’re given upon payment) with no buffering at the beginning. We settled in for the evening and although it’s not Mel’s finest hour, it’s entertaining stuff nevertheless. And given the last movie I watched on the big screen was the somewhat notorious and nauseous Irreversible last week, then a little bit of Mel shooting things and going a bit nuts is just what the doctor ordered. On reflection maybe another choice would have been better and it’s not like there’s a limited choice either – Warrior, Hunger Games, 50/50, Cabin in the Woods were all there from latest releases. As for classics, there’s certainly Scream and ahem, Dirty Dancing.

That said, this is not without some hitches. The streaming space is now massively competitive, with two large players seemingly dominating and upstarts from telecoms providers and even supermarkets trying to win audiences. On the one hand, Pizza Box Office is subscription free and you don’t need to have paid TV to order movies on demand. But on the other hand, the service will only stream to a gadget, be it a laptop/desktop, tablet or phone, so you’ll need something like AirPlay to get it onto your box. Or presumably a Smart-TV, but the take-up of these devices is open to debate. I happen to have PS3, so I could have probably made the movie stream directly, but the UI is so risible when browsing the web that I wouldn’t even think of attempting.

Fresh movies to your doorstep

Domino’s have perhaps launched something really quite logical here – as pizza and a movie is such a common combo, then why not have them both delivered to you at once?  You’ll get latest films in line with the DVD release and ahead of other streaming services and no DVD to return to the shop to boot.  So, if you’re feeling peckish and want to tuck into movie at the same time, then this could be for you.  You can sign-up here.

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Now You See Me Trailer

Louis Leterrier’s has been making visually striking and fast paced action movies but hasn’t really been able to match the success of his work with Jason Statham and the first 2 transporter movies.

Here he is back after the critically derided Clash of the Titans with a very promising trailer with an even more appealing collective of pretty amazing actors. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Woody Harrelson, Now You See Me seems to be a heist movie with magicians. I mean just if you weren’t already sold after reading that cast list, the word magicians and heist movies must have!

The Trailer looks great, although it has moments where it made me think of Inception, Ocean’s Twelve, the 2nd Season of Sherlock (Jesse Eisenber surrounded by CG looks a bit like Cumberbatch in his mind cave) and of course Prestige ( they one upped it by having the voice over done by Morgan Freeman)

This movie wasn’t on my radar before but definitely is now!

 

Here is the trailer and a plot synopsis:

 

An elite FBI squad are caught in an intense game of cat and mouse against four of the world’s greatest illusionists. Pulling off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, they shower the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law…

 

Now You See Me is slated for a summer 2013 release.

@asimburney

 

 

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Curry Smugglers Chill 6 is Finally Upon us!

Chill6Logo*Before you start reading, I would suggest you scroll down and start listening to the embedded episode of the Curry Smugglers below, even more so if you have never heard the show before. Done? Let’s go.

 

The Curry Smugglers started out as a South Asian based music podcast 7 seasons ago and over the years have become so much more, from a weekly dose of the most amazing music to a global community of like-eared people to a genuine music movement.

Their shows are always a mix of discovery of new music, rediscovery of old classics sometimes under a new avatar, some recent hits remixed, and some musical left hooks that you would never see coming. All of it laced with humor (Smuggler Paresh manages to squeeze a “That’s what she said” in pretty much every episode) but always respecting their audience, and even cherishing it.

 

Not all tracks in a show might necessarily work for you but you respect the thought and effort behind every episode that these guys put in. Personally I’m not a fan of Bhangra or dance music in any way but I keep coming back to every show multiple times for all the other elements it offers.

The remarkable thing about the show is on the one hand that after 7 seasons the smugglers still push the boundaries on every level. They push themselves to bring the freshest remixes, unheard tracks, songs you loved but have forgotten and tracks you think you didn’t like but after hearing PSV (Smugglers Paresh/Sachin/ Vishal) break down why they have included a certain song, you just hear something different and re-evaluate your initial feelings and more than ever end up appreciating the music.

But on the other hand they have always try to push their audience by giving them not what they want but what they need. As in NBC’s underrated TV Show Community the main character Jeff -played by Joel Mchale says about fan favorite Abed: “When you ask Abed to pass the salt, Abed passes you soup, because soup is better, Abed is better” and so are the Curry Smugglers, they just are better.

Not only are the Curry Smuggler one of the best online music shows but it is a platform for new artists, a venue for discovery (Chill 6 contains another few of both those) but an ever growing community of aurally likeminded people, music bring people together but end up becoming life long friends.  I can’t tell you how many times I try to think of how I met a certain person that I now speak to every day on twitter or G-chat and it ends up tracing back to our love of the Curry Smugglers. And which other podcast can boast of such achievements?

Between every season there is a transitional episode called Chill, which for me is the highlight and the one I look most forward to every year. And after an exceptionally long wait, the 6th episode is upon us and boy was it worth the wait!

As with every episode you get songs that are still innovative and fresh within the usual Smuggler formula. Unlike their regular shows, the Chill episode do have the humorous banter between the hosts but the tracks themselves are as the title says “chilled” think Buddha Bar with a few twists. A lot of times you just end up completely absorbed and zoned out by the songs and when a piece of music that completely connects with you ends, you just want to push repeat as you want that meditative state of mind back. Perfect for nocturnal drives, long haul flights or even just sitting in your lounge turning the lights down low and listening…

The Chill episodes are interlaced with hosts Paresh and Vishal who bring out their smoother, jazzier voices, more baritone and smoky than their regular shows, as if they are in the Smuggler cave wearing black turtle necks and berets.

Unfortunately Sachin, the clear female favorite (no offense to the other guys) is missing in action for this episode but the painstaking attention to detail that Vishal and Paresh bring to the show does it’s best to compensate for his absence.

 

From the very first notes of AR Rahman’s Dil Se soundtrack “Thaiya Thaiya” hits your ear drums, the B-side of a song so widely popular and well known that it’s used in Car ads, Spike Lee Movies all the way to the opening Ceremony of the commonwealth games, and you know you are in for an amazing ride.

I don’t want to spoil the entire track list by talking about it but I do want to talk about some stand out moments for me, there are some genuine surprises in the show that leave listeners first scratching their head but very quickly nodding in agreement.  And I know the Smugglers are probably smirking from one side to the other putting tracks by Coldplay and Hemant Kumar in the mix, just to mess with their audience.

The stand out tracks on this episode for me were the Phoenix “Lambi Judaai” remix from one of my all time favorite movie 1983 movie Hero, Paresh explains really well why he felt this track needed to be featured and his reason are the exact same reasons why I would have never heard of this song if he hadn’t.

The 2nd track that I adored was actually the closer of the episode the female voice remix of “Paane Da Rang”, the break out track from Vicky Donor, the underground Bollywood movie of 2012, a movie and soundtrack that people have been raving about but I didn’t care for at all until The Smugglers brought it back for me and shone a different spotlight on it.

But that’s just what the smugglers do with every season, with every episode. Mix their vast knowledge, hard work and precision production values spiked with a passion, a sense of discovery and humor (the Smugglers go Meta with their TWSS joke).

Another moment that’s just perfect in the show is the transition from Coldplay to Shankar Tucker to Coke Studio’s Tere Bin, it just shows what kind of abilities these guys have to just mix tracks flawlessly together without breaking the flow of going from a Western to fusion to a pretty classically Indian song.

And I know that all of the audience listening to the show can’t wait and hope they keep doing what they do, season after season.

Chill 6 might be the perfect closer to season 7 or a warm up for Season 8. Whatever it’ is it’s the perfect starter for whatever these awesome dudes will cook up next!

 @AsimBurney

Check out more from the Curry Smugglers on their website, SoundCloud Page or harass them for season 8 on Twitter!

Or Check out Paresh’s appearances on Upodcast on the Jiro Dreams Of Sushi Episode or The Art of the Item Number Episode which were both extremely fun!

 

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Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola Poster and Song Promo

To anyone who has listened to our Jab Tak Hai Jaan Review (If you haven’t you should by clicking here) you can safely say that we are quite enamored by Anushka Sharma, I mean she could be reading the ingredients off a can of kidney beans in Binary code and we would listen with bated breath.

With the first song promo released of her forthcoming Vishal Bhardwaj directed Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, we see her singing and dancing and pretty much stealing the show from Imran Khan.

Now dancing may not be the man’s forte but the ability to grow quite impressive facial hair does seem to run in the family.

We’re quite looking forward to this movie although Vishal Bhardwaj rustic taste might not be for everyone’s taste buds.

Here is the poster, the first song promo and a synopsis of the movie.

MATRU - Upodcast

Promo Shot Matru Upodcast

Anushka Sharma and some other dudes

Set in the rustic surroundings of a village in Haryana in India, Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola is a comedy-drama about Harry Mandola (PANKAJ KAPUR), a wealthy industrialist who loves his drink, his daughter Bijlee (ANUSHKA SHARMA) and the unusual bond they both share with Harry’s man-Friday, Matru (IMRAN KHAN). 
 
Much to her father’s delight, Bijlee is all set to marry Baadal (ARYA BABBAR), the son of a powerful politician Chaudhari Devi (SHABANA AZMI). This alliance which is far from just being a simple union of two young people becomes the seed for a story that brings twists and turns in the lives of Matru, Bijlee and Mandola.

 

Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola releases on 11th January 2013 by Twentieth Century Fox.

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