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Exclusive: Don 2 HD images

Hey Guys,

Here is quite the exclusive. We got our hands on a bunch of unseen HD images from the forthcoming Don 2, The King is back.

I have to admit being quite excited about this one even though a lot of people were underwhelmed by Ra.One, in our opinion the movie was tons of fun and you can’t knock the ambition.

This time reprising his lovable bad guy role, Don takes us on a rollercoaster ride across the globe. I do like that the marketing is a bit downplayed after the over saturation of ShahRukh’s previous release.

(the images are quite big so the flash gallery might take a minute to load depending on your connection speed!)

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Let us know what you thought of the images above and if you are excited for Don 2?

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Ep 42 RaOne Special

RaOne is more of an event than just a Hindi Film so Upodcast got together with some of the most interesting voices on the internet to talk about ShahRukh Khan’s latest sci-fi epic. Already having set records in terms of box office and revenue as well as production budgets combined with a never before seen marketing campaign and corporate tie ups. But is it enough? Find out in this week’s Upodcast by clicking/downloading/subscribing to us in iTunes!

This week Asim is joined by some awesome guests: First of all Beth who’s been blogging for almost half a decade on BethLovesBollywood and recently started writing for the Wall Street Journal‘s India Real Time, a welcome return to Upodcast after her visit on Best of 2010 wrap up episode). Our second guest is the that unique balance of insight and hilarity Danny Bowes from Tor (check out his RaOne Review) and MoviesByBowes who is quickly becoming part of the Upodcast family.

And finally we have Dheeraj, Film Journalist and man about town for DesiBox joining us for the first time! Check out Desibox’s coverage of RaOne Premier in London‘s O2 and his review on the DesiBox website.

Is there any place on the internet for Hindi film geeks to have in depth discussion about cinema except Upodcast? Me thinks nahiiiin!

Let us know what you thought of our over an hour long discussion about RaOne in the comment section below!

@asimburney

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Ep 39 Part 2 Recent- Bodyguard, MBKD, Force, Mausam- and Upcoming Releases in Bollywood (Ra.One vs Don2) with FilmiGirl

Part 2 of our massive Episode 39 and of course we can’t have Filmigirl as a guest and not dedicate a whole episode on Bollywood!

Put your Snark Helmet as Filmigirl and Asim take a swing and dissect the late summer and early fall releases of this year.

Starting with one of the biggest hits of the year Bodyguard, we ask the question did it deserve it’s success? We quickly takie a detour to find Mere Brother Ki Dulhan– the movie where the hero is actually the heroine and will there ever be an serum invented to protect audiences from Ali Zafar‘s infectious charm?

Father and Song duo put everything they had into Mausam but what the hell went wrong with that movie (or did it even?) and  is John Abraham after his recent success a Force to be reckoned with  or did Vidyut Jamwal run away with the accolades?

We finish off with what else is there to look forward to? Rockstar? Desi Boys? Or will it only be about Ra.One vs Don2? We finally come clean about our issues with ShahRukh Khan, so if you ever wanted to hear what we really feel, listen to the episode below!

 

Of course we would love to hear form you so please do leave a comment!

For more of FilmiGirl, you can check out her blog or catch her on twitter!

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Ra.One ‘s Underwhelming Trailer Analyzed

The Trailer for Shahrukh Khan‘s Sci Fi extragavabonanza Ra.One directed by Anubah Sinha has just been released. He jumps, he flies, runs in leather bootsies, flips cars on Battersea Park Power Station, raises his arms slowly and romantically (i’m guessing here) and all this with funky spikey hair whilst Kareena Kapoor stares at him mouth agape as I’m sure the rest of SRK fan club will be.  We have to admit this trailer leaves us severely underwhelmed. Check out our thoughts and the full trailer below.

Thanks to Honey for the exclusive of course. There really is no other blog for Bollywood gossip and exclusives. You Go GIRL!

 

So the extremely calculated marketing machinery Random Access One has been a rollercoaster ride of which we are only seeing the first bump.

It started with the Ra.One poster, then the 30 second teaser a couple of months ago (which was pretty exciting we have to admit)  and then yesterday the first track from the soundtrack “Chammak Challho” got ‘leaked’ featuring Akon. which you can listen to on The Daily Honey too by clicking here (legitemately popilicous crack for your ears)

We will still have to live through for another half a year of Arjun Rampal‘s reveal, SRK getting back on twitter and every tweet being regurgitated on blogs and gossip sites, the song promo’s being on 24/7 rotation. Add to that some political hoopla of offending one people or the other (I am guessing the electricians this time) and SRK apologizing in a passive agressive manner.

Just show us the damn movie already , as we won’t be able to take months of Shahrukh’s marketing ‘wizardry’. In this case wizardry and deluge being a very fine line indeed.

We don’t know much about the story, we haven’t seen much of the the titular character,  Shahrukh Khan’s character is named G.One (so we got a bit of Ghajini going on here) and he flies around a lot with his mouth tightly shut, probably worried he might swallow a bunch of insects. And is it me or does he just look extremely skinny and tired.

Most of the shots we see have a huge Endhiran hangover (a movie offered to SRK initially), Matrix’ s sound design), Spiderman’s urban setting and the final shot is pretty much T2 Judgement Day’s liquid T -1000 rehash but a quarter of a decade later. And I still think a lot of it is inspired by Infamous the Playstation game. Not to forget that Anubhav Sinha has not really ever made a decent movie ( Dus was half average and hasnt aged well). Also SRK doenst make good movies with people he doesn’t know well.

There is the heavy reliance of slow mo wire-fu, a completely played out technique and something Bollywood has never really mastered. The pairing of SRK and Kareena just doesn’t seem to gel with me. (Was Marjaani from Billu really that good ? And I see a little girl touching G.One’s face whilst they are spinning around in a car, an image that fills me with sappy dread)

The whole thing just smells of desperation and seems a bit “deja-has been” but you can never count out SRK expecially when his competitive edge has smelt blood like a starving shark.

The Bollywood media will of course be demanding Ra.One to be as big a hit as his other 2 Khan rivals ie Amir’s Ghajini and 3 Idiots and Salman’s Dabanng and the upcoming Ready.

So here is a list of what we don’t to see in the next trailers but I am guessing we will be seeing:

  • Some corny ass lines that are meant to be bad ass dialogues
  • Quick and epilypsy inducing cuts
  • Wire Fu
  • Bikes flying through trucks
  • Trucks flying through bikes (actually that WOULD be cool)
  • More wire Fu
  • Lots and lots of blue electricity

What we do want to see more of in the next trailer:

  • Kareena Kapoor looking pretty and dancing

That’ s it really until let’s say… September?

In any case we’lll be looking forward to the Singham trailer releasing in the next few days and listening to Chamakk Chaloo in the meantime.

Let us know your thoughts on the Ra. One Trailer in the comment section below.

 

 

 

 

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Suit up, Superheroes!

2011 surely seems to be the year of superhero movies with both DC and Marvel firing both barrels. Here is a rundown of First looks of some of the characters that we will be seeing across the big screens! Check out the pictures after the jump! Read More

Lessons Learnt in Bollywood in 2010 and What’s in store for 2011!

This week we are joined by BollywoodGora (AKA Steven Baker), writer for BollySpice and DigitalSpy and Upodcast regular FilmiGirl. We discuss some of the lessons we as Bollywood geeks have learnt and what we hope to avoid in 2011. We breakdown the upcoming releases in 2011, the ones we are looking forward to and the actors and actresses we want to see more of! Of course we can’t avoid adding our own little snarky twist to everything! Check out the episode after the jump! Read More