Superstar Rajinikanth returns to the big screen in a live action role after 4 years with KS Ravikumar’s Lingaa. As every release of the megastar there is quite a bit of excitement and looking at the initial box office numbers, it seems to be another killer at the box office.
Although we South Indian cinema has a special place in our hearts, we are not the experts we would like to be so we called our friend Josh Hurtado, who covers a lot of Indian cinema for TwitchFilm.com.
We speak about the Rajini Effect, the expectations attached to Lingaa, Sonakshi Sinha’s South Indian debut and how Lingaa compares to Rajnikanth’s massive hits with Shankar (Sivaji- The Boss, Enthiran).
If you haven’t seen the trailer for Lingaa yet, here is it.
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The trailers of Akshay Kumar movies have started to follow a distinct pattern since he made Rowdy Rathore and it seems not much has changed for the trailer of Holiday- A Soldier is Never Of Duty.
First the trailer will sneak up on me like Beverly Hills Ninja, as none of his movies are something I particularly look forward to or have any expectation of leaving an indelible impression as soon as the movie has ended and my behind leaves the chair it was sat in, so I usually don’t follow the production news.
Then there is a sudden burst of excitement as I truly enjoy watching Akshay on screen, even though he rarely makes movies I fully enjoy. But I like the guy, his work ethic and earnestness making the kind of cinema he does, as he truly does believe in it and gives his 120% (which is the equivalent of 260% when calculated on the Salman Khan motivational scale of movie making)
Within the first seconds of the trailer I start thinking “Hey, this actually looks fun”, to “Look at Akshay singing and dancing and kicking ass” to very quickly turning into “Oh god this is going to suck as much as most of his movies” (usually the point Sonakshi Sinha walks on screen)
Holiday – A Soldier is Never off Duty is the Hindi remake of AR Murgadoss’s Thuppakki, which from what I read on FilmiGirl’s blog is a troublesome (although quite succesful) jarring mix of part love story and part Muslim bashing terrorism espionage thriller.
As I have said many times, I don’t know much about South Indian cinema, I do know that A.R. Murugadoss is one of the filmmakers that is able to draw massive crowds and makes visually interesting films, with high production values. A lot of his movies have been remade for Hindi audience (Jai Ho, most recently) and he has done so himself, teaming up with Amir Khan on the massively successful Ghajini.
Ghajini is one of those movies that is safely, better in most areas compared to the original and the key reason for that is Amir Khan and the attention to detail he brought ironing out the issues of the original, adapting the screenplay to his own personality as well as Hindi Film audience.
Unfortunately, I have no faith in Akshay Kumar doing any of the things mentioned above and indeed after seeing the Holiday’s trailer, I went back to watch the original Thuppakki trailer and most of it looks like a shot for shot remake with added gloss and the name of producer Vipul Shah as if that is some kind of brand endorsement (Dude, we haven’t forgotten London Dreams and Action Replay)
The other problem I have is the lack of Vidyut Jammwal in the Hindi version. Surprising when Vipul Shah already has an equation with Jammwal after producing Commando. A movie that was quite a success compared to the amount of money and faith they put into that movie.
Now they have some generic bad guy who we are supposed to believe is a foil for Akshay’s awesomeness, I think not!
Another thing about original Thupakki is that the female lead is completely unessential to the plot, so in a way they couldn’t have asked for a better actress than Sonakshi Sinha, a lady is who is continously squandering her photogenic looks, on-screen presence and cinematic charisma on disposable roles. I don’t understand why she keeps choosing to play second fiddle to older heroes in these 100 cr starrers, she doesn’t need the money, and how fun can making these movies really be?
I know a lot of people will already have made up their mind about Holiday, it being a South Indian remake, or starring the Akshay – Sonakshi combo. But all my problems aside (and I do have tons of problems as you can plainly see) I am looking forward to Akshay working with some new people and I think the A.R. Murugadoss style of cinema might actually suit him more than what Prabhu Deva brings.
Some More Randon Ranty thoughts:
As a personal pet peeve, I have a huge respect for the sport of Boxing and it grates me when the likes of Bobby Deol (Apne) or Sonakshi Sinha think that just by donning on a pair of gloves you can look like a boxer.
Come on people, do a few push ups at least!
Unless you are Juhi Chawla punching out Shahrukh Khan, as Hai Alla Juhi Jee, you can do no wrong.
On another note, aren’t movie trailer supposed to bring to forefront the best sides of the actor?
Why they would add lines where Akshay is speaking in English is beyond me (“Sooside Attack” “Aim Vaiting”)?
What’s up with the ridiculous tagline ” A Soldier is never off duty” of course he is off duty..when he is off duty!
Also what’s up with the questionable hairstyles Akshay? He’s been sporting wavey coiffes for a couple of movies and it’s starting to look a bit ridiculous!
Holiday- A Soldier is never off duty has a June 6 2014 release
Here is a media interview done with Sonakshi Sinha and Jimmy Shergill, Jimmy (and Vidyut Jammwal) being the main reason I would want to watch this movie, its a shame that “the media” didnt bother to find any decent questions for him.
If you haven’s seen it yet, here is a trailer for Bullet Raja:
Sonakshi Sinha Q&A:
Q: This is your first time working with Saif Ali Khan, were you excited for this opportunity?
A: I think we make a very fresh pairing, I have wanted to work with Saif for a while now and was very excited to get the chance in Bullett Raja. Saif is a great actor and is so committed to his roles, I am very happy with how we look together on screen and I would love the opportunity to work with him again.
Q: Your role in the film is of a struggling Bengali actress, what did you think of your characters look in the film?
A: This is the second time I am playing a Bengali girl. But my character in Lootera was drastically different; I was playing a girl from the ’50s, who is a Zamindar’s daughter. In Bullett Raja, I am playing a contemporary Bengali girl. I loved my look for this role; it has a very traditional feel and there was a certain grace to it. Once I was in the costume, everyone was shocked to see how Bengali I looked. I wish the sequence we shot in that costume was a little longer, because I did not want to get out of it.
Q: After having so much success so early in your career with your films, do you feel under pressure with every new release?
A: There’s no pressure actually. I really like what I do and if I think of it as pressure it would really bog me down. I feel I’m in the right place at the right time because there are a lot of films right now where, for me as an actor, there’s something I can give to them. So I truly believe I’m in the right place at the right time.
Q: Do you feel overshadowed by your co-stars? Does less visibility bother you?
A: Never. I do my work to the best of my capacity. I don’t pick a role looking at its length. I take up a film because I would like to see it. People notice me, appreciate my work and dancing skills, so where’s the question of being overshadowed? No one has any complaints.
Q: How would you describe this phase of your life?
A: I’ve come in at the right time and I’m getting films with great roles. It’s fabulous.
Q: No one has ever heard of any stories of you fighting over a role or anything of that sort. Does that mean you’re serious competition here?
A: I’ve never had to fight for a role. Call it my ego or my self-respect, but I won’t pick up the phone and call a producer and fight or ask for a role. That’s not me. I’ve always got the best and my work speaks for itself.
Q: But you’re always the Indian girl. Don’t you want to break that image?
A: People see me like that. I may play an Indian girl, but each role is different. If I’m offered a film where I need to play an urban character, I will. But these roles work for me. I’m not stuck in a rut and neither do I feel the need to break the norm. When a female star plays western roles only, no one asks her these questions. At 25, I can proudly say that I’m successful.
Jimmy Shergill Q&A
Q: What’s the relationship between you and Saif in Bullett Raja?
A: In this film we are best friends and we go out and do what gangster buddies do… casually shoot people.
Q: What do you think about Saif off camera?
A: Saif and I were shooting together every single day and it was great as we got time to bond. Saif has a great sense of humour and he makes you laugh. I had a memorable time and I look forward to our second schedule which begins in January. I respect Saif as a friend and fellow actor. He’s a great guy and he’s one of the most genuine persons in the film industry.
Bullett Raja will be released in cinemas from 29th November 2013.
We just recorded a massive episode of UPodcast where we do 2013 mid year wrap up and also talk about the movies we are looking forward to in the 2nd half of the year. The one movie that both our guests FilmiGirl, Getfilmy and Upodcast were very much excited for was Vikramaditya Motwane’s Ranveer Singh – Sonakshi Sinha starrer Lootera, slated for a July 5th release.
Until now not too much was revealed in the first trailer except that it was a romance set in the 50’s. The 2nd trailer changes that and give us much more of the story which seems to be Indiana Jones meets Catch Me If You Can added with some desi tadka.
How beautiful does that look?
Last time Ranveer Singh played a con man in Ladies vs Ricky Bahl wasn’t met with the kind of success as his debut so it’s quite interesting he is taking on what seems to be another role of a scam artist. As I mentioned during the UPodcast recording for me this is Sonakshi’s litmus test, she has the talent and screen presence but until now has been stuck doing inconsequential roles paired opposite much older heroes.
Director Vikramaditya Motwane’ s following up the critically acclaimed Udaan teaming up with Balaji entertainment which is an interesting collaboration. I have been listenting to the Amit Trivedi’s soundtrack pretty much non stop.
There is a lot riding on Lootera and I’m liking what I’m seeing until now.
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.
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.
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.
Directed by enfant terrible of Hindi Film cinema Shirish Kunder, starring Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Shreyas Talpade and Alex O’Nell, follows up his 2006 gem Jaan E Mann with a Sci-fi village hoax movie Joker.
Unfortunately already one of the lowest openers of the Indian Box Office of 2012 and pretty much a disappointment all round for those looking forward to what this witty director with a keen visual sense would come up with after a gap of 6 years.
Our guest GetFilmy joins us to discuss the debacle leading up to the release, what went wrong and we speculate on what the next steps could be for Shirish Kunder as a film maker.
We try to talk as positively about the movie as we usually do on the show and theorize what went on behind the scenes.
- Was it bad marketing?
- The effects of slapgate?
- Why did Akshay not promote the movie?
- Is it a completely bad movie?
We finish up the show with the forthcoming releases of the year and what else we can look forward to.
Apologies for our listeners that joined us on Ustream ,that was an experiment that didn’t go well…Maybe next time.
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To discuss Akshay Kumar‘s return to action movies with Rowdy Rathore by shattering box office collections with a weird spinny saw whilst twirling their moustaches Upodcast is joined by the always awesome FilmiGirl and Bollywood Gif creator extraordinaire Sujoy Sinha also known as @93eK on twitter or from his writings at OneKnightStand and Bollypop!
This was the first Upodcast to be streamed live on Ustream (bookmark this link to catch the next show!), follow our twitter feed or facebook page so you can join the next time we go live with our insanity!
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Plot Spoilers for Rowdy Rathore: Bollywood’s Original Action Hero Akshay Kumar Gets ‘Rowdy’ In Bollywood’s Latest Action Drama
One movie that we have totally been looking forward to is Rowdy Rathore and since the release is just around the corner, there is quite a bit of promotion going on especially in India where the stars and director Prabu Deva are on a city wide tour. Together with the full Chinta Ta Ta Chita Chita – Rowdy Rathore Official Full Song Video, we received a spoilerific plot summary, read if you can’t wait to know the what the movie will be about!
Bollywood’s original hero Akshay Kumar makes his long-awaited return after seven years to the action movie arena with this summer’s big release Rowdy Rathore releasing on the 1st of June 2012.
Rowdy Rathore is a modern re-working of the Telugu film Vikramarkudu, and features an all-star Bollywood cast comprising of Akshay Kumar and Bollywood starlett Sonakshi Sinha who returns to screens after Dabangg. The film is directed by renowned Tamil choreographer and actor Prabhu Deva (Wanted, Shakti – The Power) and also features the considerable talents of producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali, famed for his directing credits on cutting-edge films Black, Devdas and Saawariya. The film marks Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s first foray into the action genre.
Akshay Kumar returns to dazzling form in this all-action blockbuster, as he expertly plays two very different and intriguing characters. The film is enhanced by lighthearted moments of comedy, thrilling action sequences and a little sprinkling of romance to set things off. Rowdy Rathore showcases Akshay Kumar’s acting talents and versatility as an actor, and guarantees an exciting summer film for the whole family.
In a gripping tale of mystery, deception and revenge, the thrilling story is told through the eyes of lead character Shiva (Akshay Kumar), who is a small-time thief addicted to acts of daredevilry. Shiva’s life is turned upside down when one day a young girl turns up and claims to be his daughter. Stunned by the revelation, he soon uncovers a dark and disturbing story behind her claim. It turns out that the girl is the daughter of IPS Police Officer Vikram Singh Rathore, who happens to be Shiva’s twin brother. When the two meet, and Vikram is murdered in front of Shiva, the latter must assume his identity and work undercover to bring his killers to justice.
Here is another look at the trailer that we can’t get enough of!
Like Salman Khan, UpodCast walks it’s own beat. This week we dissect the phenomenon of Dabanng joined by friends of the show Filmigirl and Anandini. We extensively review the movie, ask ourselves if you need to be a Salman Khan fan to enjoy Dabanng to the fullest, debate the return to massala entertainment, rave about Sonakshi Sinha and also discusss what a potential sequel could look like. Oh, if that wasn’t enough to salivate your earbuds, we also discuss the forthcoming releases for the rest of the year! For all this and much much more, Listen to the episode after the jump!