CE review: SRK been riding the DDLJ train for 18 long years – plus constant reference to his old movies – someone slap him out of it

What is not tolerable are the dozens of references to nearly all of SRK’s films, from Dil Se to My Name Is Khan to Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and (someone’s really got to step up and slap him out of it) DDLJ. In fact, the last four words SRK says in Chennai Express –with no trace of irony – are “dilwale dulhaniya le jaayenge”. Ugh.
SRK, you’ve been riding the DDLJ train for 18 long years. But just like cinema in India has evolved, the audience has, too. Careful now. The last thing you want is for their reverence to turn into rage.

** stars

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How YJHD has totally owned DDLJ

DDLJ is running in Maratha Mandir in Mumbai and average ticket rates are Rs. 20

YJHD is running in other theatres in Mumbai and average ticket rates are Rs. 200, at places much more

Despite the huge difference in ticket rates, more people are seeing YJHD, while DDLJ at dirt cheap rate of Rs. 20 has few takers.

Shows how even at rates that won’t buy you half an hr with any whore, DDLJ has few takers while thousands are queuing up to see YJHD. That’s why YJHD has completely owned DDLJ. People prefer quality over cheapness these days :)

Of course, YJHD is also a better movie and better acting by the hero.

Award-winning film critic Roger Ebert passes away

Roger Ebert, the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, passed away on April 4.

The film critic, 70, who just two days ago announced in a blog post that he was taking a break from his main job, succumbed to cancer, reported the Chicago Sun-Times, the US newspaper that employed him for more than four decades.

He “promoted excellence in film while deflating the awful, the derivative, or the merely mediocre with an observant eye, a sharp wit and a depth of knowledge that delighted his millions of readers and viewers,” it said.

The print, television and online critic, whose trademark “two thumbs up” accolade was a stamp of excellence coveted by filmmakers, started working for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967.

He won a Pulitzer in 1975 for distinguished criticism, the first and one of only three such honorees, and hosted long-running movie review television shows, with a thumbs-up or thumbs-down as the main logo. Continue reading

Hasn’t India loved you, Shah Rukh Khan?

Shah Rukh Khan…the boy-next-door from the national capital who moved to Mumbai a couple of decades ago is now a world renowned superstar. He is a brand in himself and worth crores of rupees. Lovingly addressed as ‘King Khan’, the man has made a million hearts skip a beat and has risen to the stature of an icon. People from far and wide, irrespective of clan, class and religion would swear by his name; such is his aura. Alas… Our very own ‘Fauji’ no longer belongs to us as our neighbours have, in a way, claimed him!

The spate of controversial comments from across the border came soon after Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s own out of the blue remarks on being a Muslim post the 9/11 terror attacks.

In an interview to Outlook Turning Points magazine published in association with The New York Times newspaper, Shah Rukh had spoken about how he became the “inadvertent object of political leaders” who chose to make him “a symbol of all that they think is wrong and unpa
triotic about Muslims in India.”

I wonder, when Shah Rukh could speak about unfair treatment being meted out to him, then how are his contemporaries – Aamir and Salman sustaining in the industry. They too are Khans aren’t they…or are they any different? Continue reading

Shah Rukh Khan a victim? Nonsense

In a first person account for Outlook Turning Points magazine, which is published in association with The New York Times newspaper, superstar Shah Rukh Khan gives his fans an insight into the life for a Muslim in the post-9/11 world.

In this account, Shah Rukh Khan speaks about how he became an “inadvertent object of political leaders”.

The article, which is titled “Being a Khan”, is published in the current issue of the magazine. Shah Rukh Khan writes, “I sometimes become the inadvertent object of political leaders who choose to make me a symbol of all that they think is wrong and unpatriotic about Muslims in India.”

“There have been occasions when I have been accused of bearing allegiance to our neighbouring nation rather than my own country – this even though I am an Indian, whose father fought for the freedom of India. Rallies have been held where leaders have exhorted me to leave and return what they refer to my original homeland,” Shah Rukh Khan adds. Continue reading

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