Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother´s Day!

There is no place where a mom is more celebrated, adored and revered than the Indian Cinema. There are Filmi Maas, there are Crazy Maas, there are Evil Maas, there are Bari-Maas and Choti-Maas and there are even Ammas, you can be sure that in the in the Fairytale World of Crying Superheroes, some mom is always there to wipe your tears when the latest goonda has run away with your girl.

Here are my favourite "Maa-Songs":

1. "Yeh Bandhan Toh" from Karan Arjun

2.  "Nallanivani Nillani" from Chatrapathi

3. "Maa Shakti De Maa" from Ashanti

4. "O Maa Tujhe Salaam" from Khalnayak

PLUS: My Favourite Filmi Ma KIRRON KHER because she´s AWESOME, warm and just like my real Maa.:) (It´s not really a Maa-Song but Kirron Kher is in it and she´s playing a Maa, so):

5. "Morey Piya" from Devdas

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Happy B-Day To The Charming "Sharmer" Of Bollywood: Anushka Sharma

Sorry for the bad wordplay. I had a stressful day.

Anushka Sharma started her career with the biggest chance that you can get as a newcomer in Bollywood: She was the heroine in a YashRaj movie directed by Aditya Chopra starring opposite Shah Rukh Khan. It couldn´t get better for a more or less unknown girl from Bangalore. The movie went on to become a blockbuster and Anushka disappeared for almost two years. She starred in two movies in between, called Badmaash Company and Patiala House who were actually not such bad movies and while critics praised Anushka´s performance, both movies somehow didn´t click with the audience.

Then came Band Baaja Baaraat, starring Anushka, an "almost forgotten" actress and Ranveer Singh, a total newcomer. No one believed that BBB would be a success but the movie became a hit with the masses and vaulted Anushka to new fame. Playing an ordinary punjabi girl who starts her own business and falls in love with her partner, Anushka once again proved that she is an actress, not just a pretty face with a modelling background and that she is a star that has to be reckoned with.

Anushka in "Baari Barsi" from BBB, charming not only Ranveer Singh but also me, the audience and EVERYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD. How can you not love her?

Her next movie was Ladies Vs. Ricky Bahl, a con movie, where Anushka plays a sales girl/con artist who - how else could it be - get "conned by her own heart". The movie in itself is, again, not really good but Anushka is marvellous. (Yes, I actually used the word "marvellous"! Am I not oldfashioned?) She (and the other three ladies) was the one who kept me watching despite the rather bland story and lame hero.

I said before that when I saw Anushka for the first time in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, I was rather disappointed. But then I got over my superficial attitude and saw that Anushka is not only really, really beautiful but also a really good actress. From all the Sonams, Deepikas and Katrinas, Anushka got the talent and the charisma to become a really big star that will be remembered not only for her item songs but for her acting talent. (Nothing against Helen, but NO ONE can be compared to Helen! (Or Mumaith, for that matter)).

 In RNBDJ as the lovely Taani-Partner.

Being only five movies old, Anushka is already better than some (the most) of her contemporaries and there is only way to improve. Her upcoming movies are Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, with Imran Khan as her co-star (hopefully Imran´s role is not that big) and the untitled movie of Yash Chopra where she once again stars opposite Shah Rukh and (*big resigned sigh*) Katrina Kaif. (One can only hope that the movie is about two sisters who, although estranged from each other, re-unite while searching for her long-lost father. My God, that would be AWESOME! It could be all ZNMD with all the beautiful tourist scenery (England, this time) and Baghwati making a reappearance on Kat´s arm!).

"What Two Girls Want". Directed by Yash Chopra. Just imagine.
But, no matter how these movies will turn out, I have real trust in Anushka (even if that sounds totally cheesy) because she is... SEEMS to be a girl with a good head on her shoulders who, despite having a successful modelling career and several movie hits behind her back, is still an ordinary, nice girl from Bangalore. (Wait... Bangalore? But isn´t Bangalore like, in KARNATAKA? But that means that Anushka´s actually from the SOUTH! OMG! Anushka, why haven´t you starred in some southie movies yet? I want to see you in a half-saree opposite...well.. who actually? I´m not that fluent in Kannada movies... Suggestions?