Thursday, July 30, 2009
Photo credit: Kerry Monteen/IFC
From the NY Times Review of 'Slumdog Millionaire' :
" In the end, what gives me reluctant pause about this bright,
cheery, hard-to-resist movie is that its joyfulness feels more
like a filmmaker’s calculation than an honest cry from the heart
about the human spirit (or, better yet, a moral tale). "
Long before the Slumdogs' Millionaire creators convinced
Hollywood that Bollywood deserved greater Hollywood
treatment (since Bollywood had been giving itself the Hollywood
treatment for decades) Filmmaker Mira Nair had slowly
but surely paved the way for this day, giving us her deep
and personal insights into an alternate Indian film culture.
'Mississippi Masala', Bride and Prejudice, Salaam
Bombay and The Namesake all attempted to arouse
Hollywood Film Moguls to the unseen dramas of Indians
abroad and at home. And now Hollywood sits up and takes
notice of the still-untapped but burgeoning Bollywood market.
With lush scenery like India as the backdrop for Hollywood
hijinks played by a diverse cast that includes Keanu Reeves,
David Alan Grier, Maya Rudolph and others, this new
Mini-series promises to keep all Bollywood fans enthralled
and amused. Saturday Night Live's Chris Kattan is a wannabe
Hollwood hero who isn't making it to stardom., Fed up with his
situation, he seeks his fortune in Bollywood, figuring he has the
Hollywood insider advantage to get his big breakthrough moment
via the Mumbai film industry.
Subscribers to the wonderful Independent Film Channel are
the only ones who will initially be able to enjoy this comedy
starting Aug. 6, 7 and 8. The best I can do is push this trailer
and hope anyone who has access to the actual show will
consider sharing this with the rest of us ;-)
Posted by Fred Miller at 11:22 AM Labels: Bollywood+Hero Chris+Kattan IFC Kerry+Monteen Maya+Rudolph Keanu+Reeves