Friday, September 16, 2011

The uninspired ones

Twitter has quite become the source of constant, unadulterated entertainment these days. First there was the curious case of Govind Tiwari's blog and his enviable skills in multimedia editing that rendered him the ability to blink incessantly in all his pictures. His 15+ hours of fame moment gave his blog more than a million hits and started a twitter trend. And then an open letter spewing venom against all Delhites written by a disgruntled Southern belle rekindled the ubiquitous racial debate in our country : "My people are the best, yours are the worst.".
Now a few days back this gem of a movie trailer with an equally ingenious title to boot was posted by someone on twitter. I guess it must be the account of Y_films, the section of Yash Raj films producing movies, seeking to cater to the likes of Generation Y or whatever-English-alphabet-that-is-currently-being used-to-refer-to-the-young-generation. A war of words ensued between mihirfadnavis, greatbong and Y_films possibly due to the fact that Y_films took offense at Mihir Fadnavis calling the trailer wannabe-ish. Which it is in my opinion. Heck the movie is about two wannabes in the first place!
Now I don't usually watch trailers on youtube until and unless it is something epic or highly-awaited like Harry Potter or a Christopher Nolan/David Fincher movie. But in this case, I could barely contain my curiosity. When you get to learn that the title of a movie is Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge with 3 a's in fraaandship, it rings all sorts of bells in your head (mainly alarm bells though). I thought that the Yash Raj people had already hit rock-bottom when it comes to naming films with Mere Brother ki Dulhan but apparently I was wrong.

From the looks of the trailer, it seems like a story of an ugly girl and ugly guy, trying to look hot and alluring in their respective Facebook profiles and falling in love?! Obviously enough, it is normal for women who are not Poonam Pandey to pose in bra tops for their Facebook display pictures. And wearing denim shorts and checkered full-sleeve shirts with converse shoes is nerdy or uncool .
Well in any case, the makers of the movie have probably been 'inspired' by the success of The Social Network to concoct another one of their surely cliched, overtly dramatic and nonsensical tales of love and throw in Facebook as the backdrop for the brewing romance. These days, even a blog post having "Facebook" in the title or in the labels, is entitled to get a few hundred hits. So I totally understand the sneaky tactic of trying to cash in on the buzzword of our times. But the word 'fraaandship' is still a bit too reminiscent of the stalker-like hot-blooded males who go by the name of Orkutiyas on twitter and on the internet, with their grammatically flawed English and penchant for conversation with random females in monosyllables like "hiiieeeee".
Well whatever the curious case of this movie's story(or lack thereof) maybe, I wish the producers all the success in swindling the nit-wits(with no taste) of our generation of their allowances/incomes.

On the topic of lack of inspiration, I must make you watch/listen to this :-

This is a track "Sarang haeyo" from the superhit 2005 Korean drama, Delightful Girl Choon Hyang or Sassy Girl, Choon Hyang. Sound familiar?
I came across the song quite accidentally while youtube-ing for dramas to watch next.
Now we all know that Pritam is the improvised, new-age version of Anu Malik. But this is outrageous. Especially to me who is an ardent fan of Asian culture, food, languages, music, anime, manga and fabulous Korean, Japanese and Taiwanese dramas/movies.
How can this talentless Neanderthal with lice-infested hair unabashedly steal music from such a popular Korean drama and NOT bloody give any credit?
I also discovered that the "Kya mujhe pyaar hai" track from Woh Lamhe is a virtual copy-paste job of an Indonesian band's song.
I was really in love with the whole Jab We Met OST. I still am. But now I am apprehensive of stumbling across more foreign language songs and discovering the actual source of Pritam's "creative genius".

It is appalling to see what is being marketed in the name of creativity these days. Latest being the case of Paoli Dam (a Bong actress to my utter chagrin) proudly proclaiming that she shed all inhibitions along with her clothes to do an oral sex scene in the movie Chatrak, which is being touted as the boldest movie ever made in our country.
I'm not adding a comment regarding the producer, director, script or screenplay-writer of the film. But even prior to its official release, the story of the explicit scene and a 'leaked' youtube video of it have ensured that the movie doesn't go unnoticed.
And I assure thee it hasn't. My Facebook feed was full of disgusting status updates by hitherto closet pervs in my friends' list and other pervs commenting on them specifying the url of the file-sharing site from where you can download and watch the whole sequence and jack off to.
But thankfully enough a few sensible ones also pointed out that there's a difference between pornography and creativity.
Damn straight! Since when did a film need to boast of nudity in order to be stamped as an art-house venture?
And while defending the mature content, why does the lead actress have to cite Kate Winslet's nude scenes in The Reader as examples?
Unoriginal much?
Like my good friend, Anish(@Eccentricfella) said..a certain Mr Ray never needed any nudity or graphic sex scenes to earn a cult status in the world of cinema.

P.S: Before you accuse me of the same, I must confess this is also an uninspired post to the core.

P.P.S: Apologies to the now extinct Neanderthals, for that comparison with Pritam.



Anish said...

LMAO you had to search for a poster of that revolting movie for this blogpost!Pritam stealing/copying is nothing new,which is why I have stopped listening to recent Bollywood music almost completely.And as for the Paoli Dam issue,I bet if a fat middle-aged guy shed all his clothes these same people won't be saying it's bold but calling it vulgar.

D2 said...

This was hilarious! Stealing music is such an old thing when it comes to Indian cinema. The most famous one, of course, is The Godfather's theme being used in a song. It would be one of the reasons I don't listen to Bollywood music. There's nothing original about it. I love what Anish said about Paoli Dam. Most people here, or anywhere, for that matter, wouldn't understand art films to begin with, lest of all understand why there was a full frontal nude scene in the movie in the first place. They would be unzipping their pants first. If people were less horny, there would be less rape cases in the country. The shame!

And the movie with so much fraaanship in it will be a hit. But then, does it have a star cast? People want a crappy movie with the well-known names in it to be as smutty as they can. They love that, don't they? :D

Prateek said...

I remember the date when you linked me to the theatrical promo of Mujhse Fraaandship Karogi? Do you know how, because my PC refused to play the video!
Look you cannot blame Pritam ji and Anu ji and you certainly cannot call it stealing, please have some respect. “They borrowed it” or “They were inspired.” Using right words can change the bloody meaning no? :D
Let’s talk about nudity now……*Runs*

Sudeshna said...

Indian public is being cheated.. The creativity of the truly creative ones is going in vain.. And the cheaters are being term as a genius! Indian cinema is losing it's taste and vigor.. DISGUSTING! The doomsday is near..

Nethra said...

Hey, your post got the word "facebook" in it. Will you get 100 clicks too? Then I shall use the word in one of the future blogposts.

By the way, the other day I noticed that few tunes where copied from another drama too. What's happening to Indian audience? We read third rated books & pirated(from other movies)movies.

Priyanka said...

Ugh. Not another sappy one from Y_films, this, from a die-hard romance-lover-watcher.

Oh yeah, I heard about the song a while back, I just assumed I was the last to know or I would have probably said something about it.

Oh btw, have you seen the trailers of The Dirty Picture? Would LOVE to know what you think.

Alka Gurha said...

Anything goes in the name of inspiration...even Vishaal Shekhar lifted Shiela ki...and twitter has become more a medium for celebrity war of words and intellectual showmanship.

wisewit said...

Ha, Ha! And I thought Hollywood was uncreative. Truth is, I'm totally lost when you start talking about movies in India, but I'm beginning to think I'm better off not knowing! :0

Personally, I feel it's more productive to try to create something new than to complain about the lack of creativity in recent works. (Your notice just above the Copyscape notice would seem to say the same thing.) At the same time, the success of uncreativity recently leaves me wondering if there's any room in today's market for truly creative authors. :(

Oh and, by the way, it always puzzles me when people in India write about "Asian culture" as something distinct from Indian culture. Isn't India part of Asia? It always seems to me a bit like people referring to "America and Canada"! :) (Yes, I hear that one all the time.)


Snow Leopard said...

Fraaandship? Really? So, finally we will have a movie based on the life of two orkutiyas. Interesting.
Pritam stole those from Korean sitcoms and Indonesian band? Hmmmm.... Nah, not surprised...Pritam can steal anything and everything. I am more surprised, rather appalled by his choice.
And now I must run and Google "Paoli Dam Chatrak Hot Scene" before you come after me with an unsheathed sword for making that remark. :P

Red Handed said...

I give myself a pat on my back since its been eyars since i have actually bought ot downloaded any hindi or bollywood songs. The movies are remade year afte year and the songs are cut copy edit pasted.Pritam is known for it! Nd why is tht shorts wearing chick with a cute cut feeling ugly and the ubercool luking guy called uncool? Damn!ctually bought ot downloaded any hindi or bollywood songs. Th

AAD said...

Very well written, the title 'Mujhse fraandship karoge' is hilarious indeed, hadn't even heard of it ever...
and about pritam...ughh..I so agree, i had read a blog post by someone a while back where they had listed the 'creative' works of Pritam and their orginial sources, and boy were there a lottt...Sad indeed, his songs are very memorable, with great music, but it's not his...pathetic...
Loved your blog...

Viyoma said...

I totally agree with you. Social Network and Twitter in particular may be an instant source of info, but at times they go so overboard, that words fail to explain the disgust.

The recent Delhi Boy Letter: comments and its trending for 2 days, appalled me!

Samadrita said...

@Anish: Exactly. Like always you're bang on. And yea I had to search for a poster of this movie...grrr maybe I'm giving it more publicity this way. Meh whatever!

@D2: No the Orkutiya movie doesn't have a star cast. All I can make out is that the actors look ugly and hence they fit the roles I suppose. XD

@Prateek: Watch the damned trailer kid! How can I be the only one to have faced the traumatic experience of watching it?

@Sudeshna: I agree with you fully. Creativity is now passe. 'Tis the age of instant gratification and cheap thrills.

Samadrita said...

@Nethra: My posts get a 100 hits as it is. Facebook in the title would've helped more, but hey I've mentioned the word in the post. So yayy keeping fingers crossed! Which drama was the tune copied from? remember to link me to it on twitter.

@Priyanka: Even I'm probably the last one to know about the song. But this shocked me more as I watch a lot of Korean dramas and love their music. Pritam should be guillotined.

@Alka Gurha: But twitter is still fun. :D we get to pwn Bollywood actors there for all the silly stuff they do or say.

@wisewit: Actually there are common elements in all our cultures. But even so the Japanese, Chinese, Koreans are a bit different from Indians. Their food habits, art, cinema, music and literature...they fascinate me. And I'm sure there are a lot of differences between U.S and Canada too right?

Samadrita said...

@Snowleopard: I'm seriously gonna go to jail one of these days for murdering a human version of a snow leopard. (that didn't make sense I know) How dare you insult Korean, Japanese music you insolent human? You will be kamehameha-d by the great warriors of Dragon Ball Z. Hmpf! And btw that hot sequence has been removed from youtube already. Too bad! :P

@Red handed: See you're not supposed to think of the words "logic" or "common sense" while watching hindi movies these days. You're supposed to buy whatever bullshit they're trying to sell you without further ado. I haven't even listened to any of the current hindi songs. I'm fed up of recycled music.

@AAD: I know, right? I wonder if he ever came up with an original composition. Thanks for being here btw!

Being Pramoda... said...

Hi Samadrita, i think its me here after some time..

@Well in any case, the makers of the movie have probably been 'inspired' by the success of The Social Network to concoct another one of their surely cliched, overtly dramatic and nonsensical tales of love and throw in Facebook as the backdrop for the brewing romance.

That's a good catch.. keep it up..

Really love to see u writing on such diversified topics here.. admire you..;)

Keep it up ya..;)

Purba said...

Perhaps the chaps who write messages are so beyutiful...can we be friends? will take a cue from this movie and come up with smarter lines.

And I wonder why filmakers resort to cheap publicity tactics. Always thought it is the script and performances that carries a film through.

☆ ayu☆ said...

hmm..the movie seems interesting to me..haha...can you give the link of its trailer?:)

RE:you can track it in your first post ever.:D

Indiana Amrita said...

Dear you have an amazing sense of humour! :)
Its a nice read... and nothing much to say/comment after reading so many of them! I totally agree with your thought when you went on to ascertain that geniuses never flaunted! Perhaps, the urge to seek attention was lesser those days due to less media hype!

Keep posting more :)

Indie :)

wisewit said...

Yeah, I know there's differences between Indian and east Asian culture (or United States and Canadian or Mexican culture, for that matter), but that's my point, actually. Technically, Asia means all of Asia, not just eastern Asian, and includes a huge range of very diverse cultures. So, when someone says "Asian culture" I always want to ask which Asian culture, but the truth is that most of the time I can just assume they mean "east Asian culture." I would have thought that people form other parts of Asia would be offended at being left out like that, just as Mexicans are often offended when people use "America" to refer exclusively to the United States, but then I see people in Indian using "Asian" to mean "east Asian", and that puzzles me a bit. . . .


Giribala said...

Good post, Sammy! I remember a music piece even in Jab We Met was inspired!!

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