dangermousie: (Dhoom 2)
Eye Candy of the Day, courtesy of Bollywood hunks John Abraham and Hrithik Roshan. You don't have to like Indian cinema to appreciate this post.

John Abraham:



John Abraham )

And Hrithik Roshan:



Hrithik Roshan )
dangermousie: (Dhoom 2)
Eye Candy of the Day, courtesy of Bollywood hunks John Abraham and Hrithik Roshan. You don't have to like Indian cinema to appreciate this post.

John Abraham:



John Abraham )

And Hrithik Roshan:



Hrithik Roshan )
dangermousie: (Dhoom 2)
Eye Candy of the Day, courtesy of Bollywood hunks John Abraham and Hrithik Roshan. You don't have to like Indian cinema to appreciate this post.

John Abraham:



John Abraham )

And Hrithik Roshan:



Hrithik Roshan )
dangermousie: (SEI: newlyweds)
John Abraham, you seem to have been bitten by Saif Ali Khan's 'infallible script picking' bug (aka, all the movies you've been picking lately sound amazing, and I'd want to see them regardless of who's in them).

What brought on that exclamation?

I just read that Deepa Mehta is making a movie called Exclusion, with John and Amitabh (!!!!) about (and I quote from the article) the true-life tale of a ship that took a group of Indians to the shores of Canada in the early part of the 19th century. But they were not allowed to enter the country. It is described as one of the most notorious "incidents" in the history of exclusion laws in Canada and the United States designed to keep out immigrants of Asian origin.

I guess she really liked working with John in Water.

Yay! I will see John and Amitabh on my neighborhood arthouse screen. In a period movie. YAY!

You know what's funny? I remember discussions on the bollywood board a few years back of who'd be the first Bollywood male actor to get any face traction in the West (if any). There was a bunch of potential candidates named, but I don't think anyone ever thought it would be Amitabh (what with this and Shantaram with Johnny Depp) and John (first Water, now this).
dangermousie: (SEI: newlyweds)
John Abraham, you seem to have been bitten by Saif Ali Khan's 'infallible script picking' bug (aka, all the movies you've been picking lately sound amazing, and I'd want to see them regardless of who's in them).

What brought on that exclamation?

I just read that Deepa Mehta is making a movie called Exclusion, with John and Amitabh (!!!!) about (and I quote from the article) the true-life tale of a ship that took a group of Indians to the shores of Canada in the early part of the 19th century. But they were not allowed to enter the country. It is described as one of the most notorious "incidents" in the history of exclusion laws in Canada and the United States designed to keep out immigrants of Asian origin.

I guess she really liked working with John in Water.

Yay! I will see John and Amitabh on my neighborhood arthouse screen. In a period movie. YAY!

You know what's funny? I remember discussions on the bollywood board a few years back of who'd be the first Bollywood male actor to get any face traction in the West (if any). There was a bunch of potential candidates named, but I don't think anyone ever thought it would be Amitabh (what with this and Shantaram with Johnny Depp) and John (first Water, now this).
dangermousie: (SEI: newlyweds)
John Abraham, you seem to have been bitten by Saif Ali Khan's 'infallible script picking' bug (aka, all the movies you've been picking lately sound amazing, and I'd want to see them regardless of who's in them).

What brought on that exclamation?

I just read that Deepa Mehta is making a movie called Exclusion, with John and Amitabh (!!!!) about (and I quote from the article) the true-life tale of a ship that took a group of Indians to the shores of Canada in the early part of the 19th century. But they were not allowed to enter the country. It is described as one of the most notorious "incidents" in the history of exclusion laws in Canada and the United States designed to keep out immigrants of Asian origin.

I guess she really liked working with John in Water.

Yay! I will see John and Amitabh on my neighborhood arthouse screen. In a period movie. YAY!

You know what's funny? I remember discussions on the bollywood board a few years back of who'd be the first Bollywood male actor to get any face traction in the West (if any). There was a bunch of potential candidates named, but I don't think anyone ever thought it would be Amitabh (what with this and Shantaram with Johnny Depp) and John (first Water, now this).
dangermousie: (SEI: John and Vidya run)
For some weird reason, the movie theater I went to decided to chop off the very beginning of the movie (probably to save time). While I can live without seeing the censor's certificate and even the movie's title, it was rather odd to go straight into the song already in progress. Plus, missing precious minutes of John and Vidya cuteness should be considered a certifiable offense.

Also, our print died during climax and they had to restart it. Heh. I was probably less upset about either of these because:

a. I will have a DVD soon
b. The audience was fun (at one critical point, a little kid piped up, imitating Govinda's "I love you" ROFL)
c. I still love the movie entirely too much not to be giddy to see it in any form.

Spoilery disjointed comments )
dangermousie: (SEI: John and Vidya run)
For some weird reason, the movie theater I went to decided to chop off the very beginning of the movie (probably to save time). While I can live without seeing the censor's certificate and even the movie's title, it was rather odd to go straight into the song already in progress. Plus, missing precious minutes of John and Vidya cuteness should be considered a certifiable offense.

Also, our print died during climax and they had to restart it. Heh. I was probably less upset about either of these because:

a. I will have a DVD soon
b. The audience was fun (at one critical point, a little kid piped up, imitating Govinda's "I love you" ROFL)
c. I still love the movie entirely too much not to be giddy to see it in any form.

Spoilery disjointed comments )
dangermousie: (SEI: John and Vidya run)
For some weird reason, the movie theater I went to decided to chop off the very beginning of the movie (probably to save time). While I can live without seeing the censor's certificate and even the movie's title, it was rather odd to go straight into the song already in progress. Plus, missing precious minutes of John and Vidya cuteness should be considered a certifiable offense.

Also, our print died during climax and they had to restart it. Heh. I was probably less upset about either of these because:

a. I will have a DVD soon
b. The audience was fun (at one critical point, a little kid piped up, imitating Govinda's "I love you" ROFL)
c. I still love the movie entirely too much not to be giddy to see it in any form.

Spoilery disjointed comments )
dangermousie: (Default)
My map is making me feel all cosmopolitan. I've apparently had visitors not just from US, Canada and the UK, but also Australia, New Zealand, Brasil, Poland, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Phillipines, Germany, Spain, Sweden, India, Finland, Denmark, France and etc. Yay. Am impressive world-renown author of popular lj. Or not and am delusional geek. You pick :D

In other news, it's almost Friday which means it's almost Hana Yori Dango 2 time, which means I have an almost Pavlovian reaction. Sad but true. And on that note, full of adorableness, I bring you two awesome scans from the upcoming ep. Not very spoilery IMO, but your mileage may vary (from a magazine).

Go for Hanadan cuteness behind cut )

In other gorgeous Asian people being gorgeous news (that really should be a tag in my LJ lately), I bring you some totally awesome pictures from the launch for Salaam-e-Ishq. There are some gorgeous stars, some gorgeous clothes (and some horrible clothes) and a lot of eye candy. What's not to like. It's like a Hollywood launch only with hot people.

John Abraham (Ashu in SeI). I love the outfit, but he clearly was in such a hurry he forgot to put on a shirt:



A lot of pictures of hotness and oddness )
dangermousie: (Default)
My map is making me feel all cosmopolitan. I've apparently had visitors not just from US, Canada and the UK, but also Australia, New Zealand, Brasil, Poland, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Phillipines, Germany, Spain, Sweden, India, Finland, Denmark, France and etc. Yay. Am impressive world-renown author of popular lj. Or not and am delusional geek. You pick :D

In other news, it's almost Friday which means it's almost Hana Yori Dango 2 time, which means I have an almost Pavlovian reaction. Sad but true. And on that note, full of adorableness, I bring you two awesome scans from the upcoming ep. Not very spoilery IMO, but your mileage may vary (from a magazine).

Go for Hanadan cuteness behind cut )

In other gorgeous Asian people being gorgeous news (that really should be a tag in my LJ lately), I bring you some totally awesome pictures from the launch for Salaam-e-Ishq. There are some gorgeous stars, some gorgeous clothes (and some horrible clothes) and a lot of eye candy. What's not to like. It's like a Hollywood launch only with hot people.

John Abraham (Ashu in SeI). I love the outfit, but he clearly was in such a hurry he forgot to put on a shirt:



A lot of pictures of hotness and oddness )
dangermousie: (Default)
My map is making me feel all cosmopolitan. I've apparently had visitors not just from US, Canada and the UK, but also Australia, New Zealand, Brasil, Poland, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Phillipines, Germany, Spain, Sweden, India, Finland, Denmark, France and etc. Yay. Am impressive world-renown author of popular lj. Or not and am delusional geek. You pick :D

In other news, it's almost Friday which means it's almost Hana Yori Dango 2 time, which means I have an almost Pavlovian reaction. Sad but true. And on that note, full of adorableness, I bring you two awesome scans from the upcoming ep. Not very spoilery IMO, but your mileage may vary (from a magazine).

Go for Hanadan cuteness behind cut )

In other gorgeous Asian people being gorgeous news (that really should be a tag in my LJ lately), I bring you some totally awesome pictures from the launch for Salaam-e-Ishq. There are some gorgeous stars, some gorgeous clothes (and some horrible clothes) and a lot of eye candy. What's not to like. It's like a Hollywood launch only with hot people.

John Abraham (Ashu in SeI). I love the outfit, but he clearly was in such a hurry he forgot to put on a shirt:



A lot of pictures of hotness and oddness )
dangermousie: (Paap)
You know, sometimes I find cross-cultural remakes fascinating. Bollywood movies are a case in point. Bollywood often takes an obscure (or not so obscure) Hollywood movie and remakes it. Interestingly, the outproduct has not that much in common with the original even if the plot is largely kept. Different conventions of the genre and social expectations lead to some fascinating results. For example, in a recent Bolly remake of A Perfect Murder, the scummy lover was the one who convinced the heroine to marry the rich man so they could collect later. Only on learning of this did the heroine's husband hired the scummy bf to take the wife out. And the movie ends up with the husband and wife forgiving each other for their transgressions (!) and united in killing the lover (impaling him with a pole, no less). Quite quite different.

Anyway, this is a bit of a seguay into Paap today's post subject. Paap is a Bollywood remake of the quite famous Hollywood movie Witness with Harrison Ford. Replace Philly with Mumbai and the Amish with a Buddhist Monk/Nun community. Yet, while the plot is superficially the same, the movie turns into something entirely different (and not just because the child witness to a murder in this case is a kid the heroine is sent to Mumbai to pick up because he has been picked by the monks as the reincarnation of their former leader. Not a typical Hollywood point). Witness was a movie about cross-culturalization and a neat mystery thriller. Paap, which showcases the beauty of remote hill stations (it really is one of the prettiest movies out there), is really a sexy love story and is more about the awakening of the heroine's femininity and her discovering the world and its desires, than it is about anything else. The plot with the murder is a mcguffin, summarily dealt with. In fact, while Witness is really Harrison Ford's show, Paap is all about Udita Goswami's character. It's as if the Amish widow in Witness was given center stage, everything else secondary (Perhaps the female-oriented slant is because the director herself is female). And while Witness was in a way an idealization of Amish culture and had at least the equal amout of praise for desire to abstain from modernity, Paap is clearly on the side of going into the bustling modern world and experiencing life of the outside.

Anyhoo, I confess. This is basically my vaguely intellectual excuse to post some incredibly hot pictures. Seriously. I did a write-up on it somewhere in my LJ and will look it up at some point.

17 reasons why Paap, the Indian remake of Witness, is better than the original. Not dial up friendly )
dangermousie: (Paap)
You know, sometimes I find cross-cultural remakes fascinating. Bollywood movies are a case in point. Bollywood often takes an obscure (or not so obscure) Hollywood movie and remakes it. Interestingly, the outproduct has not that much in common with the original even if the plot is largely kept. Different conventions of the genre and social expectations lead to some fascinating results. For example, in a recent Bolly remake of A Perfect Murder, the scummy lover was the one who convinced the heroine to marry the rich man so they could collect later. Only on learning of this did the heroine's husband hired the scummy bf to take the wife out. And the movie ends up with the husband and wife forgiving each other for their transgressions (!) and united in killing the lover (impaling him with a pole, no less). Quite quite different.

Anyway, this is a bit of a seguay into Paap today's post subject. Paap is a Bollywood remake of the quite famous Hollywood movie Witness with Harrison Ford. Replace Philly with Mumbai and the Amish with a Buddhist Monk/Nun community. Yet, while the plot is superficially the same, the movie turns into something entirely different (and not just because the child witness to a murder in this case is a kid the heroine is sent to Mumbai to pick up because he has been picked by the monks as the reincarnation of their former leader. Not a typical Hollywood point). Witness was a movie about cross-culturalization and a neat mystery thriller. Paap, which showcases the beauty of remote hill stations (it really is one of the prettiest movies out there), is really a sexy love story and is more about the awakening of the heroine's femininity and her discovering the world and its desires, than it is about anything else. The plot with the murder is a mcguffin, summarily dealt with. In fact, while Witness is really Harrison Ford's show, Paap is all about Udita Goswami's character. It's as if the Amish widow in Witness was given center stage, everything else secondary (Perhaps the female-oriented slant is because the director herself is female). And while Witness was in a way an idealization of Amish culture and had at least the equal amout of praise for desire to abstain from modernity, Paap is clearly on the side of going into the bustling modern world and experiencing life of the outside.

Anyhoo, I confess. This is basically my vaguely intellectual excuse to post some incredibly hot pictures. Seriously. I did a write-up on it somewhere in my LJ and will look it up at some point.

17 reasons why Paap, the Indian remake of Witness, is better than the original. Not dial up friendly )
dangermousie: (Paap)
You know, sometimes I find cross-cultural remakes fascinating. Bollywood movies are a case in point. Bollywood often takes an obscure (or not so obscure) Hollywood movie and remakes it. Interestingly, the outproduct has not that much in common with the original even if the plot is largely kept. Different conventions of the genre and social expectations lead to some fascinating results. For example, in a recent Bolly remake of A Perfect Murder, the scummy lover was the one who convinced the heroine to marry the rich man so they could collect later. Only on learning of this did the heroine's husband hired the scummy bf to take the wife out. And the movie ends up with the husband and wife forgiving each other for their transgressions (!) and united in killing the lover (impaling him with a pole, no less). Quite quite different.

Anyway, this is a bit of a seguay into Paap today's post subject. Paap is a Bollywood remake of the quite famous Hollywood movie Witness with Harrison Ford. Replace Philly with Mumbai and the Amish with a Buddhist Monk/Nun community. Yet, while the plot is superficially the same, the movie turns into something entirely different (and not just because the child witness to a murder in this case is a kid the heroine is sent to Mumbai to pick up because he has been picked by the monks as the reincarnation of their former leader. Not a typical Hollywood point). Witness was a movie about cross-culturalization and a neat mystery thriller. Paap, which showcases the beauty of remote hill stations (it really is one of the prettiest movies out there), is really a sexy love story and is more about the awakening of the heroine's femininity and her discovering the world and its desires, than it is about anything else. The plot with the murder is a mcguffin, summarily dealt with. In fact, while Witness is really Harrison Ford's show, Paap is all about Udita Goswami's character. It's as if the Amish widow in Witness was given center stage, everything else secondary (Perhaps the female-oriented slant is because the director herself is female). And while Witness was in a way an idealization of Amish culture and had at least the equal amout of praise for desire to abstain from modernity, Paap is clearly on the side of going into the bustling modern world and experiencing life of the outside.

Anyhoo, I confess. This is basically my vaguely intellectual excuse to post some incredibly hot pictures. Seriously. I did a write-up on it somewhere in my LJ and will look it up at some point.

17 reasons why Paap, the Indian remake of Witness, is better than the original. Not dial up friendly )
dangermousie: (SEI: Priyanka)
In order to lure [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore into Booooooolllllllywood. (Or anyone else who is interested).

I bring you a pusher post for Karam. Because hey, I know you like Asian movies, and this is the closest I've seen Bollywood come to an East Asian film. Plus, no people dancing in Switzerland but rain, doomed love, dark characters, and a lot of gun violence. So yeah. It’s violent, it’s angsty as hell, it has striking visuals, the music is great, and I think this is some of the leads' best acting to date.



Plot: John (John Abraham) is a highly competent contract killer for the mob boss, Captain. He is OK with his job and is also madly in love with his wife Shalini (Priyanka Chopra) who loves him despite knowing of his occupation. However, during a routine hit (he is supposed to eliminate some mob rival or a politician or God knows who), the contract goes dreadfully wrong and a family (a father, mother and a little girl) end up murdered. After accidentally killing a child, John hands in his resignation, as an assassin with PTSD has a very short life expectancy, but his timing couldn’t be worse as Captain just started a new mob war. He wants 5 targets “taken care of” in the next 36 hours and he holds Shalini hostage to ensure John’s compliance. And this is where the fun (or angst) starts.

First, a word of warning: this is a very violent movie. Have a dog bite off bits of a person violent. Your level of squeamishness may vary. Now, on to the good stuff:

I love the visual look of this movie: the drawings, the selective use of black and white (my favorite example is John’s nightmare when he sees Shalini shot in front of his eyes. Everything is in black and white except for two goldfish in their tank). It doesn’t look like anything else I’ve seen. The whole movie actually doesn’t feel Bollywood. It is something I imagine coming out of Hong Kong or Japanese movie industry, not India. The pace actually is very good, a rarity for a Bollywood thriller. I think part of the reason this movie flopped was the darkness (it is a very bleak film, even if a tremendously romantic one at the same time) but part was the fact that it really doesn’t feel Bollywood in the least.

Spoilery Karam write-up I did a couple of years back )


Karam posters )

Here are the picturizations from Karam. Ahhh, I love you youtube )
dangermousie: (SEI: Priyanka)
In order to lure [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore into Booooooolllllllywood. (Or anyone else who is interested).

I bring you a pusher post for Karam. Because hey, I know you like Asian movies, and this is the closest I've seen Bollywood come to an East Asian film. Plus, no people dancing in Switzerland but rain, doomed love, dark characters, and a lot of gun violence. So yeah. It’s violent, it’s angsty as hell, it has striking visuals, the music is great, and I think this is some of the leads' best acting to date.



Plot: John (John Abraham) is a highly competent contract killer for the mob boss, Captain. He is OK with his job and is also madly in love with his wife Shalini (Priyanka Chopra) who loves him despite knowing of his occupation. However, during a routine hit (he is supposed to eliminate some mob rival or a politician or God knows who), the contract goes dreadfully wrong and a family (a father, mother and a little girl) end up murdered. After accidentally killing a child, John hands in his resignation, as an assassin with PTSD has a very short life expectancy, but his timing couldn’t be worse as Captain just started a new mob war. He wants 5 targets “taken care of” in the next 36 hours and he holds Shalini hostage to ensure John’s compliance. And this is where the fun (or angst) starts.

First, a word of warning: this is a very violent movie. Have a dog bite off bits of a person violent. Your level of squeamishness may vary. Now, on to the good stuff:

I love the visual look of this movie: the drawings, the selective use of black and white (my favorite example is John’s nightmare when he sees Shalini shot in front of his eyes. Everything is in black and white except for two goldfish in their tank). It doesn’t look like anything else I’ve seen. The whole movie actually doesn’t feel Bollywood. It is something I imagine coming out of Hong Kong or Japanese movie industry, not India. The pace actually is very good, a rarity for a Bollywood thriller. I think part of the reason this movie flopped was the darkness (it is a very bleak film, even if a tremendously romantic one at the same time) but part was the fact that it really doesn’t feel Bollywood in the least.

Spoilery Karam write-up I did a couple of years back )


Karam posters )

Here are the picturizations from Karam. Ahhh, I love you youtube )
dangermousie: (SEI: Priyanka)
In order to lure [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore into Booooooolllllllywood. (Or anyone else who is interested).

I bring you a pusher post for Karam. Because hey, I know you like Asian movies, and this is the closest I've seen Bollywood come to an East Asian film. Plus, no people dancing in Switzerland but rain, doomed love, dark characters, and a lot of gun violence. So yeah. It’s violent, it’s angsty as hell, it has striking visuals, the music is great, and I think this is some of the leads' best acting to date.



Plot: John (John Abraham) is a highly competent contract killer for the mob boss, Captain. He is OK with his job and is also madly in love with his wife Shalini (Priyanka Chopra) who loves him despite knowing of his occupation. However, during a routine hit (he is supposed to eliminate some mob rival or a politician or God knows who), the contract goes dreadfully wrong and a family (a father, mother and a little girl) end up murdered. After accidentally killing a child, John hands in his resignation, as an assassin with PTSD has a very short life expectancy, but his timing couldn’t be worse as Captain just started a new mob war. He wants 5 targets “taken care of” in the next 36 hours and he holds Shalini hostage to ensure John’s compliance. And this is where the fun (or angst) starts.

First, a word of warning: this is a very violent movie. Have a dog bite off bits of a person violent. Your level of squeamishness may vary. Now, on to the good stuff:

I love the visual look of this movie: the drawings, the selective use of black and white (my favorite example is John’s nightmare when he sees Shalini shot in front of his eyes. Everything is in black and white except for two goldfish in their tank). It doesn’t look like anything else I’ve seen. The whole movie actually doesn’t feel Bollywood. It is something I imagine coming out of Hong Kong or Japanese movie industry, not India. The pace actually is very good, a rarity for a Bollywood thriller. I think part of the reason this movie flopped was the darkness (it is a very bleak film, even if a tremendously romantic one at the same time) but part was the fact that it really doesn’t feel Bollywood in the least.

Spoilery Karam write-up I did a couple of years back )


Karam posters )

Here are the picturizations from Karam. Ahhh, I love you youtube )
dangermousie: (SEI: John Abraham)
OK, watching Salaam-e-Ishq reminded me how much I love John Abraham, arguably the hottest guy anywhere evah. Who also happens to be a Bollywood star (he and fiancée Bipasha Basu should be mandated to have children for the sake of genepool).



See? How can you resist?

But anyway, here is a list of my Top 10 John Abraham movies, in order from most fave down. Happy watching! With the exception of Salaam-e-Ishq which is currently in theaters, they are all available on DVD. Netflix should have most of them:

List here )

More Karam posters as a bonus: Yumminess )

If you want to see more pics, just click on the 'john abraham' tag.
dangermousie: (SEI: John Abraham)
OK, watching Salaam-e-Ishq reminded me how much I love John Abraham, arguably the hottest guy anywhere evah. Who also happens to be a Bollywood star (he and fiancée Bipasha Basu should be mandated to have children for the sake of genepool).



See? How can you resist?

But anyway, here is a list of my Top 10 John Abraham movies, in order from most fave down. Happy watching! With the exception of Salaam-e-Ishq which is currently in theaters, they are all available on DVD. Netflix should have most of them:

List here )

More Karam posters as a bonus: Yumminess )

If you want to see more pics, just click on the 'john abraham' tag.

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