Nothing really “fun” today, all of it is stuff I’m either concerned about or neutral. But, some of it is still interesting to talk about!
First, Peepli Live director Mahmood Farooqui was convicted of rape. Woo-Hoo!!! Not about the rape, but about the conviction! Woo! It is so hard to convict people of rape in India, America, everywhere. So any time someone is successfully convicted, it is worth of celebration.
This was a hard one to prosecute, the victim was a 30-something white grad student who went to his house to interview him, had dinner, had wine, and then was forced to perform oral sex. So, there’s the issue of her being a foreigner, going their voluntarily, and “only” having oral sex. It’s kind of a miracle they got it to trial and got a conviction.
So, what does it mean that this very “sensitive” “artistic” type of guy turns out to be a scumbag? Well, nothing much really. Just that there are scumbags in every group. And being able to talk the talk and make the sensitive films, doesn’t mean in your personal life you aren’t completely disgusting. And, conversely, making sexy dangerous films doesn’t mean that in your personal life you aren’t completely respectful and kind to all you meet. Speaking for myself, I would feel completely safe going to to dinner at Emraan Hashmi or his uncle Mahesh Bhatt’s house, but I probably would never be alone with Om Puri.
Speaking of people I wouldn’t want to be alone with (although that’s partly because I don’t trust him, and partly because I don’t want to listen to him talk), Anurag Kashyap just met with Nivin Pauly and a bunch of other Malayalam film people. He was visiting Kochi and went to a party at Geetu Mohandas’ (former child star turned grown up actress turned director of India’s last entry to the Oscars) and her husband Rajeev Ravi’s (director and cinematographer, made Kammatipaadam and Annayum Rasoolum) house. Rajeev Ravi also worked as a cinematographer for Anurag on all his Hindi films, so that’s the connection.
At this party, were Nivin Pauly and Fahad Faasil. And Nivin tweeted that he was “waiting for Anurag to join the team”, which seemed to imply that they are working on something together. Huh. I don’t really like Anurag’s films, but it would be an interesting way to either introduce Nivin to Hindi film (if they are working on a Hindi movie together), or get Anurag fans interested in Malayalam films (if they are working on a Malayalam film).
And then finally, a tiny little story, Kangana Ranaut is having a hard time getting a drivers license. She wants to change from her home state of Himachal Pradesh to Maharashtra. But, she has not yet submitted her proof of address and former license. So they are holding up the application. Really, this is only news because it is news. What kind of wacky reporters are following her around tracking stories this small? And what kind of spokesperson does she have that they are actually responding to it?
The only way it makes any sense is if there is something much bigger at the bottom of it and the news isn’t reporting it yet, but they will eventually. I mean, when I say “big”, I don’t mean like a massive conspiracy to kill the president or something. I just mean maybe she is lying about her age. That kind of thing.