Phurr Video Out! So, that Whole “Paywall” Thing Was Really Nothing

Yesterday I put out a kind of no news-news discussion post about why “Phurr” was having a limited pay only release, and why this wasn’t actually “news” it was just the first officially promoted version of something that had been happening in a low key way for a while.  And now that is even more true because, poof!  Youtube video!

What I said yesterday is that there’s some reshuffling in the music industry as people try to figure out what content needs to be free for promotion purposes and what should be paid for.  But this is slightly different in India because the most popular songs are usually from movies, and their primary purpose is to promote the film, not be a thing on their own.  And today I am slightly vindicated, after a whole 24 hours of “Phurr” being only available on itunes or Saavn (which you have to pay for), now it is on youtube with a video to help promote the film.  Because that’s what it’s really all about.

 

So, this is like exactly like what has been done before?  Raees soundtrack, originally only on Gaana and youtube, then moved to all the other services.  And there have been a fair number of soundtracks recently that were only on Saavn (none of which I can remember at the moment, but I know there have been).  So the only difference is that the official song video didn’t release at the same time as the song.

Oh, but now that there is a video and it is available for everyone to watch/listen, we can talk about it!  I think I might be too old for Diplo?  I am finding myself thinking things like “back in my day, songs had actual melodies to them!  What’s this crazy electronic sound, whatever happened to instruments and music?”

I am also thinking “what is up with the bonkers artsy inserts of slo motion dancers?”  Again, possibly too old for this.  But I am longing for actual choreography and fancy costumes and stuff, not this consciously low budget look.  Boooo!

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11 thoughts on “Phurr Video Out! So, that Whole “Paywall” Thing Was Really Nothing

  1. I’m neutral on the song, but really don’t like the video. Don’t mind if it makes me seem old. I purely hate that thing of fully dressed guys lounging around watching scantily clad women gyrate–regardless of what country the video is coming from. And that scene with Anushka dancing for SRK–which looked intriguing in the trailer, starts to look pretty gross in the context of this video. Really hoping JHMS doesn’t entail a plot of SRK “helping” Anushka become sexier by encouraging her to self-objectify. That would be almost as bad as KKHH where Kajol’s not lovable til she’s in a sari and loses at basketball. Barf.

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    • I don’t like the Anushka scene either! At least, not the version we get here. The only thing that gives me hope is the kind of bored way Shahrukh seems to be reacting. Makes me think that maybe the overall message of the scene will be “this kind of overtly sexy behavior is really just kind of dull and silly, a woman being herself is much sexier”.

      On Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 9:15 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  2. Just wanted to point out that the this is still a more than a minute shorter than the actual song itself but who am I kidding, all anyone cares about is the barely clothed girls song video more than audio.

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    • See, I watched it and went “Hey! Shahrukh’s barely in this and he’s only wearing one outfit!” So, different priorities.

      On Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 10:23 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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        • I love Masakali! although I like the title song better, and come to think about it, that was Rahman doing something kind of like this with the mixing and all, only better. No need to hire Diplo. Although he’s probably easier to get than Rahman.

          On Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 10:34 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  3. Just watched it and came here to see if everyone else hated it. Not disappointed! But so many questions: why do those women in high waisted silver panties keep popping up? Why is Anushka pretending to be a stripper? Doesn’t “Phurr” remind everyone of the pigeon-feeding scene in DDLJ? Just me? Is that blonde guy Diplo?

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    • Well, it reminds me of the pigeon feeding scene now!

      Also, blond guy in a Sherwani and a ponytail is always going to look stupid, doesn’t matter if it is a pretentious wedding guest or an international music artist.

      On Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 6:46 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • Sorry, not sure if being reminded of DDLJ makes it better or worse.

        A pretentious wedding guest is exactly what Diplo (that is Diplo, yes?) looks like! Complete with weird above-the-waist Dad dancing!

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