The Jedi Return
The Stars Unite
In celluloid outer space there existed two camps: Star Wars and Star Trek. Each had its own universe, people and cult. But George Lucas ripped the space-time continuum, announcing that the director of the next Star Wars movie will be JJ Abrams, who directed the 2009 hit Star Trek. Never before has one person inherited the legacy of both franchises. Fans are speculating on how Abrams will bring back the Skywalkers and the Solos. But they‚Äôre united on one thing; the force is strong with this one.
Is the grapevine always ripe with hyperbole? For instance, when they say of Ram Leela that Sanjay Leela Bhansali has shot sizzling love scenes with Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh of the kind that neither the director nor his lead pair has ever done, it does leave us pleading for sanity. Does ‚Äėnever-before‚Äô in these particular scenes mean scaling up of the risqu√© factor, or does Bhansali simply want our jaws to drop at the money he spent shooting them? A source said it‚Äôs akin to the ‚Äėsizzling‚Äô chemistry of Shakespeare‚Äôs Romeo and Juliet. Someone tell him even soggy analogies can turn a playwright in his grave.
Call of Duty and Medal of Honour, two popular video games, have been banned by the Pakistani government for depicting the country in a poor light. In one, it is required that you decimate ISI forces by slitting their throats. The other, which shows Pakistan as a hotbed for terrorists, was developed with the help of US Navy SEALs who assassinated Bin Laden. Perhaps it would have helped to let videogames remain means of mass entertainment rather than turning them into instruments of mass propaganda.
Farooq Shaikh (The retro couple of Bollywood isn‚Äôt done just yet)