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Monday, October 25, 2021

Bollywood can replace Alec Baldwin and his ilk

Even if Alec Baldwin had not killed Halyna Hutchins, he would be a menace to society. His politics are anti-American and dystopian, as are the politics of most of Hollywood. Separating the artist from the art has become impossible.

In promoting her latest "Halloween" movie, scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis said it was about the January 6 protest at the Capitol, even though it was filmed long before the protest. She said her previous "Halloween" movie was about #MeToo, which for those of you who don't remember was a protest against Hollywood casting couches.

Skip the new one and go back to the original when she was 40 years younger and wise enough to button it on politics.

But politics has taken over the film industry, and the politics are decidedly totalitarian.

Hollywood threatened to pull out of Georgia (where a plurality of film and TV output is produced) over an abortion law

Then there is all the kowtowing to Red China. None dare mention the Uighurs. 

Disney, which owns Fox's film productions, has sold its soul to Red China, as have most studios, actors, and producers. Chairman Xi gets the final cut on their films.

A few conservatives have tried to battle the tide with some success. Bravo, but theirs is a lifeboat racing the oceanliner. 

Some readers have turned to Bollywood, films produced in Bombay (which is now called Mumbai). Indian film production outstrips Hollywood, as does annual ticket sales. Bollywood sold 3.6 billion tickets, and Hollywood 2.6 billion in 2001 and the gap grows.

20 years later, Bollywood is officially coming to America.

Quartz reported, "An iconic SRK romcom will become Bollywood’s first Broadway musical."

The story said, "Aditya Chopra, who helms one of India’s largest film studios, Yash Raj Films (YRF), made his directorial debut in 1995 with Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (the braveheart will get the bride), usually known as DDLJ, and featuring superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. On Oct. 23, YRF announced Come Fall In Love—The DDLJ Musical, making it the first ever Bollywood movie to get a second lease of life on the Broadway stage.

"It will open during the 2022-23 season after a world premiere at San Diego’s Old Globe Theater in September 2022.

"The movie  is a romantic comedy centered around Simran, a young woman of Indian origin who is brought up in a conservative household in London, and is arranged to be married to a family friend from India. She convinces her strict father to let her have a summer adventure in Europe first, where she meets and falls in love with Raj, also a Londoner of Indian origin. Family drama ensues.

"Adjusted for inflation, DDLJ‘s box office earnings are more than 524 crore rupees ($68 million). Barring unavoidable breaks because of the pandemic, DDLJ has been running in one Mumbai cinema, Maratha Mandir, for 26 years straight. It is a cult classic, with everything from its fashion to its soundtrack still relevant today."

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Well, well, well. America's entertainment oligarchs are getting some competition.

Their politics, which embraced globalism with its shutting of mills and factories across America, may be their comeuppance. While they were busy protesting President Trump in pink hats and canonizing George Floyd, filmmakers halfway across the world were making films that people wanted to see.

If Bollywood ever goes Hollywood, there is always Nollywood, the nickname for Nigeria's film industry.

There is a market for apolitical entertainment.

There also is a market for gasoline-powered cars. I suggest that Tata Cars in India and car companies throughout the world eschew going electric because in 20 years, the world will need the gas-powered cars that American manufacturers will no longer make.

26 comments:

  1. Xi's cut of a release is both financial and right of refusal for theatrical release.

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  2. Let’s do to Hollywood the same as was done to American manufacturers. Then we won’t have to listen to the poorly educated and vastly overpaid Hollywood actors/actresses spewing their political garbage.

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  3. I enjoy Bollywood films.

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  4. I recommend watching Korean Dramas Netflix's has Stranger, The King: Eternal Monarch, Mr. Queen, and others.

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    1. Squid Game is turning a lot of people on to Korean entertainment.

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  5. Hollywood's behavior is nothing new. During the 1930s, the studios took care not to offend Nazi Germany, with one exception. "Confessions of a Nazi Spy" got the Warner Brothers in trouble with Congress, which complained that the movie was hurting our business relationships with the Nazi regime. Only when Alfred Hitchcock, a supporter of Churchill, arrived in Tinseltown shortly before Britain was at war, did the tide turn. His first film, "Foreign Correspondent," ended the taboo by being both a cinematic masterpiece and a commercial success.

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  6. Have to say...I like the Big Bang Theory...really has some lovely moments in comedy writing, all the main players are good. but, for my money, the Raj character is most impressive.

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  7. My Late wife loved Bollywood. bit of fairytale, bit of romance, musical /dance numbers. no preaching, fun
    and attractive non-anorexic women...

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  8. Bollywood movies are great! I have no idea what's going on, but I don't want it to stop.

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  9. If it weren't for selling pictures outside this country, Hollyweird would be dead.

    We've walked away from Tinseltown.

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  10. Sorry to rain on your parade but there will be ZERO interest in Bollywood films in the USA, other than the Indian population, which albeit, is not small anymore, and some anecdotal numbers.

    Indian culture will never break through in the US. Hopefully, that goes for the IT thieves it spawns and then preys on our elderly and naive Americans that are minding their own business, and wind up stripped of their life savings.

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  12. I wonder if Bollywood and Nollywood are comprised of the hard leftists from India and Nigeria. If so, we can expect more of the same rot.

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    1. I wonder if it's the same Raj I know from the drive-thru...damn small world!!! Also, was Jamie Lee Curtis complaining when she was was doing movies with her mammary glands, boobs to most of you, were hanging out???

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