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Sue November 19, 2009

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In light of our discussions, you might find it interesting that the character of Sue in Bollywood/Hollywood is played by Lisa Ray, a Canadian actress of Indian and Polish descent. She used to be a model, and here’s her big break in the 1990s on the cover of Glad Rags magazine:

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Koffee With Karan November 18, 2009

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Hey guys, since we’re done with Bollywood films, I thought it would be nice to see the actors in a different light.  This is a talk show hosted by Karan Johar, the director of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and he was in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.  Both of these episodes have Shahrukh Khan.  The one with Shahrukh and Kajol is the first episode of season one and the other one with Shahrukh, Kajol, and Rani is the first episode of season 2.  The talk show is in english so you’ll understand what’s going on.  Enjoy!

Koffee With Karan(2) November 18, 2009

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You can find the rest of the interviews on youtube.

 

 

Queen Wars November 17, 2009

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We talked quite a bit in class today about Aishwarya Ray Bachchan being the globalized face of India. Her ability to transcend regions, cultures, and languages travels beyond L’Oreal mascara ads as she enters the realm of toys, more specifically Mattel’s very successful Barbie Doll.

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All seems well until a little competition starts creeping in.  Is there a picture finish for the race to that contract?

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Here is another article on the subject: bollywood-barbie®

The article sheds light on the mixed ethnicity of  Katrina Kaif, whose mother is British.  Born in Hong Kong, her parents separated when she was young.  She was raised in Hawaii and later moved to England, her mother’s native country.  I find it interesting that SHE in fact was chosen (or given the opportunity via Aish declining) as the face of the Bollywood Barbie.  What does this say about the future “Queens” of Bollywood?  Does a globalized face equate to lighter skin tones?  What impact will this doll have on girls growing up in India?  Comments and questions are welcome.

Aishwarya Rai on Letterman November 17, 2009

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This is an interesting interview with Aishwarya Rai. Only subtly, but it does get at some of the cultural issues we were talking about today. She walks a fine line between identifying herself as “different” and yet not different at all. She also refers to Bride and Prejudice at the end; the clip choice from the film is rather interesting–it focuses entirely on the East-West conflict, although the film itself unfolds very differently.

DDLJ and Cultural Identity November 12, 2009

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There might be two ways of thinking about cultural identity: either it is fixed and unchanging or it is dynamic, portable, and ready to adapt to historical changes. How does DDLJ represent the notion of Indian cultural identity? At a time when people, goods, and ideas move rapidly across the globe, is the film saying that Indianness resides only in India? Or can it be taken with you, so to speak? What are the implications of thinking about cultural identity as either fixed or fluid for the various characters of DDLJ?

Related question: DDLJ was a huge hit, not only in India but also worldwide. What makes this film so popular with Indian audiences as well as Western audiences?

Bollywood’s Women November 2, 2009

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Let’s begin broadly with a discussion of how women are represented in Bollywood. Are they seen mostly as victims of a patriarchal system, as Dasgupta contends? Are their stories/lives seen as significant in the films we’ve viewed? How are their roles rewritten in remakes of Hollywood films?