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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.

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Bollywood in Motion… October 19, 2009

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Hey everyone,

I was asked by a friend to perform a couple of dance routines for Diwali in a couple of weeks (the holiday was actually celebrated this past Saturday, October 17).  One of the songs we’re dancing to is called “Chaiyya Chaiyya” from the film Dil Se (1998).  The dance sequence in the film is AMAZING.

The mere idea of singing and dancing atop a moving train couldn’t get more Bollywood.  I then found this article which, in many ways, puts a damper on this visual spectacle.

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Also, here is a link to the movie, Dhoom 2 (2006), mentioned in the article.  The train scene is within the first 6-7 minutes of the film.

non-remakes September 14, 2009

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I was caught off guard when I came across this in our reading.  Is a film that is dubbed a non-remake still considered a remake?  Why is it necessary to disassociate a film from its original in this way?  What does a film need to do in order for  it to be classified as a non-remake?