Thursday, November 09, 2006

Aishwarya and Indira


Well, early reports of the remake of Umrao Jaan say it stinks. This shouldn't come as a surprise. It's hard to remake something that wasn't such hot property in the first place. In particular Aishwarya Rai's performance is being unilaterally savaged by audiences.

Now Aishwarya has never been an organic actress - relying on facial tics to convey emotion. In her desire to potray cuteness, she is like Meg Ryan although prettier and with more range. In her ability to pull out expression #X to match situation #8, she is like Harrison Ford. She acts from scene to scene more than she performs.

Still I was a little surprised to read about Indira Varma's (her costar from Bride and Prejudice) snide digs at her in Asiana Magazine. Here is Ms. Varma on Ms. Rai in that interview:

'Hey, if she feels the need to protect herself, that’s her business. But she’s always working, if she isn’t acting she’s doing a dance show or singing at some billionaire’s party or attending some gala premiere. I wanted to shake her and scream: call this a life? Take a holiday for god’s sake! But she surrounds herself with yes-men who treat her like a goddess – she’s in a bubble and if she’s happy I guess that’s cool.’

and then again:

‘As an actor, I love to transform that magic, to step inside a new role and make it part of my skin, my being. And she… well, she looks the same. She has the same make-up artist for every movie. I wanted to ask her: don’t you want to be in something where no one recognises you? The whole concept of method acting was like an alien concept, but it does exist. Look at Om Puri, look at Shabana Azmi. Jesus, she’d never even seen a Satyajit Ray movie!’

...‘At the end of the day, she’s an ex-model who’s done really well for herself. She’s a fantastic dancer, she glows when the camera is on her. I’m not judging her. Some people act because they want to speak from the inside, connect with the role they’ve taken on. Others are happy to do their bit, say sod it to the rest of them, go for a lie down and shout demands for coffee. That’s just the way it is.'

Even forgiving Ms. Varma's finely nuanced performance in Basic Instinct 2, which I'm sure was method acting at its zenith, this isn't a nice thing to do, na?

By the way, Aishwarya looks downright frightful in the poster for Dhoom 2. Take a look. It's like she first stopped by a fake bake salon and then swung by the local akhada to get her cleavage oiled.

10 comments:

vk bansal said...

hey i'm not an Ash fan but I have to say that your criticism of her acting goes too far.

Kanan said...

Ooh I like Indira. I haven't watched any of her movies but man! she speaks bitter truth. Specially, when she can appreciate the acting of Nasiruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi. Oiled cleavage was hahaha funny.

Pitu said...

Pot calling the kettle black. Indira's 'performances' in both Kamasutra and Bride and Prejudice were hideous.

Aspi said...

Speaking of Kamasutra, what is the dilly with Naveen Andrews. I once read an interview of the man where he did he best to disown Bollywood. And he's been making a fortune off of it since!

Pitu said...

That's wot they all say yaar- hypocrites. Bwood ko gaali dete hain aur West mein they market themselves as 'the latest import from India'. But man, watching that KS gave me the heebie jeebies!

Kanan said...

Thanks Pitu for the info. I didn't know she worked in KS as well.

Aspi said...

I heard Sex Addicts Anonymous filed a lawsuit against Mira Nair after the movie for false advertising.

girlie girl said...

of course he's going to say that now that he's made his name in H-wood! But i have to say, he is amazing in LOST as the Iraqi (I know, who the hell is buying that accent?)...

Anonymous said...

This is just a case of the green eyed monster! Wot’s her face can not take it that Aish is an international star! Her star power is profound, and smaller stars like erm indira feel that you have to make comments so they can get their name out there!

With regards to make up, erm love have you ever seen Raincoat? What about Choker Bali? I think not!
And don’t go down the cleavage route, cus love you have nothing up there!

Please next time think before giving an interview, cus you sound like a jealous cow , opps sorry my mistake, you are a jealous cow

Anonymous said...

seriously, anon, are you that pissed off by something that was published months and months ago??!! get a life.