Split Screen Podcast: Episode 02 – Bollywood’s Tom Cruise
The third episode of the Split Screen Podcast is now live! If only I could say the same about the pair of movies featured in this episode. Tom Cruise almost parodies himself and his action movie status in Hollywood, with ‘Knight And Day’. The film is also known for being the first official Hollywood film to be remade into a Bollywood film by the same studios that made the original. The remake is ‘Bang Bang’, where Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan does an amazing job at essentially being that industry’s Tom Cruise, in a movie that strips away everything that made it fun and enjoyable. Listen on to see how we try to compare two films that are essentially mediocre on their own, but one definitely makes the other look like crap.
Quick reminder of what this show is about:
The Split Screen Podcast will compare and analyze movies that are adaptations of other works, directly with the source material that they were inspired by. The goal is to essentially determine how good or bad the adaptations were and, most excitingly, going off on long winded, expletive laced rants when they’re bad. The realm of these films contain adaptions of novels, comic books, other films or TV shows, or any other movies that were directly inspired by another piece of work. Split Screen will also introduce the world to a mother load of Indian, a.k.a., Bollywood movies that were ‘inspired’ by classic and cult films of Hollywood and other film industries, sometimes with hilarious cinematic results!
Kathy from Access Bollywood joins me again in a flurry of run-on sentences that point out just how much ‘Bang Bang’ goes out of their way to dumb down the female lead character, despite having a template of how to do a good female character, as done in ‘Knight And Day’.
- ‘Knight And Day’ is a fun and light hearted action rom-com that is enjoyable for casual audiences.
- Katrina Kaif’s character’s Grandma in ‘Bang Bang’ is a lady with a promiscuous past who encourages her grand daughter to hook up with criminals in order to have a life.
- ‘Bang Bang’ further exasperates the Bollywood trope where the female character has no part in the story except to be there for the male character to react with.
- Everyday depictions of women in Bollywood are so subliminal and taken as accepted status quo, that they are more damaging than the obvious sultry character in an item song.
- Online dating was a missed opportunity for product tie-ins for ‘Bang Bang’.
- Both movies are a great representation of the mentalities and thought process of the audiences that the films have been made for.
- I generalize the approaches of South Asian culture to relationships. (feel free to direct your hate mail straight to me at the below contact information.)
- Jimmy Shergill is the Sean Bean of Bollywood.
- Hrithik’s character in ‘Bang Bang’ is an incompetent and inconsiderate spy, brother and general human being.
- ‘Bang Bang’ has amazing product placement.
- Kathy’s Review of ‘Bang Bang’.
- My Review of ‘Knight And Day’.
- My Review of ‘Bang Bang’
- My written comparison of ‘Knight And Day’ & ‘Bang Bang’ here.
- Kathy’s Review of ‘Shaandaar’.
The Best Is Yet To Come
The first 3 episodes of the Split Screen Podcast is now live! This was our first few episodes, and as everyone knows about first times, it’s awkward, bumpy and eye contact is avoided afterwards. So we’re gonna go have a smoke, we’ll take a few days from each other to let it all process, and be back with a brand new show next week.
Be sure to tune in next week for the next episode, where we will compare and dissect a seminal Hollywood movie, and it’s not so seminal Bollywood remake.
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