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Footnotes and odd fun at the Golden Globes

Poonam Saxena, Hindustan Times   January 18, 2013
First Published: 23:42 IST(18/1/2013) | Last Updated: 23:44 IST(18/1/2013)

Watching the Golden Globes (Vh1) felt a bit like gatecrashing into a private party where a bunch of well dressed men and women were sitting around drinking champagne and congratulating each other on the great work they’d done. The stage was tiny (but everyone had such difficulty finding their way out, it was like they were in the Matrix. There was actually a designated person ushering them in the right direction). The hall was equally cramped and winners had to negotiate their way through a maze of cheek-by-jowl tables to reach the stage. I thought any minute we’d see someone lifting chairs and overturning tables to clear a passageway.

But it was a fun watch, despite some of the odder moments of the show. Such as when actors Paul Rudd and Salma Hayek, who were presenting the award for the Best TV Drama, just stood around on stage for several seconds, looking completely clueless – because the teleprompter had failed. They didn’t even try and cover up with a joke or anything. They just looked like they’d temporarily lost all intelligent faculties. (For a moment I wondered if it was part of the script, but of course it wasn’t). Also a bit odd was Jodie Foster’s long, rather muddled speech which needed footnotes to explain everything she said. Like how she sort of came out without saying she was coming out. Like how she sort of said she was retiring without actually saying she was.

For me, what is really nice about the Golden Globes is the fact that it also includes television shows, especially since so much of American TV is far superior to many Hollywood movies (yes, there’s an Argo and there’s a Lincoln etc, but do remember the soulless pile of sequels, prequels and rip-offs, from the Twilight saga to Transformers).

The informal, party-type feel of the Golden Globes is so different from our desi award shows, which are all about glittering spectacle. In our shows, the flashing lights and pyrotechnics can blind your eyes; and movie stars will always arrive for their performances in some dramatic, spectacular way (descending from the heavens in a fancy contraption, or swinging and sliding down an overhead wire, looking for all the world like a cross between a trapeze artist and Tarzan). But they’re entertaining and they’re fun. I’m afraid I don’t belong to the school of thought that purses its lips and says, ‘our award shows are so bad’ / ‘the Globes are so good.’ Yes, all the Bollywood award shows are not equally enjoyable; but the best ones are always great to watch. (Throw in a couple of witty hosts and it’s a perfect ten). The only downside: the fact that the telecast has so many ads and goes on for so long, I think viewers should get a lifetime achievement award if they last till the end. (My solution: record it and fast forward the ads). Also, Bollywood awards are great TRP catchers for the GECs (general entertainment channels). And they’re all about to begin: the Screen Awards, Zee Cine Awards etc. So be ready.

What ended recently was Bigg Boss (Colors). TV actress Urvashi Dholakia was declared the winner, beating three other housemates to the 50 lakh cheque. Good for her and thank God we will see the next season only a year later. A couple of new shows have taken over the Bigg Boss slots; there’s also a new show on Sony. Reviews next week.

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