After the economic downturn, America is all set to experience a downturn of another kind, a downturn in bushisms. With Bush’s 8 years in office drawing to a close, late night comedians are dreading the prospect of an era bereft of bushisms.
Bushisms hit Bollywood
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But Bollywood seems to be riding the Bush train for all its worth, with a movie featuring Bush titled “The President is Coming” based on Bush’s 2006 visit to India. [BBC]
The film, an adaptation of a play by the same name by Anubhav Pal, is about the visit of Mr Bush to India in 2006 when, among other diplomatic and political forums, there was a meeting scheduled with the bright young things of the New India.
That is where fact ends and the imagination of the writer takes over.
The film depicts a contest to identify one such bright Indian, less than 30 years of age, who will get to shake hands with the president. Six take up the challenge and will do anything to grab the chance.
Apparently this is also where creativity runs out and confusion takes over.
Ramesh Sippy, the producer of this movie sounds a bit confused while talking about the movie.
“It is a fictitious tale. It is a comedy. It is about the president wanting to meet young Indians and how people in India get all excited.
“The real story is between the characters who want to be the one [to shake hands] and their relationships, their jealousies. It is all in good fun.”
Bush wanted to meet young India, people wanted to shake hands, relationships, jealousies, can someone please translate that for me?
Not that the director Kunal Roy Kapoor does a better job of explaining:
“People in India are now warming to light satire in films and we hope this works. We have shot it in a ‘mockumentary style’ which adds another dimension to the film.”
To cut a long story short, the movie appears to be a satire about six young people competing to meet President Bush on his India visit.
The movie uses some real footage from Bush’s India visit. Will this movie successfully incorporate satire based on the soon-to-be-former POTUS in a periodic “mocumentary” style movie or is this just a lame attempt to milk the last vestiges of the laugh-a-minute Bush presidency, remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, there will be plenty of bushisms, speaking of which.