Sunday, November 22, 2009

Nicki's wish - Forget "Charlie's Angels", Bollywood to remake "So Close" (Hong Kong)

I've been wanting to start this post for some time now but been preoccupied. Now, here's my chance!

You know how much I love female-oriented, strong-minded films. Besides, this one was fun to do.

The talks about Bollywood to remake Hollywood's Charlie's Angels has been in the talks for sooooo long. But it has never happened!!

The first time I ever heard about it was before Raveena got married back in the early 2000s. At that time, the cast would be Raveena Tandon, Sushmita Sen, & Shilpa Shetty.

But of course, that film never seen that light! Another article came out indicating the remake but with Diya Mirza, Perizaad Zorabian, & Amrita Arora.

But that article was in 2003. And now it's 2009, quickly approaching 2010! What now?

Of course, the media fed into Mallika Sherawat's Twitter with a fan indicating the Charlie's Angels Bollywood remake should include Mallika, Priyanka Chopra, & Bipasha Basu. There was even a fictional picture floating.

Not a bad trio.

However, my cast would be different.

I was tweeting about it with @dunkdaft aka Darshit & @bana_nnie about what my version of an awesome trio. After I saw Tere Mere Beach Mein, I really want to see Shilpa and Bips together. They were only in Chor Machaye Shor, but didn't have many scenes together. Shilpa was one of the original choice for a Charlie's Angels Bollywood remake. Till this day, she is still looking hot and fit!

So what's up with the title, "Forget Charlie's Angels, Bollywood to remake So Close?"

When So Close first released its movie previews, many people compared it with Charlie's Angels.

But trust me, it's nothing like that. Although it is not a "brilliant" movie -- but neither is Charlie's Angels, So Close is one of my favorite guilty-pleasure, no-brainer, kick-ass, female bonding, action-packed, Hong Kong movies. It got me back in watching Hong Kong movies again.

So Close is about two sisters, Lynn (Shu Qi) and Sue (Vicki Zhao Wei). They are espionage agents, computer hackers, assassins, everything along that line. Lynn is the skilled, sister who does the action work, while the younger sister, Sue, is the assistant and runs the computer at home. The two sisters end up with a cat-and-mouse game with police detective, Hung (Karen Mok), who is out to find them.

When Lynn's ex-flame, Yen (Song Seung Hoon) re-enters back in her life, she realizes that she must live a "normal" life and want to leave the secret lifestyle behind. However, Sue disagrees. She always felt like the underdog and never got to do any real undercover work. In addition, she wants to prove that she can be just as good as her older sister.

Will Hung ever find the two sisters? Will Sue ever be as good as her older sister, Lynn? Will Lynn ever leave that lifestyle behind and be with her lover?

I'll leave it at that. Just in case, others want to see So Close.

Again, lots of movie promos show the three girls together like some kind of Charlie's Angels film.

Just my dream cast of a Bollywood remake....

All screen caps are stolen taken from brns on his So Close review with spoilers.

Shilpa Shetty as Lynn (Shu Qi)

No denying that she is the *only* Bollywood actress that remains fit from beginning to end of her career. Never did you read about her ups and downs of weight. In Dus, she had a small action role that could have done better justice to her.

I can definitely see Shilpa playing the older, sexy, sister who does all the kick-ass action.

Isha Koppikar as Sue (Vicki Zhao Wei)

Some people are saying, "Isha? Are you sure?" Yes, I am. She is so underrated.
She can definitely pull the action scenes, she does have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do :) Check out pic below

This lady needs better scripts because as little as her role is in Bollywood films, she is good at each of them. She had a bit of an action role with Bips in Rudraksh, which she totally had the looks for and could have gotten a fight scene against Bips!

Imagine Shilpa & Isha as the two beautiful sisters as action beauties!

I like.

But there's one more girl.

Yes, there is.

Bipasha Basu as Hung (Karen Mok)

Come on, you know there is no way that a girl-power, action film *not* star Bips! Just like Shilpa, Bips' very short cop role in Dhoom 2 could have been given better justice. Why Bollywood? I know actresses get paid a lot for wearing minimal clothing and dancing around in trees at the clubs. Regardless, Bips would have done it well.

Would totally like to see Bips in an action role. She already is the fittest star in Bollywood. With the help of her beau, John Abraham, she would kill the fight scenes.

See, the girls in So Close use martial arts, fight with swords, and use guns.

Farhan Akhtar as Yen (Song Seung Hoon)

Hottie Korean actor, Song Seung Hoon, didn't have a huge role but provided eye candy for the ladies.

So why not another hottie to do so in Bollywood?

Besides, Farhan & Shilpa would look soooo cute together!

Just another one of my fantasy film cast in Bollywood.


Cardamom Kisses said...

Brilliant! I'd totally watch your film :) And a special thank you for casting Farhan ♥

Anonymous said...

Nice. I would go with the cast except maybe Shilpa, I like her and she looks good but I would replace her maybe with Katrina kaif. After all we would want this film to be hit. right?

This has also inspired me to check out So Close, never heard of it. I hope it is easy to get hold of.

ajnabi said...

I love this idea--the film sounds like fun too! :-) Vicki Zhao Wei--she looks just like this actress who was on FlashForward last week. I wonder if it was her? If so she's adorable--the character was Japanese but, you know, like 90% of an American audience would know the difference. And I've loved Shu Qi ever since I watched "Three Times." She's brilliant. Your casting ideas are great! (I really hope someone in Bollywood reads your posts.)

MinaiMinai said...

Wow, I really want to watch So Close now. I've been wanting to watch more East Asian films for forever but have never known quite where to start. I need to check out more of your recommendations!

And hello! Song Seung Hoon! I need to see more of this man. :D

bollywooddeewana said...

There was a charlie's angelish 80's fare with zeenat aman, parveen bai and shabana azmi its called Ashanti (1982)

I need to get my hands on it as well but i do like the bollywood recommendations you make

Nicki said...

Magdelena - Thank you, Thank you.

filmizest - Nah, I'll still keep Shilpa. I rather believe in my script and star cast than make a hit movie, hahaha.

Hope you get a hold of it.

ajnabi - :) That's not Vicki in Flash Forward though. She's only been in Hong Kong films. She will be Mulan in the Hong Kong version, can't wait!!!

I'm thinking of doing more fantasy film posts from Asian films for others to see too, hehehe

I love Shu Qi, she's one of my fave Hong Kong actresses, along with Vicki.

MinaiMinai - Aaaww, I hope you get to watch more. You could always try YouTube. I know that Asian films are more expensive than Indian films. I have a friend who sends them to me, so I'm highly grateful.

bollywooddeewana - I did buy Ashanti but haven't watched it yet but many have told me it's really not Charlie's Angels but I have to watch it

dunkdaft said...

Yay for Isha Koppikar. indeed she can do this. And so can Shilpa. Nice post. and choice of Farhan is really perfect :)

Nicki said...

Thanks Darshit. Remember us tweeting about it? I think I will do more fantasy posts :)

Daddy's Girl said...

How cute is this idea?! And how hot is the lead trio? I would pay top dollar to watch this!! Sounds so great...

Nicki said...

Daddy's Girl - glad you enjoyed it :)