Aishwarya Rai No Patch On Emily Browning

We watched a horror movie called Uninvited earlier today.

The not-so-terrifying movie is alright but not remarkable.

What is remarkable though is the solid performance of the 20-year-old Australian actress Emily Browning, who plays the role of a young girl released from a mental hospital, some 10 months after the death of her mother’s death.

With a very expressive face, the girl is an absolute delight to behold on the screen.

Apparently, Uninvited is only the second movie in which Emily has the main role.

A short girl (5′ 2″) with just above average looks, the talented actress proves that absence of an extraordinarily beautiful face or height is no bar to being noticed in a movie.

The young lassie has already picked up a host of awards and, if her luck holds, we’ll probably see more of her in the coming years.

Indian actresses like Aishwarya Rai are veterans of several dozen Bollywood movies and yet they deliver mediocre, shoddy performances in movie after movie. Ad nauseum, ad infinitum.

A disgrace of an actress, Aishwarya Rai and most of her Indian peers bring shame to the acting community. Russell Peters was right on the mark about Aishwarya Rai.

Of course, it’s not hard to notice that none of our Bollywood actresses or actors make it outside the borders of India except rarely in itsy bitsy roles.

But that’s no surprise because given their meagre talent these clowns would be laughed off the stage any place else except India.

Only in India, folks. Only in India does such mediocrity flourish in the movie business.

No wonder despite the prodigious quantity of films churned out every year, Bollywood is a joke outside India (except of course with desis). Au contraire, look at the number of Australian actors who have made it big on the international stage – Mel Gibson, Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, the late Heath Ledger, Naomi Watts, Eric Bana et al.

16 Responses to "Aishwarya Rai No Patch On Emily Browning"

  1. the gora   May 13, 2009 at 2:49 am

    Guy Pearce of L.A. Confidential and Memento fame, the “inspiration” for Ghajini, was born in England but is really a true blue Aussie.

    Don’t forget the television actors either. Poppy Montgomery and Anthony LaPaglia of the CBS show Without a Trace and Julian McMahon of FX’s Nip/Tuck also come from the glorious Australian acting tradition.

    P.S. For the record, Crowe was actually born a Kiwi and is a cousin of New Zealand cricket legend Martin Crowe. It rankles New Zealanders to no end that Australia is given credit for Russell Crowe’s success! Responds:

    There’s also Jacinda Barrett.

  2. navaraj   May 13, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Hugh Jackman…………. I love that guy…. acting and killer looks……

  3. Raju   May 13, 2009 at 10:57 am

    navaraj, did you see Jackman perform on Oscar night.. easily the best I have ever seen.

    SI, more big(ger than Emily) names to the list a.k.a

    Names that I know from
    Isla Fisher (my fav.. she is supercute), Toni Collette, Judy Davis, Melissa George, Rose Byrne, Teresa Palmer (more Bielific than Jessica?), Greta Scacchi, Olivia Newton-John, Rachael Taylor

    hey, i know some guy names too: Peter Finch, Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving (SI, don’t say that you haven’t watched “The Matrix”), Jesse Spencer Responds:

    1. Unless you are acutely myopic, Teresa Palmer is NOT more Bielific than Jessica.

    Isla Fisher – Ugh (loud scream, incoherent rant 🙁 )

    Rose Byrne – yes. The rest in your above list – ignorable

    2. Ask us about Matrix in a few days 😉

  4. Raju   May 13, 2009 at 11:51 am

    loud scream, incoherent rant .. exactly.. just like my wife.. i find my wife supercute too 😉

    many of the others are not ignorable because
    Peter Finch: is best remembered for his role as ‘crazed’ television anchorman Howard Beale in the film, Network, which earned him a posthumous Academy Award for Best Actor
    Toni won best supporting oscar for The Sizth Sense.. Shymalan’s (only?) best movie.
    Judy Davis – golden globe winner and oscar nominee and featured in Passage to India
    Olivia – Grease.. and probably bigger than many in discussion here.
    Rush – Oscar winner and key member of the Pirates of the Caribbean family.
    Weaving – Immortalized the name Agent Smith.
    Teresa Palmer, Melissa George, Greta – HOF members in mrskin 😉
    Rachael Taylor: Transformers
    Jesse Spencer: House MD hottie (just ask the gal/gay vistors here about him) Responds:

    Since our favorite looker from down under Rose Byrne is missing from above list, we’re giving her the SI Cutie-Pie of the Year award.

    In an action mood today. Plan to watch We Own the Night in a few hours on Netflix Instant Play.

  5. Raju   May 13, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    My friend uses the Samsung BDP 2500 to access netflix.. he says that the quality is as good as DVDs. Same with you (Roku?) too? Has their quality improved? Responds:

    There are many devices to access Netflix Instant now – Samsung, XBox, Tivo, LG and Roku.

    We’re happy with Roku (supports HD too after the December software upgrade).

    So far, no quality issues. With Roku, we can access Amazon rental too now (but we haven’t tried it yet).

    The Netflix Instant Play choice is still not great and Rewind & FF are not like with DVD because it’s streaming and not a download (a lot of people still seem to miss the difference between streaming and download).

    We’d say Roku is a steal for $99 ($112 including S&H). HDMI cables are separate.

  6. ShikhariShambhu   May 13, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    watch “Funny Games”. Responds:

    Which version?

    The Austrian (1997) or the American (2008)?

  7. Raju   May 13, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    And if you are a Rose Byrne aficionado, you may have already watched “The Goddess of 1967” Responds:

    Just discovered Rose today.

  8. ShikhariShambhu   May 13, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    i saw the American. Responds:

    Netflix has both versions.

    We’ll watch the 2008 American version featuring the Australian actress Naomi Watts and Tim Roth in the next 7 days.

  9. boopalanj   May 13, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Btw, who Mr & Mrs.Bachans (Sr & Jr) are showing ‘that’ to? See this below image:

    Of course, they are showing the ink in their fingers which is a mark of voting. Looks like showing middle fingers 😉 Responds:

    Going by the photo, it does look like the family is telling Indians ‘Shove it Up – You Schmucks‘ 😉

  10. Hey coolfrog/hafdaktar, whereever youare.. it was Chekov (not Doyle) who said

    Medicine is my lawful wife, and literature is my mistress.”..

    please update your system.

    “Funny games” is not great.. watched the American version.. From the vidcaps I saw, the Austrian version seems to be more violent.. but Naomi is several 100 times hotter than Susanne.

  11. rajublog   May 13, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I just finished watching that movie. Despite knowing that there is a twist, I couldnt predict it correctly.

    Comparing Emily with Aishwarya, well, the blame has also to go to the directors. Moreover, most of the Hollywood actors take acting seriously. They study theater or acting in college. I can think of only Rajni and Chinni Jayanth who have a DFT in acting; but, they hardly ‘act’. Responds:

    If it’s any consolation, we couldn’t predict the twist either although we sensed there was one coming.

    We thought (perhaps like you did) that the culprit was XXXXXX.

    Planning to watch We Own the Night in a few minutes on Netflix Instant Play. Features Mark Wahlberg, not in the A-league Hollywood list but still a decent actor.

    Your new theme/template looks nicer…although at first we thought some words were missing in the four horizontal tabs on the top. Then realized, it was just a design thing.

  12. Dr.UnkHaf D. Aktar   May 14, 2009 at 8:33 am

    System updated. One more doctor with literary interests. May be I should start writing…

  13. kreacher   May 14, 2009 at 11:37 am

    “Just discovered Rose today.”

    Wow. Not seen “Troy” or “Wicker Park” yet? Responds:

    Nope. We were on an inter-galactic mission to save the Milky Way. Catching up on the backlog now. 😉

  14. Watch Star Trek so that you don’t feel homesick. Responds:

    Will do.

    Watched We Own the Night last night on Netflix Instant Play. Mediocre.

    The last 30 minutes was utter garbage. Reminded us about smuggler Deva (Surya) becoming a Customs Officer in Ayan at the end.

  15. kreacher.. your guy/gal hasn’t watched “The Matrix” yet! but it is in her/his bucket list. Responds:

    Watched Bucket List six months back.

    Nice line from the movie – If life has taught me anything, it’s that 95% of the people are always wrong. – Jack Nicholson’s character Edward Cole in Bucket List.

    Yes, we strongly believe that line.

  16. முனிAndy   August 5, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    tattoo tracking.. Emily Browning’s name joins the fun Responds:

    For us, the magic is gone because we’ve already read the book and seen the movie (even if its Swedish).

    We’ll probably see The Girl Who Played With Fire (the second book/movie in the trilogy) soon. It’s been out for a while, albeit a limited release.

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