Sunday, January 21, 2007

Fake News Story, part 3

Ladies and Gentlemen, it has happened again - another late night comedy show with fake news has done a Bollywood story! Last night on Saturday Night Live, during Weekend Update, Amy Poehler did a segment on the upcoming wedding of Abishek and Ash (painfully pronounced, of course!) with a "Brangelina" name-combo of "Aishwarishek" - a rather weak punchline, but it's interesting that this is becoming a recurring theme in comedy news.

Will post video as soon as I find it!

11 comments:

anangbhai said...

I'm on the case. Video will be up on google video in a few hours.

pied piper said...

Aishwarishek?? I thought the proper term was "Abhishwarya"....

Keith said...

This just makes me wonder: where can a pronunciation-impaired person go to see actual phonetic spellings of assorted names and titles? Because lord knows I'm terrible.

Maja said...

"Abhiwarya" is the one I heard, I think it's the least clumsy-sounding one so far.

Looking forward to the clip, thanks anangbhai :)

Beth said...

Meredith at Bollywhat has a good beginning pronunciation guide
http://bollywhat.com/ramblings/transguide.html
(or at least, it still seems good to me, now that I've got two years of movie-watching under my belt and have started proper Hindi lessons)

Keith said...

Oh well, better than the phonetic Vietnamese alphabet. Have you ever tried to pronounce that madness? What's the point of a phonetic alphabet that isn't phonetic? Like Japanese and the letter "u" which is always in the phonetic spelling but is not pronounced. The hell's the point of putting it in, then?

So even though he's my hero, I'm still pronouncing Amitabh's name pretty horribly. Guess I'll just have to watch those Bollyvista.com video interviews.

Beth said...

I was very careful to listen to the Big B's name several times before saying it. I think I've got the B part down, but the first name is still a little confusing to me, I admit. You can always just say "Mr. Bachchan."

Maja said...

I'm confused about the pronunciation of "Amitabh" as well, I must've heard it pronounced in about 5 different ways by now. I don't even know which syllable should be stressed.

Anonymous said...

has anyone found this video? if so please post the link... thanks!

Susania said...

Anangbhai, are you ever posting the video? I've checked on google video several times!

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