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Post pregnancy body?

Penelope Cruz had a baby a month before this year’s academy awards, and showed up with a hot body, in a red dress:

Designer Rachel Zoe stepped out mere days after her baby, looking like there was never a baby bump just a few days before. Our very own Padma Lakshmi looked as svelte as ever a couple of months after she delivered. And yesterday, there was this photo of Marion Cotillard 2 weeks after having her baby, at 35:

Someone kill me, please!

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Jealous kara ja?

Are any of you watching the latest season of Jhalak Dikhla jaa? Don’t you think the point of the whole season is to make us lesser mortals(women) feel horrible about our bodies? What then is the point of having a stunningly beautiful 43-year-old mother of two and a my-body-never-reveals-my-age 37-year-old mother of one, be judges on the show, and having them dance every other episode?

I mean, HAVE YOU SEEN MADHURI AND MALAIKA ON THE SHOW?

The season opener where they showed a clip of 43-year-old Madhuri dancing to her old tunes made me go and take an hour-long walk to burn my heavy dinner off(not that the walk would help). It is not just about how fit and pretty she still is, her thumkas and matkas haven’t diminished one bit, neither has her dazzling smile faded. Everytime I see her, my heart warms at how beautiful yet simple she is, and at the same time I am green with envy. If I even looked 10% as good as she does, now, I wouldn’t be writing this post.

And what chakki ka atta does Malaika eat(or does not eat)? Granted she must have loads of time on her hands to burn her fat off, and the woman dresses more in your face sexy than most of us can tolerate, but I have to give it to her that her body has not changed much from her MTV VJing days(ok maybe she got 2 crow’s feet and 2-3 wrinkles…..).

Someone just bury the man/woman who came up with this brilliant idea of having these women show up week after week, to get us to feel like slobs. Past seasons of Jhalak always compensated for the one stunning judge by throwing in a Farah Khan or a Saroj Khan, but this time they HAD to do this to us!

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So did you guys watch Raavan yet? While we were still debating as to whether we should watch Raavan or Raavanan or Villain(the Telugu version), out come a slew of reviews from rediff.

One review calls itself the rediff review, and gives Raavanan 3 stars and the hindi version 2 stars. Beloved Raja Sen totally trashes the movie and gives it 2 stars, asking his readers to basically skip all versions, and another rediff reviewer Aseem Chabra writes a rave review, giving it 4 stars. Hain? So one person found it totally not worth his time, and another found it totally amazing. Now what are we poor souls, who actually rely on reviews to decide whether  burn their hard earned money on movies are to do?

Looking at the few scenes that are shown on the television, I want to watch it for AB and Vikram, but want to skip it because Aishwarya’s so-called acting(her making weird faces at the camera) scares the hell out of me! And I secretly pray(I know it is really bad to do so) that Raavan is not the big hit AB and family hope it will be, simply because I don’t want to see their pompous selves strut around come awards time, and don’t want to see them get cosy on stage! Yeah, I am mean like that!

By the way, do any of you believe that reviewers are paid by big production houses to write good stuff about their movies? One person I know never to believe about a movie is Raja Sen. Remember his reviews of MNIK and 3 Idiots? His gist of MNIK was that it was SRK’s gift to humanity and he trashed 3 Idiots. But most people I have spoken to loved 3 Idiots, and we all know exactly how many people liked MNIK. Also, do note that he gave Tashan 3 stars. Now the question is, do we really think Raavan is worse than Tashan? I leave it to you to figure that out. For now, out household is still confused about which version to watch. Suggestions?

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For those of you who know and have watched the TV series 24 in the past or are excited about the new season that started last night, the fact that Anil Kapoor is playing an important role in it will be a treat. I watched the premiere last night and Anil was amazing. That is how you act in movies/TV series with the gora log. Keep your original desi accent and be slow and clear, not completely change it into a British+alien one a la Ms. Rai-Bachchan. Also, you don’t go on shows and repel people by your high-brow attitude. Do you guys remember Anil appearing on morning and late night shows in the US after Slumdog Millionaire was released in the West? He was all bubbly and excited and he said he was nervous and scared and was literally jumping like a little kid in a candy store. A lot of people might have thought he was being naive but that was when I was really impressed by his simplicity and honesty and became a fan. Comparing his appearances to a certain Ms. Rai was like comparing the taste of Pani Puri vs. wet newspapers. Today, watching him on 24 brought out the fan in me. He hasn’t aged a bit. And did you see his hair? I am sure Akshaye Khanna cries khoon ke aasun whenever he sees Anil’s full head of hair.

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Thoughts on Polanski.

Heard last night that director Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland, where he went to participate in the Film Festival, and will be extradited to the US for trial for abusing a minor.

Polanski was arrested in 1977 for “giving Quaaludes to a minor; child molestation; unlawful sexual intercourse with that minor; rape by use of drugs; oral copulation; sodomy.” All this happened at his ‘good friend’ Jack Nicholson’s house, while he was shooting for a movie, and Polanski maintains that he thought the girl was older(she looked older, is what he said). He plea-bargained to unlawful sex with a minor and was sentenced to psychiatric examination and 42 days of confinement. At that time the director thought he would be let free after the 42 days and a fine. But the judge in question wanted to make an example out of Polanski and was ready to break the agreement. Polanski got wind of this and he broke his bail terms and ran away and has never been back to the US. Thereafter he settled in Paris, got awarded the Oscar for The Pianist but didnt show up at the awards, and was given a standing ovation that night! Meanwhile, the guilty plea still had to be sentenced and the LA district attorney has been on the lookout for news about him, in spite of the minor in question saying she wants all charges against him dropped.

Polanski’s story itself is not simple. His mother was killed in Auschwitz, he had a very sad and lonely childhood, his wife was slaughtered by the Mason ‘Family’ brutally, even after she pleaded for her unborn baby, he himself has been on the run for the last 30 years! A lot of people in the film fraternity have spoken about how they think he was a scapegoat in the media/publicity hunger of this day and age. They say the judge in question was vying for publicity and hence he wanted to make a name for himself by making too much of this ‘nothing’ case. The girl in question has already requested that charged against him be dropped, although she says he did molest her. Some have even suggested that President Obama pardon Polanski. All this begs the question, is it fair that Polanski will be extradited to the US to face the courts now even after the victim says set him free? Is it fair that he be pardoned for doing something so reprehensible? What message will it send to the youth? That you can absolve yourself of all crime if you are a ‘genius director’? Does his sad personal life have anything to do with the support he has received from his peers and fans or is it because he is ‘one of them’?

What do you all think? Is there more than what meets the eye?

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Michael Jackson died yesterday and all major TV stations are going crazy talking about his talent, his freaky life and about the general weirdness of being MJ. In spite of the allegations of child molestation and unhealthy relationship with young boys, I couldn’t help thinking how sad his life was.
From what I read and from what is reported, it seems like he had a dysfunctional family. His father never showed any love and care and was often abusive. He is reported to have had a love-hate relationship with him. Add to that the fact that he started performing publicly at age 8, and you have a sure recipe for a disastrous life. Being acknowledged as a child star as early as 10 years old, he never had a normal childhood. All his free time was spent singing, rehearsing and such. He also seemed extremely narcissistic(which might not be so unusual for someone who is always in the public eye and is regarded as a superstar.) Imagine thinking about what kind of life
There was also an element of ‘I can get what I want’ with MJ. Nothing he ever did was good enough for him. It seems like he always wanted to reach for that perfection which is unreachable. Perfect face, perfect voice, perfect song, perfect life…and in the end it all came crumbling apart. Sources say he was weighing a 100 pounds at 5 feet 11 inches and was terribly weak. During his court appearances in the early 2000s, he was alwasy seen covering his face with a mask and being held by his bodgueards. It seemed as though he found it tough to even walk straight.
This also brings into focus his alleged prescription drug abuse and how people around him only enabled his addiction. Imagine being a superstar where people yell their guts out when they see you, people cry when you sing, and not one person close to you really cares for your well being. Is that not sad? That and the weirdness of being MJ.
Everything about him started turning into a freak show. His ranch was like a young boy’s fantasy land. It was a place with everything a boy dreams of. And to think MJ was always that little boy. He was always trying to get the childhood that he never had. Every day that he lived, it seems like he was trying to bring the child in him back.
He had a philanthropic side to him which, like everyuthing else in his life, is well reported. He was a super star who also cared for the needy. Then he was this weird guy. He was two personalities in one. It is these two images of MJ that are hard to reconcile. On one hand was this great star who had people up in tears wherever he showed up. On the other hand was this weird man who wore makeup(that was reportedly because he was afflicted with vitiligo), was high on prescription drugs most of the times, was accused of sexual abuse of young boys, was so frail and weak that he couldn’t prepare for his concerts without frequent hospital visits. Now when I see the images of him dangling his infant son out of a hotel window in Berlin, I cringe. Was this the man who
We may never know why he died, or whether he was a happy man or a sad man or whether he was really guilty of abusing those young boys. We will never know what he thought of his life. We will never know if he would have given those concerts he was preparing so hard for. What we know for sure is that it was hard being MJ. Being constantly scrutinized.
There was Elvis who was a star and an icon on stage and lived a sad life behind it. He lived a lonely life and died a lonely life. I see him, I see MJ, then I see Britney go downhill from her superstardom, and I wonder. What makes these super talented people make such bad decisions in life. Why is tehre no one to tell them what is right and what is wrong? We will never know what lethal combination of bad self-image, dysfunctional family, narcissism makes them the sad lives that they are. I really wish there was someone to guide them, to hold their hand and tell them they are not alone. Perhaps then, their lives would not have been the sad, lonely ones they were.

Michael Jackson died yesterday and all major TV stations are going crazy talking about his talent, his freaky life and about the general weirdness of being MJ. In spite of the allegations of child molestation and unhealthy relationship with young boys, I couldn’t help thinking how sad his life was.

From what I read and from what is reported, it seems like he had a dysfunctional family. His father never showed any love and care and was often abusive. He is reported to have had a love-hate relationship with him. Add to that the fact that he started performing publicly at age 8, and you have a sure recipe for a disastrous life. Being acknowledged as a child star as early as 10 years old, he never had a normal childhood. All his free time was spent singing, rehearsing and such. He also seemed extremely narcissistic(which might not be so unusual for someone who is always in the public eye and is regarded as a superstar.) I cannot even put myself in his shoes to understand what kind of torn childhood he might have had. Being a child, taking in all that adulation and love from fans and being elevated to the status of a demi god and still being grounded does not come easy.

There was also an element of ‘I can get what I want’ with MJ. Nothing he ever did was good enough for him. It seems like he always wanted to reach for that perfection which is unreachable. Perfect face, perfect voice, perfect song, perfect life…and in the end it all came crumbling apart. Sources say he was weighing a 100 pounds at 5 feet 11 inches and was terribly weak. During his court appearances in the early 2000s, he was always seen covering his face with a mask and being held by his bodyguards. It seemed as though he found it tough to even walk straight.

This also brings into focus his alleged prescription drug abuse and how people around him only enabled his addiction. Imagine being a superstar where people yell their guts out when they see you, people cry when you sing, and not one person close to you really cares for your well being. Is that not sad? That and the weirdness of being MJ.

Everything about him started turning into a freak show. His ranch was like a young boy’s fantasy land. It was a place with everything a boy dreams of. And to think MJ was always that little boy. He was always trying to get the childhood that he never had. Every day that he lived, it seems like he was trying to bring the child in him back.

He had a philanthropic side to him which, like everything else in his life, is well reported. He was a super star who also cared for the needy. Then he was this weird guy. He was two personalities in one. It is these two images of MJ that are hard to reconcile. On one hand was this great star who had people up in tears wherever he showed up. On the other hand was this weird man who wore makeup(that was reportedly because he was afflicted with vitiligo), was high on prescription drugs most of the times, was accused of sexual abuse of young boys, was so frail and weak that he couldn’t prepare for his concerts without frequent hospital visits. Now when I see the images of him dangling his infant son out of a hotel window in Berlin, I cringe. Was this the man who sang Beat it and Heal the world? Was this the man who had the whole world on a platter?

We may never know why he died, or whether he was a happy man or a sad man or whether he was really guilty of abusing those young boys. We will never know what he thought of his life. We will never know if he would have given those concerts he was preparing so hard for. What we know for sure is that it was hard being MJ. It is hard being constantly scrutinized.

There was Elvis who was a star and an icon on stage and lived a sad life behind it. He lived a lonely life and died a lonely death . I see him, I see MJ, then I see Britney go downhill from her super-stardom, and I wonder. What makes these super talented people make such bad decisions in life. Why is there no one to tell them what is right and what is wrong? We will never know what lethal combination of bad self-image, dysfunctional family, narcissism makes them the sad lives that they are. I really wish there was someone to guide them, to hold their hand and tell them they are not alone. Perhaps then, their lives would not have been the sad, lonely ones they were.

And today, when the whole world is talking about Michael Jackson and how he lived a sad sad life, I thank god. Thank god for giving me an absolutely normal life that I have. Thank god that I will never know what it is to be like Michael Jackson. Because I know it would have been a sad life.

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The family is so much fodder for blogging that I don’t have to even think for a second about what I would write about!

I am sure everyone by now knows about what Ashutosh Gowariker said when he received the IIFA Award for best director in Macau:

Priyanka I love you, but I don’t know how you got the award for best actress when Aishwarya was also nominated in the same category for Jodhaa Akbar.Maybe it is because you are very hard-working and she is a natural. Jayaji was just asking me the same thing.

(Aside1: Yes, the source for this story is indeed bollyadda.com, tells you how jobless I can get sometimes!)

When I saw this, the first thing that came to mind was, Aishwarya is a natural? I almost fell off my chair!(Seriously, how many of you think she IS a natural? She looks great, yes, but…..) Anyway, so I was wondering why Ashu would say something so humiliating on  the podium. He actually took away all credit from bechari PC and turned it into a who deserves it more battle! But that was that and I almost forgot about it until Jaya Bachchan said this:

It is being presumed that Ashutosh unnecessarily mentioned my name regarding Aishwarya’s omission from the awards. The fact is, I suggested he bring up the question on stage, We were discussing why Aishwarya had not been given any award for Jodhaa Akbar. I suggested Ashutosh bring up the matter. When he mentioned my name, he wasn’t doing anything wrong, I find it very strange that Aishwarya who lived her part and looked every inch the royal Rajasthani queen in her body language and overall performance was ignored. For all I know, she must be really good in it. I haven’t seen Fashion. She’s undoubtedly a good actress. I don’t have any objection to her winning the award. But I wonder why Aishwarya’s fine performance was ignored.

(Aside 2: Did you observe how I am in touch with all the latest breaking bollywood news in spite of being on the other side of the ocean? Where there is a will…… This time though, the source is more respectable…)

OK!!!! I have so much to say, but so little time. So, here are some bullet points:

  • Jaya aunty has way too much time on her hands. She should probably think more about that Rajya Sabha seat?
  • Jaya aunty is a MOTORMOUTH. No finesse at speaking at all.
  • Looking good NOT = good performance
  • Bahu was NOT ignored. Not getting a nomination = ignored. She did get nominated na?
  • Should the khandaan get ALL POSSIBLE RECOGNITION on earth? Oh, sorry, my bad, I forgot that the IIFAs were actually Bachchan awards!

For a minute, maan lo that Aishwarya’s performance in Jodha Akbar was scintillating. You find it strange that she didn’t win, Jaya aunty, here is what is stranger, you admit that you haven’t seen Fashion at all, how can you say bahu deserved it more than PC? For all you know, bahu’s performance was scintillating but PC’s could have been earth shattering…no? And,

If (earth_shattering > scintillating)

PC wins

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Conclusion – GO WATCH FASHION!

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