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Midweek Masala

  • Shammi Kapoor is going to be back on screen soon. Imtiaz Ali convinced Kapoor to work in his upcoming movie Rockstar which also stars Ranbir Kapoor! Kapoor says Imtiaz told him he would take full responsibility of Kapoor’s health on the sets. Bless you Imtiaz!
  • Are you among the people who are fed up with celeb tweets flooding your page? Picture this. AB baby says he completed 10 years in the industry, Priyanka, Mugdha and Neil talk about rains lashing Mumbai, Big B as usual brags about some new movie and some hotshot he is working with, Ram Gopal Verma and Madhur Bhandarkar spout some profound wisdom, and Karan Johar is in perpetual sell-I-Hate-Love-Storys mode. Take your pick!
  • Kirron Kher was recently heard complaining about how most serious movies are male-oriented. She says she wants to work with really serious film makers like Vishal Bharadwaj, Imtiaz Ali but, “The problem is they are only being made with centering men in focus”, she says. We hear you Kirron. If only these filmmakers did too.
  • Did you know that Genelia has been crowned the Ambassador of the Year by CNBC AWAAZ Consumer Awards? Did you know there was an award like that? Well, is it any wonder that she was awarded that considering she is indiscriminately appearing in ads for products from a pen to luxury cars! But what I fail to understand is how she usurped the ad king of India, Navratan Tel top salesman apna Big B?
  • All it takes is to have a popular dad! At least in Bollywood. Turns out, despite his horrendous performance as Raavan AB baby has been offered a BIG movie by Raj Kumar Santoshi and has signed it for Rs. 7 crore! Some people have it all, popular dad, sundar biwi, big directors, bhadhiya hain!
  • AB reminds me to ask you all if you think AB baby is ever going to grow up and if Big B is ever going to stop fighting the baby’s battles? Also, when will the Bachchan family get over their self-importance?

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Midweek Masala

  • Apparently Bhagat Singh’s grandson, Abhay Singh is suing Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia for using Bhagat Singh’s name in a Kings XI team advertisement. Ahh so now we have to ask permission to use people’s names?
  • Following the ‘success’ of Rakhi and Rahul Mahajan, team Swayamvar is looking for a new celebrity to participate in the next season of the show. They were looking at Mahendra Singh Dhoni or Yuvraj Singh, both of whom refused. Smart cookies I must say. For who would want to be associated with the likes of Mahajan?
  • The recession has hit Nana Patekar hard. So he says. Apparently a couple of his films could not find any financiers so he had to put them on the back burner. Well, hopefully this year would be better for you Nana. (Did you guys know that Nana is pushing 60?)
  • Dimple Kapadia was asked to (gasp gasp)cut her hair short for an upcoming film where she plays a Parsi woman. Thankfully, Dimple put her foot down and absolutely refused to budge. She is wearing a wig instead. Yay Dimple, a lot of us would have had broken hearts seeing your beautiful mane being tampered with.
  • Producer Rakesh Sidhwani has filed an FIR against MNS for extorting money from him during the shooting of Crooked. He says a group of MNS thugs showed up at his film shooting at Mehboob Studios and demanded Rs. 25 Lakhs as fine because he hired outsiders for the shooting. Here’s a yay to Rakesh for standing up to the goons!
  • Shruti Hassan, whose Bollywood debut(Luck) did not go as planned is all set to start shooting for her first tamil film opposite Surya, and made by Ghajini director Muragadoss. Hope the Hassan girl is as popular and awesome as her dad and mum!

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Sources:

Picture courtesy http://www.eventprophire.com

http://www.gossipbollywood.com

The Times of India online edition

http://www.pinkvilla.com

http://www.rediff.com

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Midweek Masala

  • Video piracy gone viral. Sudhir Mishra and the cast and crew of Tera Kya Hogga Johnny got the shock of their life when one of the crew members discovered that their entire film (in 10 minute clips) had been uploaded on the internet. This is the first such film from Bollywood to have been leaked even before its theatrical release. Shame shame.
  • Recession? What recession? Louis Vuitton opened its newest store in Mumbai, and that caused the Bolly-glitterati to descend in their LV finery at Taj Lands’ End. The occasion also saw Frieda Pinto fly all the way from New York(yeah she has shifted base there…some people have it all!)
  • At a recent awards function Katrina Kaif was to be awarded the best actress award(I know!) by Kareena andKareena declined saying that in the past Kat has done the same to her. These girls sure have a hate-hate relationship!
  • The ice between Vivek Oberoi and the Bachchans has finally been thawed. If new reports are to be believed VO walked up to AB senior and initiated a dialogue and shared a few laughs with him. That done, SRK then made peace between AB baby and VO. So all that remains is for the ice queen to thaw for the former beau now!
  • What is with former lovers not seeing eye to eye? Aren’t they all grown up and samajhdar? At a recent awards show rehearsal Kareena and Shahid Kapoor accidentally crossed paths and while Kareena chose to ignore him,Shahid is reported to have been shocked and turned back to look at her! Sheesh, grow up!
  • Speaking of former lovers, my post seems to have been taken over by them this week. Karman-Hrithik-lookalike-Baweja walked out of a recent awards show when SRK, the host, was teasing Shahid Kapoor on his on-off relationship with PC. Shahid was uncomfortable, but poor Harman could not take it anymore and walked out!
  • Did you know there is a law in India which says if someone has adopted a baby girl they cannot adopt another girl? Well, there is. And Sushmita Sen had to fight that law in the court to adopt her new baby girl Alisah. This lady sure treads new paths.
  • Seems like wedding bells will soon right for Rani. Her much-under-wraps-but-public relationship with Adi has been finally blessed by Adi’s mamma after holding out for a long time. What a mamma’s boy!
  • Did you guys hear about Erich Segal’s death? The man who ‘inspired’ dialogues like ‘Pyar/Friendship me no sorry no thank you’ died a couple of days back, at 72. Love means never having to say you are sorry. Sigh!
I leave you with a PJ.
Finally Deewar wala Amitabh Bachchan has the last word. Why? Well, when Vijay asks Ravi(Shashi Kapoor) mere paas gadi hai bunglow hai bank balance hai, Tumhare paas kya hai? And Ravi says Mere paas ma hain, Vijay can proudly reply Mere pass PAA bhi hain!
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Sources:

Picture courtesy http://www.eventprophire.com

http://www.gossipbollywood.com

The Times of India online edition

http://www.pinkvilla.com

http://www.rediff.com

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Midweek Masala

  • The temptation to talk about Chetan-3 Idiots controversy is strong, but the first tidbit about B-town I have today is not about 3I but about Aamir. We all know he endorses brand Coke, so when he was to speak at press conference, and he saw they had water bottles of a rival brand, he requested that the wrapper be removed from the bottles, so it wouldn’t seem like he was endorsing the rival brand. Well, if only Aamir had given this much thought to Chetan’s complaint!
  • Nandita Das married environment entrepreneur Subodh Maskara and has moved to Mumbai post marriage. Apparently her co-stars like Aamir have been urging her to move from Delhi to Mumbai for work, but she was resisting it all along. Work could not make her move, love did!
  • Getting into the skin of the character is a new trend that is fast getting on my nerves. Big B, who is playing a media baron in his new movie Rann is leaving no stone unturned to ‘feel’ like the character he plays. Times of India reports that “he carried his convictions on the question of media credibility beyond his screen role by appearing on national television last week and reading out an incisive and indepth wrap-up of the year that was.” This report was apparently well received by listeners. AB’s character in Rann, Vijay is an angry man who constantly questions the ways of the media. Arrey, then AB does not need any ‘getting into character’, he is always in character for this role, haven’t you read his blog?
  • Rumors are afoot that Mansoor Khan is planning to remake Yaadon ki Baarat with Aamir and Imran! Well that should be fun. Remember how Aamir wets himself in the song?
  • Mega Star Chiranjeevi’s (yes he is called Megastar in AP) son Ram Charan Teja, who is a dancing sensation down south, will be soon making his Bollywood debut. He has been signed by Farhan Akhtar for his next! Here’s wishing Ram goodluck.
  • So it is official now, that Ranbir and Deepika are no longer an item! Deepika was heard telling journos that she is very much single. Ranbir on the other hand seems to have taken a liking to Katrina and mom Neetu seems to like Kat as well. Seems like, Salman might have some competition then!
  • Rekha and Hema Malini will appear in an upcoming Raj Kanwar movie called Sadiyaan which will see Shatrugan Sinha’s son Luv debut. Seeing Rekha and Hema together is all fine and exciting, but have you seen Luv?
  • Aaand heres some news for the fans of the TV series 24. The new season starts this month. Season 8 will be special for us desis, because Anil Kapoor makes his appearance in 16 of the 24 episodes. Yay…err……I’m hoping Anil isn’t bashed up by Jack Bauer though!

Sources:

Picture courtesy http://www.eventprophire.com

http://www.gossipbollywood.com

The Times of India online edition

http://www.pinkvilla.com

http://www.rediff.com

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Midweek Masala

  • Mumbai Police had their annual event Jashn 2010 where all Bollywood descended to participate. Among them were Aishwarya Rai and Vivek Oberoi (yes he is back to being Vivek) who were assigned adjacent seats. Apparently Vivek looked like he had swallowed a worm when he saw where his seat was, and Aishwarya became restless and started fidgeting. Knight in shining armor for both was Manish Malhotra who promptly took up a seat between the two!
  • A lot of celebrities will be spending the New Years’ Eve celebrating with friends and family. Thanks to the recession most big hotels and event managers have cut down on celebrity appearance fees and that seems to have prompted most celebrities to hunker down! At least their friends and family will get to have a good time right? But guess what? A lot of these actresses and actors are running to Dubai now to get more moolah. Ahhh anything for money!
  • Amisha Patels’s boyfriend Kanav Puri’s Ferrari was stolen in London. Amisha says he was getting over the grieving and waiting for the new model that comes out September next year!
  • News is flooding the airwaves that Katrina is unwell again. Remember how she was unwell a few weeks back and was advised  cancel her Dubai show and how she was cajoled into showing up and saying a few words by the organizers? Well, the lady is sick again, with the same low hemoglobin count problem. Heres wishing her a speedy recovery.
  • Have you guys watched Rocket Singh? Well, I haven’t but friends and family did and everyone had good things to say about the movie. So it is sad that we learn now that RS bombed at the box office! Sad.
  • To promote his new movie Chance Pe Dance, where he is playing a character who lives in his car, Shahid Kapur will be living in a Maruti 800 for 2 days in January. Living in a car in fine, but Maruti 800? More like living in a teeny tiny box!
  • Did you guys watch Paa? The one with all Bachchans except the newest one making an appearance? Well, if Jaya’s morose reading of the cast put you to sleep, get ready for more Bachchan selling. Now there are plans to make a film with the Bachchan parivaar — Amitabh, Jaya, Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan together, to be produced by AB Corp Ltd. Get ready for more fake smiles, pouts, hand holding, over acting and mush!
  • A lot of hearts skipped a beat and some even fainted when at a recent event Karan Johar announced that Ranbir is single and ready to mingle. Well, when Karan puts it that way, we want to stay away from the man……..what if KJo himself has taken a fancy to the actor?

Sources:

Picture courtesy http://www.eventprophire.com

http://www.gossipbollywood.com

The Times of India online edition

http://www.pinkvilla.com

http://www.rediff.com

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Midweek Masala

  • As more details about the sequel to Mr. India emerge, fans of the original will be happy to note that Anil Kapoor will continue being Mr. India whereas Salman will play Mogambo. This blogger is certainly khush that Salman isn’t Mr. India!
  • According to sources, Amrita was required to do a kissing scene with Emraan Hashmi in Mohit Suri’s upcoming film which is based on the racial attacks in Australia.The actress turned down the offer saying she wasn’t comfortable with the scene, and has now been replaced by Neha Sharma. What I fail to understand is why someone would want to kiss the guy? (Have you seen him?)
  • Here is some proof of recession(and bad performances) hitting B-town.  Eros International, the financiers of Agent Vinod starring Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor, has considerably slashed the film’s budget. Looks like they took the performances in Kurbaan to heart. Here’s hoping that Eros will save us from another dud!
  • At a recent event in Dubai, Salman and Katrina were signed up to perform, but when Katrina fell ill and was advised by her doctor to not do anything strenuous things seemed to go downhill. Eventually Katrina agreed to go on stage and wave at her fans and say “Hi-Hello-I Love You Dubai“. What we don’t know is how much moolah she was paid to do that? Whatever happened to that enormous debt Dubai was supposed to be under..eh?
  • Did you guys watch Phoonk? No? That was maybe because the movie sank without a trace after the first few days. Well, not to be undone by fickle public, Ram Gopal Verma, who made Phoonk is now planning a sequel called (what else) Phoonk-2. But that is not the news. The news is that he is making the sequel in 3 languages simultaneously – Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Well, I appreciate his efforts, but the proof of the pudding will be in eating….no?
  • So heres B-town indulging in ‘You scratch my back I scratch yours’. Priety Zinta was heard telling the media that upcoming Kajol-SRK starrer My Name is Khan is a great movie and that Kajol’s performance in the movie is ‘outstanding’. Well, may we recycle the ‘pudding’ proverb here?
  • Now here is a smart woman. Kangana Ranaut was dispensing some pearls of wisdom on women and marriage. She said single women shouldn’t marry, unless they earn enough to sustain a family. Wise words.

Sources:

gossipbollywood.com

timesofindia.com

pinkvilla.com

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Midweek Masala

  • So like a tamacha on my face for writing the last post about De Dana Dan, I see this morning that it had a ‘good opening’ at the box office. To save some dignity, I am going to pray that it doesn’t sustain the momentum!
  • Sach Ka Saamna is going to return to Star Plus for a second season. The show garnered a lot of controversy for its format where the contestants get paid for revealing secrets about their personal lives. One particular episode had Vinod Kambli say that he thought that Sachin did not do enough to help his career!
  • For years there have been rumors that Aishwarya will be the ‘face’ of a new Barbie that Mattel plans to launch in India. Apparently to mark the 50th year of the Barbie, a new Barbie will be launched with Katrina’s features! Well, as expected the media went berserk with this news. Did you hear what Aishwarya had to say when asked what she thought about the new Kat-Barbie? Did she say ‘I am happy for Katrina and I wish her all the best?’ No way! This is what she said: I was asked by that brand (Barbie), not just now but, I think, since Miss World, then at the turn of millennium, then when my films were raging success after Cannes and this year was the fourth time actually that I was requested by Barbie to walk the ramp on a particular day.””But I was a committed professional working with Vipul Shah and he needed my date on that day so I was unable to accept that offer to walk the ramp that particular day for them. Whoa! Ash you had me at raging success.
  • Javed Khan is making a film based on the love story of Salman and Aishwarya, but with a difference. This being Bollywood, this story will end in ‘happily ever after’! The director said “I want to send home the message that if you love someone, you should get married to her or him. Leaving your loved one in the lurch will not bring peace in your life.” Well, Mr. Khan, say that to the lady who was beaten and harassed in that relationship. Wait, will you show that in your movie?
  • You guys remember ABCL? The entertainment company launched by Amitabh? Then you will also remember how film after film of ABCL flopped and the company collapsed due to bad management. Well, ABCL is all set to make a comeback under bahu Aishwarya, with the upcoming venture Paa. Apparently bahurani has taken over all the responsibilities of running ABCL and every promotional decision concerning Paa is filtered by her. Here’s wishing her good luck!
  • Who is the reigning queen of Bollywood? No prizes for guessing Katrina! With release after release doing not so badly and she featuring in more than 50% of the movies released this year, it is no surprise that Kat is at the top right now. Here is something to make you cringe – she might just win the best actress award this year for New York, unless of course Priyanka wins for Kaminey! What’s your pick?
  • There are rumors galore that Boney Kapoor is planning a sequel to Mr. India with Salman as the lead! Salman will play a larger than life, ‘superman-like’ character, and Anil Kapoor will also have a part in it. Well, what do you say? Are you up for Sal-man, errrr superman?
  • Rajeev Khandelwal(the Aamir guy) is starring in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming movie, and like all other actors before him, SLB has advised RK to lie low and not talk to the media at all about this one! Yeah that will get everyone out to watch your movie SLB. Good going!

sources:

gossipbollywood.com

timesofindia.com

pinkvilla.com

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