If all goes well, I'll be seeing Rajneeti this afternoon and I cannot wait! But let's see what is happening in Tinsel Town today!
Top story today - Ranbir tries to booty call Deepika but is denied!!
You know, I was showing a friend Om Shanti Om last night and it's really amazing how sweet Deeps is in OSO which makes me wonder... is Farah Khan just an incredible director? How can one person go from being charming to being so freaking dull in every other film I've seen her in?
Just kidding about that top story thing, the big story is still IIFA - it seems most of us agree that hosting the event in Colombo was a Bad Idea.
* Most of us agree - Salman Khan is still flying the flag of IIFA, which this article takes advantage of to get in a nice dig.
Anyways, Salman is enjoying all the attention he is receiving from the Lankans and ‘Being Human’, stars can also get carried away.
But the heartthrob should know that an award which spells ‘International Indian Film Academy Awards’ (IIFA) can’t be restricted to Bollywood alone. The south and the other woods in India who have proven its superiority over Bollywood many times also deserve equal participation.
It would be better if IIFA changes it names to ‘IBFA’ (International Bollywood Film Awards)
Meanwhile Genelia is refuting stories that she is attending IIFA, Vijayan, the stunt coordinator for Wanted has declined his IIFA award, and screenings of Kites have been halted because Hrithik will be attending.
Surprisingly, the Wall Street Journal has been doing a great job covering the event - Eric Bellman has been blogging on the WSJ India blog and giving great stories like this one about how Chetan Bhagat wasn't invited to IIFA but predicts a 3 Idiots sweep of the awards. Keep up the good work, Mr. Bellman!
Harman on Sri Lanka: "I've been here a couple of times. It has been consistently hot but it's a good laidback country to come and spend a weekend and go back."
It's not all bad news, though - apparently Vivek and Sanjay Dutt have patched up!
* But let's turn our attention to more pleasant things - like Arjun Rampal! The Rajneeti actor talks about the film.
"My role is of this guy called Prithvi who is very passionate about everything. If he loves, he loves with all his heart and if he hates, he hates with all his heart. I've played Arjun in real life, so it seems rather unfair to play Arjun again (laughs). To play Bheem from Mahabharata was a big challenge."
* The other big film coming out is Raavan - which will hit the US on June 18th! The premiere is going to be in London.
* And soon after that will be Lamhaa - the cast are at IIFA and Sanju is giving some lovably clueless statements:
"My father used to shoot for his films in Kashmir aand that time as a kid, I used to often accompany him, so that place was very close to my heart. When we were shooting for Lamha, I felt very nostalgic."
Director Rahul Dholakia had this to say:
"Lamha focuses on how the people and the army in Kashmir face terrorism and deal with it."
If this is a terromance, I will be... extremely happy.
* Om Puri is starring in a film about honor killings which should be out soon.
* Word on the street is that the revival of Lajjo was just wishful thinking on our parts - Mani Ratnam's next is with Ranbir and Imran Khan.
* MF Husain has been charmed by Vidya Balan! Totally understandable, sir-ji!
* Kunal Kapoor is excited for Doga - we are too, Kunal!
* Anurag Baus post-games Kites.
What’s the best and the worst comments you’ve got for Kites?
The best bit is that most of the foreign publications that reviewed the film have written a nice paragraph about me. They’ve really praised me and I think that’s great. I read those reviews whenever I’m depressed. Also I asked my family if Kites was better than Life In A...Metro and they all said it was. As a film-maker I want to grow from my last film, so that’s positive. As for the worst bit, well there have been countless comments. Some of the headlines have been really bad. The worst is that some people said that the chemistry between Hrithik and Barbara didn’t work. That really gutted me because our film is all about their chemistry.
The whole interview is worth reading - Anurag doesn't apologize for the film, which pleased me because I thought it was fantastic.
* And, finally, the best thing you'll read today: an op-ed on the Barbie dolls of Bollywood.
They show up on society pages dressed in designer togs, either coat-tailing on an elder sister’s good fortune or a singing-acting-compeering career, none of which is going anywhere but one which is nevertheless controversial. With their poker-straight hair, they are a favourite with tabloids, handing out interviews and their latest photo shoots with a barely concealed glee.
“They are all casualties of fame,” says a Bollywood stylist. “Not everyone can be an A-lister, it is imperative to stay in the limelight since obscurity is dogging their heels at every step. They do whatever they can to stay in the news,” she says.
And it's official... Bebo is the world's most beautiful lady!!