And just 2 more days until Tees Maar Khan! The film will be here on the 22nd, so check your local theater!
Okay, let's hit the gossip!
* Two truces in time for the holidays - Karan and Rishi and Salman and Hrithik.
* The Bollywood-Wikileaks connection has finally made the American papers.
Bollywood movies have been hugely popular in Afghanistan for decades and 1975's hit action-romantic caper Dharmatma became the first Indian movie to be shot in the country directed by leading star Feroz Khan and featuring popular actress Hema Malini.
In recent years, despite security concerns, leading Bollywood banner Yash Raj Films shot its 2006 production Kabul Express in Afghanistan starring top actors John Abraham and Arshad Warsi.
You know, I hope some Americans actually watch Kabul Express; they might find it enlightening.
* An angle that has fascinated me for the last few years - the lack of Nepalese talent in Bollywood.
"It is difficult," says Mohan Saraf, a former Nepali film producer, and owner of Bishwajyoti, one of the oldest theatres in Kathmandu. Saraf's family had close links with Hindi film icon Raj Kapoor.
"First, there's the matter of looks. Nepali looks may not always appeal to the Indian filmgoer. Then there's the question of talent. And finally, even if you have both, there's the decisive thing called getting a break."
* Rani Mukerji says that she now respects crime reporters. I wonder if she has been watching The Wire, too...
* Will there be a film on the Radia tapes and the surrounding hoopla? Poonam Jhawar is tapped for the lead role.
* Konkona Sen Sharma is tired of playing good girls.
* Ajay Devgn thinks Toonpur Ka Superrhero is technically as good as a Hollywood film... while I do understand this desire to be able to make technically amazing films like Avatar, I wish Bollywood didn't have such an inferiority complex about themselves. The real difference is the amount of money being spent. I mean, sure, if you spend 200 million dollars, you can make a blockbuster film but why would you want to? Do you know the films that got the most buzz, praise, and success this year? Dabangg and Band Baaja Baaraat - and NEITHER of them aped Hollywood style or special effects.
Bappi Lahiri is upset with the film because he claims one of the characters is based on him.
* Omi Vaidya is playing Punjabi comic relief in
And as if Players wasn't already my least anticipated film of 2011, AFTAB SHIVDASANI has been added to the cast. At this rate, they just need Harman Baweja to have all the woodenest actors in Bollywood in one place.
* Deepika Padukone has been cast as Amitabh's daughter in Prakash Jha's new film.
* Rumors have SRK doing a topless item song in Ra.1.
* It looks like Amy Jackson may have scuttled the Vinnaithandi Varuvaya remake.
* If you were Katrina Kaif, would you really want to go to Sohail's party after Salman was making fun of you on Bigg Boss?
* Get a preview of the item song from Ready.
For "Peeche Peeche", art director Rajat Podar started working on the set at Film City, Goregaon, Mumbai, last month and it took choreographers Chinni Prakash and Mudassar six days to shoot the song. Apart from the actors and 100 dancers, about 100 more extras were featured.
But these figures may not guarantee success. “If you have 200 dancers doing terrible dance on an elaborate set, it may not be a hit,” says Khan. “I feel that lack of creativity is sometimes being substituted with elaborate sets and expensive songs.” However, Taran Adarsh, trade analyst, says, “Bhushan Kumar likes to spend huge amounts on the songs of his movies. It is a great way to lure audience.”
* Deepika Padukone doesn't believe in item numbers.
“I don’t believe in item numbers. Moreover, I prefer doing what others don’t. I love playing challenging characters rather than doing an item number.”
O RLY? Then what was she doing in Billu or in that Telugu film OR in Dum Maro Dum?
GAH! Deepika annoys me.
Song promo for "Aitbaar!"