Find out what audiences thought of the Bollywood documentary at Cannes... and whatever happened to Ranjeeta? (Any guesses?) And who is dating Saif's daughter? Do we care? (No.)
* Indian audiences think Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told is "shockingly bad."
Western audiences are finding it unenlightening.
Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told will struggle to find an audience amongst the uninitiated, however, which makes it feel like something of a missed opportunity. Even aficionados will struggle to identify the hundreds of works that appear here, out of chronological order and without identification, even in the credit sequence. And Bollywood is ill served by a decision to cut real-life historical images (Union Carbide, the assassination of Indira Ghandi) in with filmed drama to underscore some sort of point about Bollywood and India’s political life that is poorly argued, if at all.
* Read a fun piece on Ranjeeta, who starred in Laila Majnu opposite Rishi Kapoor and is now running a 7-11 in Virginia.
"Ranjeeta is lovely, photogenic and vivacious," one Indian magazine gushed in 1976.
She was never the country's most famous actress, but she was nominated for the country's best-actress award once and best-supporting-actress twice. She didn't win. She believed the competition may have been rigged and often swore off film functions. She appeared in gossip magazines. She was regularly told by strangers that in real life she looked nothing like she appeared onscreen. It was frustrating. Of course not, she thought, I haven't spent hours putting on makeup.
* Hrithik Roshan attempting not to give any press is still news. He just can't win...
* Abhay Deol keeps his shirt on in ZNMD because he has a lot of chest hair. Although, Hrithik insists that Abhay goes bottomless.
* Ileana d'Cruz is in hospital for exhaustion. She needs to rest up if all these film offers are true.
* Madhuri Dixit returns to Bollywood for Satta Se Satta remake.
* Saif Ali Khan talks about his career.
You have been in the industry for long, but if now people were to watch your old movies from the 90s wouldn’t it feel strange?
True, at times even I feel weird when I watch them, but not always. To speak the truth whenever I watch them I feel I have worked very hard to reach this position. In those films I have worked very hard on dancing. With high waist jeans and a different hair cut, I started a new trend in the industry. Especially the emergence of cable networks and satellite rights helped a lot to spread this trend. Watching them makes me feel that all the success that I am getting today is the result of the hard work of those days. Also Hindi films have become a lot more cool and happening only recently. After which we have reached the international level too.
[Emphasis added by me] Are you kidding me? There is NOTHING more embarrassing than a 40 year old guy talking about what's "cool." Cool is a young person's game.
The rest of the interview doesn't follow up on this trail of thought but instead asks about his daughter's boyfriends. INTERVIEW FAIL.
* NAHIN! Bebo, Katrina, and Salman will not be attending the IIFA awards.