Today in gossip - Imran Khan puts on a minstrel show; more tributes pour in for MF Husain; Aishwarya visits the races in Chantilly; get the inside scoop on the Bollywood PR machine; and MORE!
* I can't wait to see this exhibit of film posters at the Royal Ontario Museum!
* I can wait forever to see... ugh... this.
Kiran Rao keeps her distance from typical 'masala' films made in Bollywood. Having a keen interest in film making, Kiran has directed a song called "Switty Tera Pyar Chaida", which has a typical rap style. She has conceptualized and directed the music video, which has Imran Khan wearing a lot of chains and dancing like a rapper.
Is it 1992? Wearing lots of chains? Dancing like a rapper? Somebody call Hard Kaur in here quick because I have a sinking feeling this is going to be a black face video.
Note to Kiran Rao: This is what today's rap videos look like.
* Interesting damage control - Rani Mukerji says she turned down the Emraan Hashmi picture, not the other way around as initially reported.
* Read a nice piece on MF Husain and Bombay.
Though Husain belonged to the world and thought of himself a global citizen, it was Mumbai that was closest to his heart. This is where he came as a young man and this where he found his success. From his early days as a film billboard painter to his beginnings as a family man in the decrepit locality of Agripada to his membership of the Progressive Artists Group to his eventual superstardom; it all happened in Mumbai.
And another more in-depth one on his life.
He joined Bombay's Progressive Artists Group in the 1940s, a movement that sought to revolutionise the way that art in India was being produced. Essentially, it was about moving on - breaking with the Bengal School of Art that had become increasingly bogged down in nationalism on the road to independence, and also the British Royal Academy, a prevalent system at odds with the inner aesthetics of India that the group hoped to pursue. Husain, along with the likes of Francis Newton Souza and Manishi Dey, were attempting to create an Indian avant-garde, a mode of expression that was new - part of a continuity, perhaps, but the true opposite of reviving old practices. This irreverence ignited Husain's career.
* No surprises here: Bollywood's crash diets are bad for you.
Crash diets could lead to multiple side effects, says Mumbai-based fitness guru Sheru Aangrish, adding that problems like haggard look, dark under eyes, dull skin, sloppy posture and less stamina are very common among such people.
"Quick weight loss is not healthy either because that leads to loss of more muscle mass than fat. The process of losing fat and gaining muscle may vary from individual to individual but there is no short cut. I don't recommend to anyone instant weight gain or weight loss," he said.
* Check out some snaps of Kareena and Salman on the sets of Bodyguard.
* Read some behind-the-scenes on how those PR stories are created.
So, during the course of release of a film, the star usually finds himself or herself inevitably linked to the co-star, sometimes much to their own surprise. “Any kind of link-ups in Bollywood creates a stir, and when it’s with a co-star, then rest assured that there’s enough steam let off for the curiosity factor to roll on in the right direction. Besides, it adds that sizzle factor that works in a film’s favour,” agrees a veteran film-maker, adding that he’s seen it happen over the years.
* I enjoy the other kind of gossip - like this story on Minissha Lamba, which is probably not the result of her publicist...
* And who leaked the story of Vidya getting a skin rash on the sets of Dirty Picture?
* Salman Khan avoids tax trouble.
* Bipasaha and Maddy in a film together?
* And upcoming Bin Bulaaye Baraati has an item number dedicated to Helen.
Lastly, check out lovely Aishwarya Rai at the races in Chantilly, France!
She's so pretty!