Today in gossip - Shahrukh and his knee; IIFA madness; Gandu goes global; new song trailer for ZNMD; and MORE!When I saw an article saying Shahrukh apologized to the cast of Always Kabhi Kabhi - I thought it was because the reviews are so terrible. It turns out he couldn't make the premiere because of his knee. He may or may not be at IIFA, depending on his knee.
* Toronto is going IIFA-crazy.
If the hype is anywhere close to accurate, the royal wedding will seem like a staid little gathering, the Cannes Film Festival a lacklustre photo op, once the International Indian Film Academy awards come to Toronto this week with a show full of ecstatic, gyrating Bollywood song and dance.
Pearson Airport could be shut down by frenetic fans, some worry, if word gets out when exactly the flights carrying Bollywood’s biggest stars are scheduled to arrive. Downtown, much of the Royal York will be cordoned off and occupied by the superstars and their press events.
* An interesting piece on Band Baaja Baaraat and the changing attitudes towards sex in film.
In recent years, however, sexuality has begun tiptoeing out of the Bollywood closet. A new generation of filmgoers has grown up with the diverse programming offered on satellite TV, including voyeuristic reality shows that leave less and less to the imagination. At the same time, attitudes in India have generally relaxed when it comes to things sexual: In a country where public displays of affection were long frowned upon, live-in relationships aren’t unheard of these days.
* And another one on Gandu and Q.
Censorship is a problem for artists everywhere, says Benegal. "But it's doubly complicated in India because of our diversity. There are so many different kinds of societal practices, beliefs, holy cows and taboos in different parts of the country that it's not too difficult for films to fall foul of one thing or another."
Benegal cites the case of actress Kushboo, who faced 22 charges of offending public decency for her comments during a 2005 interview in which she defended a woman's right to pre-marital sex.
* And yet ANOTHER one on the controversy over DK Bose. The Censor Board is being taken to task for giving it a pass.
* Zoya Akhtar talks about Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
* Sanjay Gupta talks about writers.
* Ranveer Singh caught on set in Lucknow and Ranbir Kapoor caught on set in Darjeeling!
* Vidya Balan will NOT be in Ishqiya 2.
And another song trailer for ZNMD!