Today in gossip - run through some Delhi Belly reviews, check out the making of "Paint It Red," read some interesting pieces on baby bumps and foreigners studying in Bollywood, and MORE!
* Get your Delhi Belly review run-down here. No surprise - all the critics find it 'ground breaking.' Clearly, toilet humor is only acceptable if done cloaked in a wink. i.e. not in Ready. Also, clearly none of these critics praising the urban flavor of the film saw Shor in the City.
I have a feeling I'll agree most with this review.
After the disastrous Game, director Abhinay Deo redeems himself somewhat. This isn’t a brilliant film, but it is one that will make you laugh and enjoy the ride. If you can get past all the shit, that is.
* Check out an interesting article on Bollywood's declining revenues.
One of the main reasons why the 100-year old Indian film industry is in this financial mess is because of soaring production costs driven in a huge part by exorbitant fees paid to its stars. Fees paid to A-list actors in Bollywood have doubled in the last three years, with stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Aishwarya Rai commanding $3.5-5.5 million per film. Talent fee, which includes the money paid to actors, directors and screen writers, makes up roughly 40-50 percent of a film’s cost, according to production house executives.
And part of that has to do with corporate money coming in and raising the cost of everything without being able to increase the amount of money audiences are willing to part with.
* And check out another interesting piece on foreigners going to Bollywood to study film.
Two months into his arrival in Mumbai for a course in film production, Robert Inyang was on the verge of giving up, and about to go back to Nigeria. Nowhere in the city did he find the love and goodness that he saw in the Bollywood films he grew up on. "In the movies, you see people sing words of love to a girl in the street,” he says. But the people he met were brusque and indifferent to friendly overtures. “The truth is that strangers don't even respond if you greet them," complains the 30-year-old.
* Even though Madhur dropped Aish for Heroine, shooting with baby bumps is a time honored tradition.
Jaya Bachchan was pregnant with Shweta when she shot for Sholay. She had signed the film, gone abroad for her honeymoon and come back pregnant. “October 3, 1973 was the first day of work. Jaya was three months pregnant at the time. Amitabh had driven her up the bumpy unpaved road to the Thakur’s house in a four-wheeler himself. He wanted to make sure that she was comfortable… Jaya, slowly swelling, often got late-night cravings for biryani and Amitabh and Dharmendra were her escorts.
* Preity Zinta is producing a French flavored romance.
* Prabhudeva is having divorce drama.
* Can we just leave the Anushka and Ranveer alleged relationship alone? It's fun to speculate but for the love of Helen stop pestering them about it.
* If Minissha Lamba hardly gets paid, as she says, then where does her money come from?
* Sonam Kapoor is seriously ill. Look, I know I joke about actresses turning into bobbleheads but there are rumors going around about an actress so frail that she bruises if you even touch her. I suspect it's Sonam and I suspect she's so frail because she's not eating. Have you seen pictures of her before her 'diet?' This thin weight is not her natural weight.
* Read about the work that goes into star haircuts.
“I met Ranbir at Salman Khan’s shoot in Filmistan for Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya. Salman was shooting a song with Sushmita Sen and Ranbir had come to meet him. Salman told me that he was Rishi Kapoor’s son and that I must style him. I was happy to do it. Ranbir was so young, with gora-chitta chocolate boy looks. As soon as I’d start doing something to Ranbir’s hair, Salman would give his opinion on the look. Since then I have styled him in all his films, starting from Saawariya and going on to Raajneeti and all the others.
Lastly, check out the making of the tomato festival song from ZNMD!