Today in gossip - Sonakshi Sinha needs to give Shirish Kunder a tight slap; song promo for Mausam; CHARMEE is back in the picture; Karan Johar is in raptures over Sanjay Dutt; Vivek Oberoi is bouncing checks and MORE!* "Munni" causes havoc in Nepal's parliament.
The song made its appearance in the house Thursday, courtesy former culture minister Minendra Rijal, whose Nepali Congress party is now in opposition and seeking to force Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal's resignation by blockading parliament.
The 53-year-old member of parliament, who confesses to having been an avid Hindi film watcher in his student days, chose to use the popular song to drive home his party's point.
He tacitly likened the Nepali premier to Munni, the woman in the song who is said to have lost her reputation due to a romantic liaison, while the controversial "darling" was none other than Maoist chief and former revolutionary Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda.
* As much as I adore his films, Shirish Kunder is kind of a dick. Sonakshi Sinha has been tasked to lose weight for her item song in Joker - being choreographed by Farah. You know I hate these reports but the article says she wasn't forced to lose weight for the film itself. Slimness has nothing to do with acting ability but I can see how toning up would be a requirement for an item in this day and age. I get it.
While losing weight was not a prerequisite for the film, the source told us that the director often jokes with Sonakshi about it.
Look, I know there are some cultural differences between the West and India in the appropriateness in pointing out weight gain but if I was Sonakshi I'd be tempted to give him a tight slap! I get so frustrated when I see lovely old films featuring lovely non-size zero heroines of all shapes and sizes and then read news reports of some starlet being hassled for eating a big lunch.
This body nazism is too much for me this early in the morning.
* So... ALIEN ATTACK! Chand 2013 should be awesome.
The first look of the film promises nail-biting 3D action sequences. Such a venture nicely fits into iRock Media’s plan of tapping the youth audience, close on the heels of the production house’s tryst with a spy cam for Ragini MMS. “We have hired a group of writers, who are always looking to provide us with something that’s not been tested before. Today, the audience, which mainly comprises people between the age group of 15-30, is not looking for tried-and-tested formulae,” says Sid Jain of iRock Media.
Although, I think the 15-30 thing is bogus - where did that information come from? Whenever I go to the cinema, the crowd is very diverse in age. And my brother's girlfriend's parents watch all the new releases!!
Ahhh! Everything is annoying me!
* So, how about some genuine outrage over a brutal crime.
Kannada actor Susairaj had come to Mumbai in search of work. She got to know Neeraj, who promised her work in Bollywood. On May 7, 2008, her boyfriend naval officer Emile Jerome Mathew had gone to Susairaj's residence in Malad where he got into a fight with Neeraj. Soon after, Mathew stabbed Neeraj to death, following which, he and Susairaj cut his body into pieces and disposed them in Manor forest in Thane district.
* Hear from Salman Khan's bodyguard Shera.
If you ask Shera to reflect on why Salman, time and again finds himself making the wrong kind of news, he is visibly indignant. He vehemently denies Salman's public persona and instead says, "This angry young man image of Salman is entirely untrue. It is you guys in the media who have labeled him an angry guy. If you ask me, Salman Bhai is the sweetest man and is extremely nice."
I know this is all publicity for Bodyguard but I have to say that it's working. I may have gotten a little teary-eyed reading about how much Shera loves Salman-bhai.
(And be sure to take the poll at the end of the article... "Who does Salman Khan trust most?" Hint: Don't pick Shahrukh.)
* I Am Kalam director Nila Madhab Panda speaks on his film.
Being a true believer of independent cinema, he says, “I believe that independent cinema is the right form of story-telling. Indian cinema is not just about Bollywood... it is also offbeat themes like these that put Indian cinema on the world map. Direction has become more like a clerical job... there are so many people who can manage different things. However, you are the master of the story and you should bring about a change.”
* Bubble Gum director Sanjivan Lal speaks on his film.
As opposed to the norm of approaching known actors, Lal chose newcomers for his film. He explains this: “I have always believed that stars make for a great style statement, but actors get into the skin of the characters. For this film, I needed people who looked real and portrayed their characters convincingly. I couldn’t have had Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif playing parents; it just wouldn’t have worked.”
* Karan Johar loves on Sanjay Dutt.
Revealing how the protagonist Vijay (played by Hrithik Roshan) and the antogonist Kancha (Sanjay) are completely different in this 2012 verison, Karan says, "I have seen the rushes and I must tell you that Hrithik and Sanju are just terrific together. Sanju has intepreted Kancha with a rustic tonality and a panache that is hard to describe. The result will be there for everyone to see when the film releases on January 13, 2012. We will all emerge victorious."
Here's an interesting thought - "We will all emerge victorious." Is he referring to everybody in the film? Does Karan feel persecuted by the media?
* Circuit and Munna to be recast?
* Allu Arjun moving North for a Yash Raj flick?
* CHARMEE IS BACK IN ZILLA GHAZIABAD! Obviously, this is my most anticipated film because of Arshad but I do adore Charmee so much! I'm happy she's still in the film.
* And Vivek Oberoi owes some cash.
In a case of cheque bounce worth over Rs 3 crore, a metropolitan magistrate court on Thursday issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Vivek Oberoi and his father Suresh along with four on the board of directors and a manager of Oberoi Multimedia Ltd, a company allegedly being run under the "directions, instructions and supervision of the father-son duo".
* Dhoom 3 postponed because of Abhi's baby.
* Ameesha, sweetie, I know you haven't been in any films for a while but... pssst... it's not 2000 anymore. She's signed Priyadarshan and David Dhawan to direct the first two films for her banner.
* Check out six new singers in Bollywood.
Aditi Singh Sharma
She got us addicted to the brilliantly sung 'Dilli Dilli' track (from the movie No One Killed Jessica). However Aditi, 25, made her debut in Bollywood with the song 'Chitka Hua' (from the movie Emotional Attyachar).
She also sang 'Dil Kashi' (in the film A Flat) together with Sonu Nigam, and the title track of the movie Turning 30. Trained in Hindustani classical, Aditi even has her own rock band called Groove Adda.
Mausam song promo!!
Trailer for Kajal Agarwal's Telugu Naa Peru Shiva. I want this.