Today in gossip - Cocaine takes over Hyderabad's filmi elites; Neha Dhupia talks Eva Braun; Masti 2; I may have to eat my words over Bol Bachchan; Pakistan's stylish Love Mein Ghum; and MORE!
* This expose on Tollywood cocaine use is pretty eye-opening...
Hyderabad's filmy janata woke up to coke just over five years ago when the industry began getting bigger and paycheques of lead actors fatter. The white powder became a symbol of affluence, say insiders. Unlike the cheap ganja, prevalent till the beginning of the decade, the price of a gram of good cocaine is roughly around Rs 2,500-3,000. "Drug abuse has been rampant in Tollywood ever since its inception. It has turned more high-end these days and celebs, instead of smoking ganja, are now snorting or injecting themselves," says a well-known producer, pointing out that "some percentage" of the 70mm stars were addicted to coke, besides other narcotic drugs. He even claims that the star numbers were steadily rising on the coke charts.
Varun Sandesh has been nabbed in a sting, apparently.
* The Wall Street Journal tackles Gandhi to Hitler.
“If Ben Kingsley can play Gandhi, then why can’t Raghubir Yadav play Hitler,” said Mr. Kumar, referring to the Oscar-winning 1982 biopic that continues to appear on Indian television. “It’s an experiment. In India no one has done it.”
Mr. Kumar said he chose Hitler as a subject for his first movie because as a boy his father used to recount to him stories from history, including about Gandhi, Hitler, the Fascist Italian leader Benito Mussolini and the American president who presided over the end of slavery, Abraham Lincoln.
I'm actually really looking forward to this one. I know it's been getting a lot of terrible buzz, but I generally do have a soft spot for universally panned films, so who knows? I could really enjoy it.
* Neha Dhupia discusses her role.
“Eva was someone who was quite flamboyant with Hitler's soldiers. But behind that exterior of being happy and charming, there was certain sadness and romanticism in her. I have become mellower than ever after playing her,” the actress said.
* Singham roars with box office triumph!
* Geneila and Riteish, the couple that I don't really believe is a couple, is gearing up for Masti 2. Has anybody else seen Masti? I thought it was pretty funny... I could get behind a Masti 2, as long as there was no Aftab. That guy is an awful actor.
* Are we going to be seeing the next Neal'n'Nikki? Priyanka's cousin is making an official debut opposite Boney Kapoor's son Arjun.
* As much as I think Abhishek is an overrated actor, I do think he does comedy well... I may have to eat crow on Bol Bachchan. Rohit Shetty seems to have all his bases covered.
* Dostana 2 is facing massive script trouble.
* Anees Bazmee is waiting for his Ready payments.
* Sajid Nadiawala has no script for his Shahid Kapoor starrer.
* Abhay Deol clearly doesn't like giving interviews but manages to be charming nonetheless.
* Hmm... I wonder why tall Katrina Kaif was not paired with Aamir in Dhoom 3... Hmm...
* Catch up with Junoon's Salman Ahmed.
Bollywood’s interest in Sufi music is because Sufism is a huge part of subcontinental culture ever since the times of Hazrat Amir Khusro, Khwaja Gharib Nawaz and Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. Even in the age of cell phones, Twitter, Facebook and the Internet, there’s a natural desire in people to experience love, peace and transcendence, which Sufi music provides. The song “Beshaq mandir masjid todo” in Raj Kapoor’s Bobby, showed me as a child, the power of Bulleh Shah’s poetry and was a perfect example of how the secular and the sacred can coexist harmoniously.
* And thanks to Mr. Dishoom-dishoom for pointing me to Love Mein Ghum - and the song that is the Pakistani film industry's "Om Shanti Om."
While one cannot make an overall connection of this buffet of stars to the film as a whole, the song works as an excellent strategy of identifying the key players in the show biz industry today. He also breaks down barriers between what was always understood to be a philistine film industry and an elitist and esoteric fashion coterie — a connection that one hopes will finally stylise Pakistan’s guache film industry that desperately needs a new lease of life.
* I suspect this blind item is Bipasha Basu... what think you?
Check out... the stylish trailer for Love Mein Ghum!
And the rather shocking trailer for Om Puri's film on honor killings... Khap.