Today in gossip - Ra.1 box office speculation; casting news; assorted bits from interviews with people like Imran and Ranveer; and a couple of song promos - one is awesome and the other is embarrassing. Guess which movies!!
* Guys!! I have another nemesis! This girl who is writing bullshit about Bollywood for some Florida independent news outlet. She is like Rachel Saltz with a smaller platform.
You may remember that I mentioned in the previous post that most Bollywood films are in Hinglish - mostly Hindi with some English thrown in. There also appears to be an increasing trend of pure English dialogue in Bollywood films, some to the point of being Bollywood-produced English-language films.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? This is only true if one watches exclusively yuppie romantic-comedies set in NRI enclaves and upper-class Mumbai. Which is what I suspect is happening here.
* The new blockbuster benchmark in Bollywood? 100 crores.
Interestingly, even a Rs 100 earning can’t dictate if a film is a hit. “It all depends on the budget of the film. If I make a film for Rs 100 crore and earn only as much, then it’s not a hit. We spent around Rs 40 crore on Singham and earned over Rs 100 crore; that was profit,” says Rohit Shetty, director of Golmaal 3 and Singham.
* Which means that even if Ra.1 does decent business at the box office, it may not make a profit.
The movie’s marketing budget is around Rs 35-40 crore, of which Rs 12-15 crore has been earmarked for online promotion, an advertising executive involved with the promotion of the movie said on condition of anonymity.
So, the marketing budget of Ra.1 is equal to the ENTIRE budget of Singham, which made 100 crore.
(Komal Nahta spells it all out for us. It's going to depend on what distributers will pay - so SRK may not be the one left holding bag if it fails to catch on.)
* Along those lines, Krrish 3 and Son of Sadar have gone for huge sums.
* Ranveer Singh is not one for false modesty.
"I have always been this attention seeker. I do things just to get attention. I love the claps, the whistles. Whatever I do, I do for it. I love adulation of any kind," Ranveer said.
And I, for one, not only support that attitude; I encourage it. There is nothing I like better than a showboat who admits to enjoying showboating. Nothing.
(Dance, Ranveer, dance!)
* Imran Khan is not quite as candid in his interview. One does have to wonder why he continues to do those romantic comedies when he doesn't seem all that excited by them.
* Speaking of Imran, one beneficiary of Mausam's delay? Mere Brother Ki Dulhan.
* Bobby Darling was one of a number of party guests who was fined for being too noisy... and immoral.
"I was invited to the party by one of my gay friends saying it is his birthday party. I went there as a celebrity guest for the party, for which, I charged him. I did not know it was a gay party," Bobby Darling told PTI. "Later, I learnt that the permission for the party was not taken. And I did not behave indecently...I went to police station after the request of the cops and signed on the papers when they asked me to do so. I did not pay any fine but the party organisers must have paid the fine on my behalf," Bobby said.
Sounds to me like it was a legitimately illegal club night that was busted and is making the news because it was targeted at gay men. Poor Bobby Darling! I wonder how many of these illegal club nights aimed at heteros get a pass from the police with just a wink, nod, and some cash...
* Unless Zayed Khan has undergone a charisma transplant, I don't care about any of his upcoming films. This is where I get the most annoyed at star children - just because you WANT a career in films, if audiences have rejected you, you can't force one. I don't begrudge anybody a launch or a flop or two but seriously, Zayed? I saw Mission Istaanbul. I know the depths of tedium to which you can send an audience.
* I'm looking at you, too, Tusshar. Nobody wants to see you as a romantic lead - and especially not in a double role with THREE leading ladies.
* One person I'm happy to see make the papers? Dilshad Vadsaria - who is breaking ethnic barriers in Hollywood.
Which is probably how she was cast as Rebecca Logan in Greek, a character that was supposed be a southern girl and the daughter of a senator. "I auditioned for a different role on the show, but I found out much later that when I walked in, the show runner said to someone else, 'We found our Rebecca today,'" says Dilshad.
* Saif's father is back in hospital.
* Ramya is doing an item!
* It's not just the ladies that Yash Raj wants to be fit for Dhoom 3. Abhishek is having to hit the gym.
* Prachi Desai won't do bold scenes... and it's causing her some trouble.
Have a couple of song promos to get your morning/evening started right!
Embarrassing Disco Uncle is embarrassing.
Everything about this one is AMAZING! I love the mash-up of old-timey and modern. *whistle whistle*