MERRY CHRISTMAS! I hope everybody celebrating had a nice day yesterday.
We spent a lazy day eating and followed by a Christmas viewing of that classic Christmas film - Die Hard.
To quote the man himself: "Now I have a machine gun. Ho-Ho-Ho."
* The year in regional cinema.
Malayalam cinema too had its share of hits and flops in 2011. One film that stood out for its simplicity in execution and thematic content was Adaminte Magan Abu, directed by Salim Ahmed, featuring slapstick comedian Salim Kumar and Zarina Wahab. The film, which narrated the story of an elderly Muslim (effortlessly essayed by Salim Kumar) yearning to go on Haj to the holy city of Mecca, won its fair share of national and state awards and was also India’s official entry to the Oscars in the Best Foreign Film category.
* The Mumbai Mirror reports on a bit of dirty business between Sherlyn Chopra and Sanjay Gadhvi.
* Vidya Balan to pair with Emraan Hashmi again?
* Gross. Shiney Ahuja should not be dressing up like Santa Claus and interacting with children. GROSS!
Also, the promotions for Ghost are a mess.
* Somebody went to the trouble to book Akshaye Khanna for a couple of interviews.
Ask him about Farhan Akhtar and Abbas-Mustan, who're making films without him in the cast and Khanna reiterates, "Of course, I'm angry with all of them." However, when probed about the reason, the actor smiles and simply says, "That's something you should ask Farhan and others, instead of me."
And this one.
Is that how you stay away from controversies?
Controversy is not necessarily a bad thing. It's a good thing at times. It's fun to cook up a story. It gives a high to certain actors. It doesn't give me.
* Neil Nitin Mukesh on producing.
“I don’t want to be a producer for the money, which has unfortunately become very important. I am a creative man. I don’t see money; I don’t understand box office success formula and all of that. I am an actor and I am passionate about it. There is no point making cinema which you have to leave your brains behind to watch,” he clarifies.
Says the man whose next release is... Players.
* Just no. I love Sanjay Dutt as much as the next person but the man's time as a hero has ended. He really doesn't need to be remaking Vikram films.
Related: Rascals has been voted the worst movie of 2011 by Mid-Day readers. Something I think we all can agree on.
* Vikram himself will be doing his second Hindi film with Bejoy Nambiar.
* What happens when the celebrity in question can't take the hatred being spewed at them on Arjun Rampal's new show?
Although Preity can take comfort in the fact that the case against her was dismissed.