But first! Are you in Detroit? What are you doing on Saturday? The correct answer is attending the Bollywood-Orchestra concert at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts.
Under the direction of conductor Nan Washburn, 25 Philharmonic musicians, 21 singers and 15 professional artists of Indian origin will perform 17 songs from Bollywood films, including "Jai Ho" from 2008's "Slumdog Millionaire." And actual movie clips will be synchronized to the music on four large screens.
* Apparently, Shahrukh tried to storm the field but security said it wasn't allowed at which point he threw a giant temper tantrum.
Pictures! Big pictures of SRK losing his cool and pointing at people.
SRK says it wasn't a scuffle; he wasn't drunk; and besides... he was being bullied or some kids were being bullied. Whichever works for people.
And now he might be banned from the stadium.
(O ho ho! Somewhat related - one Miss Piggy Chops is NOT invited to Karan Johar's 40th birthday party.)
* Now, I would like to personally thank Shahrukh for distracting everybody from the other story making the rounds today - fan outrage over Aishwarya Rai's seeming reluctance to starve herself back down to her pre-pregnancy weight.
The image that sparked the storm in India showed Rai in the back of a car on her way to a party being thrown for the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, where Ban is believed to have asked her to be the global face of the UN's girl child campaign. The Indian media, though, was less interested in the job offer than the fact that Rai looked like a 38-year-old woman who had recently given birth.
* Dramz over the camera cutting to Jaya Bachchan during Rekha's swearing-in to Parliament. It seems a good piece of gossip never dies...
* I've been trying to ignore this story because it's a terrible idea - Pithamagan remake with Salman Khan?
* A profile of Bedabrata Pain, who is the guy behind the non-Abhishek Chittagong movie.
In 1993, Pain along with his adviser Eric Fossum had devised CMOS, the digital imaging technology that ignited the instant photography explosion. This technology is at the heart of every sort of imaging device from consumer products like cameras to mobile phones to the satellite cameras used in space missions. It also made digital filmmaking possible. Pain owns 87 patents, and has been inducted into the US Space Technology Hall of Fame. In 1995, Fossum left Nasa to cash in on his work, inviting Pain to come along. But Pain stayed back at Nasa, leading a research group of 20 people to explore the possibilities of CMOS. By 2007, the explorations felt less like an adventure, more like logging hours.
* Aamir Khan on Satyamev Jayate:
It started with Uday Shankar from the Star Network offering me a game show. But I wasn’t interested so he said, “Okay, think of something you’d like to do.” When I thought about it, I was pretty clear only two things would interest me on TV. Either something which is fiction, which is not suitable for films and needs a longer, episodic telling. Or a show which has the potential to bring about dynamic social change. He said, “Okay, tell me when you are ready.”
* A little rundown on launching star sons through the years.
The tradition as it is today really started with Rishi Kapoor in Bobby (1973). Ishaqzaade (2012) just marks its fourth decade. It’s not like Rishi Kapoor couldn’t have made a career on his own; after all didn’t his father come up the hard way in spite of having a Prithviraj Kapoor for a dad? Actually Bobby was not Rishi’s debut film. That was Mera Naam Joker (1970) and he was one of the best things about the film whose failure killed a part of Raj Kapoor. More than launching his son,. Raj Kapoor perhaps saw Bobby as his own re-launch after the heartbreak of Mera Naam Joker. There was too much riding on Bobby and Kapoor left nothing to chance. He set a precedent and ended up starting a tradition of star son launches that would become a category of its own in Hindi films.
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