* The biggest story of the day is... IBN's black money sting.
[Ra.One Director Anubhav] Sinha: Can you give 50 per cent by check
Reporter: No sir, we can't give more than 25 per cent by check
So, the deal would involve only 25 per cent white money… the rest all black. And as emphasized by Sinha himself, the investor would be a 'ghost investor' with no mention of his name either on film posters or even hoardings. The deal now goes to the next level where our undercover reporter is taken to meet Sinha's chartered account.
* Director Hansal Mehta says the sting was bullshit.
The 'sting' exposed desperation of people either on the decline or people on the periphery of an imaginary land with an unfortunate name - bollywood. This was not an expose on black money or the dark underbelly of bollywood. Once again our news channels bereft of ideas and anchored by brain-dead loudmouths subjected us to a shoddy operation without investigation, research or basic understanding. It is disturbing that an opportunity to expose those who exploit this desperation for money (black or white or any color/currency/form) has been totally wasted.
In other words, it's no surprise that Bollywood's shit stinks.
* Cocktail director Homi Adajania doesn't understand the 100 Crore Club.
"I don't know what Rs.100 crore club means. I don't mind if someone gives me Rs. 100 crore, but I want to tell a simple story. It doesn't matter."
I would direct him to a) the film's publicist who is going around talking about how Cocktail is going to enter the 100 Crore Club and b) the intro on my 100 Crore Club Series.
* Writer Aseem Chhabra has a few words to say on gay and other minority stereotypes in Bollywood.
Bollywood often makes fun of characters from different communities and there is always an open season to laugh at South Indians. Remember Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shanti Om and in Ra.One, where his nerdy South Indian character mixes yogurt with his pasta? That is plain wrong and I am often surprised why more people do not protest against such near racist portrayals by Bollywood of India's regional communities.
I don't agree with everything Aseem has to say - especially on Dostana - but I thought it was worth pointing to. Just keep away from the comment section.
* Salman and Kabir Khan are heading to Pakistan.
* Deepika speaks on Rajinikanth.
“He is a child in a candy shop. I have never seen an actor more excited than him on the sets. He comes to work with full energy. He greets everyone and he treats his daughter like a director. Even if the director has said the shot is okay, he wants to keep perfecting it all the time. He and Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan) are the two actors that I have come across, who are so excited, you can see the passion in their eyes,” she said.
* A review of India's Coke Studio season 2.
As opposed to the first season where the show’s music director Leslie Lewis got playback and folk singers to reinterpret traditional tunes, Cerejo is just one of seven producers tasked with composing a set of five to six new songs for their episode. Having listened to both Leslie Lewis’s recent work and that of the producers enlisted by MTV, it was almost certain that the second season would deliver an aesthetic upgrade. And to that extent, Cerejo did not disappoint. His songs were almost instantly infectious, the kind you might find yourself humming after just one listen. The main difference: this Coke Studio keeps its association with Sufi and folk loose.
This video of Jackie Shroff launching into profanity has he tries to remember his lines for a public service announcement was going around Twitter yesterday.
As was a leaked song from Joker - "I want fakht you." If this video gets taken down, just search for the title on youtube. Meh. Hopefully it will be better with Chitrangda's dancing on it.