Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thursday Gossip!

Today in gossip... NEW SONG PROMO for Mere Brother Ki Dulhan; producer busted in a housing scam; Big B faces protests; Delhi Belly's Poorna Jagannathan is ready to skip around trees; Bollywood vs. Jihad; and MORE!

* July has been
rocking at the Bollywood box office!

"We've never had it so good. We've never had four successes back to back," said trade analyst Komal Nahta, referring to Ready, Double Dhamaal, Murder 2 and Zindagi. "They were good films. There weren't too many releases in March or April but thereafter Ready worked and the other films worked," Nahta, who writes for India's biggest film trade journal, Film Information, told AFP.

* Bollywood producer
is busted for a housing scam.

* This is kind of bogus - remember the "unlicensed" bodyguards who were scolded at IIFA?
Hollywood celebrities, it seems, are allowed to bring their personal bodyguards with no problems.

The proposed regulation, posted last Friday on a government website, would exempt out-of-province bodyguards who are employed by "individuals in the recorded video and audio-visual production industry" from provincial regulation. They still need a valid licence from another jurisdiction, but don't have to meet Ontario standards. The same courtesy was not extended to Bollywood stars who attended the International Indian Film Academy awards in June, which Premier Dalton McGuinty -- who is facing an election this fall -- attended and promoted.

* Katrina Kaif...
class act.

"I live life on my own terms. And I work on my own terms. I have always done the best I could. I am not disappointed with the glamour quotient of my earlier films," says Katrina Kaif.

However, she rather loves the new 'bindaas' image. "I am too young to not enjoy these films. This is the fun side of filmmaking. As an actress, I don't see any harm in it," reveals the actress.

* And get ready for
Singh is Kinng 2 and Namastey London 2.

[Note to producers - ENOUGH sequels, already. Can't you at least give us a twist on the name? Like
Dhamaal and Double Dhamaal?]

* Mahesh Bhatt is
unimpressed with Asin...

Delhi Belly's Poorna Jagannathan talks about her Bollywood prospects.

Are you willing to run around the trees, croon romantic songs and play the ultimate sweet-saccharin girl, if you got a chance?

It totally depends on who I am running after, the right man or woman. Anything is possible.

One word: Yes.

And as a side note, I don't think I've seen the gossip site that interview came from before but it looks very fun and People magazine-ish. Also, it looks like it's owned by Zee TV. Does anybody frequent it?

* Aditiya Pancholi
gets into a fight on an airplane.

* Of course Lolo wouldn't be caught dead in a film with her
Clothes by Manish Malhotra.

* Does the success of films like
Singham represent of metrosexual fatigue?

* Will the Rajasthani film industry get a boost with
the Big B?

* The Big B and Amar Singh have
resigned from each other's companies.

* Protests against
Aarakshan continue... with just a couple weeks to go until the release, we'll have to see if they spread or peter out.

* Will it be
Shahid Kapoor for Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai 2?!

Forbes profiles the men behind Emami.

In 2005, sensing from dealers that men were using the skin-lightening creams aimed at women, Emami went after the male market and now gets about $30 million from that line. Every Emami megabrand is endorsed by the top stars in India's film industry or by leading cricketers. Brand ambassadors include Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor, and cricketing sensations Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. "People remember heroes and heroines," says Agarwal. "You must make your ads memorable."

* I know this has been circulating for a while but here it is again -
Reason Magazine asks which is the bigger threat to fundamentalist Islam... the west or Bollywood?

It is widely recognized that the West won the Cold War in at least some significant part because its music and culture won the hearts and minds of Eastern Bloc youth. But the kind of Western soft power that proved so crucial in bringing down the Soviet empire—jazz, Hollywood, the Beatles—is arguably less relevant in the struggle against fundamentalist Islam. American culture, despite its alleged ubiquity, doesn’t have the same resonance in Eastern countries that don’t share the West’s ethnic, religious, and cultural background. While hip hop and heavy metal have helped inspire some of the street protesters demanding more freedoms across the Middle East and northern Africa, outside of the hardcore early adopters these cultural subgenres remain more voyeuristic than aspirational. Their popularity arguably stems more from a curiosity about how exotic people in alien countries live than from an inclination to emulate them.

Lastly... another
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan song promo!!!! *whistles*

1 comment:

Yunus Perveez said...

wait weren't WE the originators of the idea of metrosexual fatigue in one of our Upodcasts? :-)

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