Monday, January 30, 2012


The big story today... SHAHRUKH KHAN SLAPS SHIRISH KUNDER at Sanjay Dutt's party.

Okay, so like any good piece of gossip, there are multiple versions of the story floating around. Farah Khan and Shirish Kunder say the attack came from nowhere - though Shirish was probably talking shit about Ra.One at the time - but Shahrukh is denying it happened and pro-Shahrukh sources say that Shahrukh was merely standing up for Sanjay Dutt's wife, to whom Shirish had been sending nasty SMSes.

Now, here is what I think: Shirish was almost certainly trash talking Ra.One and on purpose within Shahrukh's hearing and Shahrukh snapped and hit him. If Shirish had been misbehaving with Sanjay Dutt's wife, there is no way on Earth that Sanjay Dutt wouldn't have been the one to hit him. None. So I think that part of the story is all bullshit. And they were probably ALL inebriated on alcohol or... "other" substances popular in filmi circles.

What this shows is how much Shahrukh has lost the plot. I wonder how much of his poor temper had to do with the fact that he didn't win anything at the Filmfare Awards and that Agneepath easily beat Ra.One at the box office - without a full year of media saturation and WITH positive word of mouth. (Or maybe he was mad that Manoj Kumar snubbed him earlier in the evening.)

And now for the rest of the news....

* Interview with Karan Malhotra.

Did you not want to cast Abhishek Bachchan as Vijay Dinananath Chauhan?

Not really. Hrithik has the charm of a boy and the attitude of a man. Also, he has a certain vulnerability, which I was looking in my characterisation of Vijay Dinananth Chauhan.

* Interview with Milan Luthria.

Even though The Dirty Picture is a woman’s story, it is told from a male gaze. Don’t you think the emphasis on the skin show and the titillation defeats the purpose?

I get the point you’re making but let me say that I decided to explore and not exploit. The male gaze in the film is one of a caress and not carnage. The male gaze says it’s okay to embrace the lust in your mind and not to be afraid of it. The whole point is that the male gaze on a female is not bad, it’s sensual and not dirty. It’s natural and erotic. One of the reasons to make this film was to bring the male gaze out of the closet. Nothing that we have shown in the film is not part of everyday life — orgasms, S & M, sex with multiple partners — it's all part of life. We didn’t want the men to watch the film alone. It was my conviction that the women would make the film a blockbuster and that’s what has happened.

* The BBC investigates Ekta Kapoor: Successful Business Woman

Post-2009, especially in the Hindi movies she produced, her women characters came across as fully-modern, living in a globalised world. They were women who wielded power, grappled with technology and struggled with new insecurities brought by a changing environment. Many touched a chord, especially among the middle class.

* Check out some fun pictures of Amitabh Bachchan flying kites in Gujarat.

* Sanjay Leela Bhansali to remake Romeo and Juliet?

* Rahul Bose goes bad... in Vishwaroopam with Kamal Haasan.

* Madhuri Dixit is launching her official website.

* Shopping guide for following in Vidya Balan's style footsteps.

* Mohanlal's Casanovva to be remade in Hindi?

* And just in case you haven't had enough laughs today, how about some quotes from clueless Ameesha Patel.

According to reports, Ameesha will be playing a high-profile hooker in the film to be directed by David Dhawan. Reports say that she is upbeat about her role which is of a "very different, international and funky kind of prostitute."

Have a great Monday!


Sal said...

I highly doubt that SRK hit Shirish because of his jokes about Ra. One, considering the fact that the former constantly makes fun of his own movies and reportedly did so at the FIlmfare Awards, going as far as to say how the film's tickets remained unsold. Also, given the fact that Agneepath is K.Jo's film and that Hrithik and SRK are besties (Hrithik even posted pics of himself cosying up to Gauri at the film's success party), I don't think he'd resent the film's success. This is all a bunch of assumption, of course, but as a blogger I like to read always says, gossip is a buffet, and you pick what you want.
I almost feel bad about this, but I, along with plenty other people by the looks of it, can't help but feel a modicum of guilty satisfaction about Shirish being thrashed. The guy is an obnoxious, posturing tool, and his reaction to being beaten up - calling SRK a "fa***t" - makes me like him even less, if that's possible.

Filmi Girl said...

@Sal This is all a bunch of assumption, of course, but as a blogger I like to read always says, gossip is a buffet, and you pick what you want.

True that, my friend.

I guess we all of us just came down on the side of the pompous gasbag we like best! Ha ha ha!

Bombay Talkies said...

Whoa whoa whoa--Shirish called SRK a "fa***t"? Where did you see that? I've never liked Shirish but if he really said that then I'm boycotting the man for life. That's inexcusable behavior.

Filmi Girl said...

@bombay talkies It was in one of the write-ups...

Note from Filmi Girl:

I love Bollywood - and all the ridiculous things that happen in Bollywood - but it doesn't mean that I can't occasionally make fun of various celebrities and films.

If you don't like my sense of humor, please just move on by - Trolls are not appreciated and nasty comments will be deleted.

xoxo Filmi Girl
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