Saturday, May 19, 2012

Saturday Gossip! But I was just protecting the children edition!

Good morning, friends! I'll be attending a wedding today so... let me say preemptively that there will be no gossip post tomorrow. Sorry! The duty to celebrate my heart out is one I don't take lightly. ♥


And confidential to Western journalists googling around for material on Aishwarya Rai and her pregnancy weight issues, allow me to direct you to this guest post for The F-Word I wrote about Bollywood actresses and the changing standards for weight. Then check out some pictures of beauty beyond size zero.

* Shahrukh is still in the news (obviously) and like a hungry rat drawn to garbage, the anti-Muslim Shiv Sena is blowing the incident out of proportion to stir up trouble.

Although I have to admit that this was a pretty good line from them: Shah Rukh Khan should stay away from such brawls and stop abusing people. He should not try and make a My Name Is Khan out of the episode at Wankhede.

HO SNAP! You've been burned, son!

The security guard involved in the incident also speaks out.

“It is our duty to clear the stadium after the match is over. The first thing I saw was a group of children trooping into the premises after the event. I immediately halted them, and told them they could not proceed. Khan and two or three other inebriated men were following close behind and came running up to me. They then began shoving me aside, abusing me. Khan himself reeked of alcohol.”

See, here is the thing. I said this in the comments of yesterday's post but I'll repeat it here. Shahrukh is a rich and powerful man; the security guard just wanted to do his job and go home. Whether or not the security guard wanted to wield what little power he has just to make a point, Shahrukh comes off looking like (at worst) a bully and (at best) an out-of-touch spoiled brat. If Shahrukh wanted to take the kids out on the field, why didn't he just find somebody in charge to escort them? Or why didn't he slip the security guard some money to look the other way? Or glad-hand him with some of that famous Shahrukh charm? We all know these options exist but Shahrukh decided to yell and bully some working class guy just trying to do his job? That's just sad. And it reflects badly on Shahrukh, no matter what his celebrity friends say.

Related: the troubles of brand Shahrukh

SRK is an icon.But the generation that wanted to emulate him has moved on. They have kids and these children see Shah Rukh as a father figure. Personalities who fall between generations like this have to be extremely watchful. The responsibility on them is greater to manage their emotions and feelings in public,” says K V Sridhar, national creative director, Leo Burnett.

* Another scandal has brushed into Bollywood territory so I'll link to it. Dippy's dippy (and apparently) misogynist ex-boyfriend Siddharth Mallya has become entangled in the Luke Pomersbach scandal. The Australian cricketer who plays for Siddharth's Bangalore cricket team was arrested for molesting a girl and beating up her boyfriend. Siddarth then blamed the woman for her molestation saying she wasn't acting like a "good" girl.

The moral of these stories is... IPL kind of sucks? And now I'm feeling more sympathetic to the politicians who want to ban it. (No, not really but dang, yo! They all need anger management and sexual harrasment awareness training.)

* No surprises here to anybody who is alive and vaguely aware of industry gossip - Mahesh Bhatt and Subhash Ghai accused of using the casting couch.

* Moving on! The Bhatts are attempting to "heroine-ize" Sunny Leone with stories about how shy she was filming intimate scenes with Randeep Hooda.

I like this comment from Pooja Bhatt on filming intimate scenes.

"Shooting a love scene for Jism 2. Nothing erotic about filming erotica. It's as mundane or fascinating as watching paint dry. Take your pick."

* Department takes an embarrassingly low opening.

* 3 Idiots is doing really well on youtube.

* Abhishek Kapoor wants to put a kibosh on casting foreign girls as Indian.

* Ranbir Kapoor as a superhero?

* Om Puri gets caught making pro-Naxalite comments.

* Were the desi actors in Best Exotic Marigold Hotel snubbed in the credits? I haven't seen the film but my parents did. Apparently Lilette Dubey makes quite the impression. Also, now my parents want to go to India, so if the travel board had a hand in the film, good work!

* Content providers reveal a huge loophole in the new amendment to the copyright law.

Unlike the past, the Broadcasting sector in India now is owned, managed and controlled by large media conglomerates with cross holdings by profit making bodies wanting to enlarge their profits at the cost of survival of authors, composers, producers and music labels. The broadcasters may therefore exploit the provisions of this new section 31D to avoid freely negotiated voluntary license arrangements thereby causing unprecedented losses to the Film & Music industry, whereas the same broadcasters are free to charge advertising rates at their own will depending upon their TRP / RAM ratings.

Uh-oh. No wonder they were able to pass the amendment...

And a new song promo for Gangs of Wasseypur!

1 comment:

RedBlackLadyBug said...

Great article, FG, "From Hollywood to Bollywood: The whittling waistlines of Indian actresses", I think it represents fairly the state of weight obssessed Bollywood and the main cause for it.
I'm quite neutral on this waist line issue, I don't have a problem with thin or voluptous, as long as the actress acts well and the movie is entertaining, but when it comes to temporally retired celebrities who just gave birth, like Aishwarya, then I find the public/media demands exaggerated and out of place. Celebrity is hard, it's not all flowers and butterflies.

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

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