Compiled by Poorva Rajaram
You, me and Walrus
Commercial Bollywood movie themes have stopped being ‘shocking’. Perhaps we are just desensitised. Either way, we find movies that are repetitious, flimsy, plagiarising and deliberately youthful but nothing that has made us exclaim. Until we heard Raveena Tandon would star as Shobhaa Dé in a movie, Shobhana 7 Nights, inspired by the latter’s relationship with her longtime publisher David Davidar (played byAnupam Kher). Directed by Sudipto Chattopadhyaya, it will have coincidentally similar characters: Shobhana’s novels are published by Harry Davidar of Walrus Publications.
Reunionising, A Political Strategy
Just last week, we were contemplating the possibility of Preity Zinta and Ameesha Patel together in a Sunny Deol movie. This time, it seems, there is happy non-retrograde news to report on the out-of-work actresses’ front. Rani Mukerji is apparently seriously being considered alongside Aamir Khan for Dhoom 3. There needn’t be anything token about her inclusion, considering that her presence is likely to spike the waning interest in the movie.
Vidya Balan is in the news for many things now: Shah Rukh Khan wants to act with her, her very own item number and the gazillion awards we all know she is going to get. Somehow though, the completely surreal poster for her upcoming movie Kahaani hasn’t made the news. A pregnant Vidya stands in front of a Durga idol (or might she be fused to it?) and the twilight coloration and general make-believe nature of the poster had us convinced it was an almost perfectly executed Hollywood poster.
There are a couple of things we have to say about the leaked Bipasha Basu video. In order of importance: 1) Have you watched it? If so, like every disappointed viewer, you will realise it only turns you off the idea of being a celebrity. Everybody looks like they are trying to have fun and much of the energy is in the editing of the video. 2) Was it leaked? Since when does guerrilla leaked footage have feel-good editing? It’s clear the video gives nobody any reason to make hollow protests about privacy. It is not nearly amateur or MMS enough.