What does it feel like to be in the news and in the righteous quarter every day of your life? Amitabh Bachchan must be able to give you an answer to that one. The venerable gentleman is already in the news for turning down his Australian honorary doctorate as a mark of protest. Then speaking at an film awards event, he suggested that people go green by getting rid of their cellphone. A cellphone company, not just a sponsor of the event, but also son Abhishek’s employer, squawked that it all depended on the way you looked at it.
A SUB-HERO CLIMATE
This week we disapprove of everyone’s movie choices. The mystery of John Mathew Matthan doing a Himesh Reshamiyya movie still endures. Then there is the greater mystery of why Priyanka Chopra insists on doing movies with hopelessly unbankable young men. The latest is the Yashraj production Pyaar Impossible, where her romantic lead is Uday Chopra and Dino Morea is somewhere in the vicinity. Don’t get us wrong. Uday Chopra is, we are sure, a nice boy. But as Zadie Smith said, “ We cannot love something solely because it has been ignored. It must also be worthy of our attention.”
This search is taking on tones of the hunt for Scarlett O’Hara. First we hear that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is casting Harman Baweja as Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan. Then Baweja’s terrible box-office record frightened off Bhansali. Then we heard that John Abraham has the part, which was an awesome thought. But his lover Bipasha Basu is supposed to have vetoed the plan. Now, at long last, rumours of Abhay Deol float past like algae, along with explanations for what he was doing in New York.
ALL THE KING’S MEN
While we hang about in the Bollywood doldrums there are things to look forward to elsewhere. One of the biggest productions in south Indian cinema, Pazhassi Raja will hit the screens on August 15. A biopic about the eponymous king who died fighting the British in 1805, it has been written by MT Vasudevan Nair and is directed by Hariharan. The movie stars Mammooty, so it rejoices with a largesse of 200 prints for the public.
Compiled by NISHA SUSAN