Compiled by Nisha Susan
For every woman who ever worried that her little toe that crossed the line would lead to social boycott, who ever sighed to herself, “Who will marry me now?”, take heart. Rakhi Sawant is taking revenge, and on television too. Starting this week, we can watch the baddest girl of our amnesiac recent past get married and, presumably, get paid to do so. The 16 contestants have the same plastic sheen as Sawant, like Takashi Murakami dolls. The Gujarati NRI, the Kashmiri policeman, the body-builder from Raipur and yes, an old enemy of Sawant’s erstwhile lover Abhishek. Clearly a life full of fun and winces awaits.
What a wonderful stage of life we are in. We have gotten over the fact that celebrities blog and are mostly going to ignore the ones on Twitter. And now we actually have Bollywood janata saying real things on their blogs. Celina Jaitley, who has been steadfastly supporting the queer movement, continues to be altruistic. She posts fun facts like “Alexander the Great was gay” and promises to send us interesting trivia about alternate sexuality in Thailand since she is going to be there for a bit. Akshay Kumar is hilarious, but utterly sincere, when he tells movie critics to wait a few days before posting their reviews so films can get a fair break. He cites the heartbreaking tale of a man who cancelled eleven tickets (count them! eleven!) after reading a bad review.
The lovely Vishal Dadlani has a petition going to stop news channels from broadcasting live operations against terrorists (as in 26/11). Could we add a small but vital annexure to the proposed PIL? We humbly request that major news channels do not spend half an hour of prime time showing us the roti Salman Khan rolled out on his show. Please. Think of the children.
Fans of Musharraf Ali Farooqi and his translation of the epic The Adventures of Amir Hamza can now look forward toHoshruba: The Land and the Tilism, another fantasy epic. Farooqi is translating this 8,000 page long ancient fantasy in parts. Random House is bringing out the first volume and he is planning, in a saintly fashion, 23 more! Oh, and in a casual, but affectionate, aside he is also looking forward to the response to The Beast, his translation of Numberdar ka Neela by Syed Muhammad Ashraf (Picador India).
Vikram Bhatt (On showing his dancing abilities while dressed as a witch for his horror film Shaapit)