Compiled by Nisha Susan
It is exhausting to think of all the movies we have been looking forward to which are all in dark pipelines. Once more we hear that Sudhir Mishra’s interpretation of Devdas is ready to start filming. Renamed from the evocative Aur Devdas to Dhruv, the only thing it retains from the original cast is the glorious Chitrangda Singh. Now the protagonists are Farhan Akhtar andKareena Kapoor. Prepare to clutch your head from the waves of pain and exultation the world will experience because in the movie Kareena will be ‘simply’ dressed and Chitrangda not.
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If you have anything mean to say either about Shah Rukh Khan or the fake IPL player, stand back. We love them and we want them to be friends! The blogger writes with surprising coherence and even great dashes of sincerity. Of course none of us care for all that while we are busy playing the guessing game. While the Aamir Khan- Shah Rukh Khan squabble sent us into a coma with boredom, the fake IPL player seems to have woken the Khan’s wide potential for bitchiness. The Khan was on air this week snarling that when Knight Riders win he will say ‘Korbo, lorbo, jeetbo, suck on this!’ Oh, yaay.
Word has it that Priyanka Chopra turned downSonia Gandhi’s request for her to campaign for the Congress. Chopra, we are told endlessly, is romancing Gerard Butler. If only someone would tell us what we are supposed to be buying we would do it. As long as we don’t have to listen to manufactured romance. It’s not like there are any movies to promote. Meanwhile Kirron Kher — everybody’s favourite screen mother, she who came as the mildly sexualised, updated version of Farida Jalal’s mommy persona — has announced that she is inspired by Narendra Modi. It is going to be difficult watching her be lovable.
On the shortlist for the Orangefiction prize beating out Toni Morrison is Kamila Shamsie and her latest novel Burnt Shadows. But if you have a thing for Sri Lankan writers, here’s a new one to feed your fancy: Love Marriage by the gorgeous VV Ganeshananthan, better known as Sugi, who was long-listed for theOrange.
Sajid Nadiadwala (On casting Stallone, Denise Richards and Brendon Routh in Kambakht Ishq )