Sex, lies & videotape
Bollywood has long understood that there’s nothing like a sordid real-life tragedy to make a film about. So when Jodhpur nurse Bhanwari Devi was found dead in November 2011 after allegedly blackmailing politicians over a sex tape she possessed, filmmaker KC Bokadia was quick to announce that he would make a film about it, starring Mallika Sherawat. But the moment the shooting of the film, imaginatively titled Dirty Politics, began in Indore, it was met with protests by members of the Congress party. Bokadia was quick to assert that the film wasn’t about Bhanwari Devi at all, but about a street dancer called Anokhi Devi.
How Honey Lost His Sweetness
Honey Singh’s fall from grace has been as rapid as his rise, and now it seems the man is toxic. The producers of John Abraham’s next film, I, Me Aur Main, have decided to drop the rapper, who was supposed to record a party track for them, because his public image (not his music, mind you) would alienate audiences. The film, after all, is about its protagonist’s relationships with the four women in his life, and the makers of the film felt that the rapper’s choice of lyrics would keep away sections of their female viewers.
Michael Jordan turned 50 last Sunday and one figure that raised eyebrows was that His Airness still earns $80 million a year, even almost a decade after his final game. Forbes reports that most of his earnings come from Nike’s Jordan brand, which still controls 58 percent of the US basketball shoe market, and earns him nearly $60 million in royalties. Only boxer Floyd Mayweather ($85 million) makes more than him among athletes, while the highest earning current basketball player, Kobe Bryant, makes a measly $59.8 million.
Karan Johar (In our hearts, KJo, in our hearts)