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Bitter ’n low

Bollywood’s marketing strategies are making us paranoid. Not to mention the paranoid. Priyadarshan’s Khatta Meetha stars Tamil superstar Trisha. We have been reminded tonnes about it. Now we are being told that Trisha is refusing to promote this, her first Bollywood film. And that Priyadarshan is enraged with her. But contrariwise, here’s Trisha all over the countryside promoting away, assuring everyone that she can read and write Hindi. Are we turning paranoid or should we just wish that people could think up more salacious scandals to promote their film?.

Trisha, star of Khatta Meetha, makes her Bollywood entry

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Kite runner

How did Anurag Basu get Priyanka Chopra for his next movie?

Will someone explain to us what Anurag Basu has got on the film fraternity that he’s signing up so many stars so soon after Kites crashed? (Also, how did he get Kites? But that can wait.) Here he is talking about having signed Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor for his new film Silence. And SRK may produce it! The lovely Piggy Chops is already talking about entering a mental asylum for a few days to method-act her character. Whatever Anurag Basu’s faults may be this last bit of posturing we want to lay at the feet of Madhur Bhandarkar’s wannabe cinema.

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Baby Got Back

Pradeep Sarkar, ad filmmaker and director of the charming Parineeta and embarrassing Laaga Chunari Mein Daag is back. The posters of his new film Lafangey Parindey look indistinguishable from a Hollywood action flick you might stumble over. Deepika Padukone has a Fa Mulan style topknot and is inexplicably carrying a pair of roller skates. Oh, and there’s Neil Nitin Mukesh’s back muscles flexing in a ganji. O where o where is the moral police when you need them to cover up indecent views?.

This time it will be about the clothes’

Abu Jani And Sandeep Khosla

(The fashion designer duo, when asked why there are no Bollywood celebrities walking the ramp at Fashion Week)

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Eye on the Prize

Shreyas Talpade

After several delays and speculation, at the very long last, we have a short-list for fiction from the mighty long-winded Vodafone Crossword award stable. This time round the finalists are The Immortals by Amit Chaudhuri, Family Values by Abha Dawesar, If It Is Sweet by Mridula Koshy, Nothing Is Blue by Biman Nath and Venus Crossing: Twelve Stories of Transit by Kalpana Swaminathan. And now again the wait.

 

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