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Second time lucky?


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Second time lucky?If one were to go by Bollywood records, second marriages seem more successful than the first. Except for Aamir Khan whose marriage with Kiran Rao is allegedly in trouble, the others who’ve got onto the ‘second marriage’ bandwagon sure seem to be a happy lot (touch wood). Whether it’s Boney Kapoor with Sridevi, Vinod Khanna with second wife Kavita or Pankaj Kapur with Supriya Pathak, not to forget Mahesh Bhatt with Soni Razdan… everyone seems to have settled into an evidently perfect fit.  

If it is love that has brought two people together after an earlier not so lucky experience with marriage, then the second plunge is normally taken without hesitation. Sometimes, though a couple might seem to have a stable marriage, either the man or the woman falls in love with someone else. Super hero, Dharmendra’s romantic involvement and subsequent marriage with Hema Malini is a case in point.

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The Designer and the Debutant


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Anand JonAfter the Kalpana Chawlas and the Gururaj Deshpandes, the Deepak Chopras and the Bobby Jindals, its now the turn of another arena of American life to open up to persons of Indian origin. Sanjaya Malakar has just been voted out of American Idol, the talent hunt show that makes waves on American television, after surviving bitter criticism and a hostile press for several weeks. The seventeen year old, whom none other than J Lo and Paula Abdul found charming and ‘smart’ is currently reflecting on what life should be like post-American Idol. He wants it to be the complete ‘business and entertainment’ story.

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Provoked to Protest!


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Provoked to ProtestA recent article in Deccan Chronicle focused on the fact that fourteen years after her first appearance on the modeling scene in 1993, the Aishwarya Rai brand was still hot property in Bollywood. Just reading this headline made me stifle an inner groan. It was not the first time I was realizing the complete indifference brand-builders and advertisers, producers and directors, in short, all manner of people making money by ‘selling’ ideas and personalities, have for the feelings of their audience.

Does any brand builder or producer worth his name ever actually carry out a survey on who would be the most popular choice to carry a particular product or role? They build an image with great care among themselves – and the personality who best fits that image is someone who does not have any visible personal wishes, attributes or desires rebelling against these commercial interests. Then they foist that personality on the audience with monotonous regularity, caring little for the reaction of the audience to this non-stop onslaught.

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Hrithik Roshan: Bringing ‘Cool’ Back


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Hrithik in Dhoom 2My seventy-three year old mother’s reaction after seeing ‘Dhoom 2’ was the best of all. ‘Poor Abhishek!’ she said in a compassionate vein. ‘He didn’t even have good shirts to wear!’ While my daughter and I laughed uproariously at this pithy summary of the great Abhishek Bachchan – Hrithik Roshan rivalry that has currently taken Bollywood by storm, I was also struck by another fact – even Amma is not immune to the particular brand of cool charm that Hrithik oozes in practically every frame of ‘Dhoom 2’. 

Justin Timberlake may have swept the music world and won a great many awards with his song ‘I’m bringing Sexy Back’, but today in India it is definitely Hrithik who’s riding the wave of a fresh burst of popularity after the heady days of his debut in ‘Kaho Na Pyaar Hai’. What has really contributed to this phenomenon? 

Well, of course, Hrithik’s perfect proportions and amazing dancing talent, plus the awesome stunts he has performed for ‘Dhoom 2’ certainly have something to do with it. But there are a great many smaller factors that are feeding the Hrithik frenzy that deserve mention. First among these is the innate goodness that seems to lurk in Hrithik’s green-brown eyes – a goodness that he showed in his very first film, that was such a refreshing departure from the tired mannerisms and cleverness of the then established Khans. With this endearingly human ‘good’ quality, Hrithik carries off even a villain’s role with the audience’s sympathy solidly with him. 

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Don: Narcissism does pay!


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DON Shahrukh KhanI did not shed a single tear in ‘Don’ when I saw it recently. For someone who responds to the merest nudge of the tear glands in any average Hindi movie, this was something of a record. And yet, I did enjoy the film. The effort that had been put in to provide its thrills, spills and chills was evident at every stage and I was just recognizing that with my appreciation.

The funny thing was, I do not remember the ‘Don’ I watched some thirty years back, and I think this film was distinctly different in story and execution. So it is not really a remake and people must stop making unfair comparisons to whether Kareena can ever be like Helen, or whether Shah Rukh did justice to his role by acting as well as Amitabh. The truth is that ‘Don’ is a remake of ‘Duplicate’, with one good and one bad Shah Rukh Khan, rather than the original ‘Don’.

If ‘Don’ is turning into a commerical success, as it seems to be doing, by all accounts, it is one more pit-stop in the Formula One journey of Shah Rukh Khan’s narcissism, or self-love. Ever the height of modesty, Shah Rukh had declared in one interview how his and Gauri’s was a happy marriage because both he and his wife loved the same person - Shah Rukh Khan.

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