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BOLLYWOOD | Guftugu | APRIL 2011

AAMIR KHAN: Letter to Prime Minister in Support of Anna Hazare
DUM MARO DUM: Goa Freaks
BIG B: Uniting the Nation, Yet Funny

AAMIR KHAN: Letter to Prime Minister in Support of Anna Hazare

(Above): Aamir Khan in "Rang De Basanti."

Bollywood star Aamir Khan wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to pay "heed to the voice of Anna Hazare," who has started a fast against corruption.

"I am merely one of many who fully support Hazare, and have come to appreciate that this upright 72-year-old man is willing to sacrifice his life in the fight against corruption," wrote Aamir Khan, in his letter.

He said that his decision to support the campaign came after studying and comparing the drafts of the Lok Pal bill of the government, as well as that of the civil society.

Describing himself as one of over a billion citizens of this country Aamir said he was affected and concerned about corruption. The actor also wrote to Hazare, giving his support to the cause.

"Like the country has supported the Indian cricket team in their struggle to win the World Cup, I hope and pray that your struggle, which is infinitely more important and affects each and every one of us, will get an even greater support," added Aamir.

Do we see a new breed of Bhagat Singh here? Given the popularity levels of our beloved Bollywood stars, taking such initiaves is certainly called for and always welcome. Jai Ho, Bollywood!


DUM MARO DUM: Goa Freaks

(Above): Deepika Padukone (c) in a steamy song with sultry lyrics in Rohan Sippy's film "Dum Maro Dum."

With all the steamy songs and sultry lyrics in Rohan Sippy's film Dum Maro Dum’s title song, the Goa government is already screaming bloody murder. It portrays Goa and Goan women in a bad light, they say and want a ban imposed on the release of the movie.

The petition, has named the state chief secretary, the chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification, Fox Star Studios, and Ramesh Sippy Entertainment as the respondents.

The bad portrayal of Goa in the film will create a ripple effect on Goa's tourism if it is released in India and worldwide, opponents of the film feel.

"The film is scheduled to be released April 22, 2011, and as per the publicity given to the said film by the producers in the media, the said film will attract criminal minded tourists and offenders and drive away decent travelers and tourists from Goa," the petition reads.

Dum Maro Dum stars Abhishek Bachchan and Bipasha Basu.

Looks like Abhishek’s stars need a serious makeover … are the Teen Deviyan listening. The promos of Dum Maro Dum are definitely steamy and the language used in some numbers is not very conversational, however, isn’t that common to most of the hit numbers, and to think of it, our kids can recite every word of the songs, presumably better than their history or language lessons.

Guess it’s time for Bollywood to take heed and get a crash course at selecting lyricists.

But then, who is really to blame, them or the junta, who cannot live without tuning into Munni Badnaam or Sheela ki Jawaani.



(Above): Sachin Tendulkar (left)

Sachin Tendulkar has been in party mode following India's World Cup win.

The shy master blaster loves privacy. His parties are always hush-hush. No media, no cameras, no mobile pics either.

One was held at a resort and spa in the city owned by Sanjay Narang. Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh attended as did a few Bollywood buddies and politicians close to the master blaster.

The guest list was anything but ‘few’... Farhan Akhtar, Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao, Karan Johar, Shahid Kapur, photographer Atul Kasbekar (has shot many of Sachin's ads), Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai (Mrs Jr B used to live in the same building in Bandra as the Tendulkars).

Now guess who was missing… Salman and Shah Rukh Khan.


BIG B: Uniting the Nation, Yet Funny

(Above): Amitabh Bachchan

Fans are still on a high after India's World Cup victory, says Big B, who believes cricket and cinema are the greatest unifiers in the nation and bring the people of the country together.

But then there is a catch here, the cinema has to be a hit, and the cricket team has to hit a win.

Sending congratulatory messages to Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh, Big B hit the streets with his son, Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya, in their car, to celebrate India's win with Mumbaikars on the night of April 2.

"The joyous mood retains its vigor. God bless them, their effort and the effort of the entire team. And god bless India. 11 Indians have invigorated an entire nation of almost a billion and half, and perhaps in other parts of the world too with their dedication," said Amitabh.

The actor finds it "bizarre" that after playing together for the home country, cricketers will now be battling against each other in the fourth edition of the IPL.

Showing concern for the fans, he wrote: "And the fans and the followers and the supporters. What of them ? How quickly they shall have to change their minds and thoughts too - rooting for those they wanted to win, now against them. Cricket is a funny business!".



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A new breed of entrepreneurs in India’s technology industry is willing to follow the U.S. model of startups and is ready to take on the challenges thrown at them, writes Vivek Wadhwa.

Illegal Betting:
The Dark Side of Cricket & Politics
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