In the fast lane
Dhoom 3’s mad run at the box office continues. After breaking record after record, the Aamir Khan-Abhishek Bachchan-Uday Chopra film is adding new territories to its market. With these collections, the cop caper, shot mainly in Chicago, has left closest competitors Chennai Express and Krrish 3 way behind. But with Salman Khan’s Jai Ho—also starring Daisy Shah, Sana Khan and Tabu—coming up on January 24, it remains to be seen how long Dhoom 3 can retain the top spot.
Kat’s got the cream
Last Sunday’s episode of Koffee with Karan, with guests Vidya Balan and Farhan Akhtar on the couch, once again proved what Katrina Kaif’s peers think of her acting skills. Repeatedly, season after season, when guests are asked to rank Bollywood actresses according to talent or longevity, they consistently park Kaif at the bottom of the list. One wonders how she reacts to this clear vote of no confidence. Maybe it does not matter—after all, she has Bollywood’s hottest young star on her arm and a string of hits that indicate that success is barely linked to talent.
Following last week’s story on independent filmmakers and their films to watch out for, it’s finally the day when Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely hits screens nationwide. The director stood his ground against the Censor Board’s 157 requirements, to finally get his film out virtually untouched. The Nawazuddin Siddique and Niharika Singh starrer, set in the 1980s in the sleazy C-grade film industry of Bombay, comes out with just four changes (two cuts and two blurs). Ahluwalia said, “When I made Miss Lovely I never expected a release in India. Most of all, I didn’t believe that the Censor Board would allow a film with so much adult content. I’m happy to have been eventually proved wrong. I hope that this direction continues and that we will see more adult-themed films in our cinemas.”
Ever wondered what Deepika Padukone does on her days off? What she really looks forward to is catching up with household chores, having a lie-in, cooking and eating a big south Indian breakfast with filter coffee, maybe going to the spa and, if time permits, going for a work-out. Not one to take life for granted, she confesses that she has learnt lessons from the past. “They make you the person you are. But I am also a risk-taker and I am curious.” Living a public life, she is aware of the intrusion on privacy especially with the advent of camera phones) but pragmatic about reality. “You cannot blame fans, but you can blame technology. Yes, it is a nuisance but I think I am someone who would rather be careful. I am sure I will make mistakes. For example, when Shah Rukh and I were photographed shopping in Dubai. That is not something I would want
publicised but now I know, so I will have to adapt my lifestyle. If something is going to bother me then I should just sit in my hotel room.”
Dino Morea may not be doing much on screen, but he is certainly leveraging his semi-star status to promote health and fitness in Mumbai. The former Bangalore boy, who was a model and then a moderately successful Bollywood actor, launched DM Fitness—a company that promotes fitness through gyms and stand alone, multi-functional workout stations. Film-wise, it seems Morea is slated to appear in Dostana 2, but when that sequel is going to take off is anyone’s guess.