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The beauty queen is verifying claims that her face was whitened on the cover of a fashion glossy to meet Caucasian standards
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 27, 2010)
The racial controversy surrounding Ash’s face on the cover of a leading fashion magazine has just gotten darker.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is apparently furious with the bleaching botch-up that the fashion bible carried on her face. Not one to show emotions easily, the former Miss World is visibly upset when told about this possible doctoring. Says a source close to her, “Aishwarya’s first reaction was disbelief.
She believed that these things don’t happen anymore. Not in this day and age when women are recognized for their merit, and not for the colour of their skin. She is currently verifying this skin-whitening allegation. If there is any proof of this, she might even take action.”
Ash has been caught up with her father being ill. As a result, she has not had the time to ascertain the veracity of this race row.
Apparently the doctoring was noticed by fans and not the media. Avid fashion victims grabbed copies of this month’s issue of the magazine, only to notice that the beauty pageant was not looking right; she was looking white. Enraged, they began posting livid messages online.
They felt that her image had been doctored by the magazine to appease Caucasian standards of beauty. It might be recalled that in September this year, the US edition of the same magazine featured More >
TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; December 27, 2010)
As 2010 draws to an end, Karan Johar — whose February release My Name Is Khan has been Bollywood’s first global blockbuster, is sitting op top of the world and says proudly, “I am overwhelmed, the film was made by Dharma Productions with a global perspective to connect with audiences in India and overseas in a way that no film has ever done before. And it has exceeded expectations and broken box office records in most markets.”
Of this, there is no doubt; not after MNIK released in 70 countries over nine months and across 2,600 screens, to also become the first Indian film to make inroads in China and Italy. In China, its theatrical release in over 350 screens in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Dalian since its launch on November 30, is a landmark achievement. And Shah Rukh Khan as Rizwan Khan – a man affected by Asperger’s syndrome, made his way into the hearts of the Chinese.
Of Fox Star Studios’ phased distribution strategy, its CEO Vijay Singh explains, “This is in unique contrast to existing Bollywood practices where the theatrical life of a film is limited to four weeks. MNIK has opened many new territories for Bollywood. This success would not have been possible without the amazing connect of global audiences with SRK and Karan, coupled with our worldwide distribution strength.”
It is true, MNIK is the first Bollywood film to have a theatrical release in Egypt, More >
By Subhash K. Jha, November 2, 2010 – 10:45 IST
Karan Johar’s illness has put a cloud over Shah Rukh’s birthday celebrations. The star who turns a year older today (November 2) has never celebrated a single birthday in the last 15 years without his friend.
Says a very close friend of both SRK and Karan, “No matter which part of the world Shah Rukh is in, Karan makes sure he joins his friend for his birthday. Shah Rukh just doesn’t feel this birthday should be celebrated without Karan.”
Shah Rukh Khan flew to Rome from Berlin with his son and nephew (wife Gauri’s brother’s son) only to find out that his buddy and producer-director Karan Johar was missing from the event at the Rome International Film Festival, where My Name Is Khan was to be screened.
Sleepless and jetlagged, Shah Rukh was suddenly told he had to handle double the number of media interviews he was originally scheduled to do.
Says a source, “Suddenly Shah Rukh was asked to also handle all the press that was lined up for Karan. As it is Kajol could not be in Rome because of her baby. On top of that Karan suddenly fell ill. The My Name Is Khan co-producers and worldwide distributors’ Fox-Star thought of cancelling all the press and just go with the screening of the film. But Shah Rukh insisted on doing all the press by himself.”
Vijay Singh the CEO of Fox-Star Studio is wonderstruck by King Khan’s proficiency. “Karan’s inability to attend the International Film Festival at Rome was a setback. More >
SRK’s family and friends to bring in Badshah’s ‘45th’ in Germany
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 11, 2010)The crowds that gather outside the Mannat gate each year on November 2, just for a glimpse of the Hindi film industry’s most charismatic actor will be sorely disappointed this year.
News has come in that Shah Rukh Khan will ring in his 45th birthday in Berlin on the sets of Farhan Akhtar’s Don 2
Shah Rukh is the most popular Indian actor in Germany, and his fan base in this country is very large. It is said that the producer Ritesh Sidhwani is planning a party. And even the fan groups in Germany have their own surprise plans ready for their screen idol.
SRK left for Berlin on Saturday. He is going to be stationed there for a long time. Priyanka Chopra and Lara Dutta will shoot some key scenes of Don 2 with him during this time. And these two ladies are likely to be at the party.
Now, the plan is that end October, SRK will return to India for a stage concert. He will be in Mumbai for just two nights. Says an insider, “On October 30, SRK will fly back to Berlin again accompanied by his kids Aryan and Suhaana. Gauri is expected to fly out a day later. And there will be a huge celebration on the sets of Don 2 to bring in SRK’s 45th birthday on November 1. On his birthday, the superstar will spend some time with his family.”
Karan Johar, who is flying to Rome on October 30 for the screening of My Name is Khan, will fly to More >
// // // Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap believes in taking inspiration for his films from real life. He was in Denmark on April 15 for the screening of his film Dev.D at the CPH-PIX film festival. With airports closed down, his journey to Rome became something of an adventure trip – and it has inspired another script.
Says Anurag, “I got the chance to write a new script, so I am not complaining about being stranded in Denmark for a week. The airport in Copenhagen was closed, so I had to think of other modes of travel. To get to Rome, I had to change six trains in 28 hours. But it was the most amazing experience of my life. In two of the trains, I didn’t even get a seat. It reminded me of my early days in Mumbai’s local trains. It was a jolting experience.”
Anurag adds, “I like to go to small, esoteric film festivals alone because my actors only like going to big, glamorous events. Believe it or not, I have never been to Cannes for the simple reason that I never had a film represented there. Our film industry descends on Cannes every year to make a fool of itself without a film to represent. Now that my production Udaan is being screened in Cannes next month, I’ll be going there for the first time.”
She’s 5 feet 10, fair and slender, an Economics graduate from, well, the London School of Economics, is making her debut in Bollywood with a 3D horror film called Flick in which she seduces Rahul Bose (dear God), and when she speaks Hindi — people say she sounds like Sonia Gandhi! But British model Militza Radmilovic, who BT introduced to you in May, is half-Serbian and says, “I don’t have any Italian blood in me.” After storming fashion ramps in Italy, Paris, Milan and Rome, Militza is doing the rounds of filmmakers in Mumbai. Two nights ago, she was in Vipul Shah’s house when he was celebrating his wife Shefali Shah’s National Award for Best Supporting Actress in the film The Last Lear. Vipul’s guests were floored with the striking presence and flattering measurements of this British model. “I’m under contract with the producers of Fired until November,’’ says Militza, “and I’m serious about making a career in Bollywood.’’ She is keen on getting lessons in Hindi now and her acting skills have been honed by English guru Mark Summers. But she’s been a Bollywood junkie from ever since and counts Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Singh Is Kingg and Fashion among her fave flicks. “I don’t understand the language, but I understand the emotions. And I cried watching portions of KKHH.’’ Now Militza has More >