This is the jacket of my new book,Blogdosts..... REACTIONS, please!
I think it is pretty strong - like the book.
I have decided to skip the standard book launch event ( been there, done that 17 times over). Instead , it will be a digital launch on 1st November. But ( hint! hint!), if there's anybody out there who'd like to throw a 'Sethji' party for me - virtual or otherwise - I'm right there! The champagne's on me...
So finally our Bebo has become a Begum, with a handsome Nawab to call her own. And yet another Bollywood romance has got a fairytale ending. Not even the most talented script writer churning out hit after hit could have improved on this magical plot that started at a film shoot in the mountains and has ended in a historic palace in Pataudi. But then, Kareena Kapoor has always been a princess, and insisted on being treated like one right from the time she made her movie debut. Even in ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’, Bebo played Princess Poo – a role that in many ways stamped her for life! Once she was launched in right royal style by Karan Johar, she has never had to look back. Kareena has led a charmed life all right. And it seems only appropriate today that she glides seamlessly into her latest role as a bona fide titled lady, surrounded by all the frills that go with her brand new status. Not unlike her mother-in-law, Sharmila Tagore, who evolved into Ayesha Begum with enormous grace, without ever giving up the quintessential Rinku within her. The similarities don’t end there. Kareena too will be a full time working Begum, managing her duties as the custodian of the Pataudi legacy, while deftly juggling her crowded movie calendar. She is after all, the new age Begum. A capable career woman and caring wife to an equally busy Nawab saab. This is one 21st century shaadi that will be fascinating to follow. Mubarak ho!
I was seriously alarmed after sitting through an appalling film starring another Bollywood ki Rani – yes, the Mukherjee herself.What made this incredibly versatile actress pick this dud? Wasn’t she advised? What is a powerful boyfriend/ fiancée/ mentor/ best friend ( note: I have not called him ‘husband’) for?Not only was the subject downright kinky ( a woman obsessed with a strange man’s body odour), it was disgustingly crude. Poor Southie star Prithiviraj ( visibly cringing through this non-role), was made to fill petrol into a two wheeler’s tank, holding the nozzle near his crotch and waiting for the tank to overflow and spurt Rani’s face. It can’t get any cruder! The choreography was even worse with Prithvi hitching up his lungi and creating a huge bulge that he suggestively kept thrusting at Rani . Why does someone in Rani Mukherjee’s exalted position need to cheapen herself like this and put up with the most disgusting dance moves one has ever seen during item numbers. Gross!
MAMI moves to SOBO! Finally, those of us who missed out on great movie screenings for over a decade because of the daunting distance to the suburbs, will be able to feast on fabulous films at our favourite neighbourhood multiplex. What a blessing! Take a bow, Shyam Benegal and the entire MAMI team.