Hello and welcome to In.com’s Quickies. I understand that while some people use sport or culture to unwind, others need that dose of celeb gossip to feel good after a day’s work. And that’s exactly what we have in store for you.
Shah Rukh Khan and Madhavan
When films that you’ve been putting out there have all been falling flat in box office rankings, whats the next best option to get a self esteem and brand imaging boost? Well, in Bollywood, it’s to do a guest appearance in someone else’s film. Ideally a film that has potential to make it big. That way if the film does well, your name gets associated with a hit, and if the film flops, well, it was just a guest appearance.
Shah Rukh Khan’s been having a bad time in the box office race with his last few films retiring injured well before the finish line. Which means his next move will have to be a carefully calculated one. So far there’s talk that he’s rejected six scripts in the last few months, while waiting for that deal clincher. The Rakesh Sharma biopic didn’t make the cut, and neither did the Hindi remake of Vikram Vedha. Then came Madhavan, strolling along with his directorial debut Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, and it looks like Shah Rukh Khan’s been sold and has agreed to do a guest appearance in the film that is just about in the final stage of shooting. Sounds like this movie’s got potential. Either that, or SRK is just returning a cameo favour for Madhavan’s extended guest appearance in SRK’s Zero.
Kim Kadarshian and Diet Prada
Making it a point to ensure that every outfit you wear in public is different and original isn’t sustainable, and things start to get harder as time goes by. Why? Because you eventually run out of ideas for new designs. And then you end up doing what Kim Kardashian does. Plagiarising outfits from the 90s hoping no one will notice because it was so many years ago. But the internet is a far more obsessive place. And there are loads of people just waiting for a chance to do tasks that are mind numbingly silly and painstaking. In this case it would be going through the innumerable archives of outfits worn over the past few decades to see if an outfit is copied or repeated.
One such entity seems to be the fashion watchdog Diet Prada, which somehow managed to figure out that an outfit Kim Kardashian wore recently isn’t her original but was worn by model Naomi Campbell in 1996. That’s more than two decades ago. How anyone makes these connections is beyond me. However, it would seem that Diet Prada has called Kim out on a valid point of being a hypocrite, because although she slams people who post pictures of her outfits, she’s been doing the same thing and has been copying outfits Naomi Campbell has worn over the years. So much for fashion integrity.
Priyanka Gandhi and Mahatma Gandhi
Priyanka Gandhi has joined the Twitter bandwagon, and she’s wasting no time in getting deep and philosophical, using Mahatma Gandhi’s quotes to aid her on this front. After delivering her debut political speech in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar on March 12th, she decided to use the following day to get productive on Twitter. The two tweets that she pushed in the span of 5 minutes brought in 30,000 likes and 8000 retweets in less than 11 hours. Not bad for someone who’s been on the micro blogging site for a month, and now has 242,000 followers after having signed up in February. Well, with a famous last name like Gandhi, I suppose that’s to be expected.
All said and done, Mahatma Gandhi’s quote on violence is thought provoking to say the least. It goes like this – ‘I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary, the evil it does is permanent’. Ironically, that’s some pretty hard hitting stuff.
Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli
Pulling other peoples’ cheeks is always a dicey move because some people absolutely loathe that being done to them owing to the fact that it brings back traumatic childhood memories of cheek abuse by numerous uncles and aunties. But when it’s your husband, it’s safe to say you can get as cheeky as you like. Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli like to work hard and play hard. And play in their case consists of spending quality time with each other in exotic travel locations. One of their favourite travel destinations is the home of the Hobbits, New Zealand. They took a vacation there in January and a cute video of them speed boating across the sea has popped up on the internet. Anushka gives riding the boat a try, manages to make an impressive turn, and then rewards herself by pinching Virat’s cheeks. Now I don’t know how Virat would have reacted to anyone else pinching his cheeks, but when his baby Anushka did it, he did exactly what those penguins in the animated Madagascar movie do – Just smile and wave boys, smile and wave.
The movie industry is volatile to say the least, especially with the help of the internet. One minute everyone loves you and your work, and the next minute you’re being accused of plagiarism. Kalank has been busy serving up promotional material to the public. Having started with posters, they then moved on to a 2 minute long teaser clip that was released on Tuesday. Everyone was all praises and approvals and even gave a special mention to the film’s supposedly soulful background music. But then the internet stepped in, and now there’s a new theory on the rounds that Kalank’s background score was heavily inspired by the theme music of the Hollywood superhero TV series Flash. Of course, this accusation didn’t go down too well with Sanchit Balhara, the score composer of Kalank. He wholeheartedly fought for the honour of his composition and even got into a small, passive aggressive social media spat with film critic Raja Sen, who was one of the accusers. According to Sanchit, whenever theme arpeggio is played by an orchestra, it’s bound to sound similar in some sense or the other. Well, he may be right, orchestral music does use certain common techniques that could make different pieces sound similar. But whether this was a genuine coincidence or not, I guess no one will know for sure.