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January 23, 2019

Diwali celebrations at Ekta's

Mamta Kulkarni
Mamta Kulkarni

Diwali celebrations at Ekta’s

Ekta Kapoor’s Diwali bash is an annual event that many Bollywood A-listers look forward to. The extravagant party usually sees the stars enjoy delicious food, music and a gripping game of cards. This year’s celebration saw the lads from Student of the Year, Siddarth Malhorta and Varun Dhawan along with Huma Qureshi dressed to the nines turn up to celebrate the festival of lights. Sonakshi Sinha chose not to slow down for the paparazzi and drove past them through the main gates.

TV actress Sakshi Tanwar was among the first to arrive. Malaika Arora Khan, who is a great friend of Ekta and is a regular at her card parties every year, couldn't make it owing to prior commitments.

Prachi Desai, Ekta’s protégé posed in an off white sari while Karan Johar came looking pretty dapper, all set to enjoy the evening. The hostess looked stunning in an embellished Anarkali outfit as she welcomed her guests. Mandira Bedi, Genelia and Riteish Deshmukh, Sanjay Gupta, Rohit Roy, Sudhir Mishra, Arbaaz Khan, and Atul and Alvira Agnihotri were among the other guests.

However, the biggest draw was the card party where several of the celebrities lost a lot of money playing high stakes.


What’s in a name?

Once upon a time Bollywood superstars were identified by the roles they played. We knew him as Anthony Bhai until Shahensha came along. That was Amitabh Bachchan’s identity for many years. Then came along the Baazigar, Shah Rukh Khan before he got to be known as the Badhshah. Remember when Hema Malini was Dream Girl and Rekha was Khoobsurat? How about Sridevi? She was known as Bollywood’s Chandni.

Hum Aapke Hain Koun?! and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge shifted the trend to long names in the Nineties.

Producers rushed to register the most melodramatic, most stretched-out movie titles that at times ran into complete sentences (recall Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain or Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai).

The industry thrives on fads and hits such as Dabangg, Ek Tha Tiger, Rowdy Rathore, Rockstar and 3 Idiots are the current trend.

Let’s not forget this year's biggest blockbuster Chennai Express is also named after a train.

A title role is a convenient way to underline the image a star wishes to sell. However this is easier for heroes in male-dominated Bollywood, not so for heroines.

Vidya Balan - the most consummate actress of this generation - has had no title role since her debut film Parineeta despite several heroine- oriented hits. Neither has Katrina Kaif, widely deemed the top glam diva in recent times, unless you are game to count Mere Brother Ki Dulhan.

The only current superstar heroine to have had a couple of title roles is Kareena Kapoor Khan.

Priyanka Chopra has had none, and this year's undisputed queen Deepika Padukone gets her first shot at breaking the mold with half a title role in Ram-Leela.

An exception is Kangna Ranaut. Forever regarded an outsider in the rat race, Kangna has Rajjo, Queen and Revolver Rani coming up.

She is, in fact, the only mainstream heroine with title roles in her kitty right now.


Don 2 In Legal Trouble:

Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar who enjoyed the success of the Shah Rukh - Priyanka starrer Don 2 are now victims of legal controversy wherein the producers have been accused of criminal breach of trust.

According to the complainant, Nariman Films who originally produced Don, they had given the rights of Don to Farhan Akhtar only till 2009. Thus, Don 2 which was released in 2011 was ideally against their contract. Nariman Films therefore filed a civil suit alleging Don 2 of violation of copyright laws as elements of the original Don like the tune, characters, parts of the script; songs were used in the sequel. But the case was dismissed back then owing to the fact that multiplexes and theatres had already been booked for the release.

However late last week the magistrate asked the police to continue with the investigation and submit a report. The complaint has been filed against Red Chillies, Reliance Entertainment, Baba Arts, Bipin Salva and others involved in the second installment of Don.



Last week we ran a story about former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni being spotted at Diamond Plaza and snubbing some of her fans. However the accompanying photo was that of actress Raveena Tandon. Here is Mamta's photo from the day. She is famed for going topless in the movie Stardust.



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