The Tribune - Spectrum

Sunday, June 25, 2000
Bollywood Bhelpuri

‘Hit-man’ Salman
By Madhur Mittal

DESPITE new kids on the Bollywood block, if there’s an actor who continues (merrily) to enjoy more releases than any other leading man, it’s none other than Salman Khan. He keeps popping up on the big screen so frequently, that I’m beginning to lose count.

Rani Mukherjee is doing a number of films with SalmanObviously, every starrer of his cannot be a thumping hit — that (beastly) law of "average", after all. Yet, it must go to Salman’s credit that he (don’t ask me how) always manages to notch up a hit or two every six months or so. Now that’s interesting, right? I mean, if Hello Brother was a no-no, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam was a grand grosser. And if Chal Mere Bhai failed to jangle the collection machines, there was always Hum Saath Saath Hain to compensate. Or even Biwi No. 1. or Dulhan Hum Le Jaayaenge, see?

Fact of the matter is that Salman Khan is a definite hit-man! And it frankly doesn’t make any difference to him whether his leading lady is Rani Mukherjee, Ash Rai, Karisma Kapoor or Preity Zinta! However, a li’l bird tells me that Salman is sending out (strong) feelers to the filmmakers, evincing his (personal) preference to be co-starred with: 1. Preity Zinta. 2. Rani Mukherjee. And 3. Aishwarya Rai...!

A fine example, indeed
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Juhi’s muscles

Hey! Don’t think this is just a funny fun news snippet — because it’s true! Juhi Chawla (or Mrs Jai Mehta, whatever you readers prefer) is into a very determined bout of working out at the gym! And ooh, those muscles!

Actually, Juhi ji is herself surprised at the rapid ‘rise’ in her biceps and triceps. "God! This is the first time I’ve tried it and I feel like a new, different woman already!" she gushes (and, of course, giggles!) Her entire body contours have taken on a sexy, lean tone and she’s lost some puffy (not puppy) fat, too!

Not that this petite actress is planning to bounce somebody, no sir. It’s just that she has extensive scenes as a body maker in one of her new movies...and Juhi is keen to play the part to ‘perfection’, you see! As soon as the film is officially titled, I’ll let you folks know.

Konked out Kareena

There’s certainly something amiss in Miss Kareena Kapoor’s gray cells. This chit of a girl appears to have an outsized halo around her head! I mean, nothing else can explain her erratic (almost eccentric) behaviour and yap-yap.

For reasons best (and only) known to her, Ms Kapoor feels that she’s the best thing to have happened to Hindi films. It was so glaringly evident at the Refugee party and later at the press conference where Abhishek Bachchan spoke with style (and sense) whereas Kareena simply laughed, and giggled.

Grow up, babe — you need to desperately!

‘Soul’-ed scribes

The competition and rivalry between film publications, cable TV channels etc, is now hitting a new high. "Scoops" is the buzzword and scribes are getting ‘soul-ed out’ in an attempt to file fiery stories. Want an example? Okay, what do Tabu and Manisha Koirala have in common, huh? I’ll tell you next week!