The Tribune - Spectrum


Sunday, December 24, 2000
Bollywood Bhelpuri

Salman needs a saviour!
By Madhur Mittal

ONE particular picture that I’m personally looking forward to is Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, a Bharat Shah presentation produced by Nazim Rizvi and directed by Abbas-Mastan. Well, it has some rappy-tappy music by Anu Malik digitally recorded by Universal and cool choreography by Chinni Prakash, Raju Khan and Rekha Prakash. There are also interesting guest appearances by Dipti Bhatnagar and Ruby Bhatia!

But my curiosity for the film stems from the fascinating fact that heading the marquee are Salman Khan, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukherjee. Now, before you say "Wow!" I’d like to remind you that it was the same trio-team in the relatively recent Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega... The movie barely passed muster at the box office. So, is Chori Chori going to meet with a similar fate? Or will the tangy two-some of Preity and Rani be able to bail out Salman with their celluloid charms? Even God knows how desperately Salman needs a hit. He’s just been floating ‘round filmdom for the past year (and more) without hitting paydirt.

Allah forbid, with his running run of bad luck. I hope Salman doesnt’ drag down these two, lovely lively ladies? with him into the ditch waters.

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H-r-rithik R-r-roshan?

These days in Mumbai, our BT (biceps triceps) man, Hrithik Roshan, is all over the place. He goes for charity cricket matches, he inaugurates bodybuilding gyms and lingerie boutiques, he gets feted ‘n’ fawned over at lavish do’s and whatnot. The Birlas, the Ambanis, the Merchants... They’re all over HR, believe me. Even the Garwares can’t keep their hands off him.

Hrithik is always poised ‘n’ perfect. But the one time I actually saw him do a double take was when Simi Garewal was interviewing him (for her show, Rendezvous)and very casually reminded him that he used to stammer a lot in the not too distant past! The camera caught our BT guy’s flummoxed, embarrassed expression only too obviously. Visibly shook up, Hrithik could only blush: "I’ve never spoken about this before. Yes, it’s true. I spent so many sleepless nights reading a particular paragraph from different books and novels, trying my best to kick the habit and improve with every (aloud) reading. I honestly can’t imagine how you found out about this, but now that it’s in the open, let me use the opportunity to tell fellow sufferers that they can do it, too —just like I did...".

Touche, Ms Garewal!

Bollywood brides

Salman Rani and Preity in Chori Chori Chupke ChupkeAnd bridegrooms. Yeah, peoples, the months to come are going to be misty ‘n’ matrimonial in Mumbai’s Hindi film land. Already on the confirmed ‘n’ card list are the likes of Akshay Kumar-Twinkle Khanna, Hrithik Roshan-Suzanne Khan, Salman Khan-Aishwarya Rai, Preity Zinta-Marc Robinson, Rai Sen-John Abraham, Farah Khan-Akashdeep Sehgal...and more!

As a matter of fact, even actor-singer KK is tying the knot with actress-anchor Amrita Arora. I hope they’ll be happy together because when music critic Shiva Sagar had interviewed KK and enquired: "Are you gay?", KK had grinned and said:

"You think I am...? Well, I could be!"

Ones left behind

With such marriage hungamaon, no doubt there are a (known) number of heroines feeling left out. And topping the list are Raveena Tandon, Shilpa Shetty, Sonali Bendre and our very own, lovely Lolo — Karisma Kapoor!

Of course, I’ m aware that in romantically fickle (and fast!) anything can very suddenly happen between any two ‘guys’ (pun definitely intended!) and that scoops ‘n’ news of hurried, even if harried, hitch-ups can pull the carpet from under one’s feet anytime. All the same, ones left behind seem to be in no tearing ‘rush’ to get domesticated. Like, Tabu — another ‘meaty’ morsel long waiting to be gobbled up by an ugly toad (sorry, please read that as "by a handsome Prince Charming!) says nonchalantly: "What’s in a marriage, anyway? It leaves you neither here nor there... so much so that you don’t know whether you are coming or going!"

Tch tch... such elderly cynicism in one so beautifully young.