Big B's London emergency
The Twitter world is quite a busy one, and Bollywood contributes a great deal to it. Here's looking at the best star tweets of the day.
Amitabh Bachchan, who left for London last weekend was evacuated from his hotel after a suspected explosion in the neighbourhood. He tweeted: 'Ok ... Emergency in my Hotel in London ..everyone evacuated out on the street in biting cold .. Suspecting explosion in next door. Managed to get into a car and driving away from site of emergency .. Police not allowing anyone near ..'
But things turned out okay for the actor. 'Emergency over ! Police has cleared Hotel ... have just moved back ! Details of emergency : Building opposite my Hotel under construct, had dug earth for basement, put power station down there .. Rain for the past few days had flooded the area underneath.. fear of power station short circuiting and exploding, causing very heavy cranes on site to tilt over and fall on Hotel crushing it, made police evacuate entire Hotel .. staff and guests were made to rush out to a school backyard behind in biting cold ... had just about time to slip on a warm coat on advice was asked to drive away .. got a car from walking a few streets and kept away for a few hours before clearance,' he tweeted.
Meanwhile, the actor remembered his father on his death anniversary. 'Today Jan 18th my Father's death Anniversary ..He lives and breathes within us each moment of our lives .. a prolific mind and parent. To those that remember my Father today, my heartfelt and gracious acknowledgement .. I am deeply touched by your affection !!'
Image: Amitabh Bachchan
Overcoming the distance
Oscar-winning music composer A R Rahman may have lost at the Golden Globes Awards but he came back with happy memories.
'Last night, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro were honoured at the Golden Globes... I was 3 meters away... :-) The distance has reduced so much..Enough admiration, already! I feel there is so much to contribute now...,' he tweeted.
He also recalled his early days with this tweet: 'It was a National Panasonic NV380 video player, back in 1986. It was a window to the blitz and glitz of Hollywood... Love and romance, horror, action and thrillers... and art movies. From several thousand miles away... It showed me the charming Kings and Queens of LA-land; it showed me the technical excellence of the directors and cameramen. It made me hear the haunting themes of John Williams and Ennio Morricone.'
Image: A R Rahman
RGV 's new challenge
Ram Gopal Varma definitely believes in doing things differently. The director has decided to make a film with Telugu star Ravi Teja in just five days and at zero cost.
He tweeted, 'Immediately after Appalraju's release on February 4th, I am starting a Telugu film with Ravi Teja from February 11th. It is going to be a highly entertaining Action Thriller. Charmi, Ajay and Subba Raju will be playing certain key roles and the rest of the cast is being finalized.'
Explaining the technicalities of the film, RGV further tweeted, 'Everyone knows that normally a film takes between 100 to 150 days to shoot and more than 150 to 200 people will be working on it. The unique thing about the film I am doing with Ravi Teja is that this two hour long feature film will be completed in just 5 days start to finish, with a unit of just 8 people and at a zero cost.'
He went to add, 'No one in this film including the actors, technicians and equipments suppliers are going to be paid any remuneration. It will be made only with those actors and technicians who are excited to be a part of this project. All the people who work for this project will only be paid after the release of the film that is if and only the film makes profits and those payments will be in accordance with their individual value additions.'
He also clarified his intentions of making this film. 'My primary intention of doing this film is to establish a fact of how it is possible to use a certain aspects of present day technology to make a 2 hour theatrical film in just 5 days and with zero cost. The technology I am adapting for this film is going to once for all prove that it's not Crores of rupees that we need but it's just a story which excites all concerned and a desire in all of them to see the film happen,' he tweeted.
He also announced the release date of the film. 'The film will be released on March 11th that is exactly one month from the start date of the shooting which is February 11th.'
Image: Ram Gopal Varma
Ready for Dhobi Ghat?
Tusshar Kapoor tweeted, 'Looking forward to watch Dhobi Ghaat today, the film looks interesting like every Aamir Khan film. It's also India's first nonstop film. Nonstop means no interval.'
Rahul Bose, who has already seen the movie, tweeted, 'Just saw Dhobi Ghat at a private screening. Take a bow, kiran rao! It's one of the finest indian films I have ever seen. Do not miss it. Dhobi Ghat has wonderful performances - prateik, monica, kriti & aamir shine with easy, true and layered work. Great editing and music too. If we keep wondering which is that indian film that truly qualifies as world cinema, then our search stops at Dhobi Ghat-poignant, touching. Last but not least, aamir khan deserves kudos for producing a film that doesn't overtly press commercial buttons yet is so satisfying.'
Image: Kiran Rao
Bollywood enjoys a good laugh. Here's a perfect example.
Shahid Kapoor who is reportedly dating Priyanka Chopra posted a picture of a truck as he giggled, 'Check it out .......... On the back of a truck ... Cracked me up.'
We wonder what Priyanka has to say about this!
Image: Shahid Kapoor
Director Onir Dhar is using Twitter to clear his name of molestation charges. Actor Yuvraaj Parashar who acted in the movie Dunno Y... Na Jaane Kyun recently accused the director of movies like Bas Ek Pal and My Brother Nikhil of molesting him.
'Yes I am shocked that media does not look for any evidence before they malign or tarnish anyones image. I will nor let anyone get away by damaging my dignity and integrity,' Onir tweeted.
Friends of the director also came out to support him. Juhi Chawla who worked with the director in My Brother Nikhil tweeted her support: 'I've known onir for the past 7 years ..I have done memorable films.. my brother nikhil.. bas ek pal ..and now #IAM with him .. I have faith in onir .... One doesn't need to fight anything onir ...just stand head and shoulders above it .... (Smile).'
Sanjay Suri too defended the director: 'I #supportOnir - will not let his integrity be questioned. With you my friend. No one gives a damn to all this lies.'
Image: Juhi Chawla