Bollywood reacts to petrol price hike
The government announced a Rs 7.50 per litre hike in petrol prices on May 23 which has angered not only commoners but also Bollywood stars. Here's how they reacted to the steepest hike ever.
Gul Panag tweeted: 'Petrol becomes more expensive, again:( May be its time to improve public transportation & SERIOUSLY develop alternate sources of energy. Diesel subsidy isn't meant for private cars. Why not withdraw that? Retain for trucks, tractors. Do away for the rest.'
Kunal Kapoor wrote: 'Petrol is up to 78 rs per litre!!! Forget cars, banks need to come up with EMI schemes for petrol as well now!!!'
Ashish Chowdhry tweeted: 'Just btw,disgusted with d centre 4 hikin petrol prices d way they have leavin aside options which would hurt d 'aam aadmi' less.A numb move! Increase taxes on gold n silver,look into tax exemptions,focus on loose subsidies,build industry;huge options.Why hurt common people so bad?'
Payal Rohatgi wrote: 'Just read about petrol price rise. What is this ? There has to be a limit put to such inflation. I wonder how does a common man do ?'
Meanwhile, the hike has also inspired jokes.
Amitabh Bachchan tweeted: 'Petrol up Rs 7.5 : Pump attendent - 'Kitne ka daloon ?' ! Mumbaikar - '2-4 rupye ka car ke upar spray kar de bhai, jalana hai !!''
The hike comes as the rupee hit an all-time low of Rs. 56.19 against the dollar and Bachchan joked about it too.
Sharing a joke he received from one of his friends, he added: 'Haha ha ! Just had to put this one out from good friend Anu : Amitabh has demanded all his payments in dollars instead of INR .. " Kyunki woh aaj bhi gire hue paise nahin uthata "'
Abhishek Kapoor tweeted: 'Petrol Pump Attendant : Kitne ka daaloon? Driver: 2-4 Rupye ka gadi ke upar spray kar de bhai. Aag lagani hai.'
Ashish Chowdhry also had a good laugh. 'Beti-mom he's just α friend!Maa--humne duniya dekhi hai beta!2 litre petrol jalaake ghar aanewala just friend nahi hota,' he wrote.
Raj Kundra tweeted: '#petrolhike yikes! Petrol chodo drink Johnnie Walker and keep walking!'
Image: Amitabh Bachchan
Photographs: Rediff Archive
Did Sonam really make a comment against the Khans?
Actress Sonam Kapoor clarified that she has been misquoted by a leading magazine and that she never said that "No actress has benefited from being a Khan heroine".
'There is an article in Filmfare that has grossly misquoted me and I'm someone who stands by everything she says usually, no matter how inflammatory. I have not said that no heroine has not benefited from working with the Khan's. I maybe many things but I'm not stupid enough to say that. It would be only my good fortune if I got to work with the icons of this industry..,' she tweeted.
Image: Sonam Kapoor
Actor R Madhavan, who took a 6-month sabbatical for his knee surgery, took his first shot.
'Hmm.. Took my first shot on my knee.. Was not painful at all as it was done by a super expert Doc.. Feeling a lil ginger but better,' he tweeted.
Whereas Preity Zinta's home-production Ishkq In Paris is all set to release on September 21. 'For all those asking Ishkq In Paris will release worldwide on the 21st of sept, 2012 ! We started shooting in Feb & will release in Sept !' she updated.
British film director of Indian origin Gurinder Chadha will carry the Olympic Torch in Bradford next month. 'Am so excited re the olympic flame. am honoured to be running with it too june 23rd near bradford! If you live up north come and say hi' she updated.
Meanwhile, Shabana Azmi hosted an impromptu party at her residence to celebrate the copyright bill. 'FABULOUS impromptu party at home. Nonstop singing.Who's who of music world celebrating copyright bill. Sonu Nigam mimicry has us in splits. Shankar Ehsan Loy Vishal Wajid Salim Suleiman Ram Sampat AnandMilind Lalit Raju Singh Sonu Nigam AlkaYagnik Sunidhi Himesh R Anup J Prasoon,' she tweeted.
Image: R Madhavan
Ameesha Patel shared a picture of her with Saif Ali Khan from the sets of Race 2 in Istanbul. 'At race 2 sets in istanbul..saif lukin dapper as usual,' she tweeted with the picture.
She shared another picture and added: 'Thank u @jayshewakramani for taking such a cute pic at dinner last nite w the team of race 2.'
Manoj Bajpayee shared a picture of him from Cannes and tweeted: 'Sardar khan and faizal khan at french reviera fot the gangs of wasseypur.'
Image: Saif Ali Khan and Ameesha Patel