Meet Bollywood's 'bravest hero'
Bollywood has joined Vidya Balan's legion of fans after The Dirty Picture released last weekend. Filmi folks are going gagag over her acting prowess. Shruti Seth even named her the 'bravest hero' of the film industry.
Here's what stars had to say about the film:
Minissha Lamba was impressed. 'Standing ovation 2 VIDYA BALAN! History is made by those who dare 2b different.. Congrats Tusshar, Emraan, Milan Luthria n Ekta Kapoor!!!' she wrote.
Shabana Azmi tweeted: 'Its difficult to believe that d actor who played in NKJ is d same as d 1 in TDP.What a brave unabashed performance.more power 2 Vidya Balan.'
Shruti Seth tweeted: 'Just saw Dirty Picture. Kudos to Vidya Balan for being the bravest hero of the film industry. Great performance. Must watch.'
Sameera Reddy thanked Vidya for bringing back the oomph factor in films. 'so glad Vidya Balan had bought the OOOmph factor back! was so sick of this Size Zero bullshit! im sure the boys dont like skinny chicks!' she updated.
Payal Rohtagi tweeted: 'Vidya vidya vidya. Omg. I love her in the dirty picture. There were whistles and whistles even with multiplex crowd. I could see the pain. Love u vidya. U have guts and hats off to you. Mwah. Vidya balan rocks. Period. And I cried when silk died. Yes our industry is so lonely. I have felt it. And that's why I begged my nani to with me. Here there are no friends. Its just success and money that matters. Only u can trust your blood with your emotions.'
Gul Panag also went all gaga about her. 'And it is fantastic!! Vidya Balan ROCKS! What a performance and what a film! Kudos to Milan Luthria. And Vidya is outstanding- head and shoulders above her contemporaries,' she wrote.
Neetu Chandra tweeted: 'Saw Dirty Picture yesterday... Vidya Balan is fab. An Inspiration for all the actors.. Great going Ekta..'
Arjun Rampal was speechless. 'Dirty Picture super film, everyone is fab,congrats Ekta,Milan,Emraan,Tushar,Naseer Sir,but OMG Vidya Balan just makes u speechless. Bravo,' he updated.
Image: Vidya Balan
Bollywood stars' tribute to Dev Anand
It's been a day since Dev Anand's untimely demise, but Bollywood stars, like the legend's fans all over, can't get over the news. Condolence tweets kept pouring in throughout the day.
Boman Irani shared a picture of Dev Anand that he had clicked on the sets of Mr. Prime Minister. 'A photograph I had taken of the legend on the sets of "Mr Prime Minister"' he wrote with the picture.
Priyanka Chopra tweeted: 'The last thing he told me was"tum humare zamane mein actress kyon nahi thi.."His charm,his energy and his zest for life..u taught us to live. Thank you Dev sahib... For being u and leaving us with ur incredible legacy...u shall be missed... RIP..'
Shirish Kunder wrote: 'Even with his last breath, Dev Anand has stolen the thunder from Tom Cruise.'
Celina Jaitly tweeted: 'In the arms of an angel fly's away r evergreen heart throb..Dev saab u'll be missed by us all,Forever green will ur memories in r hearts be.'
Arbaaz Khan wrote: 'Dev saab will be missed by us all. He was somebody who truly defined the spirit of life and one who lived life to the fullest. RIP Dev saab.'
Karan Johar recalled the time when his father worked with him. 'My father worked with devsaab for over 10 years. I grew up hearing about the sheer magic of DEV ANAND..RIP sir! Salute,Reverence and Respect. The industry just lost its sheen...the films just lost its charm...DEV ANAND epitomised all things celluloid give us..' he wrote.
Preity Zinta tweeted: 'Woke up to the sad News of Dev Saheb's demise ! May God give peace to his soul ! He inspired us all by living his life 2 the fullest . R.I.P.'
Ameesha Patel wrote: 'Sad news about dev anand sahab passing away.was v close to my grandfather n v close 2 r family. May he rest in peace.'
Hema Malini wrote rather a heartfelt anecdote. 'A humongous loss for the industry and and a great loss for me, personally, as I have worked with Dev Saab in so many films. The name Dev Saab only reminds one that age is just a number and that cinema is life. No one word can describe this enigmatic personality who had his unique style of dressing, a livewire who charged all people around with his energy and life-state. Not a moment have I seen him sitting in a relaxed manner on the sets, but constantly creating, planning and discussing films and the shoot ahead. We have lost a wonderful, joyful, youthful, charming and a passionate star in Dev Saab. Even the phrase Rest in Peace does not apply to him, though this is what I pray for him. I can still imagine, at this very moment, somewhere up there, Dev Saab planning his next passionate venture..' she wrote.
Image: Dev Anand
Tom Cruise floors his Bollywood counterparts
Hollywood star Tom Cruise was in town to promote his film Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
Sonam Kapoor who went for the premiere of Mission Impossible 4 shared a picture of her with Tom Cruise as she tweeted: 'OMG!'
Whereas Preity Zinta got a chance to dine with him. 'Just finished dinner with Anil, Tom Cruise & their guests ! What a Gracious host Anil is & OMG ! Tom used to be my heart throb in Top Gun ! Full marks 2 Tom 4 smiling & being charming all evening despite da jet lag! Wish Anil, Tom & the Mission Impossible team All the Very best !'she updated.
The entire team of Players also met him. Neil Nitin Mukesh updated: 'Jst met Tom cruise on the promotional event of PLAYERS on the red carpet for MI4. With the players team.'
Meanwhile, Cruise wants Shekhar Kapur to make Mr. India 2 with Anil Kapoor. 'Yesterdy Tom Cruise asked me why I was not making Mr India 2?? A set up by Anil Kapur I am sure. Thank u every1 for d amazing reactions 2 Mr India so many years after it first came out. It humbles me,' he wrote.
Image: Pradeep Bandekar
Stars condemn Punjab slapping incident
In an outrageous incident, a Shiromani Akali Dal Sarpanch Balwinder Singh of Gidderbaha in Punjab manhandled and slapped a female teacher named Varinder Kaur.
After seeing the video on television, Shah Rukh Khan tweeted: 'Just saw a male Sarpanch slap and rough up a woman teacher on tv...disgusting & should be punished for sure...'
R Madhavan wrote: 'The Sarpanch who Slapped a women today on Camera should be punished immediately and made an example of. Seriously need a tight slap himself.'
Minissha Lamba tweeted: 'Teachers r a cherished asset of a community. They need to be nurtured so they can nurture us.. I wud call this, Crimes Against Community.'
Image: Shah Rukh Khan
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar
Preity Zinta: Jahnu Baruah owes me money
Preity Zinta has accused National award-winning director Jahnu Barua of borrowing money from her for his film Har Pall starring Preity and Shiney Ahuja and has been avoiding her ever since.
Rubbishing the rumours about promoting the film, she tweeted: 'Just saw an article in DnA stating that I don't have time to promote my movie HAR PAL ! Absolutely false and baseless piece of News ! Wish journos wud call u & ask 4 a comment as opposed to listening to a SOURCE who does not exist. I don't appreciate being part of someone's views !! The truth is that the Producer of Har Pal borrowed money from me & now refuses to even take my calls. So now he is avoiding me ! So him asking me for Dates & me refusing is a totally baseless story ! Hope DnA is listening cuz we pay for a NEWS paper not a VIEWS paper !'
Meanwhile, Preity has signed award-winning French actress Isabelle Adjani for her home production, Ishkq in Paris, directed by Prem Raj. 'On a happier note I am so happy 2 have Isabella Adjani in ISHKQ IN PARIS ! She is beautiful & a dream come true ! I cannot stop grinning :-)' she added.
Image: Preity Zinta
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar