Shah Rukh Khan's Birthday: Fans write blog posts

So it is SRK's birthday on 2nd November! For some of my sweet friends Vijeeth, Keyur and Baishali, it is a very very special day. They are huge fans of Shah Rukh Khan and are in a birthday celebration mode already!

Until I met Vijeeth, I never had an idea how much people can be crazy about a particular actor / actress. After witnessing Vijeeth's fan-giri for SRK, I met Keyur and Baishali when I was with Zee. Shah Rukh Khan's wallpapers on their desktop, the love for writing SRK articles, defending SRK when anyone at work said anything against him / his movies... was amazing!!!

Now it's Shah Rukh Khan's birthday and I can't help but share Keyur's blog post on the same - Happy Birthday Shah Rukh Khan! « The Common Man Speaks

Inviting Vijeeth and Baishali and all other SRK fans to contribute their posts / links out here for the world to see!

Funny Google Translate tool - Bollywood Ishtyle

All right, the Google Translate tool is cool, it does translate most of the stuff brilliantly. But then, for obvious reasons, it's funny how the Famous Bollywood dialogues get translated. Here's my little experiment before they improvise it ;)

Bobby Deol's real name

Did you know that Bobby Deol's real name is Vijay Singh Deol!!! Born on January 27, 1967 Bobby Deol is the son of Dharmendra and Prakash Kaur. His elder brother is Sunny Deol. Bobby Deol first appeared as a child actor in the film Dharam Veer (1977).

Watching movies on television - swast and mast!

Gone are the days when television channels used to telecast movies released at least 3 years ago. I love the fact that the television channels now telecast 'almost' latest movies. In fact, some of the movies are telecast with a couple of months of their release! The hit movies take at least 6-8 months. May be piracy is the reason, but it really is a win-win situation for us.

What I miss though is watching evergreen movies on television. Somehow the new ones have won the movie slots and the anytime-watch movies like Golmaal (old), Chupke Chupke, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, Guide and the likes have taken a backseat. Thanks to Set Max channel, at least they have these weeks dedicated to some stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna. Call me greedy, but I want the best of both worlds!

Bollywood Birthdays in April

Here's the list of birthdays of Bollywood celebrities in the month of April:
2nd April - Ajay Devgan, Deepak Parashar, Viju Khote
3rd April – Jaya Prada
4th April - Parveen Babi, Guddi Maruti, Lisa Ray,
5th April - Rupali Ganguly
6th April – Suchitra Sen
7th April - Jeetendra
9th April - Jaya Bachchan
10th April - Ayesha Takia
11th April - Navin Nischol, Rohini Hattangadi
13th April - Satish Kaushik, Gulshan Bawra
15th April – Mandira Bedi
16th April - Lara Dutta
17th April - Bindu
18th April - Poonam Dhillon, Lalita Pawar
19th April - Arshad Warsi (1968)
20th April – Babita, Mamta Kulkarni
22nd April - B R Chopra
23rd April - Yana Gupta
24th April - Mac Mohan
26th April - Moushumi Chatterjee, Anjali Jathar
27th April - Zohra Sehgal
28th April - Sharman Joshi

Big B's Sea-Link presence: What's the big deal?

Controversies, I believe, have their way of finding Amitabh Bachchan. Every few months, there are fresh controversies attacking him. Looks like they want to change his initials from AB to ABC (Amitabh Bachchan Controversial). But AB knows well how to deal with controversies and fights them off smartly and impressively. And I am so inspired!

This time, it has to do with Bandra-Worli Sea Link (also known as Rajiv Gandhi Sagari Setu). I can't believe all the latest news related to Mumbai's Bandra-Worli Sea Link extension talk more about Bachchan's presence at the inauguration instead of its benefits to the aam junta! What's the big deal? Why be disappointed at Amitabh Bachchan's mere presence at the occasion after inviting him in the first place? Why create such a drama like our television serials - "Agar mujhe pata hota woh aayengey, toh shayad main nahin aata"!

Instead of sharing the joy of the new four lanes on the sea link, we are debating AB's presence and Congress' alleged disappointment! Mumbai has seen many sorrowful incidents in the recent years. On rare occasions we have something to cheer about. Let's not spoil it. Let's share the joy of the infrastructure developments in Mumbai.

Oscar Awards 2010 official website has it all

There's no better place to know all about Oscar Awards 2010 than it's official website. The Academy Awards website has it all - nominations, winners, thank you speeches, red carpet and backstage exclusive, photos and videos. I loved that they have included the text as well as videos of the acceptance speeches! Pretty comprehensive stuff!

Oscar Awards: Women's Day Special for Kathryn Bigelow

The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow will never forget her most precious Women's Day gift - The Oscar Award for directing.

She has become the first female to be honored with the Best Director title at the Academy Awards. For time to follow, whenever another female will win Academy Award for best direction, Kathryn Bigelow's name would be remembered to be the first female winner.The way it has been for the first females in every field, be it flying or presiding a nation.

Click here for Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar Award acceptance speech text.
Click here for Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar Award acceptance speech video.

SRK: My wife's name is Gauri Khanum

All right, this is not exactly a quote by Shah Rukh Khan but he has expressed a point. SRK's wife Gauri has been in news lately as she supported MNIK extensively in the wake of the protests against her husband. So the media has been covering Gauri 'Khan' a lot. Now SRK has expressed that she should be called Gauri Khanum and not Gauri Khan.

Why? Well, Shah Rukh has expressed that Khan is used for males while Khanum for females. He says that Khan is not a surname but a title. I remember how once a friend in college has explained to me that she uses Kaur and not Singh in her name as Singh is for males and Kaur for females. Now our own SRK has taught me something I did not know.

So what could be the name of Shah Rukh Khan's next film? I guess: My wife's name is Khanum!

And are we expecting new changes in film credits and names of actresses? Perhaps you might want to look out for:

Farah Khanum
Malaika Arora Khanum
Sussanne Khanum
Jiah Khanum
Negar Khanum

Tahir Hussain passes away due to cardiac arrest

Tahir Hussain, producer of films like Hum Caravan, Zakhmee, Anamika, Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke and Dulha Bikta Hai, died of a massive heart attack on 2nd February, 2010.

Condolences to Aamir Khan, Faisal Khan and entire Tahir Hussain family.