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Tilak Rishi, born in India, has been working as a career corporate executive, after doing his MBA. Passionately pursuing his hobby for writing, he also remained a regular contributor to newspapers in India and the U.S. Many true happenings and characters he came across in life, including interaction with former president Bill Clinton, inspired Paradise Lost and Found, his first novel. A family saga, it starts from Kashmir, when this paradise on earth is lost for the tourists who thronged in thousands every year to enjoy its scenic splendor. Terrorists have turned it into one of the most dangerous places in the world. The family is not only a witness to the loss of this paradise, but also to another tragedy of much bigger magnitude. In the aftermath of the partition of India, along with millions uprooted from their homes in Pakistan, the family leaves behind all that it has in Lahore. Starting from a scratch on the difficult path to progress, it still has many joyful moments when along the way it makes a difference in many a life. The survival-to-success story climaxes in California where the family finds the paradise that was lost in Kashmir.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Bollywood Superstars' Bullfights!

Bollywood is a competitive platform where all the celebrities compete with each other through their movies. But never before this competition became personal and unhealthy till recent times when we often hear of many star fights and other tantrums. This emerging unfortunate trend was earlier limited to the few top leading ladies of Bollywood and was commonly called cat-fights, infamous examples being:

Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra: The two had a major mudslinging on KJO’s chat show on TV. While Kareena pointed fingers on Priyanka’s accent, the former beauty queen raised some eye brow by saying that no one in the industry took Kareena seriously.

Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor: When the actresses made their Bollywood debut; they were not exactly on talking terms with each other. After Deepika started dating Ranbir, Sonam who was earlier said to have been pretty comfortable with Ranbir, was very miffed.

Sonam Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: With Ash having been the face of L’Oreal for several years, the cosmetic brand also chose Sonam to represent a particular product under the brand name. At the Cannes Sonam, who was slated to walk the red carpet, was at the last moment denied the opportunity after Aishwarya put her foot down and expressed her displeasure in sharing the carpet.

Preity Zinta and Rani Mukherjee: Starting on as great buddies, the two lost ease somewhere down the line and started cold shouldering each other. While the two actors have acted in many films together, there has always been an unspoken war of words between them.

Kareena Kapoor and Bipasha Basu: Kareena‘s words will hardly be forgotten when the pale skinned actor dared to call Bipasha a ‘kali billi’. While filming for Ajnabi together, Bipasha made fun of Kareena’s outfits that led to the war of words.

Lara Dutta and Priyanka Chopra: The two ladies went on to win International beauty crowns the same year. Their rivalry goes back to the time when they made Bollywood debuts together. Apperently, Lara and Priyanka haven’t been talking to each other on the sets of Shahruk Khan’s latest film Don 2.

And the list gets longer and longer with new stars joining the league. However, the only plus point in this 'dirty picture' was that it only had female stars and the male actors were conspicuously missing from the cast. But the sequel has absolutely a different story to tell with male stars' bullfights dominating the action drama.

The study of Hindi cinema from early 1930s, when the first Indian 'talkie' was made, to date reveals that there are generally three superstars shining simultaneously at a given time – 1930s-40s: Ashok Kumar, Motilal and Surendra; 1950s-60s: Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand; 1970s-80s: Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan; 1990s-till date: the three Khans – Shahrukh, Salman and Amir. The superstars of the bygone decades were known for their decent, dignified and elegant behavior between each other and not to speak of bullfights, even discreet use of dirty words by one against the other star was unimaginable. Alas, this graceful relationship amongst rival stars is gone and become history. Now its not uncommon in Bollywood to see big stars slug it out, exchange heated arguments, develop cold relationships and use the media to vent their frustration in public (remember Vivek-Oberoi – Salman Khan spat over Aishwarya Rai). What we see is the most disgusting and disgraceful relationship emerging amongst male actors too, especially the superstars of today – Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan and Amir Khan.

The Sallu-SRK rivalry has been going on for quite some time now. The friction between Shahrukh and Salman dates back to 2003 during the filming of Chalte Chalte which originally starred Aishwarya Rai; The duo got into a fight when Salman disrupted the shootings of Chalte Chalte to meet Aishwarya Rai (his girlfriend during those days), this resulted in Shahrukh replacing Aishwarya with Rani Mukherjee. The rivalry between the two Khans has been one of the most controversial news in Bollywood. Their rivalry attained nasty proportions when they even almost came to blows during a party. The two had a nasty exchange of verbal assaults in front of friends and fans. It happened when Salman threw a star studded birthday bash for girlfriend Katrina Kaif. Shah Rukh Khan attended the party with wife Gauri and Karan Johar. It is said that the ‘diplomatic attire’ of the two khans lost after a few drinks and they got in a serious exchange of verbal assaults. Friends intervened before they came to blows. The feud is still simmering between the two, though not so apparently.

The cold war between Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan shows no signs of thawing. This rivalry began way back in 1996 when SRK won the Filmfare award for his act in DDLJ. As King Khan was being crowned at the function, our chocolate boy vowed to never again attend award ceremonies. Why? Because Aamir felt he deserved to win the award for his role in Rangeela. Since then the two are well known for taking potshots at each other, especially when either of their films is up for release. Post Ra. One release, seems like Shah Rukh Khan – Aamir Khan rivalry has become even more dirty and has reached new heights with reports that alleged that Aamir Khan was keen on pulling Shahrukh Khan’s new film Ra.One down. This has made SRK totally miffed and upset.

The ugly fight amongst the three Khans, the male superstars of today, confirms the fact that after watching the ongoing cat-fights for so long amongst leading ladies of Bollywood, it's time for a long spell of Bollywood superstar' bullfights.


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