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There are many talented heroines around. The show business is one such cruel business that demands one’s pound of flesh day in and day out. Nowadays it is becoming increasingly difficult for the celebs to remain in the limelight with so many juicy stories making their way into the Breaking News category.

Considering all the challenges apart from pros and cons of being a public figure, there is one celebrity who has managed to keep her head above the water. She is the very bold and beautiful, one and only Bhairavi Goswami. Recently she has been in the news following the release of her latest erotic thriller “Hate Story”. My respect for her is growing by day as I go through the retweets after retweets admiring her boldness complete with the references to the certain parts of the female anatomy.

Bhairavi Goswami has what it takes to be. She has the looks to kill and the loads of attitude – enough to convince anybody that she is a down to earth sex bomb who won’t turn her  nose up at the mention of the unmentionable body parts. She has no double standards or holier-than-thou approach when it comes to the oomph factor. Therefore it is not surprising to see the list of her admirers growing by the day.

The most outstanding quality of Bhairavi Goswami’s charisma is her ability to connect to the masses without coming across as someone who is fake and does what she’s doing for the sake of publicity. There’s pure sincerity in whatever she does be it rewarding the fans by retweeting their tweets or sharing her pictures to create excitement. At no point of time one gets the impression that she is promoting herself or her upcoming films.

The reason for such positive vibes is she believes in entertaining the masses without any artificial barriers. She reaches out to the fans in a more direct way so as to leave them delighted beyond words. All her contemporaries should learn a few tricks from her book with respect to the PR vis-a-vis the subtle art of self-promotion.

Her bio reads that Bhairavi is uncut, unedited and unapologetic. Now rarely there is anybody who carries all these three attributes with as much panache as Bhairavi does. There is a very thin line between being bold and being vulgar. Bhairavi knows not to cross that line with the caution of a seasoned professional. There have been many heroines in the past who had earned the sobriquets like “Sex Bomb” and “Sex Symbol”. But none of them has been able to carry them off so well as Bhairavi does.

She has become the hottie with a golden heart within no time. After Zeenat Aman and Mandakini, India had been in search of a genuine sex symbol. In between the likes of Bipashas and Mallikas came and went. None of them could capture the imagination of the entire nation for a long time. For a brief period of time, Rakhi Sawant tried to flirt her way into the nation’s consciousness. But the fans could see through her cheap gimmicks and soon she ended up as the butt of ridicule.

But Bhairavi Goswami is here to stay. What makes her tick (apart from her killer looks) is her pragmatic approach to handle her stardom in a balanced manner. She is always well-behaved. Hardly you come across fans complaining about her tantrums or mood swings. She has been gifted with a very understanding temperament that helps her keep her  feet on the ground. She knows the fame is transient. She ought to make the most of it as long as it lasts.

Perhaps this is what explains her calm and mature responses to the fans’ admiration for her body bordering on lust. She is aware of her USP and that’s why she wants to flaunt it boldly. Lest her fans should  be under the impression that their “Dream Girl” exists only on the celluloid that in turn exists in the darkness of the multiplexes or cinema halls. Once they step out, she is like the dream that evaporated when the eyes opened. She knows that she has successfully become the Dream Girl but the challenge is not to give away that coveted place to any of her competitors.

She is on the right path. India is mature enough to admire and appreciate the strategy of self-promotion Bhairavi Goswami has adopted. As long as she keeps her head on her shoulder, she will grown only from strength to strength. That’s Bhairavi Goswami for you – the uncut, unedited and unapologetic.

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Poor Shah Rukh Khan gets detained in the US airport and back home our publicity hungry politicians get their knickers in a twist. Whenever this happens, there is this huge media uproar that follows. The kind of prime time this story grabs in the media is an eyesore to these media savvy politicians who think it’s their birthright to be “live” on every news channels simultaneously especially during the prime time.

This is why Rahul Gandhi borrowed Shah Rukh Khan’s epic line “My Name Is Khan and I am not a terrorist” to grab some eye balls for himself. This time he didn’t consult his script writer and went hammer and tongue with the line “My name is Rahul Gandhi and I am a Brahmin” daring his detractors to oppose him. Sure enough the main opposition party of India took the bait and added fuel to the fire by trying to take potshots at this Brahmin remark of the young(?) scion of the ruling party. As soon as that happened, Rahul Gandhi began to smile to himself for luring the enemy to fall into the pit dug exclusively for them.

While the Brahmin controversy was brewing, Mamata Banerjee did her bit to take her revenge on the US authorities for having detained the Poschim Bongla Brand Ambassador Shah Rukh Khan. She did so in style. She had a cartoonist arrest for mocking at her. It was surely a case of mistaken identity. She thought the cartoonist was the cousin of the immigrant officer from the US who had detained Shah Rukh Khan. Didi was certainly looking forward to killing two birds with one stone. But the media would have none of it and insisted on reporting the arrest of the cartoonist purely on the basis of poor professor having shown disrespect to Didi in his cartoons.

Right from Shah Rukh Khan to Rahul Gandhi to Mamata Banerjee to the cartoonist received their fair share of publicity. Nobody is complaining at the way these publicity stunts turned out to be. Shah Rukh Khan keeps saying that the police of twelve countries have been on a look-out for him. Therefore, it was natural for him to get detained at the USA Airport. The students of Yale University where he was due to give a speech can certainly wait for the King Khan to appear albeit a few hours late.

Rahul Gandhi’s charisma has gone to Karishma Kapoor for brushing up. It will only come back to him before the general elections of 2014. Till such time poor scion is left with whatever famous lines from legends his mother has written in a note-book and handed him over to learn by heart. He can make a few situational changes in those lines to manufacture a controversy as this is the only way media is going to take note of him.

Mamata Banerjee has  been talking about a change for quite some time. Now the people of her state has realised what change she has been talking about. There’s nobody who can say anything slightly displeasing to Didi and get away. The law will soon catch up. Not only the police will arrest the offenders but Didi’s personal army of supporters will also rough up the offenders before the police whisk away the culprits. Keeping all these things in mind some writers and filmmakers have got busy making an epic that depicts Didi as the empress of Asia so that no harm can come their way in case she were to become the PM or the President.

Shah Rukh Khan doesn’t need any controversy to become the bigger star than he already is. It is quite unfortunate that people manufacture controversies using the King Khan’s name for their own personal gains. Last heard, SRK was contemplating applying for the patent law on controversies that are going to be generated using his own name. He and he alone will have exclusive rights on all those controversies in which the name Shah Rukh Khan appears.

The only solution to avoid publicity hungry film actors and politicians is to stay away from all this by watching IPL5 that lacks any excitement with all geriatric players participating in it. Since people take vicarious pleasure in manufacturing controversies and cracking jokes on the so-called successful people, the most sensible thing to do is forget all these controversies because we can never know which new controversy is going to pop up after every one hour.

 

Saif Ali Khan is back in the news. Whenever any big release is around the corner, the lead actors try to get into the news and hog as much limelight as possible so that their big release gets talked about and receives good opening all across. This is an old marketing trick which by now everybody has come to know. Saif Ali Khan’s Agent Vinod is ready for the release sometime next month. Post the release of this much awaited venture, he and his lady love Kareena Kapoor are all set to tie the nuptial knot. There’s a lot at stake for this actor who lost his father recently.  Therefore it is natural for him to leave no stones unturned in making Agent Vinod the biggest hit of 2012.

The release date of this upcoming flick is exactly a month away. The publicity machinery seems to have swung into action to keep the lead actor on the front pages of newspapers and on the TV screens during prime time in the days leading to the release date. How much of these will benefit Agent Vinod remains to be seen. But the fact is these pre-release hypes make for good entertainment although the flicks in question may not prove to be as entertaining. In this age of social media the jury is constantly out and soon after watching the film promos on TV, people pretend to be intelligent enough to predict on the social media whether the film is going to be a hit or a flop.

Considering all this Agent Vinod is out to steal the thunder. His first salvo comes disguised as Iqbal Sharma – an NRI businessman – who landed up with a fractured nose for allegedly ticking off the actor who was talking loudly. This infamous brawl at a public place has got Saif Ali Khan plenty of publicity. The fractured nose of poor Iqbal Sharma has received as much attention as Shirish Kunder’s slapped face by Shah Rukh Khan. Mr. Iqbal Sharma is a wealthy businessman who has shown enough guts to walk up to the police station and lodged a complaint against this angry young man. The police too seem to have acted swiftly by booking him under a case of assault.

Everybody knows that Saif Ali Khan will be granted bail sooner or later. Mr. Iqbal Sharma and Saif Ali Khan will kiss and make up. They will bury the hatchet and become buddies.  This will be a forgotten incident as soon as the marketing team of Agent Vinod stumbles upon some other juicy idea to drum up another controversy to get the leading man yet another round of publicity ahead of the release date of Agent Vinod. People will get plenty of entertainment without watching Agent Vinod. Agent Vinod will rake in moolah and after the success of this magnum opus the leading pair will tie the knot and fly off to some far away location for their honeymoon. The whole pre-hype release of Agent Vinod has a fairy tale feel to it.

However water tight the script may read, some loose ends are there for all to see. Why would a celebrity get into a fight with a wealthy man at a public place where this disgusting act is bound to raise hackles? Agreed the fight was intended to raise hackles to garner publicity but isn’t it silly to get into a fight with an unknown man over a polite request to speak softly? Is there more to this fight than what meets the eye? Who is in need of more publicity, Saif Ali Khan or the victim Iqbal Sharma? The way celebs love publicity, their fans want 15 minutes of fame by ticking off these high flying stars. They know that they have nothing to lose but the star has everything to lose with all the TV and mobile cameras trained on him round the clock. Who knows or who can say just like Saif Ali Khan has the biggest release of his career lined up next month, the victim has some important start-up lined up sometime soon in future for which he wants instant fame? What a better way of getting famous than this? When only smart people are ruling the world, do the dumb have any chance of making it big?

We all grew up admiring Mr. Amitabh Bachchan’s Sholay, Mukkadar Ka Sikandar, Satte Pe Satta, Zanzeer, Chupke Chupke, Mahan, Kaliya, Amar Akbar Anthony, Suhag and so on and so forth. When he ruled the box office as an Angry Young Man, nobody thought he would grow old and his charisma would fade with age. There was an aura around his persona. His cult popularity made him the connoisseur of every eye. Here was a larger-than-life super star aka Angry Young Man who could do no wrong. The very name Amitabh Bachchan became synonymous with the word entertainment. This is the most remarkable achievement given the fact that he never used media to reach where he has reached. His charisma was such that he didn’t feel the need to have PR Agencies telling him what to do next during his hay days. The juggernaut of Amitabh Bachchan kept rolling till the Bofors scandal broke. The rest is a history well-chronicled, such as, his self-declared Sanyas from politics and subsequent come back into the film industry once he ruled with almost no rivals who could remotely pose any threat to his throne of super-stardom.

He was successful in making a comeback but that charisma had faded. The audiences didn’t reject their idol. At the same time, they didn’t bestow upon him the same love and adulation. The younger generation of actors were competing with him for the throne once he possessed with impunity. The emperor was old now. There was a desperate need to reinvent him. It was just a matter of time before the lenient charisma limped back to life again. The moment of glory came in the form of the game show titled Kaun Banega Crorepati.  And again the rest is history.

Mr. Amitabh Bachchan is the darling of the masses. His fans from all age groups worship him. There is no doubt that in India there was never, there is never and there will never be a bigger Super Star than Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. He is what he is. Nobody can even come near him let alone touch the heights he has scaled. But gone are the days when his die-hard fans thought he could do no wrong as he was a near perfect man. He is very much active on the various social networking sites. He regularly interacts with his fans through tweets. He keeps them up-to-date about both his work and family related progress.

There is nothing wrong in doing so. He knows that his fans and well-wishers out there may be interested in knowing about the latest goings-on in the Bachchan household. Before the media reports any important news related to his family, he wants to reach out to his fans with the news himself through twitter. One must appreciate this tactful handling of his fan base. But there is something that doesn’t make sense.

If he or his son tweets about something related to the Bachchan family, it is alright. But if the same thing or something else for that matter gets reported in the media about him or his family, he has problems. He goes hammer and tongue. Quite understandably the name Bachchan sells. Anything published about the first family of the Hindi Film Industry is bound to generate lots of public interest. At the same time people may view this news item with funny angles. The way a coin has two sides, the publicity too can be good or bad. Being one of the most popular figures of our country, why is Mr. Bachchan has this ‘my-blood-is-blood-and-your-blood-is-water’ world-view? If he claims to be as private as he is, why is he on the social networking sites in the first place? Isn’t it hypocrisy?

Now contrast this with another Super Star Aamir Khan.  The man is the ambassador of privacy if you can call him that. Everybody knows Aamir Khan surfaces only when his film is about to release. He doesn’t like too much publicity. He believes in limited exposure to keep his charisma alive. He doesn’t like to publicly talk about his private life at all. He has kept his family away from the media limelight. This was why when today the news of him becoming a father of his second wife Kiran Rao’s son arrived, many people were surprised. Very few people knew about this very private and equally delicate matter. He did a clever job of hiding this information from the media. Had he wanted, he could have declared the news on the very first day and watched all the hell breaking loose from a distance. But some men live up to their word, whereas some men never practice what they preach. We often come across the saying, “Emperor has no clothes”, and the meaning of this saying becomes clearer when we see Mr. Amitabh Bachchan in action on twitter.

Strangely enough the world came to a standstill today with the news of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan delivering a girl child. Abhishek Bachchan became a father. Amitabh Bachchan became a grand-father. This is something India had been waiting to happen ever since Abhi-Ash tied the knot way back in 2007. Their millions of fans world wide celebrated the news of the arrival of AB’s Baby into the family with enthusiasm. The festive mood was palpable across the country as the waves of joy spread far and wide. Once again the social media played an important role in spreading the news like a wildfire. The Bachchans are the quintessential public figures with the fiercely guarded private lives.  The media loves to cover everything the first family of the Hindi Film Industry does. But the Bachchans are a down-to-earth lot and they hate to be loved so much by the media. They feel uncomfortable when the TV cameras are trained on them round the clock capturing their every minor expression. Sensing the first family’s discomfort at being the toast of the entire nation, the visual media has shown a lot of restraint in its coverage so far.

However, along with the Bachchans, the nation too has heaved a sigh of relief. The entire nation had been praying for this new arrival ever since the news of Aishwarya’s pregnancy hit the headlines. Now that the delivery of a baby girl has happened, along with the Bachchan Parivar the world too is rejoicing. As usual the Manmohan Singh-led UPA-II government has tried to take the credit for Aishwarya’s successful delivery. Not to be outdone the main opposition party BJP too has issued the press statement stating the doctors who performed Aishwarya’s delivery are the loyal BJP workers. It further reads that these doctors worked round the clock to bring the baby into the world and, therefore, it is wrong on the part of the Manmohan Singh-led-UPA-II government to take all the credit for such a glorious event. The Bachchans have maintained a dignified silence by choosing to not make any comment over these silly fight between the ruling coalition and the main opposition party of our country.

The aam aadmi has every reason to cheer now. The AB’s Baby has brought plenty of luck along with her. The icing on the cake will be when the selection of the name for AB’s Baby beginning with the alphabet ‘K’ takes place. All the major problems plaguing the country are going to disappear into the thin air in a week or so. India is going to emerge so strong, so happy, so united and so self-sufficient that the whole world is going to sit up, take notice and feel jealous of the sudden turn-around in her fortunes.

Some of the major breakthroughs likely to happen are listed below:-

  1. The price of petrol will soon be 50 rupees per liter. There won’t be any price hike till the AB’s Baby turns ten years old.
  2. Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th 100 will be a reality soon. (It’s a very touchy subject for the millions of Sachin’s fans out there. So the less said the better).
  3. Imran Khan will become the Prime of Minister of Pakistan and hand over all those most wanted terrorists hiding in his country to India unconditionally and the relations between the two neighbours will become cordial.
  4. China will become India’s closest friend and help in getting her the permanent UN seat.
  5. Rahul Gandhi will get married to the girl chosen for him by the people of India.
  6. L K Advani will take a vow of not taking out Rath Yatras again.
  7. Abhishek Bachchan’s next film starring him in the lead role will break all box-office records.
  8. The Parliament will function uninterrupted. The MPs will behave themselves thus transforming India into a super-power in next few years.
  9. Convicted terrorists will be hanged soon.
  10. Amar Singh and Amitabh Bachchan will reunite soon to avenge those who separated them in the first place.
Apart from these ten breakthroughs, many more good things are in store. The AB’s Baby is a blessing in disguise for the people of this country. Let’s congratulate the Bachchan Parivar once again for bringing so much of joy, excitement and hopes for a new beginning into our mundane lives.

 

 

 

 

Shah Rukh Khan aka The Badshah of Bollywood aka The King Khan  has been going all out to promote the most expensive Bollywood film of all times “Ra-One”. Shah Rukh Khan has reportedly spent a whopping 150 crores on the making of “Ra-One”. Surprisingly he looks forward to spending close to 100 crores on the marketing and publicity of the film prior to its release. The King Khan has been apparently nervous at the way his arch-rival’s Eid release “Bodyguard” has performed at the box-office. He gives credit to Salman Khan’s clever marketing strategy of rushing to the US on the eve of the release of Bodyguard (Salman Khan reportedly visited the US to undergo surgery for Trigeminal Neuralgia) for the success of Bodyguard. He feels his fans felt sympathy for their beloved Bhaijan and decided to make the film super-hit while the news of Salman being operated upon in the faraway land of America kept hitting the headlines at regular intervals. Everything was timed perfectly and being monitored and micro-managed by Bhaijan himself.

Shah Rukh Khan has been pressurising the think-tank of “Ra-One” to come out with some innovative strategy that touches the emotional chord of his fans so that they go all out to make “Ra-One” the biggest hit of the decade. He has reportedly set the deadline for this innovative strategy to come into existence before 25th October. The Ra-One think tank has been working overtime to formulate the strategy that steals the hearts of King Khan’s millions of fans world-wide. It has already come out with a dozen strategies but none of them has left the King Khan impressed. He wants one unique strategy, like, throughout the making of “Ra-One” he suffered from severe pain on the nail of his right thumb that refused to grow. Now the King Khan has gone to the jungles of Africa in search of some ancient herb that cures the nail pain. But that herb is rarely found and many fear it is now almost extinct. King Khan would have none of it. As soon as “Ra-One” reached the cinema-halls across the world, he has left for Africa and nobody knows his whereabouts. He has given enough suggestions to the think-tank and he expects the strategy to be ready in next 48 hours.

He has been touring all the studios of TV channels. He has appeared in almost all the popular serials and programmes. He doesn’t mind over-exposure on the eve of the release of “Ra-One” since he firmly believes in the motto “what is seen is sold”. He has cast both Rajnikanth and Amitabh Bachchan in the guest roles in “Ra-One”. Now the rumours are doing the round that the King Khan approached Mr. Balasaheb Thackeray , Mr. Narendra Modi  and Mayawati to appear in the re-mix version of Chhamak Chhalo that will be shown before “The End” appears on the screen. All the three have declined to accept the offer citing the creative differences. Sources close to them say they were miffed at King Khan for proposing to show them towards the end. They insisted on appearing during the time when the credits roll in the starting.

The King Khan knows the powerful effect of twitter. He has paid a huge sum of money to twitter. On the eve of the Ra-One release, only Ra-One, G-One, Kareena Kapoor, Anubhav Sinha, Arjun Rampal, Akon, Chhamak Chhallo and cast, characters and incidents related to Ra-One will trend world-wide on twitter. King Khan has struck a direct deal with God for not calling any well-known celebrity to heaven one week prior and post the release of “Ra-One” as we have seen in the recent past when Steve Jobs and Jagjit Singh passed away, how twitterati poured its grief on twitter. He doesn’t want that to happen. Every living soul in the world must have only one word on the lips and that word has to be “Ra-One”.

Last but not the least, the Team Anna is being roped in to give positive sound bites for “Ra-One”. It has already seen the premier of “Ra-One” and now the Team Anna will shortly call a press-conference where it will declare that India needs a super-hero like “Ra-One” to arm-twist UPA-II into passing the Jan Lokpal Bill. Shah Rukh Khan believes that this will result in the tremendous publicity for “Ra-One” and he will laugh all the way to the bank.

The man is desperate and he is doing all he can to make “Ra-One” the super-hit film of the year, of the decade and of the century too. He can call the shots till the film releases. After that it’s public who will decide the fate of “Ra-One”.

 

From “Maine Pyar Kiya” to “Bodyguard”, Salman Khan has come a long way. What is the secret behind such a phenomenal success of Salman Khan? What’s so special about this Khan who has given four hits in a row and nothing seems to stop him at the age of 45? Critics are pulling their hair at the quality of his recent films that are blockbuster hits. He is reigning supreme at the box office. He is the number one hero as of now. Some media houses even went to the extent of comparing him to the Southern super star Rajnikanth.

Believe it or not Salman Khan has been going through the best phase of his career. Whatever he touches seems to turn to gold. He has come to be known as a superstar with the Midas touch. His films are not serious. They lack any coherent plots. So many cinematic liberties are taken and yet his fans queue up outside the cinema halls to watch their adorable hero with impeccable looks and chiseled body to woo them and transport them to the land where they would love to be in his shoes. He comes across as a simple actor on screen. He defies all the logic that is normally associated with the persona of the most popular super star.

There doesn’t seem to be any method to the madness called Salman Khan. He doesn’t work with the so-called big banners. He doesn’t indulge in street smart gimmicks to promote his films on the eve of their releases. He seems effortless in whatever he does. His charm too has that careless touch to it. Take it or leave it kind of an attitude. You are free to do whatever you like. I am what I am. You can love me or hate me or ignore me at your own peril. But I am here to stay. This is what one feels about Salman Khan who has got the nickers of his superstar colleagues in a twist following the resounding success of his latest Bodyguard.

He knows how to entertain without being complicated. The audiences flock to the cinema halls to have some relief from the daily worries and tensions. They like to see the hero doing things and pulling of breathtaking stunts in style that they cannot do in real life. He has an uncanny knack of knowing the pulse of his audience. This is why he is so successful. He doesn’t want to be logical or answer whys and whats. Things are straightforward and he likes them that way. This is why when he breaks onto the screen, the fans go berserk and the girls stop breathing expecting him to rip off his shirt exposing those well-toned muscles.

Sometimes to remind us we are humans, we need superstars like Salman Khan who can do (on screen) what we humans cannot do. He doesn’t make any efforts to endear himself to the masses. He is someone who doesn’t like to get trapped in any images. This is what we seem to like about him and we have created a special place in our hearts. He is really critics’ nightmare and producers’ delight as one critic put it. Maybe he forgot to add he is his fans’ delight too. Get well soon, Salman Khan. Your fans are praying for you and your speedy recovery.

 

 


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