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Idiot Box will show how the Indian male suffers on account of the saas-bahu soaps

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 15, 2009)


S B Singh heard the alarm bells ringing when he noticed that his wife preferred television soaps over him. Ekta Kapoor’s string of K-serials and their clones had the women in Singh’s family glued to the television.

This is when Singh, owner of a sweetmeat chain, decided to make a film to show how his personal life was affected by the saas-bahu sagas. He said, “My friends have also gone through a similar ordeal. My film will speak for them.” The film has been appropriately titled Idiot Box.

SB Singh Jyoti Gauba

Talking about his experience, Singh said, “I usually get home by 8.30 pm after work. But my wife remains glued to the TV till 10.30 pm. I told her to watch the reruns in the afternoon. But she uses the afternoons to take a nap.” Singh, who lives in a joint family, faced this problem with all the women in his household. “But nobody seemed to listen,” he added.  To add to his woes, they kept talking about the storylines and the characters in those shows.

Singh decided to retaliate. “I started returning late,” he said. “I went out with my friends. My wife questioned me and I clearly told her about my problem. Agar woh 11 tak TV dekhegi, toh main ghar pe aake kya karoon?”

Singh and his wife discussed the issue. He said, “She accepted that she was wrong. But there are many such couples, who haven’t resolved their differences. I don’t have anything against television producers or their content. I simply don’t want anybody to see television at the cost of their personal life.”

Idiot Box has a character that has been inspired by Ekta Kapoor, who is called Anekta. Newcomer Jyoti Gauba will play that role. Singh added, “The film’s director, Sunando Mitra, used to work with Balaji Telefilms earlier. He gave me a lot of insight into Balaji. It became easy for Jyoti to adopt Ekta’s looks, style and mannerisms.”

The premiere of the Bachchans’ home production Paa was a glittering affair with the who’s who of Bollywood attending the event last night

By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 04, 2009)


The preparations for the grand premiere of Paa last night had started much earlier with Amitabh Bachchan visiting the venue at Wadala Imax at 1 pm yesterday to check out all the arrangements. Though the main event was scheduled to begin at 8.30 pm, a casually dressed Amitabh arrived at the venue much earlier at 6 pm and the first thing he did was to double check the arrangements.

He changed into natty formals shortly before the guests started arriving.

The Bachchans had divided their responsibilities to ensure that their guests are well-looked after. While Amitabh, Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai were standing at the entrance, Jaya Bachchan was looking after all the guests near the screens on the first floor.

Spec-ulation
Why were Ritesh Deshmukh with Abhishek Bachchan wearing identical frames?
The first wives club
Abhishek Bachchan with reel wife, Vidya Balan and his better half, Aishwarya Rai
You me aur hum
Ajay and Kajol
Devgan

Twinkle Twinkle big star
The colour co-ordinated couple Akshay Kumar and Twinkle

Anil Ambani, his wife Tina and their son were among the first guests to arrive. Some of the power couples who attended the premiere were Shah Rukh Khan and wife Gauri, Ajay Devgan and wife Kajol, Hrithik and wife Sussanne, and Akshay Kumar and wife Twinkle. SRK sent Gauri and the kids upstairs while he stayed back to chat with the Bachchans for a while.  SRK was seen hugging Akshay Kumar. Arshad Warsi and wife Maria were there too.

Ritesh Deshmukh, Dino Morea and Rakeysh Mehra and his wife followed shortly and the director seemed happy to catch up with his Rang De Basanti team Atul Kulkarni and Kunal Kapoor. Sharman Joshi made a late entry.

Ranbir Kapoor and Ritesh were engrossed in a conversation outside screen 3. Aishwarya came upstairs and was seen talking to Ashutosh Gowariker, his wife Sunita and Srishti Behl. Aamir Khan came with his 3 Idiots director Rajkumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Aamir left half-an-hour after the screening began.

Abhishek was seen chatting with Govinda, who came in quite late.

Filmmakers David Dhawan, Satish Kaushik and Madhur Bhandarkar were there. Filmmakers Abbas Mustan came all the way from Lonavla.

The screening was held in all the four screens at Imax but it was screen 3, which had the maximum number of stars. The screening of the film started around 10 pm.

Kangna Ranaut hung around outside for a while, posing for pictures even though the film had started. She soon went inside the theatre.

Dil de Dia
Even Auro, who doesn’t like girls, can’t resist the pretty Dia Mirza
Pretty woman
The single life seems to be agreeing with the glowing Kangna Ranaut
Daddy’s girl
Aishwarya with her father Krishnaraj Rai
Two-gether
Hrithik and  Sussanne Roshan
Star trek
Suhana seems to be taking after her mother Gauri Khan already. Shah Rukh Khan, Balki, Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan,  Gauri and Suhana
3 Idiots meets Paa
Rajkumar Hirani, Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Vidhu Vinod Chopra
(pics: nilesh wairkar)