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missmalini has a new address!

Psst! missmalini version 2.0ye is now available on www.missmalini.com! (I’m still working on getting all the comments migrated and the links/pictures just right so please bear with me.) Also, I have tons of pictures and stuff from the weekend was just waiting for the DNS server to kick in with my new address. So sit back enjoy and don’t worry missmalini is not going anywhere. To the moon baby, to the moon!

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Good Bye MJ; This is it.

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I woke up this morning to an SMS that said, “Michael Jackson dead.”

I still don’t quite have the words to express the way I feel. I guess for me the worst part is that he had kinda slipped off the radar, you know? Lost a bit of the superstar appeal amidst loads of ambiguity about his questionable conduct with children, too many crude jokes at his expense and that epic concert he never got to perform at. Ugh.

I guess I feel this way about all posthumous tributes for anyone who dies, famous or not. I wish they could be around to feel the love. Maybe we should pick a day for everyone we know and celebrate them and tell them how amazing they are while they’re still alive, not just after they’re gone…

Flipping the news I heard lots of people say lots of things… He was our generations Elvis Presley. It’s true. He was shrouded in so much mystery that every rumor became a reality. Sad, but true. He made mistakes, everyone does. He had an unhappy childhood. Yes he did and perhaps therein lies the key. He said so himself once that his most honest and autobiographical song written and composed by MJ alone is “Childhood.”

He didn’t have one.

and so, spent the rest of his adult life trying to make one up. Neverland, friends (I guess his mental age), wanting to be Peter Pan doesn’t it all make sense?

All I know is that in every corner of the world people knew him and (for the most part) loved his music. His “This Is It” comeback tour was supposed to kick off next Monday, instead he’s gone and the whole world is playing his tunes in tribute. I guess in a way the magnitude of his impact, that around the world today people are playing his greatest hits is his final grand exit, an epic concert for his biggest audience. This is it.

P.S. Love this; @frankviews says MJ’s Gone Too Soon, dedicated to himself. Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight, Here one day, Gone one night…

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Mosquers: virtual red carpet.

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Didjya hear about this? A short film released on Youtube just bagged the 2009 Mosquers Best Comedy Award. (The Mosquers were created two years ago to celebrate Muslim film-makers and give voice to contemporary Muslim life in Edmonton.)

Nelson Spooner Production presents “Samir’s 30 Days” – a Fahad Shaikh & Shawn Kanungo film.

Synopsis: Samir, a typical directionless brown guy, has lived through 27 years of bad luck with girls. However, his parents have had enough of his apathetic existence, and tell him that if he doesn’t find a girl in thirty days, they will get his marriage arranged. With the help of friends, Samir gets a crash course in girls and discovers why hes struggled his whole life.

So I have to say this isn’t the best comic timing I’ve come across (more like a mash up of, “Something About Mary” and Beauty & the Geek) but valiant effort none-the-less, and it looks like they had fun make it. (I’m also hoping this means poor Samir finally got laid!)

P.S. Thank you Marcot Patel Chung for the tip off!

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missmalini’s TV debut!

lcdtvcomboCheck it out, missmalini has arrived! The good people at CNBC TV18 tell me they’re going to feature my blog this week on a show called Tech Toyz. ISD Fri 6:30pm and Sat 7:30pm on. Tune in if you get the chance 🙂

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Mallika Ushers in a new friendship

Mallika and Usher

Mallika and Usher

You know, Mallika Sherwat never ceases to amaze me. After becoming the first Bollywood celebrity to have a milkshake named after her at the hotspot ‘Millions of Milkshakes’ in Hollywood city and becoming the latest recipient of the prestigious ‘Arts Award’ in New York (for her unparalleled contributions to and influence with the Indian diaspora, seriously?) she’s even supposedly BFFs with Oprah Winfrey!

Last I heard her new buddy is none other than the hip-hop superstar Usher himself! Apparently they met at the BEST (Better Educated Students for Tomorrow) annual Brunch at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in LA recently. They are apparently so tight that Mallika recently Twittered @MallikaLA,“Met Usher at LA’s Best Brunch. He’s very handsome” and 12 minutes later… “OMG! Usher has promised to dedicate a song to me :)” When a journo asked Mallika for a pic of her Grammy winner friend, she happily shared one, adding: “Why are all the good ones married?”

Who’s willing to bet that she’ll end up in his next music video if she repeats that skimpy black semi-dominatrix outfit she donned for Maxim?!

Usher is also an actor, music producer, philanthropist and entrepreneur. At the brunch, he was given the Family Focus Award. When he met Mallika, she was in LA working on her first Hollywood venture Hisss and attended the event stylishly kitted out in a white knotted shirt with black pants, carrying a huge black handbag.

Usher and Ashton

Usher and Ashton

Meanwhile the real Usher is finally on twitter “Hello to the Twitter Nation…I said I wouldn’t do this. I’m on the set. Ashton and Demi did it!! If you can’t beat em join em! Here goes!!!” @usherraymondiv and is busy shooting for a flick Five Killers with Ashton Kutcher (a major Twitterati @aplusk) and Katherine Heigl (although Usher doesn’t appear to have added Mallika yet, I’m sure his wife Tameka wouldn’t approve!)

On another tweet though, she’s recently taken to posting random little tips for men via Twitter.

“Mallika’s Tips for Men #1”: talk deep, low and slow, move even slower, with confidence 🙂

“Mallika’s Tips for Men” #2: Dental hygiene. No onion breath!

Riveting stuff. I can’t wait for Tip # 3.

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Back to the Movies – Mumbai 24 – Mid Day (Mumbai)

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And here’s what everyone else said that I couldn’t fit into the column (there’s a word limit you know!) of course now that the strike is finally over there’s going to be a resurgence of celebrity spotting at the cinema keep your eyes open (I’ll keep my Twitter-cam handy.)

Yudhistir Urs:
“I hope the kiss and make up because this lovers quarrel is causing a lot of people much heartache. Now that there is little to do I am trying to astrally project myself into a theatre in a galaxy far away to catch the latest Hollywood action!”

Riyaaz Amlani: “Watching grass growing outside the theatres! Right now I am going nuts watching DVDs of old TV series Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and Mash.”

Shehnaz Treasurywala: “Shooting for my own film round the clock but I love my DVDs which I watch on my laptop in my van, miss going to the theatre to watch films though no DVD can beat that.”

Cyrus Sahukar: “I miss movies. I am currently getting back to writing my self help book called ‘how to start worrying and start freaking out’ its going to be a bestseller my roommate in the cell loves it.”

Bandana Tewari: “I’m handling the strike by happily watching reruns of The West Wing.”

Ash Chandler: “Hasn’t really affected me, planning to catch Angles and Demons and Star Trek in Goa!”

Fahad Samar: “Watched 99 and Angels and Demons in the theatres and have had a rollicking time watching the entire Almodovar collection on the home projection screen – the man is such a twisted genius!”

Pritish Nandy: “I’m watching movies in London was here for a week, already seen 6 movies and I have still two evenings to go!”

DJ Aqeel: “I have been in America watching Terminator, Star Trek and Angels and Demons!”

Anubhav Pal: “I’m watching movies on DVD about strikes.”

Anu Dewan: “I am addicted to Apple TV so I love watching movies and the latest TV shows at home.”

Chetan Hansraj: “Bu watching DVDs I prefer watching movies at home, its more fun.”

Shamita Singha: “I don’t really watch Hindi movies so it hasn’t affected me on that front but yeah no decent English films in the multiplexes of late so I’m quite bummed about that! So watching DVDs at home of the latest Desperate Housewives or then some old classic English films. Just watched Before Sunrise and am about to order After Sunset it’s sequel!”

Rahul DaCunha: “Tons of DVDs, TV shows like CSI etc and all the new Hollywood films like Milk and The Wrestler are all available.

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Mumbai 24

Malini Agarwal

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For the two month long Multiplex-Producer strike the movie-going glitterati had also turned their attention to other celluloid distractions till today. Here’s how they were handling it and what they were watching until the strike was called of yesterday!

Yudhistir Urs: “I hope the kiss and make up because this lovers quarrel is causing a lot of people much heartache. Now that there is little to do I am trying to astrally project myself into a theatre in a galaxy far away to catch the latest Hollywood action!”

Reshma Bombaywala: “Just watched the afternoon show of Angels & Demons at Eros yesterday. Got my nostalgic, I miss the big grand movie experience.”

Pia Trivedi: “Well actually I quite hate it. Was talking about it with my friends… ah well I’ve just been renting DVDs and catching up on movies. No other choice till the strike.”

Bruna Abdallah: “It’s horrible. I had to go to Globus to watch Angels and Demons. Getting DVDs or downloading from the Internet is the way to go.”

Arshiya Eaapen: “The only film I watched in the multiplex is 99 other than that rented tons of DVDs. Its sad because I miss the fun of eating popcorn and watching a film in the cinema hall.”

Riyaaz Amlani: “Watching grass growing outside the theatres! Right now I am going nuts watching DVDs of old TV series Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and Mash.”

Shehnaz Treasurywala: “Shooting for my own film round the clock but I love my DVDs which I watch on my laptop in my van, miss going to the theatre to watch films though no DVD can beat that.”

Cyrus Sahukar: “I miss movies. I am currently getting back to writing my self help book called ‘how to start worrying and start freaking out’ its going to be a bestseller my roommate in the cell loves it.”

Sapna Bhavnani: “Miss making out in the theatres more than anything else heehee.. making up by going out and drinking more. Damn it!”

Bandana Tewari: “I’m handling the strike by happily watching reruns of The West Wing.”

Ash Chandler: “Hasn’t really affected me, planning to catch Angles and Demons and Star Trek in Goa!”

Farid Currim: “The movie strike hasn’t bothered me at all. With so much sports coverage on TV, cricket, the French Open and now more cricket! Plus there are some good foreign films late night on TV. So no worries!”

Ashwin Mushran: “Definitely not any of my new movies since they are not releasing because of the strike! Otherwise not too bothered quite happy watching the French Open, Family Guy and Fringe, Also watching a lot more National Geographic, Discovery Channel and feeling a lot more intelligent because of the strike!”

Fahad Samar: “Watched 99 and Angels and Demons in the theatres and have had a rollicking time watching the entire Almodovar collection on the home projection screen – the man is such a twisted genius!”

Divya Palat: “I’m handling it horribly! So delighting to be going on a Star Trek today… been downloading tons of great TV shows from the US, So finished 24, a great new show called Mentalist and my new favourite, Lie to Me. That combined with a few movie downloads we’ve been getting by but only just! Missing the popcorn!


Pritish Nandy: “I’m watching movies in London was here for a week, already seen 6 movies and I have still two evenings to go!”

DJ Aqeel: “I have been in America watching Terminator, Star Trek and Angels and Demons!”

Dino Morea: “Ahh yes, well considering we are missing all the big new releases, wolverine, Star Trek etc I am watching some of the old classics, when I’m free that is.”

Anubhav Pal: “I’m watching movies on DVD about strikes.”

Anu Dewan: “I am addicted to Apple TV so I love watching movies and the latest TV shows at home.”

Chetan Hansraj: “Bu watching DVDs I prefer watching movies at home, its more fun.”

Shamita Singha: “I don’t really watch Hindi movies so it hasn’t affected me on that front but yeah no decent English films in the multiplexes of late so I’m quite bummed about that! So watching DVDs at home of the latest Desperate Housewives or then some old classic English films. Just watched Before Sunrise and am about to order After Sunset it’s sequel!”


Rahul DaCunha:
“Tons of DVDs, TV shows like CSI etc and all the new Hollywood films like Milk and The Wrestler are all available.


Dipannita Sharma:
“Actually It’s terrible, you know its like something important has been taken away, having to make do with DVDs.”

Shibani Kashup: “Ya the movie strike has created a vaccum in everyone’s evening life especially for movie buffs like us. But on the other hand watching a lot of movies on DVD at home with friends especially movies we have missed out on. But hey there are places like Blue Frog and Daddy’s Windsong Wednesdat’s where we spend some lovely evenings listening to great live music!”

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Bollywood Strike Out!

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Good news Bollywood buffs, we finally have something to sing and dance about! The standoff between multiplexes and Bollywood production houses came to an end earlier today as the two parties reached a consensus over the rationalization of profit sharing for forthcoming films following a marathon meeting between the exhibitors and producers. The President of Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) Mukesh Bhatt has confirmed the news.

According to sources, the issue was resolved after a 12-hour long meeting between the two parties at Yashraj Studios. Producers and distributors were demanding a fair share of 50% at box office revenues but multiplex owners disagreed. Up till now the ratio was 40:60 in favour of owners. Producers have held back film releases since April 4th because of differences over profit-sharing between film producers and multiplex owners. (Remember even Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan got into the act asking for Fair Rights for Friday Nights?) The deadlock has resulted in losses worth over rs200 crore (thats 2 billion rupees) for producers, distributors as well as multiplexes. The producers all this while were demanding equal share in the ticket sales.

Now multiplex owners have agreed to the producers’ demand of profit sharing for the first week a movie runs in the theatres, which means starting today film buffs can get back to their movie popcorn diet!

The terms that have been amicably agreed upon by all national multiplex chains are: 50:50 (producers:multiplexes) and 42:58, 35:65 and 30:70 for the first four weeks respectively for all films.Producers and distributors will retain the right to chose and release the film as per its content. Entertainment tax will not be charged where it is not applicable.

There is also a rider. “In case a film grosses Rs. 175 million or above at the top six multiplex chains in the first week, the terms would then be 52:48 in favour of (producers:multiplexes), 45:55, 38:62 and 30:70 respectively for the first four weeks,” says Reliance Entertainment chairman Amit Khanna, who had been spearheading the truce march on behalf of the multiplexes. With regards to distribution, another hot area of dispute, multiplexes have agreed that the release plan in theatres would be decided by the producers.

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Now film producers will have to streamline supply and avoid the clutter of film releases which had halted since 4 April. Hitting the cinema halls today are Star Trek, Maruti Mera Dost also Jackie Chan’s film Shinjuku Incident.  Big budgeted films like Sajid Nadiadwala’s “Kambhakth Ishq”, Yash Chopra’s “New York”, Vashu Bhagnani’s “Kal Kisne Dekha Hai,” Subhash Ghai’s “Paying Guest” were among the films whose release was delayed. Now that the strike has been called off, the first film that will release in all multiplexes will be Vashu Bhagnani’s (aptly titled*) “Kal Kisne Dekha.”

*Who knows what tomorrow brings?

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