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It’s Raining Noobs in B-Town



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By Neha “Bollywood” Gautam

It is not only a goal, but for many debut actors and actresses, a dream to gain accolades for their very first film. In recent times, there have been three major people to do so in Bollywood: Anushka Sharma, Sonakshi Sinha, and Ranveer Singh. If these names don’t ring a bell, I’m sure the songs “Haule Haule,” “Munni Budnaam Hui,” and “Ainvayi Ainvayi” do!

First in line to win our hearts was Anushka Sharma way back when with RAB NE BANA DI JODI (December 2008). She was paired opposite Shah Rukh Khan and directed by the one and only, Aditya Chopra, who is known for producing and writing plenty of movies, but directing only very few, including DDLJ and Mohabbatein. Not only is Aditya Chopra a gem of a director, but Shah Rukh Khan? The name alone is enough said.

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of King Khan, but he does have his charm, and to be sharing the screen for an Aditya Chopra directorial with a newcomer is a HUGE burden for the newbie. To say the very least, Anushka Sharma, a 20-year-old (at the time) from Bangalore, stole the show! She was a complete natural and exceeded everyone’s expectations! Both the audience and critics loved her, as she was nominated for pretty much every Debut/Best Actress award for her role as Tani. She didn’t win due to a stiff competition that year, but did go on to deliver another hit with BADMAASH COMPANY (May 2010). Post RNBDJ, her next blockbuster came with BAND BAAJA BAARAT this past December 2010. This was, by far, the best Bolly movie I’ve seen in a while. I was obsessed with it after watching it once, so I went on to see it about five more times within two weeks; it really was THAT good! I highly recommend it to everyone!! Anushka’s next, PATIALA HOUSE, which released about two weeks ago, didn’t fare too well at the box office, but her performance was very much appreciated.

Following Anushka’s royal entrance with SRK was Sonakshi Sinha’s powerful debut with Sallu-bhai in DABANGG! Once again, a debutante was caste opposite one of the greats in the business. Expectations naturally increase in such situations. And once again, Sonakshi is no less than amazing! She impressed and mesmerized the audience with her unique charm. The dialogue, “Thappad se dar nahin lagta hai, Saab; pyaar se lagta hai” (“I’m not afraid of getting hit, Sir; I’m scared of love”), became a huge hit with the fans! Sonakshi spoke very little in the film, as she expressed so much through her eyes and her body… body language, that is! She has been signed on for about five more films. It has yet to be seen if she can live up to expectations. Salman Khan helped her win accolades with her dabangg (fearless) debut, but can she repeat the magic with her upcoming films??

Back to my obsession with BAND BAAJA BAARAT (December 2010) comes our final awesome debutante: Ranveer Singh. I have to admit, although Anushka Sharma did a great job as his co-actor and Maneesh Sharma did a kick-ass job directing it, I have to go on record to say that Ranveer Singh was the heart and soul of the film! Every dialogue, dance-move, smile, shirtless scene (definitely could’ve used some more), was just brilliant! Ranveer was on-point and beyond excellent in every single scene! A debut with Yash Raj Films, acting opposite Anushka, winning over 10 Best Debut Actor awards… what more could he have asked for?? He broke down in tears upon winning the prestigious Filmfare Award. I was almost in tears with him. Okay, yes, I am obsessed. You’ll understand why after watching it, too! So go for it! BAND BAAJA BAARAT is a winner, all the way!

His next will be once again with Anushka and directed by Maneesh: LADIES VS. RICKY BAHL. (btw, the Koffee with Karan episode with Ranveer and Anushka is hilarious! Give that a go, as well!)
The noobs have taken over, and rightfully so. Anushka, Sonakshi, and Ranveer have claimed their ground in Bollywood and will continue to deliver hits. All my money is on Ranveer Singh, though! 😀

Neha “Bollywood” Gautam is our Bollywood Blogger, if you would like to blog for Urban Desi Radio, please email us urbandesiradio[@]gmail.com

Telugu TV9 sets up sting operation to “out” members of the LGBT community



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Ravi Prakash Dutt (Founder of TV9)

These so-called journalist from Telugu TV9 should be ashamed of themselves, they scrolled through several gay dating sites and looked up profiles from Hyderabad and the AP state. They reported the “gay lifestyle” goes against the laws of natural. Where were they when the Delhi High Courts abolished Section 377? They don’t understand that careless journalism like this, could lead to death – a young man TV9 outed tried to commit suicide.

Please reach out and contact Ravi Prakash Dutt, who founded TV9 and demand that his staff to apologize for broadcasting homophobic remarks. info@tv9.net + 91-40-23352900

NDTV reports on TV9 Sting Operation

One of the oldest South Asian LGBT organizations, founded in SF, Trikone issued a statement.

Trikone community members have expressed outrage, anger, shock and a sense of violation by the acts of TV9. Bharath Reddy, a fellow Trikone member has summarized our collective sense of outrage in his thoughts: “I am appalled and shocked by the egregious breach of privacy and human rights perpetrated by TV9 in this so called expose. The report is nothing but a cheap attempt to boost ratings through the blatant promotion of homophobia. The damage has been done, one of the outed individuals has attempted suicide. Other lives might be ruined too.”

Neelu Bhuman adds “TV9 has failed to stand by its own motto: for a better society. Its outrageous and unethical gay expose demonstrates that TV9 is FOR a BITTER and BIGOTED society”

Shridhar Sadasivan eloquently expresses our concern : “This is not about being out or being in the closet, this is not even about straight or queer, this is about an individual’s right to privacy and dignity. Nobody wants their physical statistics, sexual preferences and positions shown on Television without their consent. The Desi Queer community would be equally outraged, had  this happened to our heterosexual counterparts. TV9 should apologize for this story and promise better sensitivity in the future”.

As organizations in India and abroad continue to work passionately to hold TV9 responsible for their reckless actions, we at Trikone not only condemn TV9’s actions but also to urge media outlets in India and elsewhere to examine their source of homophobia and not let personal biases cloud reason and responsibility.