Monday, October 26, 2009

Bigg Boss 3 gets government notice for vulgarity

Bigg Boss 3' gets government notice for vulgarity

New Delhi, Oct 26 (IANS) The third season of the reality show "Bigg Boss 3", hosted by iconic film star Amitabh Bachchan, has landed in trouble with the Information and Broadcasting Ministry Monday sending a notice to Colors channel for "offending good taste" and for the use of vulgar language.

The channel has been asked to show cause for its actions within five days, failing which it will be taken off the air. 

"It has been brought to the notice of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting that certain parts of the reality show �Bigg Boss 3' telecast and re-telecast on Colors channel offend against good taste and decency and are not suitable for unrestricted public exhibition," says the show-cause notice. 

The notice says the language used by some participants is abusive and the show contains visuals which appear to be obscene and violative of the government's programme code. 

It also points out that recently in one of the visuals, one participant has been shown pulling down the shorts of another participant. "This has offended the sensibilities of many viewers," says the notice. 

The ministry has asked Colors not to carry content on the show that "constitutes a violation of the programme code as enshrined in the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act 1995," failing which it will be taken off the air. 

Recently, one of the participants in the show, actor-director Kamal R. Khan, was thrown out for violent behaviour. 

The reality show is based on the international show "Big Brother" in which 13 celebrities are locked in a house for 84 days and monitored round-the-clock by 40 cameras.  

Hospital trysts inspired Amithabh health endorsements

Hospital trysts inspired Amithabh's health endorsements

Panaji, Oct 25 (IANS) His numerous trysts with hospitals at various stages of his career inspired Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan to espouse campaigns linked to health issues.

The actor, who has in the past been a brand ambassador for the advertising campaigns like pulse polio, HIV/AIDS, cancer, was in Goa to kickstart operations of Silver Star, a diabetes charity foundation, as its international patron.

"A lot of it came to mind during my several escapades after my accidents and visits to hospitals and intensive care units (ICUs)," Amitabh said.

The Bollywood superstar, who launched Silver Star's mobile diabetes assessment unit in Goa and donated Rs.11 lakh towards the initiative said "he was happy" to endorse causes related to health.

"When you speak of medicine and healthcare, any amount of charity is welcome," said Bachchan, who was recently diagnosed with diabetes.

BigB and Riteish were wary of Shiamak


When Big B and Riteish were wary of Shiamak
By Joginder Tuteja

Mumbai, Oct 25 (IANS) Selective when it comes to Bollywood assignments, Shiamak Davar got interested in "Aladin" when told by director Sujoy Ghosh that "Genie Rap" was a song designed for kids. Insiders however claimed it wasn't really an easy track to put in place as the actors - Amitabh Bachchan and Riteish Deshmukh -- were wary of the choreographer.

The first and foremost reason for it was Shiamak's reputation of making his actors go through some unusual dance moves.

Riteish, who plays the title role in "Aladin", said: "The moment I was told that the song would be choreographed by Shiamak, I knew that I had to get my act right. Of course I have enjoyed success with a few dance numbers over the years, but one is always wary of dancing to the steps created by someone like Shiamak."

"Make A Wish" a.k.a "Genie Rap" has been on the air for a month now and has found an immediate connection with the audiences. A delightful track with the colour red holding prominence in a majority of frames, it carries a good

visual appeal.

Other than highly colourful picturisation, there is also the presence of Amitabh, Riteish, a couple of dozen gorgeous dancers, some cool VFX and of course a foot tapping tune created by composers Vishal and Shekhar. Of course the man who has added his own flavour to the entire package is none other than Shiamak.

"See, Shiamak has an entirely different approach to making your body move, something which is not really conventionally Bollywood. Right from the days of 'Dil To Paagal Hai', we have seen how innovative he is. You have to unlearn a lot of things to grasp what he wants you to do. I too was a little wary earlier on, but then constant rehearsals made me a lot more comfortable when I went for the take," confesses Riteish.

Apparently it was not just Riteish but also Amitabh who knew that it was going to be quite a challenging assignment to get into the act for Shiamak-choreographed "Genie Rap".

"Well, Shiamak does come with a reputation and it was a happy sign for me to see my actors getting into the preparation mode for the song. The final effect shows and when I see the response of viewers the world over, I am assured that the hard work and commitment of everyone involved has paid off," says Sujoy.

A co-production of Sunil Lulla from EEros International and Sujoy' Boundscript, "Aladin" is all set for release this Friday.

Bachchans Family Pic in GQ Men of the year Awards 2009

Amitabh Bachchan BigB Family photos

Bachchans Family GQ Men of the year Awards 2009
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