And with celebrities being at the centre of attention, it’s but obvious that they will be discussed for even the slightest of misconduct. This year too faced many such instances where stars paid a price for their stardom and got noticed for something they wouldn’t be proud of. Mid-Day focuses on a few of the rows and the effect it had on the celebrities concerned...

Maanayata Dutt

Topic: Sanjay Dutt’s parole request

Lowdown: The presently interned Sanjay Dutt recently applied for a parole to visit his ailing wife. She is said to have a tumour in her liver and the incarcerated actor expressed a desire to be at her side. However, pictures of hers attending the premiere of Shahid Kapoor’s latest R…Rajkumar emerged giving rise to questions like “Is she well enough to travel?” and “Is Sanjay a freelancing prisoner?”.

Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor

Topic: Beach photo leaks from their vacation

Lowdown: Bollywood actors should be grateful that the concept of paparazzi is almost negligible out here. However, film stars are always going to get clicked no matter where they are. Ranbir and Katrina were photographed while the rumoured couple was on a holiday in Ibiza. Amusingly enough, Kat later went on an overdrive stating how media has an agenda against her. Really? The way we saw it, celeb relationships are better not kept secret and bikinis, best not mismatched.

Shah Rukh Khan

Topic: Allegations of sex determination test

Lowdown: When the news leaked that Shah Rukh Khan and wife Gauri were having a surrogate baby, the reaction was celebratory. Later, as rumours started doing the rounds that the affable superstar had performed a sex determination test on his unborn child, the mood changed overnight. After much drama, the sensitive topic came to a dignified closure when the court dismissed the case against SRK as the judge concluded that it was short of merit.

Saif Ali Khan

Topic: Storming out of press conference

Lowdown: When the Nawab of Pataudi reached a press meet for Bullett Raja in Delhi four hours late, he wasn’t perhaps expecting cacophony. Regardless, that’s exactly what was waiting for him. The irritated journalists at the event ensured they expressed their disapproval of his traffic-related delay. To his misfortune, the otherwise well-behaved actor went on record saying he prefers promoting his films in Mumbai compared to the capital city. Ouch.

Mallika Sherawat

Topic: A bizarre interview at Cannes

Lowdown: Quite a lot of B-Town folks went to Cannes Film Festival this year but none of them made a more lasting impression (read noise) than Mallika. In an interview to Vanity Fair, she lambasted the degrading treatment of women in India and how she broke the cinema ceiling by becoming the first Indian actress ever to kiss onscreen. Well, that credit goes to Devika Rani who went there and did that exactly 70 years ago before Mallika’s Khwahish even released.

Honey Singh

Topic: Lungi Dance in Chennai Express

Lowdown: During the promotions of the biggest Bollywood blockbuster of the year, musicians Vishal-Shekhar were conspicuous by their absence. Apparently, they didn’t like the fact that Yo Yo Honey Singh was roped in to sing the chartbuster track without even consulting them. Besides, the trend of employing more than one musician is in vogue. As expected, the rapper brushed off the controversy saying what mattered was that the song was a runaway hit.


Topic: Zanjeer remake rights issue

Lowdown: The writer-duo of the 1973 classic approached the legal system seeking a stay on the release of the remake starring Ram Charan and Priyanka Chopra. Their suit didn’t mention the amount that they were seeking as compensation — just that the remake cannot be made without their consent as they hold the copyright of the ‘literary work’. In the tussle between the producers and the writers, out-of-court settlement won.

Adnan Sami

Topic: Visa overdue and tax evasion case

Lowdown: This talented singer-musician, who holds a Canadian passport, waddled from one issue to another. First came the expiry of his visa in the month of October that Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) tried to capitalise on. The political party stated that they were against the renewal of his work permit. If this episode wasn’t enough, the service tax department later booked him on charges of tax evasion.

Mona Singh

Topic: Leaking of a private video

Lowdown: Seldom does anything good accompany a leaked MMS. The same was true about the one featuring a naked woman who resembled Mona Singh. Needless to add, it went viral. Throughout the saga, the telly actress maintained that she wasn’t in the video clip and has nothing to do with its spread. What’s worth noting is her status of relationship with Vidyut Jamwal before and after the leak.

Courtesy: Mid-day

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