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Shilpa Shetty-Meezan Jeffrey, the Mrs Robinson Syndrome in  Bollywood

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A  40-plus  Shilpa  Shetty looking hotter than  the hotties half her age , singing  and dancing and  romancing  with 20-plus Meezan Jaffrey  in  Hungama 2   is nothing new   in  cinema.

It is known as the ‘Mrs Robinson’ syndrome. In the Mike Nichols’ classic The Graduate  the much-older Anne Bancroft seduced the happily-surrendered Dustin Hoffman. And in  The Reader Kate Winslet was shown having sex with a teenage boy. Bollywood is not short of the bold spiri tA look at the age-challenged seduction game in Bollywood.

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  1. Simi GarewalRishi Kapoor in Mera Naam Joker(1968): Though they didn’t go all the way they did go far enough with the 14-year old Chintoo Baba ogling at his  school teacher’s wet thighs with more than a passing curiosity. It was the classic seduction position , and one which director Raj Kapoor thought of even before Anne Bancroft flashed her bare legs at the wonder-stuck Hoffman.
  2. Meena KumariGuru Dutt in Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam(1962)—She was the lonely alcoholic wife. He was her smitten adoring Man-Friday. Much younger, emotionally and sexually inexperienced. She teased him, provoked him, and prodded his dormat emotions awake. There was just a hint of physical intimacy at the end which Guru Dutt had to fight to preserve. This was one of the earliest  and most evocative representations of erotic attraction between a virginal boy-man and an older lonely woman who could do with some male company.
  3. Dimple KapadiaAmol Mhatre in Leela(2002): Stagant sterile marriage impels married woman Dimple Kapadia to find excitement love and , ahem,sex with a teenager. After doing the film Dimple was very embarrassed about the film and insisted on not talking about it.
  4. Manisha KoiralaAditya Seal in Ek Chotisi Love Story(2002)—Manisha took her one-time friend Shashilal Nair to court for projecting this film in a sleazy light when she expected more class. The film had scenes of the 15-year old boy masturbating  to images of his fantasy-woman. Not an aesthetic experience at all.
  5. Sushmita Sen-Shah Rukh Khan in Main Hoon Na(2004)—Technically Shah Rukh is older than Sushmita. But in Farah Khan’s feisty campus romance SRK played a  student besotted with his teacher.  It was all done in a camp mood of  tongue-in-cheek erotica.
  6. Aishwarya RaiZayed Khan in Shabd(2002)—Intellectual mumbojumbo about a writer Sanjay Dutt’s wife and her relationship with a character in her husband’s book who comes to life.Zayed looked suitably awkward with Aishwarya in this Leena Yadav-directed misfire.Later in life Aishwarya actually married a man younger than her.
  7. Raakhee GulzarRishi Kapoor in Doosra Aadmi(1977)—One of commercial Hindi cinema’s earliest attempts to take the man-woman relationship beyond the conventional. Raakhee was a portrait of enchanting desolation as a smoking drinking career-woman who falls for a much younger guy played by Rishi Kapoor. In the memorable duet Kya mausam hai it was interesting to see how director Ramesh Talwar applied the rules of the commercial Hindi cinema to a very unusual situation. The film bombed at the boxoffice.
  8. Kareena KapoorImran Khan in Ek Main Aur Ek Tu(2012): They could’ve passed off as same-age couple. But the scipt insisted on giving Kareena Kapoor a biological seniority. Just a small age-difference. But it was interesting that it was even brought up for consideration.
  9. Poonam PandeyShivum Nair in Nasha(2013): The boy has the hots for the dark mysterious sultry siren. The film captures that moment between curiosity and satiation  with understanding and warmth.  Poonam looks experienced while Shivum fumbles and struggles with his trouser zip. Says the newcomer, “It wasn’t difficult to be seduced. By the time Poonam and I shot our first intimate scene I had settled into character and could feel the excitement of the chap I was playing. I had no time to think of my inhibitions as I had to do the love-making scenes exactly how the director Amit Saxena wanted.”
  10. Shilpa ShuklaShadab Kamal in B A Pass(2013)—Playing the bored adventurous Delhi housewife out to have some fun with a young boy Shilpa Shukla delivers a bold and seductive performance contoured by bouts of fitful fumbling and groaning. Shadab Kamal as the underage gigolo is convincing. Says Shadab, “I treated the intimate scenes like any other scenes. I also learnt to enjoy the love-making scenes as  the real thing rather than faked ones. I’ve performed love-making scenes on stage.So the inhibitions were long ago abandoned. But I’d sometimes break out of character and giggle like a school kid.This habit was quite embarrassing when you are in the middle of a passionate scene.”
  11. Kareena  Kapoor Khan-Arjun  Kapoor in Ki & Ka:  Director R Balki was  in two minds whether  to  maka mention  of  the age difference  or not. He finally did. The lead pair’s age difference  was  never a subject of discussion . Kareena  even performed  the intimate scenes  with her  younger co-star without  any demur.
  12. Konkona Sen SharmaRanbir Kapoor in Wake Up Sid:  Yes yes, Konkona  looked older than Ranbir because she was. No one  was hiding the fact from the audience.  Director Ayan Mukerjee  had explained,  “Yes, Konkona’s character Ayesha is a few years older than the guy. But it’s not Summer Of 42, please! Nor is the age difference concealed here as it was between Ranbir and Bipasha in Bachna Ae Haseeno. What happened was that we wrote in the age difference because I wanted only these two to be in my film.Period.”
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Why On  Earth Is Sushmita Sen Smoking A Cigar In Aarya’s First  Look?

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Season 3  of Aarya is being shot as  you read this, and naturally Sushmita Sen is  super-kicked about it, so kicked that she has put  out a  video where she is seen  in the  best Lady Boss version of herself.

Alarmingly, she is seen puffing away at a  cigar, to  complete her Badass Lady Boss image.

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 There was a  time when women smoking  cigarettes  in Hindi cinema signaled vampishness. If a female actor was  shown smoking it meant she had evil designs  over the  hero, and life in general.

 Sushmita being Sushmita, a cigarette won’t do. A  cigar it is, to go with her formidable image. The last Bollywood actor I saw smoking a cigar  on screen was Premnath in the 1970s. Back then so  many  people didn’t die of cancer  by smoking.

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 These are  different far more dangerous  and deadly times.

Sushmita is an iconic  actor.She  needs to be more careful about the image  she projects . Smoking  a  cigar doesn’t  enhance a woman’s(or a  man’s) muscle power. Nor does it make her look cool.

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About shooting for the third season of Aarya  Sushmita says, “Aarya is synonymous with my name.  I have lived as Aarya for two whole seasons and the love received by the audiences has only encouraged me to do more. Walking on the sets of Aarya Season 3 makes me feel at home and gives me  a sense of empowerment. I’m grateful to the entire team at Disney+ Hotstar, Ram Madhvani Films and Endemol Shine India for the vision of creating Aarya and taking it to newer heights with every season.”

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Shah Rukh, Deepika, John Will Meet The Media  On Monday At 4 pm(But There’s  A Catch)

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Pathaan has effectually discredited the  efficacy  of media interactions to promote  a  film. The  film’s lead actors Shah Rukh  Khan, Deepika Padukone  and John Abraham did not conduct any  press or portal interviews  to  promote the  film.

And  yet Pathaan  is  a blockbuster.

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 This  weekend  the Pathaan producer Aditya  Chopra  of  Yash Raj Films  took a call on behalf  of  the Pathaan team  to do one media  meet at the Taj Land’s End in Mumbai  on Monday January 30 at 4 pm.

The  three principal actors  and  director Siddharth Malhotra  will address  the  media.

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 But  here’s the catch: the media will not be allowed to ask any questions. There will be no  Q& A s or  one-on-one  interactions.This  basically means that the  Pathaan  team will  have an opportunity to  say what it wants  to the media. But the  media will have no say.

Make what  you will of this  one-way traffic.

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A  source close  to Yash Raj informs  me that this is  the   pattern  regarding the media that  Yash Raj will follow for  future  releases: no  press meets  no promotional  engagements.

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Fake Projects of Pathaan Director Being Planted In Media

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Siddharth Anand Denies Considering  Any Project With  Deepak Mukut

A  word of caution to those marketing and publicity wizkids  who think  it’s okay to  plant fake stories  on (fake) projects  with the Pathaan director.

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 It is  not.

Such baseless announcements  are meant only to  raise  the equity  of the  producers  with whom Siddharth   Anand’s name is  linked. One  such  producer whose name  has cropped up after the  spectacular success of  Pathaan is  Deepak Mukut.

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There were  reports  everywhere that Siddharth Anand’s next would  be with Mukut.

Turned out to be a false rumour.

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A  source in the  know informs, “Siddharth now has to complete Fighter  starring Hrithik Roshan and  Deepika Padukone  for Yash Raj.Then  he  is   committed to direct the sequel to War 2 for  Yash Raj films.  They will then start  work on the  next film in the Pathaan  franchise. There is no scope  or  room for any outside  projects  for Siddharth Anand. So every announcement  that  you read of a  new film  to be  directed by Siddharth Anand  for an  outside  producer is likely to  be  a hundred  percent fake.”

When I asked Siddharth Anand  about the  supposed project  with  producer Deepak Mukut he promptly replied,  “NOT AT ALL.”

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Pink Director’s Next  Featuring Yami As A Crime Reporter To Stream From February 16

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Anniruddha Roy  Chowdhury whose  Pink  featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu was one of  the  most important  films of  2016, is all set to  release his  next  Hindi film.

Entitled LostAnniruddha’s film , based on true  events, will see Yami Gautam Dhar(that’s  what the actress calls herself after her marriage)  as a crime journalist. LOST is an emotional social thriller that represents a higher quest, a search for lost values of empathy and integrity.

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Inspired by true events, Lost is a story of a bright young woman crime reporter in her relentless search for the truth behind the sudden disappearance of a young theatre activist.

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Says Aniruddha  “The shoot of LOST has been an incredible journey. I have been eager for the release of our hard-worked venture. The film is a realistic highlight of media in a social context and I am sure that it will give the audience a compelling watch. I am curious about its release and see the responses it shall get. I hope they will welcome it with open hearts.”

Yami Gautam Dhar  who plays  the lead  of  the  crime reporter  says,   “I can’t be happier and more proud of the film’s selection for the opening night at CSAFF. I feel like its one that the people will connect to and will be the one that you cannot miss, especially in the current age and time. I have loved playing this role because it was such a special experience, it allowed me to explore so many layers of emotions as an actor and the entire team has worked really hard on it. I genuinely cannot wait for the film’s release, especially to see the reactions of the audience to it.”

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The crime investigation  drama boasts a stellar cast. Along with Yami, the film will feature Pankaj Kapur, Rahul Khanna, and an ensemble of younger talent, including Neil Bhoopalam, Pia Bajpai, and Tushar Pandey, in pivotal roles.

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