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  • SRK: The complete entertainerShah Rukh has been on a promotional spree leading up to the release of his superhero flick. For the past few days SRK is everywhere, doing what the audience love to see him do- giving the Big B a massage on 'Kaun Banega Crorepati', talking about how reel and real life blurs at times with Barkha Dutt on NDTV, telling his biggest fan, Farukh about his childhood on UTV STARS' 'Live My Life'.

    Love him? Hate him? But you just can't ignore him. The thing about SRK is that he is total 'paisa vasool'. He might turn up late for every promotional event but he is sure to entertain once he arrives, saying the right thing, giving the right sound byte and ever ready to break into a dance or do the 'Chammak Challo' number wherever possible.

    I am not sure how seriously Shah Rukh takes himself as an actor but he sure does take himself seriously as an entertainer. While a lot of Bollywood actors might refuse to do commercials and dance at weddings, SRK has no problem breaking into a spontaneous jig on

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  • 'Dum Maaro Dum' has managed to create a lot of pre-release buzz. First it was the remake of the cult song — 'Dum Maaro Dum'; later the people of Goa were upset with the filmmakers for allegedly portraying them negatively, thankfully that has been put to rest before the film's release this Friday. The essential question however is whether the film will live up to the hype? And more specifically- will this film finally break Abhishek's jinx?

    While at a recent press conference Abhishek appeared quite defensive, the Indian Express article says, "Moot the topic of his string of flops and a negative article in a certain national magazine and the actor retorts, "it does have a huge effect" it kills the confidence, it's embarrassing and degrading, but it makes me strike back too. Also, every five years some magazine or the other writes off a star, before me, they did the same to Hrithik Roshan, and we prove them wrong all the time."

    Well, if he's preparing to strike back, it will be a welcome

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  • Dil Toh Bachcha Hai JiAfter repeatedly attempting realistic portrayals, Madhur Bhandarkar tries his hand at comedy. However, the moral of 'Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji' is - when in love, men are emotional fools and women are manipulative. Bhandarkar's weakness remains the same -blatant stereotyping, the fact that the graph of all the three stories follows the same trajectory just shows lack of imagination.

    Naren Ahuja (Ajay Devgn) is going through a divorce and falls for a young intern, June Pinto (Shazahn Padamsee). Pinto seems quite interested in her new boss but Naren decides to wait till his divorce is through to broach the topic with her. But he might just be a little late in disclosing his true feelings.

    Milind Kelkar (Omi Vaidya) works for a marriage bureau and romantic poetry is his passion. He falls for a radio jockey, Gungun (Shradha Das) who is an aspiring actress. She uses Milind to bail her out when she needs a script for her radio show after a late night party and sometimes to fund her social

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  • Bollywood, Drugs and Violence

    Fame and glamour are a heady mix and there are very few who manage to remain grounded despite the high they offer. Bollywood has sometimes been in the news for all the wrong reasons and some of our reel heroes have been in the news for their aberrant behaviour in real life.

    Bollywood's bad boys have had their share of run-ins with the law; be it drugs, alcohol or a history of violent relationship with women, our stars have often fallen from grace. While the media hype around these cases claims to uncover Bollywood's dark underbelly and the law plays a merely farcical role, the bigger question that needs to be addressed is the lack of any remedial approach to deal with such recklessness.

    Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan was headed back to "jail" almost immediately after her release. After spending 13 days of her 3-month sentence, Lindsay Lohan was expected to report to a rehab clinic within 24 hours to start her 90-day programme as ordered by the court.

    Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen, one of the highest paid actors on

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