Good evening, ladies! Gossip Gal is just back from Aamir Khan’s birthday party in Lonavala on March 14, for which she had an exclusive invite, and is reminded by her gal pals that March 15 is the birthday of young Bollywood beauty Alia Bhatt and also ‘rapper’ Yo Yo Honey Singh. And immediately over some ginger-lemon tea, the girls got to discussing the birthday bashes. The aunties in the group reminisced about big Bollywood birthday parties in the yesteryears, so also Holi and Diwali parties. These days, B-towners are more subdued, they say. We agreed. Bollywood birthdays are now a family affair!
The newer stars – be it the 50-year-old Aamir Khan, or the 22-year-old Alia Bhatt, or the 32-year-old Honey Singh – all have chosen to spend their birthdays this year only with family and the closest of friends. No big bash, and no media / press allowed! Why this change?
Gossip ladies think the stars of today are more focussed on their work and like to think of it as a corporate job. Although actors don’t work three shifts anymore and mostly do one film a time (a trend started by Aamir Khan), their job doesn’t end with shooting, dubbing, giving interviews and posing at photoshoots. Competition in Bollywood now is bigger and these celebs have to spend a lot of their time travelling for film promotion events. The rest of the time, they promote themselves through social media – giving fans a glimpse of their daily lives.
Gossip ladies feel all this makes the actors homesick and longing for family and love. And hence, star birthdays have got secretive! Reclusive stars always existed, like Ajay Devgn for instance, but even the more outgoing ones have opted to give take a break!
So while Aamir Khan hopped into his car with wifey Kiran Rao and little son Azad Rao Khan for a little R&R at an exotic Lonavala resort near Mumbai (do read about his new film The Secret Superstar below), Yo Yo Honey Singh flew down to nearby Dubai with his family. (Pssst! Gossip ladies hope the depressed Honey Singh doesn’t bump into friend-turned-foe Shah Rukh Khan, another Dubai regular. Especially since it’s claimed that being slapped by SRK led to Honey Singh’s depression!)
As for Alia Bhatt, our little Patakha Guddi, she wants to chillax with family this year for her birthday at a restaurant in Mumbai called Ellipsis, having spent her last two birthdays working. The Gossip Gals had no choice but to wait for those Instagram pictures of Alia, and they were glad when she posted one!
Perfect match: Masaba Gupta and Madhu Mantena
Speaking of Alia Bhatt’s Instagram, she shared quite a few from the engagement party of the favourite designer girl of Gossip Gals – Masaba Gupta. The wonderful and talented Masaba, the child of stalwart Neena Gupta and star West Indies cricketer Vivian Richards, got engaged to Ghajini producer Madhu Mantena. The producer dated Nandana Sen for a long time, but broke up a year ago. Since Nandana has settled down in marriage, we’e glad Madhu has taken the decision to wed his new girlfriend Masaba. A perfect match, the ladies feel, while also wondering if Masaba is going to design for Madhu’s films now in her spare time.
Anushka Sharma – the daredevil of NH10!
Gossip Gal has always talked about the sunny B-town babes like Kangana Ranaut, Alia Bhatt and Priyanka Chopra. Here’s another addition to the list – Anushka Sharma! The girls loved her in NH10, a movie she even dared to produce. What a film! And what a performance, Anushka. No wonder boyfriend Virat Kohli is not legging go of this leggy daredevil. But it seems a bit disappointing that NH10 collected only Rs 7.85 crore in two days at the box office. Go watch Anushka’s movie, people!
Aamir Khan’s new movie The Secret Superstar
While at Aamir Khan’s special do in Lonavala, Gossip Gal heard about his next movie in hushed tones. No, not Dangal, silly! But one called The Secret Superstar. Yes, apna Aamir might just produce this film and not star in it. Why, you would ask. Because we heard he will be having a female protagonist for the powerful role of a small town girl wanting to be a Bollywood star. So, is Aamir considering the two small town girls he has recently worked with for this role – Kangana Ranaut (Dangal) and Anushka Sharma (PK)? Gossip Gal shall soon find out!
Ajay Devgn and Tabu in Drishyam produced by Viacom 18!
Coming back to the reclusive star of Bollywood Ajay Devgn, and another reclusive celeb Tabu, the good news that has trickled in is that the two actors will star together in Viacom 18 Motion Pictures’ new film titled Drishyam! Now the ladies are happy listening to this. Imagine the intense Ajay and the versatile Tabu sharing screen space! The film is an official remake of a Malayalam murder mystery and will be directed by Nishikant Kamat, getting ready for July 31 release. This is one film Gossip Gal is looking forward to!
For now, it’s time for a Sunday night dinner with family. The Gossip Gal has decided to go secretive herself, you see. (Read more Gossip Gal columns here)