Sayesha Smitten showbiz kitten is back!
And this time she brings you hot news about the two most awaited Diwali releases – Om Shanti Om and Saawariya.
Large living room with a small bar in a corner. Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor are sitting on a two-seater couch. Deepika Padukone and Shreyas Talpade are seated on another two-seater opposite them. The two parties are pouting at each other. Shah Rukh and Salman are seated on high stools at the bar, having drinks. Farah Khan is seated on a rocking chair in the balconey. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is pacing the floor. Sayesha Smitten Showbiz kitten is, as usual, perched on a tree outside the living room, taking careful note of the proceedings.
Sanjay – So is everyone here? Who’s missing? Rani?
Salman – Rani just sent me an sms. She can’t make it.
Sanjay – Huh? Why not?? This is an important discussion that can affect the performance of both movies.
Salman – She said she's depressed and can’t participate in any conversation about performances of movies. She says her chunari has got a daag. I'm not quite sure what she means...
Farah – Arre yaar! Let’s just go ahead without her. My children (points to her tummy with the triplets) are hungry. Let’s wrap this up quickly.
Sanjay – Hmm… okay. (turns to face everyone) We have gathered here to discuss the clash of release dates of Om Shanti Om and Saawariya. If both release on the same date, they will cannibalise each other. It’s best that we hold the release of one of them, and push it to a week later.
Farah – Exactly. But of course neither of us wants to push our movie release. So we have to come up with a way to decide.
Ranbir – Simple. Just pick the grander of the two movies and that gets the Diwali release!
Sonam – I agree!
Shreyas – I think…
Deepika – Sounds good to me!
Shreyas – But I think…
*Farah and Sanjay shrug their shoulders and agree.*
*momentary pause in the room*
Shah Rukh – Sallu Bhai, haar maan lo yaar. Mere paas toh Swades bhi hai, aur Pardes bhi. Tumhaare paas kya hai?
Salman – Mere paas… mere paas… (tries to remember his last hit movie)… mere pass Partner hai! (dials Govinda’s number)
Govinda – Bhaiya, keep me out this, please. I can’t be involved in any Saawariya vs. Om Shanti Om war.
Salman – But why not??
Govinda – Erm… I have a cameo in Om Shanti Om.
Salman – Aila! Baaghi! Sangdil Sanam! Paththar ke fool! Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha… Sanam Bewafa!
Govinda - *click*
Salman – Aila! Phone kaat diya!
Shah Rukh (grins) – So?
*Salman looks helplessly at Sanjay*
Sanjay – Farah, let's get real. This is only your second movie. I am a more seasoned director.
Farah – Hmmm… let’s see, my first movie was a superhit… your first movie… hmmm… what was it now? Khamoshi the musical? I rest my case.
Sanjay – Errmm… but don’t forget I made Aishwarya act! The entire industry acknowledges that.
Farah – I give you that. Any day. *bows head*
Sanjay – Well?
Farah – Well what? I have Shah Rukh.
Sanjay – Well… you may have Shah Rukh… but we have two heroes in the movie.
Shreyas (indignantly gets up) – Excuse me? We have two heroes too! Did you not watch Iqbal?
Salman – Baal? Mere baal? (instinctively touches his head with an alarmed expression)
Shah Rukh – All there, all there…
Shreyas – So I was saying… didn’t you watch Iqbal? Didn’t you read the critics’ reviews?
Sanjay & Farah – Critics??? Critics???? Hahahahahahahhahahaha!
Farah – Well, you know what? Shreyas is right. We have two heroes too.
*Shreyas looks at Farah with utter adoration, his eyes almost tearing with emotion.*
Farah – Shah Rukh Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. Reincarnation, remember?
*Shreyas looks stunned for a minute, gets up and storms out of the house in a huff.*
Sonam – Am glad he’s gone. Who is he, man? I mean, like… who’s his dad and stuff?
Ranbir – No idea man. Unknown person?
Farah – People! My kids are starving! So how are we going to decide this??
Ranbir – Well, you know… your movie is called Om Shanti Om… and don’t forget, my dad starred in the original song ‘Om Shanti Om’!
Sonam – But my dad was Mr. India!
Farah – Well, we don’t have to go back in history. It’s actually quite simple. My movie has Shah Rukh, the biggest star. My movie is grander.
Sanjay – Now now. Don’t undermine Salman’s star power. Plus, I have Rani and two star kids. Add ‘em up and Saawariya has more star value.
Farah – Oh you wanna add ‘em up? Do you know - one song in my movie has 31 frickin’ stars??? Beat that. Star value ki baat karta hai…
Ranbir – Ha! There are like… 31 stars in my family itself! (starts counting on his fingers) Prithviraj Kapoor, Raj Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor...
Deepika – Uhhh… I think I am seeing stars…
Ranbir – (continues to count) Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor…
Sonam (annoyed) – Oh stop it, Ranbir!
Ranbir – Hey, you don’t have to feel bad… I mean you have a famous Kapoor in your family too… only one Kapoor yes, but it still counts I guess? He may not be one of “the Kapoors”… I mean that’s us, of course… but he was… kind of a famous Kapoor, no?
Sonam – Oh puh-leez. My dad was Mr. India!
Ranbir – Oho ho! You really wanna go there? My great granddad was Mughal-e-azam!
Deepika – (coyly looks at nails) Ahem. My dad can kick both your dads’ asses.
Sonam and Ranbir – Oh yeah?
Deepika – Yeah! You wanna try him? You call your dads, I’ll call mine, and let’s have… say a badminton match? We settle this right here and everyone goes home. What say you?
*Ranbir and Sonam roll eyes at Deeepika.*
Farah’s triplets in her womb, also known as Om, Shanti and Om – Tch tch… kids these days… so immature...
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
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