Presenting Koimoi.com’s Bollywood newsmakers of the year gone by…
Shah Rukh Khan
For promoting Ra.One so extensively that people could, for a moment, forget their names but not Ra.One!
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
For her pregnancy and then for delivering her first child.
Aamir Khan-Kiran Rao
For announcing that their son, born in December, came into this world through IVF surrogacy.
For delivering one of the most unsuspecting hits of the year, Yamla Pagla Deewana.
For carrying a woman-oriented film like The Dirty Picture on her shoulders and taking it to the winning post.
For cutting across language barriers and making Kolaveri di, a song from the upcoming Tamil film, 3, an international anthem!
For being laid up in bed with a severe back problem.
For making the world forget Munni and Sheela and start chanting Chameli.
For churning out a naughty and bold super-hit like Bhaag D.K. Bose D.K. Bose and making it, probably, the most obscene national anthem for a while!
For being part of a big Hollywood film like Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in a small role.
For fighting the ban on his Aarakshan by different state governments, and winning the case – only to lose the box-office race!
For surpassing himself as a rockstar in Rockstar.
For taking so-o-o-o-o long to make his first film, Mausam, which seemed so-o-o-o-o lengthy and which was out of the theatres so-o-o-o-o quickly.
For his health problem which had his fans on tenterhooks.
For her super-successful transition from the small screen to the big screen (The Dirty Picture, Ragini MMS).
For being immortalised at Madame Tussauds in London with her wax statue, and here in Bollywood, for her association with all the Khans (Salman Khan – Bodyguard; Shah Rukh Khan – Ra.One; Aamir Khan – Dhoom:3 was announced; Saif Ali Khan – Agent Vinod in the making; Imran Khan – Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu in the making).
Hollywood in India
Akon came to India, he sang, he conquered. Tom Cruise came to India, he promoted, he conquered. Also, several Hollywood films took far more impressive starts in India than Bollywood films released with them.
Sreedevi, Karisma Kapoor & Madhuri Dixit
For remaining in touch with his innumerable fans through Twitter, like no other big star did.
Veena Malik, Sunny Leone
For holding the carrot for Bollywood filmmakers.
For the two heroines who came into his life but never became part of his films.
Aishwarya Rai shot for his Heroine and was dropped from the film when she got pregnant. Preeti Jain ever shot for any of his films although, she claims, he promised her the heroine’s role in his film.
For reaching Parliament! He first abused politicians and then apologised to members of the Lok Sabha.
For coming back on the music scene with a bang – with his rendition of Ooh la la in The Dirty Picture.
For creating new opening record (Bodyguard) and single-day record (Ra.One).