Industrywalla Column: Karan Johar’s Birthday Bash, Competitive Star Kids & Bollywood’s New Villain

Industrywalla Column: Karan Johar’s Birthday Bash, Competitive Star Kids & Bollywood’s New Villain

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Karan Johar
Karan Johar

Hottest goss first! Karan Johar‘s birthday bash on Saturday night was quite an affair. Both Aamir and Shah Rukh Khan turned up. Many people were under the impression that SRK might skip the do, but not only did he attend, he was also the last one to leave! However the attendee list this year was full of the young guns, while the big names, such as Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, and Kajol were all MIA.

Kajol
Kajol

Conspicuous by her absence, Kajol was a heavy topic of discussion (things are not that great between them) – as was Deepika, who’s on a holiday and recently ruffled Karan’s feathers by accepting Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani over Shuddhi. I have heard that even though KJo may act nonchalant about it, he was actually quite upset by Deepika’s decision. Still, he had reason to smile: it seems that SRK was a in a great mood and was entertaining guests with his usual quirky anecdotes. Interesting!

Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan

Speaking of interesting: someone recently came up to tell me that this star son – who was launched a few years ago with much fanfare in a two hero project – seems to like paying attention to his competition! I’ve been told that he tends to keep tabs on his fellow actors, especially the non-industry actor who made a debut with him. Apparently, he has asked his manager to keep him up-to-date on whatever is happening in his rival’s professional life. Strangely, even though they shared a platform on a popular chat show, I am told things are a bit off between them. And then there were even those whispers that they flirted with the same girl (another star kid) during the making of their film…

Riteish Deshmukh
Riteish Deshmukh

Those who have seen rushes of Mohit Suri‘s Ek Villain cannot stop raving about one person: Riteish Deshmukh. It seems he’s not only the surprise package of the film, but has also impressed Balaji head honcho Ekta Kapoor to the extent that she wants to do another film with him as a negative lead. I am told that Riteish, who’s usually known for his flair for comedy roles, is getting tremendous buzz on this project. Industry chatter is that, if this film does well, he may become the new favourite bad guy of the industry.