Ever since Madhur Bhandarkar announced his Kareena-starrer Heroine, there was buzz that he has taken digs at various film personalities through the film. He may have outrightly denied it, but there are big digs, and how! We’re the first to bring you a scene by scene account of the real-life scandalous Bollywood incidents that the film borrows from.
Even in the face of clear similarities, however, Bhandarkar continues to maintain: “There are no similarities with any real life characters. It’s what people want to think.”
Shilpa’s reality stint & wedding to Raj Kundra
Shilpa shot to fame with the international reality show, Big Brother, in 2007, and later married NRI industrialist Raj Kundra. In the film, a filmmaker tells Kareena’s secretary, “Ussey kaho koi reality show pakad le ya kisi NRI businessman se shaadi kar le.”
Riya-Ashmit’s MMS scandal
In 2005, actor Ashmit Patel reportedly circulated a love-making MMS of himself and actor Riya Sen, as their affair had apparently gone sour. In the film, Kareena’s character circulates her MMS with Arjun Rampal to publicise her film, after a spat with him.
Sushmita Sen’s adoption woes
Sush had to fight a long court battle before she could adopt her first daughter, Renee. In the film, Bebo tries to adopt a child, but her application is turned down on accounts of alcoholism and psychiatric treatment.
Deepika -Yuvraj Singh- Dhoni triangle
Deepika Padukone had gone to watch a cricket match on Mahendra Dhoni’s invitation before her debut (in 2007). As she walked into the stadium, her face was shown on all the screens in the stadium. Later, she flew down to Australia on Yuvraj singh’s invitation and was spotted dining with him. In the film, Kareena Kapoor’s publicist asks her to be seen with Randeep Hooda (who plays the cricket vice captain) at his match, and dine out with him.
Deepika-Kat’s passport controversy
Deepika Padukone had taken a dig at Katrina Kaif on a talk show saying, “Can I see her passport?” hinting at Kat lying about her age. In the film, Kareena tells a powerful politician that another female actor has faked her age in her passport, and the politician has her held up by the airport authorities.
Preity Zinta buying an IPL team with Ness Wadia
Preity bought an IPL team with industrialist Ness Wadia in 2008. In the film, Kareena asks Randeep Hooda to pull some strings to get her a film, lest her career ends. “Agar career khatm ho gaya toh kisi businessman ke saath mil kar IPL team khareed loongee,” she says.
Sallu-Ash’s torrential affair
It was rumoured that when Salman Khan was dating Aishwarya Rai, he had barged into the sets of Kucch Na Kaho, pushed Ash to the ground, and walked off. In the film, after a fight, Kareena’s commitment-phobic superstar boyfriend throws her out of his car and drives away.
Raveena’s wine pouring
In 2006, actor Raveena Tandon reportedly poured wine over her husband Anil Thadani’s ex-wife Natasha Sippy at a New Year’s party. In the film, Bebo does it to her superstar boyfriend’s wife.