For Bollywood, 2008 was also a year of blogging
Apart from their professional assignments, one thing that kept Bollywood stars busy this year was blogging. While Aamir Khan was the first star to use this medium to stay connected with his fans, Amitabh Bachchan too was bitten by the blog bug early this year.entertainment Updated: Dec 28, 2008 13:23 IST
Apart from their professional assignments, one thing that kept Bollywood stars busy this year was blogging.
While Aamir Khan was the first star to use this medium to stay connected with his fans, Amitabh Bachchan too was bitten by the blog bug early this year with others like Karan Johar, Ram Gopal Varma, Salman Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Celina Jaitley and Emraan Hashmi soon joining the blogging bandwagon.
Fans could not have asked for more as they went frenzy after being updated of every small detail about their idols - be that some very mundane postings or even mud slinging at colleagues.
The webspace was used by Aamir to take a dig at Amitabh and Shah Rukh, while the Big B also found it a good place to come back hard on his critics.
The Mumbai terror attacks led to a number of postings by these bloggers who left no stone unturned to have their slice of the publicity pie.
"As I had expected various politicians have tried to use this traumatic and tragic attack to their advantage. I only hope that people see through them this time," Aamir wrote in his blog.
The actor, whose much-hyped Ghajini was released on Christmas day, went on to add, "The other important thing we need to remind ourselves in this time of anger and hurt is to stay calm and take sensible steps, and not give in to thoughtless knee jerk reactions.
I heard someone say on television that we should all stop paying our taxes as a show of protest. Haven't heard of a more silly idea than that. If we stop paying our taxes then we won't have an army and NSG to save us next time around!!! Instead we should all start paying our taxes."
On the day of the attacks on November 26, Amitabh's blog posting was like some newspaper report, "Mumbai under terrorist attack!! Several locations bombed and terrorists firing all over the city. Major hotels under siege. Taj hotel battle going on inside the hotel. Multiple action on. Army called out. Over 60 reported killed and 120 injured. 7 of the police killed. Terrible! Terrible situation!"
That night before retiring, the Big B said he pulled out his licensed .32 revolver, loaded it and put it under his pillow for what he said "a very disturbed sleep".
But the act found prominent space in many newspapers and channels, the mention some of which did not go well with the Bollywood icon.
"Some present it in the light it should be presented. Some do not. What else can you expect from the media. Sensationalising or giving the matter a colour not complimentary to my demeanour is now a foregone conclusion.
It is a pity that the 'intellectual media' portrays the incident of the gun under my pillow as one of ridicule and mirth. Of one that reflects a fear on my part," he lamented.
Karan Johar was also very straight in condemning the attacks and the government.
"Certain politicians should be bashed. I agree with most of what's already been said. Some have been eloquent and some have sounded like loud, misinformed banshees. Collectively we're grappling with the ineffectiveness of the system and what was presented to us as information."
Politicians, soulless and emotionless, were addressing the country while reading off of teleprompters. Poorly conducted "press conferences" announcing the death and casualty toll for foreigners with the speaker unable to successfully read a list from a sheet of paper, confusing Austria for Australia and generally making us look like illiterate idiots to a global audience," Johar wrote.
Gul Panag tried to give her insight into the audacious attacks. "This is a much larger issue than it looks. Have you ever taken into consideration the Islamic population of India? It's in the region of 18 to 20 per cent. The figures keep on varying. Do you know what percent of Islamic population is living below the poverty line? It's 40 per cent."
The blog was also used by many stars to promote their projects as well as give expert opinion on almost any topic they could grab on.
Prior to Ghajini release, Aamir wrote, "Just before any of my films release I go into pendulum mode. One second I feel very optimistic about the film and the next I'm sure no one's going to like it. I lose my smile my appetite, my sleep. On the whole I am listless and walk around like a zombie."
Salman also got to blogging during the airing of 10 Ka Dum which he anchored but his postings were all related to the television show.
RGV also used his blog to promote his film Sarkar Raj but since then there has been no posting. Payal Rohatgi has also been using her blog to good effect to promote her film Dil Kabaddi.
Dil Kabaddi got released this Friday (December 5), it's a funny adult film, but I guess critics have been very mean to it," she wrote.
Other prominent bloggers were Emraan Hashmi and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap.