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Welcome to Bollywood's 'blogosphere'

It’s become something of blogbuster time in Bollywood, now that stars have not much to do (not that they had much to do anyway) but yes, everyone and his co-star is blogging. Collin Rodrigues scouts around for the regulars and adds his two bits.

entertainment Updated: May 14, 2009 16:48 IST
Collin Rodrigues

It’s become something of blogbuster time in Bollywood, now that stars have not much to do (not that they had much to do anyway) but yes, everyone and his co-star is blogging. Collin Rodrigues scouts around for the regulars and adds his two bits.

You may have the odd heartfelt or frank entry from an Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan or an Anurag Kashyap.. the rare passion for movies by Sudhir Mishra and Hansal Mehta or the Asli Baat by Vikram Bhatt and co at his new website, but it will still take some time for our desi celebrities to be as forthright as their Hollywood counterparts. There’s the hip, funny Zach Braff blog, where he writes about dating, films and in his own words, “OBAMA, OBAMA!!!”. Or there’s the ruthlessly frank Lily Allen where she takes on celebrities, American policies and “tabloid f***s.” Or there’s even the straight talking Jennifer Love Hewitt who lashed out on size zero and asked girls with plus sizes to “put on the bikini and stay strong.” Bollywood guys largely stick to writing about themselves.

Amitabh Bachchan
www.bigb.bigadda.com
Blogging since April 2008, his is one of the most popular blogs and has regular comments by visitors. It starts with a poem by his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan. The blog seems to have lost appeal over the last few months, with reader responses dropping drastically from as much as 731 when it started to the current 29 on May 9.

Best quote: “I’m still illiterate towards this medium and beg to be excused for any errors or expectations from me. But as time goes by and the systems fall into place, there shall hopefully be a more refined presentation.”
Our rating: 3/5

Aamir Khan
www.aamirkhan.com/blog
Aamir Khan blogs from his website since October 2007 as a precursor to the release of Taare Zameen Par. Neat design, easy navigation. An archive on the right hand side gives details of earlier entries. It was in the limelight last year for his comment on a dog named Shah Rukh.

Best quote: “ Shahrukh is licking my feet and I am feeding him biscuits every now and then. What more can I ask? Now, before you jump to any conclusions let me add that Shahrukh is the name of our dog. And before you jump to any further conclusions let me add that I had nothing to do with naming him.”
Our rating: 4/5

Shekar Kapur
www.shekharkapur.com/blog
One of the original bloggers, this one reflects the personality of an intellectual. The language is very poetic and very English. Topics range from politics to Sri Lankan Tamil refugees. There are posts about his films, his life and even zen thoughts.
Best Quote: “If only 40% of the eligible voting population in a country bothers to vote, then is the country truly democratic? Whatever government comes to power, it has a mandate from less than half the people. It's truly a government by default.”
Our rating: 4/5

Anurag Kashyap
www.passionforcinema.com
Although the website still describes Dev D as under-production, the ‘My Diary’ titled blog has a wide following and 322 entries on its last post dated March 22. Most posts are about his films and at times very critical. Especial when it comes to HT. There is a dearth of content and it requires to be updated on a regular basis.

best quote: “I just got a newsletter from my favourite bookshop in the world, it’s closing down.. and it's even sadder that I won’t be there at its closing party. The one place that became necessary every time I visited New York, one of the last few that remain in the world which really is only about the books I love.. somebody who can be there. Please be there and raise a toast to one of the last surviving treasure houses of mystery pulp and what not on my behalf. It’s the Black Orchid bookshop. ”
Our rating: 2/5

Ram Gopal Varma
http://rgvarma.spaces.live.com
At first glance, the blog looks like the official website of Rann as it is splashed with material about the film. There is a section titled ‘Reactions to reactions’ where the director answers questions from fans. It’s difficult to understand how he manages time to answer all the queries when he has famously gone on record to say that he doesn’t watch even his movies due to time constraints. The replies are very candid and sometime take you by surprise.

Best quote: Question 1: When will you take me out for dinner? Answer: If you are a man, I would rather have a vodka with you, and if you are a woman, I would rather stay in with you.
Our rating: 3/5

Shilpa Shetty
www.shilpashettylive.com/blog
The Shilpa Channel as it is called, is sleek, eye-catching and looks like the website of a International pop artist. Updated every three of four days, with her IPL team getting the maximum attention.

Best Quote: “Entering the Taj Mahal Hotel after the whole 26/11 episode brought back many feelings, some not so good. The hotel still looked a beauty, the only major change being the security that had been beefed up.”
Our rating: 1/5

Asin
www.aslibaat.com
She gives an insight into her life and takes readers to a decade back when she watched Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. There’s very little content and few comments.

Best quote: “I had never planned to become an actress. I started modelling when I was in school. Movie offers followed. Actually, I tried movies for kicks which I get with every movie I do”.
Our rating: 3/5

Karan Johar
www.mynameiskaran.com
One of the better designed blogs. Most entries are film based, with the post on the Mumbai terror attacks being an exception. The last post was on November 30. Due to unspecified reasons he has stopped further posts. There are 92 comments on a set of rare pictures.

Best quote: Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na.. I felt young and depressed when I watched this film. Young because it took me back to the backbench days of my college life and depressed because those days are now a distant memory that high doses of Aspartame are erasing by the hour. I remember seeing the film and then confronting my mirror. I’m worth it so thank god for L'Oréal, now the grays can be covered. Botox is now the next stop.”
Our rating: 4/5