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When do you know that the popularity of the social-networking website, Facebook, has reached its pinnacle in India? When Bollywood signs up for it! Collin Rodrigues on Facebook...

entertainment Updated: Jun 01, 2009 22:26 IST
Collin Rodrigues
Collin Rodrigues
Hindustan Times

When do you know that the popularity of the social-networking website, Facebook, has reached its pinnacle in India? When the who’s who of Bollywood signs up for it, their status messages and relationship statuses start making headlines and when their wall comments cause controversies. We give you a lowdown on some of the regular Bollywood addicts:

Bipasha Basu
Friends: 35 including Jimmy Sheirgill. The second profile has 4067 friends.
Both share the tagline, ‘Bipasha shares only certain information with everyone. To learn more about Bipasha add her as a friend.’ There are more than 25 profiles dedicated to her. There’s absolutely no other activity in both the profiles.

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Friends: 4974
He probably only adds friends on his profile once in a while. There is no trace of any other activity. His 29 pictures show a younger Mehra partying with his friends. There are also two videos.

Genelia D’ Souza
Friends: 1726
Groups: Fall for Someone, Shilpa Shetty, Urmila Matondkar and Sach Ko Chune
There are pages on www.meragang.com and www.bindaaspoll.com. She has 45 film stills. She also mentions her date of birth, year included. There are links to her biography and filmography.

Shekhar Kapur
Friends: 3995 including Farhan Akhtar, Vikram Bhatt, Imran Khan, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Ram Gopal
Groups: Google Street Law and Unplugged Studios
His recent notes confirm that he’s a regular visitor. There are also four fake profiles to his name. There are 32 pictures shot at restaurants and also lessons in film directing. His birthday is given as December 6, 1905, which makes him 104 years old.

Naseeruddin Shah

: 43 including Nita Ambani, Mithun Chakraborthy, Emraan Hashmi, Kareena Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Preity Zinta

There are four profiles. The most surprising is the profile of one Farhan J Abraham with a picture of John Abraham attached. It’s possible that John networks on a fake profile here. Coming back to Shah, the profile is absolutely blank without any pictures or videos.

Irrfan Khan
Friends: 395 including friends like Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Shobhaa De
Groups: Carlos Santana is a legend, There’s no proof of his regularity and Friends For Democracy
What catches the eye is the profile pic of him sitting on a staircase whispering into a child’s ear. Two fake sites represent him. On display are 20 pictures and two videos.

Celina Jaitly
Friends: 134 including Imtiaz Ali, Kelly Dorje, Tusshar Kapoor, Anurag Kashyap and Sohail Khan.
There’s a site that is dedicated to the cause of gay rights that she supports. The other is Goddess of Moon. The profile tagline sums it all, “My mind is full of roses that bloomed last September ... my eyes are full of visions of flowers come September.” Her 267 picture file has 74 portfolio pics. The Friends and Family album has snapshots of Cairo, New Zealand and brother Vikrant’s engagement.

Vikram Bhatt
Friends: 635, including Shobhaa De, Meghna Gulzar, Neetu Kapoor, Tanisha Mukherji, Aditya Narayan and Riddhima Kapoor Sahni
Groups: We Love Barkha Dutt and Salman Khan Foundation
There are 19 profiles. The genuine one’s wall has regular comments. There 18 pictures of friends and two videos. He uses applications like Texas Holdem Poker.
The Superwall also has many videos sent by friends. There’s a page on Barack Obama and Mahesh Bhatt.

Harman Baweja
Friends: 166, including Goldie Behl, Urvashi Sharma, Shirish Kunder, Pooja Shetty, Sohail Khan, Jiah Khan and Anubhav Sinha
Groups: Marching Ants and Tum Milo To Sahi
There are four fake profiles. He has displayed 11 pictures of his father, grandmother and 2,050 related events. He never writes on his wall and connects through messages to keep his identity secret. There’s no relationship status.

Ekta Kapoor

There are five profiles. One is named Ekta Kapoor Sucks. Two out of the five are originals. This can be gauged from the fact that both have major TV stars listed as friends. Both profiles have hourly comments.



:730 and seven pictures


: The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay, Biryani Freaks and The Hookah Bar

The profile picture has the soap queen in the arms of a man whose face is only half visible. The site was hacked into around four months ago and Kapoor doesn’t use it now.


include Holidays which has Ekta, Prachi Desai, Tusshar Kapoor and Shabbir Ahluwalia among others. The other album, Bangkok Holidays, has Ekta, Prachi and other TV stars. There are pages on Prachi Desai, Ed Hardy, Saint Michael the Archangel and Bombay Scottish School.




The second one starts with the tagline, ‘A man once asked a wiser man how is it I can legally marry a whole Harem....the wiser man said marry a Gemini woman...u’ll wake up with a new woman every morning.’

There is an album titled Fun Times with four photos of Prachi, Ekta and others. The profile album of 12 pictures has Jeetendra.

Anurag Kashyap
Friends: 1038
Groups: Various International indi movie film festival groups
Constantly plays scrabble. Replies regularly and promptly to comments and messages. Last five scraps have promoted his play Skeleton Woman. Uses his daughter’s photo as the profile pic. Pages include friends like Imtiaz Ali and
KK Menon.

Konkana Sensharma
Friends: 189, including Maria Goretti and Jugal Hansraj.
Groups: Milind Deora for Chief Minister, Oust Narendra Modi and Screw This Shit
There are two fake profiles put up by fans. An eerie profile pic greets visitors on the original. The name is accompanied with the line, ‘Is in love with Ishaan Puri.’ There are 76 pictures including albums from Goa and France. The relationship status proclaims, ‘In relationship with Ranvir Shorey.’ Her religious views are ‘Agnostic.’ There are applications like Hatching Eggs.

Sonu Niigaam
Friends: 3,780 including music artistes big and small, journalists and film actors
There are 11 profiles dedicated to him. There are 682 photos and 84 videos. Most pictures are of performances over the years and a few childhood stills. It gives a impression that Sonu himself doesn’t visit the profile. But the wall has comments every 30 minutes.

Vinay Pathak
Friends: 3,725 including Ritwik Bhattacharya, Vidya Balan and scores of PR executives
Surprisingly, he has at least five profiles dedicated to him. There are 37 pictures of the Mumbai attacks and Christmas. A link by Anusha S Yadav gives insights into pictures of the play, Sea For Clowns also staring Ranvir Shorey and Rajit Kapur.

Dino Morea
Friends: 395, including Aashish Chowdhry, Karan Johar, Gaurav Kapoor and Nandita Mahtani.
Groups: GOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAA and Psy Parties Worldwide
There are three profiles of which two are fake. He’s not a regular. There are 73
pictures of him with Kelly Dorje, Madhu Sapre et al. Some mushy pictures with models show a young Dino from his modeling days. His relationship status is single.

Goldie Behl


You can’t see the number of friends he has


: Smita Patil was a Goddess and Chhagan Go Back

There are 17 pictures, including a couple of his kid. The left hand side of the profile is taken by various quizzes. One of it confirmed that his IQ level is very good. There are also pages on Bombay Scottish High and Dhruv Ghanekar.

Zoya Akhtar
Friends: They include Farhan Akhtar, Homi Adajania, Sikandar BK, Vishal Dadlani, Shobhaa De, Randeep Hooda, Abhishek Kapoor, Shekhar Kapur, Tarun Mansukhani, Koena Mitra and Arjun Rampal
Groups: Little Zizzou, Shankar Mahadevan Fans and Screw This Shit
She’s put up a page called Luck By Chance and Midival Punditz.

Randeep Hooda
Friends: 1,410 including Milind Deora, Pradeep Guha, Ektaa Kapoor, Shekhar Kapur, Irrfan Khan and Koena Mitra.
The profile includes five pictures and four videos of his interviews and films. The relationship status on the original is listed as single. There are no comments at all.

Chitrangda Singh
Friends: 641, including Sonal Chauhan, Sohail Khan, Kailash Kher and Kaizad Gustad
Groups: Cash or Thrash, Sacred Sensuality and Friday Kitchen
One of the few profiles which gives the complete date of birth. She’s put up 27 pictures of her skydiving and on the posing on a ramp. She has notes on voter registration.

Koena Mitra
Friends:They are listed in a Top Friends section on the tool bar. They include Tanushree Dutta, Deepak Tijori and Bobby Darling.
There are four Koena Mitra profiles. Other profiles include Koena Mitra Sucks, Exotic Koena Mitra and Koena Mita d Desi Beyonce. At first glance, the original gives an impression that the actress has time to spare. Her profile stands out for its uniqueness. The left corner is taken up by a quiz called M. Visitors can also listen to Diva from Beyonce Knowles. According to her, Gisele Bundchen is the world’s most beautiful woman.

Koel Purie
Friends: 564, including Sandeep Chowtha, Sammir Dattani, Ken Ghosh, Manisha Koirala and Gul Panag
Her relationship status is complicated. There are just two pictures. Political views are conservative and there are no other entries.

Neetu Chandra
Friends: 1083, including Kiran Bedi, Pooja Bedi and a John Abraham.
Groups: Fools’ Paradise, Himesh Reshammiya Needs To Get A life and The Biharis
The profile pic says that her new pic has been shot by Gaurav Sethi. There are scores of glam pictures including one of her teacher. Her relationship status is blank. She thinks she’s ‘Nasty to the core’. She is a member of groups like The Boxes tab has links to Pehli nazar me neetu ne ghayal kar diya and Rann truth is terrible.

Monica Bedi
Friends: 4460, including Chitrangda Singh, Randeep Hooda,(he’s there in almost all celebrity profiles) and Anubhav Sinha
There are 69 photos. Her tagline reads, ‘Hey friends.. I sincerely thank u for all ur wonderful messages that you send to me and am so sorry that I am unable to come on line regularly and respond to them due to my busy schedule..nevertheless I will try my best to respond to them..I humbly thank all of you for the kind words that you shower me with..all of u r really nice people.’
The group Monica Bedi Lovers gives info about the siren. There’s nothing else worth mentioning.

Tulip Joshi
Friends: 4771, including Rahul Rawail and Baba Sehgal
She has a list of 25 upcoming events. What is not clear is whether these are the events at which she would appear. There are regular entries by friends on her wall. There are 264 photos most of which are solo shots and with her husband Captain Vinod Nair.

First Published: Jun 01, 2009 22:08 IST