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Zee's Kareena Kareena which so far seemed to be inspired by Sooraj R. Barjatya's film, Maine Pyar Kiya (the pure-as-driven-snow middle-class lass living under the same roof as the spoilt heir-apparent) turned to Yash Chopra's Darr for inspiration during Holi. Remember how Shah Rukh Khan gatecrashes incognito into Juhi Chawla's Holi-than'thou get-together in Darr' In Kareena Kareena, the heroine's silent admirer disguises himself as a Sardarji to be part of her celebrations, right under the home medium's Salman Khan's unsuspecting eyes.

In this way, the symbiotic relationship between the two media continues to thrive. But what happens to the celluloid deities when they descend on television' Last week I was flummoxed by the contradictions indulged in by Salman Khan whom I caught on two different news channels on two occasions in totally different contexts. On Aaj Tak, the correspondent Manish Dubey was so grateful to have Salman he blabbered on about the star's decision to not work with Aishwarya Rai, when in fact the decision came the other way. Salman pointed it out to the over-excited correspondent.

Oh, dear. Caught a rather interesting satire on Star One in the weekend telefilm slot. Tigmanshu Dhulia's film tried to show the nexus between Bollywood and the underworld in a satirical format. Dhulia succeeded primarily because the cast seemed to get a hang of the material better than one would expect on television. The plot, about a unit which loses the prints of a film financed by the underworld and must quickly put together a new film as replacement, took digs at all the stereotypes of our cinema, like the self-absorbed leading man, the intelligent leading lady acting the bimbo with the producer, and the over-sexed character actress (played to immense effect by Anita Kanwal).

Subhash K. Jha

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