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09-17-2009, 09:35 PM #1
Why the Bachchans are miffed with Shilpa Shetty!
Heard the latest buzz from bollywood?? Amitabh Bachchan, the Shehanshah of bollywood who had immense fan following overseas (of course, along with Aishwarya) as proved by his wax statue at Madame Tussauds museum in London, was initially reluctant to host the third season of ‘Bigg Boss’.
But changed his stance after persuaded that it was the ideal way of striking back at Shilpa Shetty (host of ‘Bigg Boss’ in season 2), who was responsible for Bachchans’ lessening influence in the overseas territory. In fact, Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan’s stock had considerably gone down after the historic win by Shilpa Shetty at UK’s ‘Big Brother’ reality show on a television channel.
The win made Shilpa Shetty the biggest known face from bollywood and the Bachchans lost their prima donna status in that territory.
Shilpa Shetty might have unwittingly highjacked the Bachchans’ overseas territory, which they considered a very profitable area in all respects, especially for their live shows. In fact, overseas territories had become major source of earning for Amitabh and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan through live shows and other programmes.
For instance, Big B has been the brand ambassador of IIFA awards for quite some time now, and the function is generally regarded as the family show of Bachchans. As the show is generally held outside the country, it earns not only huge profit but also enhances Bachchans’ fan following, which finally helps their movies at the box office.
But after Shilpa Shetty came on the overseas scene, the Bachchans have been losing their ground consistently. The limit was crossed when a fan of Shilpa Shetty flew an artificial airplane with a huge banner having the name of Shilpa Shetty, at the venue of latest IIFA award function.
The Bachchans were not prepared for this kind of treatment from the fans at IIFA. In fact, they were used to eulogizing of Aishwarya Rai and Amitabh Bachchan on such occasion, but this Shilpa puja was something entirely shocking for them.
The grapevine has it that Amitabh Bachchan could not take any further the stiff competition from Shilpa Shetty and decided to take the bull by the horns and strike Shilpa Shetty, where it hurts most, i.e., snatching ‘Bigg Boss’, which gave a huge amount of money to the beautiful lass.
09-18-2009, 06:40 PM #2