Ra.One Opens Big But Disappoints Critics, Amitabh Bachchan Wraps The Great Gatsby | Oct. 24-28, 2011
This week in entertainment, Freida Pinto looked pretty in pink at the Qatar premiere of “Black Gold”. Over in Bollywood, mega-blockbuster “Ra.One” finally hit theaters but received a lukewarm critical reception.
With beau Dev Patel by her side, Freida Pinto graced the red carpet in a gorgeous fuchsia Salvatore Ferragamo gown at the Qatar premiere of her latest movie “Black Gold”. The film, which also stars Antonio Banderas, tells the tale of two emirs in the Middle East feuding over new-found oil, as a young leader tries to unite the two tribes. (Daily Mail)
Meanwhile, “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi took a break from promoting the show’s new season to celebrate her 41st birthday with close friends at a belated surprise bash in New York. Lakshmi was across the country filming “Top Chef: Texas” on her actual birthday, Sept. 1. (People)
In the Bollywood circuit, Shahrukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, and Arjun Rampal greeted hundreds of screaming fans in Dubai at the world premiere of their much-anticipated action flick “Ra.One”. The film, which released internationally on Wednesday, sold out in movie theaters across India but failed to beat Salman Khan-starrer “Bodyguard”’s opening day box office record. (BusinessWeek)
The superhero flick also garnered mixed reviews from critics. New York Times film critic Rachel Saltz complimented the high-quality special effects but noted that the storyline was less than impressive. But despite the criticism, “Ra.One” managed to bring in close to $13 million in its first two days. (The New York Times)
Finally, Amitabh Bachchan wrapped up filming in Sydney, Australia for the movie adaptation of “The Great Gatsby”. Looking back on the experience, the 69-year-old actor said working on the Hollywood project, alongside A-list actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, was a “rewarding experience.” (Hindustan Times)
Janelle Li-A-Ping is an editorial intern at Divanee.com.