May 312011
 
SI Goes Gaga Over Lady Gaga's Born This Way

Even by the bizarre theatrical standards of entertainers these days, American pop queen Lady Gaga is sui generis for her outrageous attire and antics (she came to the Grammys function in a huge egg carried by four men). Upon seeing Lady Gaga in her de rigueur skimpy attire, the late night TV host David Letterman rightly asked her the other day, What are you not wearing ? Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, the 25-year-old New Yorker is today a household name sensation in America. Is Lady Gaga a path-breaking pop-star or just the hit of the season? Oh, what a […]

May 312011
 
Once Upon a Time, Kamal Haasan Attracted Crowds

(For SI Blog Reader and ardent Kamal Haasan fan prasath.j) There was a time, really, when Ulaga Nayagan Kamal Haasan attracted crowds for his movies. Even in America, Tamil movie fans lined up to watch Kamal’s movies. We still remember going to Clearview Cinemas (now Anil Ambani’s Movie City) on Oak Tree Road, Edison (NJ) to watch Vettaiyaadu Villaiyaadu in August 2006. Those days, Ulaga Nayagan’s stock was high and much to our dismay we couldn’t get tickets for the Friday show (Aug 25, 2006). So we returned on August 26, Saturday. We came early and found ourselves a slot […]