Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan celebrate birthdays



Aishwarya Rai Bachchan celebrated her 39th birthday on November 1, while Shah Rukh Khan turned 47 a day later.

While the blue-eyed beauty marked the day by receiving the second highest civilian French honour for her contribution to arts, King Khan chose to stay at home with his wife and kids.

Ash - who came to the world's attention in 1994 when she took the Miss World crown - was made a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by Francois Richier, the ambassador of France to India.

Her father-in-law, the megastar Amitabh Bachchan, received France's highest civilian award, the Legion d'Honneur in 2007. It makes one wonder if her husband Abhishek ever gets envious. Having a highly accomplished father and wife is a consolation, perhaps.

According to SRK's Twitter account, here is how his birthday went: "Completely the ideal birthday … no work … just laid in the bed … ate … drank soda … watched series … ate … drank and watched till eyes drooped.

"Best part of birthday: a ride on my new motorcycle."

There were reports of King Khan flying through Bandra at 3am with his wife Gauri on his new acquisition. Empty roads, new bike, ladylove on the back seat - isn't it all a bit too cinematic?

While we're on the topic of SRK and social media, I want to point out that he should stop using his seemingly Turkish keyboard. Every single "i" in his Twitter and Facebook posts are missing a dot. Maybe someone should have given him a regular keyboard for his birthday instead of that bike?

In other news, when Gauri is not flying down the streets of Mumbai on her husband's bike, the film producer is battling a police complaint lodged against her and the rest of the team behind the song Radha, from their recent film Student of the Year. The peppy track has hurt religious sensibilities in India in its use of the word "sexy" to describe Radha, a Hindu deity.

It almost seems as though the vultures are perched on the sidelines these days, waiting for any opportunity to pounce.

A few weeks ago it was over the song Mehngai from Prakash Jha's new movie Chakravyuh, which comments on the sociopolitical state of the country and accuses major Indian industrialists of corruption with lines such as: "Be it Birla or Tata, Ambani or Bata, everyone has taken advantage of the country."

The billion-dollar companies Aditya Birla Group and Tata Sons sent notices to Jha, who refused to alter any part of the song, stressing that the track should be taken as the voice of the people, not as a personal insult.

Before that, there was the song Ala Barfi from Anurag Basu's Barfi! The Mumbai-based Murphy Enterprises issued a legal notice to the producers for using the words "Murphy", "Murphy Radio" and "Murphy Munna" (references to the company's ads from the 1960s and 1970s, decades that the film was set in), and thereby trespassing on the copyrights of their registered trademarks.

This gets me thinking: my name is used quite frequently in Bollywood songs. Take the above-mentioned Ala Barfi, for instance: "Raaton ka hai yeh Ujala, Barfi." (Barfi is the brightness at night.)

Maybe I need to send a legal notice to Basu, too?

The writer is an honest-to-goodness desi girl living in Dubai

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Swimming
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