Sunday, June 5, 2011

Anything for Imran

Aamir Khan launched his nephew Imran in the hugely successful Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na. His fondness for his favourite bhanja has been pretty evident since then.

Looks like, the demanding producer is now leaving no stone unturned for the success of his latest venture starring Imran. So much so, that he has made his wife Kiran Rao cut short her trip with her parents in France.

Aamir had planned a success party for their yet unreleased film Delhi Belly. That's a first for sure. However, to celebrate the success of the song DK bose, in a unique marketing venture, the producer thought of throwing a party.

Unfortunately for him, the shoot for Reema Kagti's untitled film had to happen at the same time in Pondicherry. But trust Aamir to make sure everything works smoothly. The actor has called his wife, Kiran Rao back from France where she had been holidaying with her parents to play host for the do.

Our source revealed, "Aamir is aggressively promoting his film Delhi Belly. He came up with this unique idea of having a success party for the song. This is a first in Bollywood. The party is scheduled for Friday.

However, since he is going to be in Pondicherry shooting for Reema Kagti's film, he wanted his wife Kiran Rao to be around to host the party along with UTV. But Kiran was in Europe with her parents. She was supposed to come back next week.

When he called her and asked her to be here for the party, she had no option but to cut her holiday short and return. Aamir himself might just attend the party too for some time."

The source further added, "Bhaag DK Bose, the irreverent number from Delhi Belly is a huge hit with the youth. Aamir wants to cash in on that and promote the film and that's why he came up with this unique idea. Ram Sampat who has composed and sung the song in a grunge rock style, which is again very unique to what we have seen in the recent years in Bollywood, will be seen singing live at the party."

When contacted Aamir Khan confirmed and said, "It is a unique celebration; we are used to celebrating films but not songs. So for the first success party of DK Bose, I wanted one of us to be there for sure. Since my schedule is erratic, I requested Kiran to attend."

Now that's what we call hands-on production. And that, mind you, is a family trait with this particular Khan, it seems.

Sony gets targeted by hackers again

Sony has been hit by a second massive data breach, hackers claim, another potential embarrassment for a company that is struggling to restore its image following the loss of millions of credit card numbers through its PlayStation Network.

The hackers, who call themselves LulzSec, said they pulled off what they described as an elementary attack to highlight Sony’s “disgraceful” security.

“Every bit of data we took wasn’t encrypted. Sony stored over 1,000,000 passwords of its customers in plaintext, which means it’s just a matter of taking it,” LulzSec said in a statement. “They were asking for it.”

 Sony Pictures, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, said it is aware of the LulzSec statement.

“We are looking into these claims,” said Jim Kennedy, executive vice president of global communications for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The data which includes passwords, email addresses, phone numbers, home addresses, dates of birth was posted to the LulzSec Web site and appeared to be genuine.

Sony is already is facing questions over why it did not inform consumers more quickly after a massive cyber-attack in April targeted credit card information through its PSN and SEO network, compromising more than 100 million user accounts. At the time, experts warned the attack emboldened hackers and made them more willing to pursue sensitive information.

It is unclear who the members of LulzSec are, or where they’re based. The group didn’t immediately reply to emails sent to their Web site’s administrative and technical accounts or to a Twitter message posted to the Web.

The group’s Web site which has a pared-down, 1990s look was only registered on Wednesday, according to an Internet records search. The site’s registrant is listed as being based in the Bahamas. LulzSec recently claimed responsibility for hacking the website of the PBS television network to post a fake story in protest of a recent Frontline investigative news program on WikiLeaks.

For the past two days, the group has been mocking Sony via Twitter and alluding to a hacking operation.

Posts on the microblogging site through an account linked to the group at times chastise “silly
Sony” and “You Sony morons,” saying “everything we have will be published in multiple ways to ensure maximum embarrassment and exposure for (Sony) and their security flaws.”