There still isn’t THAT much to talk about, but I think I can manage to scrape together enough stories to make a post.
First, remember the super cute little kid in Gadar: Ek Prem Katha? The one that makes me go “awwwwwww” every time I see his little face? That was the director’s son! I had no idea! And now he is all grown up and his Dad is going to give him a launch.
I have concerns. Starting with, how good is an Anil Sharma film going to be anyway? Hero: Love Story of a Spy was great, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha was great, Veer was odd (but I liked it anyway!), Singh Sahab the Great took forever to release and then wasn’t very good. It’s not a perfect track record.
This movie is titled “Genius” and is about a genius. Which is a very very hard concept to pull off on film, as has been proved over and over again. It was done well in 3 Idiots, and no where else I can think of. Also, I don’t like that the title has no colons in it. I think we have established that the best Anil Sharma movies all have colons.
Besides the lack of colons, this is supposed to be a “different” kind of film, not an action thing, with a “new face” launched opposite his son. Danger! Danger! I don’t want to see Anil Sharma direct anything but big budget action movies with two part titles! And I don’t want to see a movie with TWO new faces! I want a known quantity actress if I am betting my ticket price on Anil Sharma’s son’s talent. Also, the son supposedly trained at the Actor’s Studio in New York, which doesn’t make me terribly confident in his ability to carry a Hindi film. Most worrisome, what if he isn’t cute any more and it ruins my appreciation for his cuteness in Gadar?
(I just want to eat his little face!)
The Hrithik story is literally just one quote. He was at a press conference for Mahenjo Daro, someone asked him about Kangana, and he replied: “When truth is on your side you don’t need support” and “I am not here to answer this as it is unethical and unprofessional to say anything on this platform. Be more patient.”
That’s it. That’s the whole story. Like I said, this post is mostly scraps.
And finally, the Sultan box office is dropping off. I mean, it’s still doing great and breaking records (latest record: in 7 days, it is the fastest film to make it past 200 crore). But it dropped down to 12.5 crore yesterday, a week after it came out. If it keeps dropping every day, and doesn’t pick up much over the weekend, it may not have the kind of long term business that it needs, the kind that Bajrangi Bhaijaan got (still playing in Hong Kong!). Instead, it could be more of a Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, huge on the opening festival weekend, and then dropping fast.
Or, maybe this is just the midweek drag, it will pick up again on the weekend. Like I said, slow news day.