Finally! Finally a good news day! So good, that box office is going to get its own little post! Because there is too much else to talk about.
First, Emraan is nice! I know his “brand” is sexy and dangerous, but I’ve always kind of suspected in real life he is more “nice and normal.” And, ha! Proof! Emraan has been super involved in cancer charities since his tiny little son survived cancer a couple years ago. A teenage cancer patient who is also a big Emraan fan wanted to meet him, so the hospital contacted Emraan’s team, and he showed up with candy and presents, spent hours at the hospital, and promised to take the fan and his whole family to see his next movie. Which will be a little awkward, because Emraan’s movies aren’t usually exactly “family” films.
Second, Shahrukh is in trouble! Kind of. He has received a notice from the Income Tax department asking him to meet with them and explain his off-shore investments. However, it isn’t clear if the taxwallahs actually have any evidence against him. Supposedly several big industrialist types have received these notices, and the rumor is that it is just an excuse to force them to come in and explain all their income in detail.
Salman, meanwhile, is out of trouble! Kind of. One of his two Rajasthan poaching cases has been settled. Well, “settled”, the prosecution still has the option of appeal. And the other case in Rajasthan is still pending. And I believe the reckless driving/manslaughter case is also pending appeal right now. But at least he is sort of moving towards a resolution of all his issues. If I were Salman, I would be looking at Sanjay and feeling very jealous that he has now completed his jail term and is officially done-done-done with all his legal whatevers.
Couple of small news items before I get to the grand finale (another Mohenjo Daro trailer). First, Kangna has been confirmed to be in a Rani Laxmibai film. Woo! That is PERFECT CASTING!!! I am a little nervous about the director, it is Ketan Mehta, best known for filming Shahrukh’s only nude scene, and also making the massive embarrassingly bad historical epic flop, Mangal Panday.
(Although, at least the teaser trailer for Mangal Panday was really really good!)
And Dishoom is going to be submitted to the censor board in an encrypted format in an effort to combat piracy. Which, if any film needs to worry about being pirated, it would be Dishoom! Because if the storyline leaks online in advance, I just really don’t see people being willing to watch it. That is, assuming it stays close to Mumbai Police that it is supposed to be a remake of (again, DO NOT click that link if you are planning to see Dishoom!).
And finally, Mohenjo Daro trailer! It looks like the romance will be a Roman Holiday/Aladdin type thing where the princess spends a day in the market like a “normal” and Hrithik falls in love with her. My big take away is that she is probably charming if you are in love with her, and just super super irritating if you are a small business person whose wares she is knocking over.