Yay, Rani’s back!!!! I can’t decide if all these 90s actresses coming back is because the 90s really did have the best batch, or because the industry has finally started to accept women over 35 as more than just mothers. Probably a combo of the two.
UPDATE: Filmilibrarian reminded me in the comments that we might have heard about this movie before, there was a rumored biopic on Kalpana Chawla, the American astronaut with the same director and Rani attached a few months back. Here is my post on that news, which includes some additional details on this director.
Rani news is officially confirmed, she will be starring in a movie produced by Maneesh Sharma and directed by Siddharth Malhotra for Yash Raj. Here is her quote about it:
“I was looking for a script that would challenge and excite me, and Hichki came my way. Each of us has a weakness that pulls us back. It could be a disability or any condition but if we just look at it as simply a hiccup, we can emerge as a winner. It won’t come in the way of achieving our dreams. Hichki is built on this positive premise and I decided to take it up.” – See more at: http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/revealed-rani-mukerji-will-next-seen-hichki/#sthash.U0wcdQJC.dpuf
Is “Hichki” hiccup? I know that is how it was translated in Mirzya, but I wasn’t sure. It can’t be a movie actually about hiccups, right? There most be some other weakness that hiccup is referring to.
The production team is the part I find really interesting. Siddharth Malhotra’s only previous film was We Are Family, which was a modest success and then completely forgotten. And not terribly imaginative, since it was just a remake of Stepmom. And now he is handed Rani’s post-baby comeback film?
More interesting, Maneesh Sharma is producing? The whole position of “producer” here is a brand new thing for India. In Indian-film parlance usually “producer” means the person who put up the money and pulled some strings to bring in the stars. Occasionally it also means someone who acts as an artistic mentor to the film, usually a director who doesn’t have the time to officially direct the movie but does everything-but-directing, finds the script and coordinates the shoot and comes up with the theme and so on. Like Guru Dutt and Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam or Yash Chopra and Doosri Aadmi. Technically those films were directed by someone else, but the real “Auteur” of the film was Guru or Yash.
Aditya and Karan clearly follow that older tradition of artistic mentor with their productions. They are there every step of the way holding the hand of their directors, making sure it feels like a Yash Raj or a Dharma production. And Farhan does the same with his Excel films, Anurag with his Phantom, etc.
But now there is Aditya running Yash Raj, Siddharth directing this film, and Maneesh Sharma suddenly sliding in between them? What is Maneesh’s role? Is Aditya transitioning into being a “grandmentor”? He has taught Maneesh everything, and now Maneesh is going to turn around and pass it down to someone else? Or is this just a corporate structure thing, Maneesh is the point man for all the decisions instead of tossing it around to various departments, and the real artistic vision is still shared between Aditya and Siddharth? I don’t know! But what’s for sure is that this announcement shows Aditya still has faith in Maneesh as an artist and executive post the Fan debacle, which is nice.
Oh, and a new Phillauri song! Which I really like. Very melodious. And again, I love the edits between the past and the present. I don’t know how they will do that in the film, but I hope they can keep the feeling of both periods overlapping and existing simultaneously. And I really hope they can figure out a way to give Anushka and Diljit a happy ending!
Finally, on a completely shallow note, Anushka’s face looks fuller, doesn’t it? Maybe it’s just because she has a no-make-up look, but she appears much more like she did way back in Rab Ne than she has in any of her other more recent films. I like it.
And the first trailer for that Vivaan movie is out! No subtitles, so I’m not sure if I am understanding correctly. But I think Vivaan is a lowly barista who fell in love with a pretty girl, they started dating, she got pregnant, and then he learned she was a fabulously wealthy princess? Also, some fabulously wealthy prince person was already in love with her? Is that correct? I know it looks like she is doing all the bridal stuff while being clearly pregnant, which I find delightful. If you know Hindi and can translate more for us, please do!