I’m getting a little better at this, checking the news stories. Still not great, I’m still only using one source which is terrible, and I still don’t have a ton of background on things. But I’m getting there!
Salman as a Father
Salman recently said that he is thinking of having a child in the next 2-3 years, possibly by surrogacy. If marriage doesn’t work out (Salman, pretty sure if marriage doesn’t work out, that’s on you). Because his parents want to see his baby and, the unspoken thing, they are getting up there in years so time might be running out for them.
I would love to see Salman as a father! He’s such a great uncle, and before that he was such a great big brother, he deserves to have his own kid. And I also love the idea of him being the 3rd single father to opt for surrogacy after Tusshar and Karan. Well, I don’t love-love it, I would prefer if he adopted.
(BABY! And Salman. And BABY)
Let me back up. In American/Western culture there is an assumption that men are less interested in babies/children than women. For a man to adopt or have a surrogate just because he wants a child is very odd and rare. And if a celebrity did it, it would be a wonderful thing, a lesson that men can want children and want to be parents just like women can.
However, I don’t think it is quite the same in Indian culture? There is more acceptance of the idea that everyone, male or female, wants a baby? Because who wouldn’t want a baby! So the whole “pro-fatherhood” message is kind of not needed.
However, I would really like to see more of a pro-adoption message. Again, not needed in the same way in American/western culture, but does seem to be needed I think in India? For one thing, there are so many children waiting to be adopted. I mean, there are in most places, but in India it is approximately 4% of all children. While in America, it is a high number, but still to love to be a percentage of the total population of children.
For another thing (and feel free to correct me if I am wrong), but it feels like there is a slight sense of “but where did they come from” that might come into play with an Indian reluctance to adopt? Caste, ethnicity, all of that could be an unknown with an adopted child, unlike with a child by surrogate.
But all of this is moot really, because I am pretty sure the Indian laws make it harder for a single man to become a father through adoption rather than through surrogacy. Which is too bad. Because Salman, as I said at the beginning, would be a wonderful father, and would be a wonderful loving father to any child who was given to him in any manner.
Ranveer as a Cricketer
Well, we have another Cricket biopic careening towards us. On the captain of the 1983 team, Kapil Dev. Which means one thing: Ranveer is growing a mustache again.
The director/writer is Kabir Khan, who says he is fully researched and ready with a script right now. Which, hmmmm. He was shooting Tubelight just a few months back. Kind of feels like he must have been working on this project, which he really cared about, at the same time as that shoot. Which is yet another reason to think that he didn’t actually care about that film at all.
And it’s also making me wonder if Ranveer is fiddling with his career a little in order to achieve some balance. His next role will be a hated Muslim conqueror. Did he decide to take this part at least a little bit in order to balance that with playing a popular national hero and patriot?
And so we have another sports film! I am getting so sick of sitting through sports films. There’s the humble origins, the coach who supports you, the explanation of the rules of the sport (Dangal did that the best) or else the lack of explanation leaving me totally confused for much of the film (Dhoni‘s route). The awkwardly inserted romance and love song, the slow rise to success over many obstacles, and finally winning The Big Thing (in Azhar, a court case. In Dhoni, the World Cup).
But mostly, all this talk about Kapil Dev and 1983 is just making me think that if you truly want to see his impact and what that year meant, you need to watch the film 1983. It’s not just about the one man, it’s about what he did to an entire country.
Abhishek as Flake
Now, this is very odd! My friend Dina mentioned something to me recently about how it seemed as though Abhishek had just disappeared. I thought she was wrong, that he was probably still making public appearances for his Kabaddi teams and stuff, just taking a break from acting. But by golly, for perhaps the 378th time since I met her, Dina is right and I am wrong!
Abhishek was supposed to be preparing for and then filming and starring in a big big movie, JP Dutta’s Paltan. It’s a Dutta film, so obviously a historic epic with a massive cast etc. etc. This particular one is based on the 1962 war, supposed to have a long filming schedule in Ladakh, and I am sure like all Dutta films, it will be scrupulously historical accurate, took tons of time in preparation, and will be very complex to film because of his historic accuracy requirements (ooo, maybe I should rewatch LOC: Kargil again). And I just realized, if you don’t know Dutta, you could think I was being sarcastic. No really, he is amazing in his pre-film prep work and standards for accuracy and respectfully portraying what actually happened, especially in war films.
If it were a different director and a different film, it would still be a big deal for Abhishek to flake at literally the last minute. Like, the rest of the team is already in Ladakh, he was supposed to fly up to join them and start filming and just isn’t. But for a JP Dutta film, it is a really big deal. This isn’t a small commitment he made, and this isn’t a last minute thrown together shoot, this was probably years in the making and now Abhishek is dropping out last minute?
(Thank goodness, reports say that Suniel Shetty in an army uniform is still part of the film. Which is enough to sell me my ticket!)
Plus, JP Dutta launched him! In Refugee. And gave him a GREAT launch. That’s one of the best showpieces Abhishek had in his first few years in the industry. And he got another great role in LOC: Kargil, and in Umrao Jaan. It is hugely disrespectful to the man who helped him get his start, and ungrateful to the man who always made him look good, and also just plain stupid to avoid looking that good again, by passing up another chance to work with Dutta.
So, really, what IS going on with Abhishek? Is it possibly something is actually wrong? That there is more going on than some starry tantrum? I just have no idea. Any gossip/theories/rumors from the Indian side that I don’t know about?