Yay! For the first time, actually follow-up news stories! I am getting better about this, checking the news at least once a week so I’m not totally out of the loop.
That weird Abhishek dropping out of Paltan last minute story continues to be weird. First, my initial instinct was correct, this is a very strange decision both because the Dutta’s plan films sooooooo carefully and sooooooo slowly, meaning Abhishek had loads of time to drop before now. And because Abhishek is so close to the family.
Bollywoodhungama in a follow up article points out that Abhishek even spent Ganesh Chatturpathi with the family this year, and has joked about how he is Dutta’s “first born”, since he considers him a father and he is older than Dutta’s two daughters. He has been involved in script sittings and everything else right from the beginning, to the point where other actors were concerned he would get a bigger role.
The real reason for this follow-up article is that BH has now gotten statements from people “close” to Abhishek supposedly explaining what happened. According to these unofficial-official statements, the decision was because it had been so long since Abhishek’s last release, and he needed a solo film as his return, not the standard Dutta multistarrer. Thus the last minute pull out. And he, personally, felt so extremely bad about it that he couldn’t even bring himself to talk to Dutta.
Well, that’s a load of crock!!!! I mean, maybe not, but it sure sounds like it! It’s the best possible spin on things for Abhishek’s camp-“he is personally torn up but his friends and well-wishers forced him to do this, and it’s just a career decision nothing more mysterious”. But, COME ON!!!! There is no career decision that would make you back out of a film with 48 hours notice. 48 days notice, sure. But not like this, not when it is your mentor’s movie and you’ve been planning it with him for months on end. Not when the publicity and scandal of dropping like this will do much more damage to your career than simply being in a multistarrer. Plus, what I am getting from the “personally torn up about it” story is “Abhishek is not being seen or heard from as part of this decision or anything else for a while and we need a reason for it.”
Maybe I am wrong, maybe they are telling the truth and it was purely a career decision that he was forced into last minute. But it really feels like there must be something more there and they are trying to paper over it.
(To cheer us up, Abhishek in happier times)
Sonakshi is Happy
Well, this is delightful news! One of those small happy rom-coms I like is getting a slightly bigger sequel. Happy Bhaag Jayegi last year wasn’t the greatest movie in the world, but it was imaginative and fun and had a lot of heart. And it was part of a type, the Bareilly Ki Barfi–Running Shaadi–Shubh Mangal Saavdhan type of movie which is more and more the most consistent box office earner for Hindi film.
I am happy there is going to be a sequel, but I am really happy that this seems to indicate people in the industry are noticing the same trends I am. Making another film from the same team, only this time with Sonakshi Sinha (so, slightly higher profile). But also keeping Diana Penty (so, not completely giving up on the small vibe of the original).
RK Studios Gets Prosecuted
Are you ready to be completely unsurprised? An investigation has revealed that RK Studios was not in fact up to code. Shocking!!!! Apparently they did a rehab a few years back, the fire department approved it based on them following certain recommendations (installing sprinklers etc), and then they didn’t do the recommendations.
This just confirms my impression, that a full real bottom up rehab of the studio would just not be possible. To make the old infrastructure totally safe and up to date would no doubt be much more expensive than just starting from scratch. So, yay! Now they can start from scratch and really have a professional studio!
Well, this story starts off with Farhan saying “any time I mention anything about Don 3, the headline is ‘Don 3 Filming Soon'” And then he mentions Don 3, and that’s the headline. Well, his quote kind of invites it: “It will happen. And it will happen sooner rather than later. Otherwise Shah Rukh’s fans and the fans of the series would be extremely unhappy.”
Can I just say, as a fan of SRK and the series, I am ALREADY unhappy? I’ve been unhappy for years! That ship has sailed Farhan!!!! Sailed on your hipster band tours and sudden life changes and all the other chaff that has filled up your life when you should be WRITING A SCRIPT!!!!!
(WRITE A SCRIPT!!!!!)