Not as much news as their could be today, but I will still pick out the stories I find most interesting to talk about and share them with you all. Mostly they are on the “isn’t it interesting how this news item is being spun?” level, rather than talking about the news item itself.
Well, he’s out in the world in the sunshine. Still not giving interviews or press conferences, but alive. And this whole thing continues to feel odd to me.
He went to a kids football event, as part of his brand ambassador thing for the Indian football league. So he is projecting an image of competence and reliability (doing his brand thing), and generally being a good person (teaching children). And just coincidentally, a bunch of news photographers were there to capture the moment.
So clearly a coordinated event to make him look good. But you know what would make him look really good? A PRESS CONFERENCE!!!! Supposedly he signed a bunch of movies, why isn’t he out there talking about them? Or having a press conference for the football league instead of this staged event?
Maybe he is worried about reporters’ questions, but surely if it is a focused controlled press conference with a topic like a new movie or a new sports season, that isn’t a huge concern. So maybe it is Abhishek himself? Something is going on that makes him not ready for anything more demanding than a few staged photos with kids? It’s still a puzzle for me, this photo doesn’t really resolve anything.
Katrina and Aamir’s Party
I just don’t get this. There were rumors about Jagga Jasoos and Kat being desperate for a hit, which didn’t make sense to me since surely it was more Ranbir’s film than hers, why would she worry? And now there are similar rumors about her being territorial and jealous over her part in Thugs of Hindostan. Which also don’t make sense, because she’s still got Tiger Zinda Hai coming out, plus a part in the Aanand L Rai Shahrukh film.
Anyway, the current rumors are that she skipped Aamir’s Diwale party because she was angry with the way he is promoting Fatima Sana Shaikh as the lead of Thugs, not her. Because she is worried and territorial and so on. And then the “real” reason came out, she had the flu.
(Fatima does look good in the character images, but she still isn’t as famous as Kat)
Small side note, remember in my discussion of the Kangana-Hrithik thing I talked about how all those “social” events where they were together that Kangana pointed to as proof of a relationship, and Hrithik says were actually work events masquerading as social. SEE???? This is what I/Hrithik am talking about!!!! No one thinks Kat and Aamir are having an affair (I don’t think) or anything like that, but as his co-star in an upcoming film, it is expected that she will be invited to and attend his big party. And it is noticed when she doesn’t because it is so expected.
Anyway, in terms of this “story”, it really isn’t a story, I don’t care that Kat didn’t go to Aamir’s party, maybe she just didn’t feel like going out that night. But I am interested in this trend of Kat being called out as “desperate” and like she thinks her career is slipping. What is behind that? Is it malicious gossip from somewhere? Is it just because she is nearing the age where actresses marry and retire? Because I am just not seeing the facts to back it up, she will almost certainly be part of the biggest hit of the year (Tiger Zinda Hai), and she is still being offered top parts.
And the other thing I find interesting is considering the “real” reason that Aamir might be pushing Fatima as the lead of the film. First, obviously, she is his protege so he would naturally want to put her front and center. But second, he has done well lately by pushing the “I discover and promote unknown young talent” narrative. Positioning himself as the “professional” type who hires on merit, not nepotism (so Fatima not Kat). And third, if he makes Fatima’s character central, he can get the benefit of the female empowerment narrative, instead of the “old men are ruling the industry” narrative. Which, let us remember, is how this film was first announced, “Aamir and Amitabh together”. And now he is trying to shove that story to the side a little and focus on the young woman.
Oh and finally, a little treat for us all, the Ittefaq song trailer came out. And as I was hoping, it is just a mood song, all of them in character with cool effects and stuff. And it’s an okay song too I guess,
It’s a remix from a classic twisty Amitabh movie, Namak Haalal, so that’s thematic for the sort of throwback mysterious feel.