News Round-Up: Diljit Biopics, IFFI Hesitates, Siddharth Fashions, Deepika Deepikas, and Kangana Can’t Kangana

Happy Cyber Monday!  If my website loads slowly today, it’s not my fault, it’s The Internet.  Well, more accurately, The People on The Internet.  So, be patient, and load this whole story, and you can read a bunch of not very exciting news stories.

Diljit Dosanjh in an Awesome Biopic

This is definitely one of those “too crazy to believe but it’s true” kind of stories.  Sandeep Singh, a member of the National Hockey Team, on a train on the way to the World Cup, is hit by an accidental gunshot, told he will not walk again, spends two years fighting his way back to health, rejoins the National Hockey Team and becomes their top scorer.  Then retires and becomes a police officer.

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(and the tagline is a pun!  Truly, they know the way to my heart)

Now, if I were writing a movie based on this, I would focus on the “honest cop in the Punjab” part, with a final epic fight scene in which he uses his scoring ability to defeat the bad guys.  Like, hits grenades into their hide out with his hockey stick or something.  But these filmmakers have less imagination than me, and are focusing on the “recovery from terrible injury to rejoin National Team” part of it.  Oh well, not everyone can be a real visionary the way I am.

Most importantly, Diljit Dosanjh is starring!  Which is perfect, he is so talented and it would be kind of insulting to not cast a Sikh to play this role.  I was a little uncomfortable actually with Farhan playing Milkha Singh.  And it’s also a sign that the Hindi industry is being a bit more serious about solidifying their dominance in the North.  They’ve woken up to the Punjabi film industry threatening them and are swinging more northern in content and stars.  Oh, and also Diljit is dreamy and I am all excited about seeing more of him.


IFFI and Censorship

This is related to a question Claudia just asked me about Padmavati and censorship.  It is legal for a film to leave India without a censor certificate so long as it is only played at a film festival.  So what has been true since Indian independence in 1947 is that brilliant art films come out of India, win awards at film festival overseas, but are never played at home, or are only played in a heavily censored version, or are played after years of delay and appeals to the censor board.  For example, the award winning film Fire only played in India over a year after it’s international release, and only after every reference to the two heroine’s names was removed (because they were named “Sita” and “Radha”).

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(It’s okay for them to be lesbians, so long as they aren’t named for Goddesses)

There are two films that applied to play at the International Film Festival of India, one of the biggest film festivals in India, which are being held up.  One of them, Sexy Durga, has already won awards in international festivals.  The other, Nude, has not played elsewhere and supposedly was rejected because it was not complete at the time the submissions closed.  Sexy Durga changed it’s title to “S. Durga” at the request of the censor board and was given its certificate.  But IFFI is still not committing as to whether or not it will play.   The issue is that the jury officially selected the films to be played, but the festival director is not putting them on the schedule.  The Nude filmmakers have now backed off (ha!  That’s a funny sentence!), but the Sexy people (couldn’t resist another funny sentence) are determined to take the fight as far as they can.


Siddharth Fashion Designer?

I don’t know if he will really be “designing” or more just “picking stuff out and promoting it”.  But it is a brilliant idea, he has always been very good at having stuff put on his body and making it look good.  Wouldn’t you want to buy something that makes you look as good as Siddharth?

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(See, you just need to buy that blue shirt, loafers, and red pants, and you will look exactly as hot as he does)


Deepika After Padmavati

This isn’t exactly news, it’s just the first time I’ve run across details of what Dips has planned after Padmavati.  A film produced by KriArj and Vishal Bhardwaj, directed by Honey Trehan.  So, let’s unpack this.  KriArj started just a year ago with Rustom, they currently have Padman and Pari in production.  Their specialty seems to be jumping on an idea that’s already been developed by someone else and putting it together with the money people.  For Padman, it’s Twinkle Khanna’s idea.  For this film, it looks like Vishal got it started and then KriArj jumped on.

So let’s look at Vishal.  He produced Talwar most recently, before that the two Ishqiya movies.  And he co-produced Ek Thi Daayan with Balaji Films.  So mostly he does lower budget interesting films that make a small profit and get some critical interest.

And then there’s the director Honey Trehan.  A casting director and assistant/second unit director who’s worked with Vishal for years.  So looks like he has the training and could be talented, but I can’t be sure just because Vishal is backing him since there is also the personal relationship to be weighed in the balance.  And I can’t be sure because KriArj is backing him, since they seem to just back whoever their partner tells them to back instead of using their own judgement.

So, what are we looking at here overall?  We are looking at, most likely, a very small film that may or may not be a success.  I don’t Vishal has never produced a hit movie, and Ek Thi Daayan was a minor flop, so his record isn’t perfect.  And a first time director is always a little nervous making.

(A flop that had a really good cast and script and all, just somehow didn’t gel with the audience)

The whole thing sounds like Dips is not looking for another hit, not looking for a “Top Box Office Actress” kind of role.  But rather looking for something that will have low expectations, and let her take an interesting lead role (I assume lead since no one else has been announced opposite her).  Which goes along with my theory that Padmavati is her last big blow out film before she takes a calculated step back in her career and goes in more of an artsy direction.


Kangana is Told to be Quiet and Cast in an Imaginary Movie

This is two stories combined.  First, supposedly, the producers of Kangana’s Jhansi Ki Rani movie have forbid her from speaking on anything outside of their talking points, and possibly from speaking at all, after Simran arguably sunk based on her hijacking every interview to complain about Hrithik. (my latest coverage of that whole thing here)

I’ve been wondering how much Kangana damaged her career with her interviews around Simran.  This film was already well into pre-production when Kangana started her spiral on the Simran tour.  Her next film after that, there have been conflicting stories coming out that makes it sound like production has been pushed back.

This isn’t petty retribution or anything, I don’t think.  I think it’s just practical.  Kangana has shown herself of not capable of doing part of her job, correctly promoting her films, and therefore is going to have a harder time getting hired for more work.  And the proof is that this film, which has no other stars besides Kangana, would rather not use her at all for this part of her job than risk her doing it wrong.  And this is also a basic part of mental health diagnosis, if her situation is so bad that it is affecting her ability to function at work, then she really needs treatment.

And related (to me) is that the newest film rumor for her is a movie with Shekhar Kapur.  Because Shekhar Kapur films are all imaginary.  For the past 5 years at least, since I’ve been closely following the news, once a year or so Shekhar announces another new film and it never happens.  It’s kind of like that little kid you know who tells stories about his imaginary friend.  Everyone indulges him because it’s kind of cute that he thinks his films will actually get made, but no one “really” believes it.  So if Kangana’s only film being talked about is the usual Shekhar Kapur imaginary one, it means no one is willing to hire her for something that is actually coming out.

(My theory is that the industry is just refusing to work with Shekhar on anything else until he makes Mr. India 2, the movie we all really want to happen.  More probably it’s just that he is really really hard to work with and no one is willing to risk it)


21 thoughts on “News Round-Up: Diljit Biopics, IFFI Hesitates, Siddharth Fashions, Deepika Deepikas, and Kangana Can’t Kangana

  1. Kangana’s not the only crazy in her family. Did you see her sister’s tweets to Hrithik? And then there’s Kangana’s Koffee with Karan appearance. It’s really too bad because she hugely talented and mesmerizing on screen. I wonder if there’s any chance she will go to the West where crazy is maybe more tolerated in women.

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    • I’m putting her in a “she actually needs medication” category of crazy. Which I think would be better in the West, just because we are more likely to talk about mental illness and recognize it. But she still needs treatment no matter where she goes!!! She is still going to sabotage her own career and drag her family with her in a shared delusion until she does.

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        • Yes, my biggest hope is that she gets treatment, and comes back as a force for public education as to when someone needs treatment, and that the kindest thing to do for them at that point is to encourage them to get treatment, not feed into their delusions.

          Slightly related, have you seen Dear Zindagi yet? It’s a fairly nice “therapeutic journey” story, but it does a kind of good job addressing the stigma around any kind of mental health treatment in India.

          On Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 2:20 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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  2. I’m glad to see conversation on the genuine and very sad mental illness of Kangana. I find it so hard to understand that very serious people (Anumpama Chopra, Barkha Dutt, Sucharita Tygai) hail her as a feminist icon and spokesperson.


    • It’s a reminder for me of how far we have come in the West. At least mental illness is part of the conversation in this situation. Even if the media and public are still very much enjoying the public breakdown, it is identified as a breakdown, people don’t shy away from those terms.

      On Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 3:37 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



    • With regards to being feminist, Kangana is obviously intelligent and an extremely talented actress and has managed to carve out an impressive career in a short period of time in an industry where outsiders have a hard time breaking in. I can understand why some would perceive her as a feminist icon. Of course, the illness tips everything over into tragedy.


  3. Concerning Deepika… When I read the following excerpt of an article, I thought about what you wrote about her in your “3 phases”:

    Deepika Padukone is currently at the peak of
    her of career and is only going forward as a
    popular leading lady in Bollywood.
    While rumours of her relationship with
    Ranveer Singh have been rife for the longest
    time, one wonders if Deepika has any plans
    of settling down.
    When a leading entertainment magazine
    asked Deepika on the same, the actress
    revealed, “I can’t put a year to it. Honestly,
    I’ve never been able to do anything that is
    time bound. I believe relationships have
    their way of unfolding. As far as my
    equation with him is concerned, I am sure
    that will unfold in its own manner. I can’t
    wait to be a homemaker. Because from the
    time I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted to
    be that. I’ve always wanted to start a family.”


    • Yep, just the fact that people are asking the question means everyone is feeling the same way we are, that it is time for her to move on to something else. And if she is answering that way, it sounds like she’s trying to set herself up to be able to make the change if she wants it.

      (I love how we are all just assuming that if she wants to get married, obviously Ranveer will be happy to marry her)

      On Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 4:26 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  4. Deepika, Ranveer and Kangana are suffering from mental health issues. I feel like this topic deserves a whole post.

    As for Manikarnika, the Padmavati controversy is probably a lesson. Rajputs all over the north are especially touchy right now and adding Kangana’s big mouth to the problem won’t help anyone. She might actually get murdered if anything even slightly offensive pops up in the Rani Jhansi film. She’s an outsider from a village in an insignificant state. She would be turned into Qandeel Balouch if anything goes wrong there

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    • Deepika has been so open and eloquent about her mental health issues, I really want her to give Kangana a talking to about acknowledging problems and getting treatment.

      On Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 7:21 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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        • I don’t know if I want her to have sympathy exactly, but more a good talking to. Not that the good talking to would fix her behavior, but I want her to go see a psychiatrist and get in therapy and on medication. And a good talking to might help her get to that point.

          On Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 8:05 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



          • She needs an intervention. And an ambulance waiting outside should she not take the intervention seriously.

            She already hates everyone so she can hate the person organizing the intervention too. If there have been no BPD cases in her family or circle she probably wouldn’t even know the symptoms.


          • Yeah, I’m angry at her family. They seem to be enabling her over and over again and denying the evidence right in front of them. I know it’s heartbreaking when someone in your family is ill and refuses treatment and sometimes all you can do is stand by and wait, but that’s very different from her sister speaking up and supporting her delusions and so on.

            On Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 8:12 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



          • I don’t even think they realise what’s happening to her. My family couldn’t figure out something was wrong with my dad till he became actually physically violent and even then they thought it was just the booze talking. They only took his illness seriously when my aunt also got her first episode of BPD and hers came with schizophrenic symptoms.

            Kangana is literally from a village. The big city people aren’t taking her illness seriously either. They’re just making fun of her or egging her on. That’s where awareness of mental health issues is actually at in India. Only depression gets taken seriously that too not too much.

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          • Wouldn’t it be great if Kangana comes out the other side of this and stars in a fictionalized version so people can learn about it? Happy loveable young woman who starts acting strangely, destroys her life, then finally gets treatment, gets better, and slowly puts her life back together again and then happy ending.

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