Well, romance is in the air! Or at least couples are in the air. Everyone is pairing up in their own way
Radhika and Dev (or Anurag?)
The headline news is that Radhika was apparently cast in a film opposite Dev Patel. Taking a moment to get meta here about how this was reported, isn’t it fascinating that for the Indian press/Radhika’s PR team it is natural to focus on the “Cast opposite Dev Patel” part of it? Not who the director is, or any other details about the film, the first thing you would leak is the name of the biggest actor in the film? It’s a star driven industry, even when reporting on other industries which are not star driven.
The not-headline news is that Radhika is working A LOT this year. Splitting between mainstream films like Padman and arty stuff like an “anthology” film with Anurag Kashyap. And another film with Anurag that has no details yet. And a 3rd film produced by Phantom Films (Anurag’s company). Is it possible that Anurag has, once again, fallen for a brilliant talented off-beat young actress? That isn’t a slam at Radhika, I was blown away by her in what I have seen of her, but Anurag does have a type which is “brilliant young actress”, and he has a way of sucking those actresses in so they work primarily with him. I would not be totally shocked to see rumors of them dating soon.
(Oh yeah, they are definitely dating. This is from 3 months ago, when he happened to go with her to MAMI where her film Parched was playing. Sorry, I am just behind the curve on this! But if I were giving Anurag advice, I would say “don’t work with the woman you love! It confuses the relationship between personal and professional! And also, stop dating women over 10 years younger than you! It’s weird”)
Oh, and Radhika is also going to be the female lead in the Ayushmann Khurrana Sriram Raghavan movie. Which makes sense, she was spectacular in a small part in Badlapur, not surprising that Sriram would want to work with her again.
Prateik and Sanya
Prateik Patil Babbar is engaged! Like most people, I am strangely caring towards him just because his whole story is so sad, with the mother dying right after birth and father not really totally acknowledging him and everything. Plus after seeing Arth, I am ALL IN on Smita, and I feel like if I like her, I need to like her son as well.
So I am distressed to hear he had a substance abuse problem, and relieved to hear he has apparently gotten it under control. And also a little distressed that I am apparently so out of it I didn’t know he had a substance abuse problem. No one tells me anything!!!!
But this does explain things. Prateik was sooooooooooo promising after Dhobi Ghat and Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na. And then Ekk Deewana Tha flopped, but that wasn’t totally his fault, and it’s okay to have one bad movie. Only, he never really came back from that. He did the truly horrendously awful Issaq, which seemed way way below his pay grade as it were. With his name, and the audience goodwill he had built up, he should have been offered better things. And he was also apparently a terrible acter in that film, which also made no sense based on what he had done before. And then he didn’t sign anything after that.
(Even in this terrible Ram-Leela ripoff movie, his face still takes the camera just like his mother’s did)
But now, all is clear! It was drugs. Which could make people very cautious about signing him, and also make him into a terrible actor all of a sudden. And now he is engaged and will be returning as the villain in Baaghi 2. Which isn’t the greatest comeback role, if Baaghi 2 is anything like Baaghi 1, it will be a fairly superficial plot with shallow characters. But the first step is just to show you are willing and able to work, then you can start getting picky about the work that is offered you. Good for Prateik! Getting back in the saddle again.
Oh, and his fiancee is apparently a politician’s kid from Lucknow? Sanya Sagar? Anyone know anything about her?
Tiger and Disha
Speaking of Baaghi 2, Disha Patani has been announced as the heroine. Okay, fine, whatever. I guess Shraddha is too busy making FREAKING SAAHO to spend time with her previous franchises. I didn’t mind Shraddha in Baaghi 1, it was pretty much the perfect Shraddha part. She danced a little, she matched Tiger Shroff in “acting” ability and paleness, and we didn’t get too bogged down with caring about her character.
So fine, now Shraddha is out and we have a new pretty, pale, “actress” to take the part. Disha was okay, I guess, in MS Dhoni, although Kiara Advani was much better. But then Kiara Advani also had a more interesting character to play. More importantly, Disha looked good with Tiger in that song video they did with the plot I don’t understand (they are chasing her purse snatcher? And dancing? And running out on a restaurant bill?)
Most importantly, of course, Disha is dating Tiger. So acting together will be convenient. Especially if they end up making a popular pair and can work together a lot, and form a little mini power couple. Or they will break up halfway through filming and it will all be Very Very Messy. If I were giving advice to Baaghi 2 director Ahmad Khan, after first telling him that I really liked what he did with the song “Dil cheez tujhe dedi” from Airlift and asking what it was like to be a child actor in Mr. India, I would say “Don’t cast a couple opposite each other in your film! Not unless they are actually married. Anything short of that, and it might not last, and then your film will be in super big trouble and BLAH. Remember Jagga Jasoos!” That’s what I would tell him, but no one listens to me.
Haathi Mere Saathi-NO!
Speaking of people not listening to me, some fool has decided to remake Haathi Mere Saathi. NO!!!! It is the PERFECT MOVIE!!!! I don’t want to see a gritty realistic remake of a film about the love between a man and his elephants and how his girlfriend-later-wife has to make her peace with that.
Nice idea to star Rana, and to make it a trilingual (Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu). Just don’t try to connect it to my precious Haathi Mere Saathi original! I don’t want any of this:
To ruin my memories of this: