4 movies to talk about! In various stages, one a trailer, one a second song, one an announcement, and one starting to film. And I am interested in ALL of them!!!!
It’s finally here! The movie that John has been trying to finish making and get released for ages. And it looks….pretty good! I was curious what the angle would be on the story, it looks like the focus is more on managing to keep the test secret and outside of the eyes of the world, especially America. On intelligence and imagination and taking a leap forward.
Which is great! With the subject matter, I was worried it would be another rabble-rousing mindless jingoistic thing, but this is treating military advancements with subtlety and calm. Also, John looks really good. In every way, his appearance is right for the part, not a super bulked up action hero, but a driven army officer. And his delivery of lines is interesting, I am ready to watch a whole film about this character!
New Veere Di Wedding Song
Well, this is almost what we wanted. After the strange Badshah video came out, in the comments we were talking about wanting a full on Bhangra number with the female leads dancing together. Which this sort of is. Well, what this mostly is.
The only thing that I am still a little “hmm” about is that the men get almost as much to do as the women, and there is that strange “harder” lie thrown in the middle that still sort of sexualizes it. But I like that the women are dancing with each other, and I really like the flashback to them as schoolgirls in the middle.
Arjun’s New Movie
I am super excited about this! This is the first movie Arjun is signing after his sudden persona switch from “oh yeah, Arjun” to “India’s favorite big brother”. Not that I am saying he is more famous than before, or that his persona up until now was bad, or anything like that. Just that a director or a producer may sort through a list of possible names and feel slightly different when they hit Arjun, instead of thinking “troubled young man” they may think “what if we made him a responsible mature hero?”
And this is definitely one of those films! Directed by Raj Kumar Gupta, the man who made Raid, based on another true story of capturing “India’s Most Wanted” (thus the title), claiming it is based on a story that happened “without firing a single shot”. So, hopefully something similar to Raid, a hero who is thoughtful and slow and hardworking and dedicated, instead of flashy and action-y. That is my favorite kind of hero, and I also think it is the kind of role that Arjun could do very well.
Arjun Reddy in Hindi, as It Was Meant To Be
The last time we checked in on this story, Arjun Kapoor was supposed to be in this movie instead of the other one above, and the original director/writer of the story Sandeep Vanga was not involved and was very sad. It was an odd story, he said that he didn’t even realize one of his partners had tricked him into signing away the remake rights, he was working steadily with Shahid on crafting a Hindi remake, and then out of nowhere he learned that the rights to the film belonged to someone else who had sold them to Cine1 with the understanding that Arjun Kapoor would be the lead and Boney was pushing hard for this to happen.
But now the remake is announced as it is supposed to be, Sandeep Vanga directing and Shahid starring. So, yaaaaay! And also, I wonder what happened in between these two stories? Did they pay off Cine1 for the rights? Did Cine1 never really have the rights? Or was there some kind of deal worked out? Or was it simply that Boney doesn’t care enough any more to push for his son to get this role? Which honestly might be the best thing for Arjun, if he is allowed to make his own career decisions for himself.