Boy, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these! Rest assured, I have been reading the headlines and stuff all along, I just haven’t been writing about them.
Desi Boyz Fall Out
Well, this is a tragedy! For those of us who are possibly over-invested in a fake friendship created to sell movie tickets between two middle-aged attractive men. Anyway, “sources” say that John Abhraham called up Akshay first thing when he had his KriArj problems, since Akshay is basically their in house star, worked with them over and over again. And Akshay quietly removed himself from the issue. Refused to talk to John or take a stand or do anything. Because if it’s not in Akshay’s best interests, Akshay is not getting involved.
Well, that’s not fair. Akshay has gotten involved before. For instance, I still appreciate the comments he made back during the “intolerance” craziness. He was fair and did not take advantage and supported Aamir and Shahrukh’s right to free speech. But Akshay is not going to make a fuss with producers who he has a good history with and jeopardize his projects with them just for the sake of a friendship. Anyway, now rumor says John is mad at him, and OH THE TRAGEDY!!!! One of the greatest friendships of our time, immortalized in the poetry of this exquisite song, is now dead (sarcasm).
(Do you suspect I mostly reported this story so that I would have an excuse to play this song? You are correct!)
Sanjay and Manisha Reunite
Prasthanam, which I just looked up and looks all kinds of depressing, is being remade by the same director who made it in Telugu, in Hindi. 8 years later. Kind of interesting, either he couldn’t find anyone interested until now, or he thought the 8 year gap means the story would feel fresh. Anyway, it does look like sort of an awesome role for Sanjay, man who marries a widow and raises her son as his own and then it turns into a sort of Shakespearan power struggle kind of thing. I’m down for Manisha and Sanjay together onscreen, and for Sanjay as a troubled Shakespearan patriarch.
(Hi Angie! this song is just for you)
Rajini and Kamal Face Off Once Again
Okay, this is WEIRD!!!! Months ago I did a story on 2.0 possibly releasing the same day as Vishwaroopam and how everyone said Kamal and Rajini weren’t rivals, they were still friends, it was jut a coincidence. And then Vishwaroopam moved to release opposite Kaala, and still everyone said they weren’t rivals it is just a coincidence. But now both 2.0 and Vishwaroopam have been rescheduled months out, and by golly, they have once again both landed on the same day! So it’s beginning to look like this is the biggest coincidence ever, or in fact they ARE rivals and are purposefully pushing to release at the same time. Which is stupid, because this are very similar movies (both big budget action things), so they are going to split the audience and both lose.
(Not nearly as good as “Desi Boyz”)
Saif Rescues Sara
We have a lot of back and forth about nepotism and when it is and isn’t appropriate and so on. But this time I think (hope) we can all agree it is totally fine. The Kedarnath people were suing Sara to give them back her dates after she switched to working on Simmba with Rohit Shetty and Dharma films. I can see both sides, Sara thought the film was dead and moved on, Abhishek Kapoor was working on saving his film and managed to find funding only to learn he had lost his leading lady. Anyway, before it actually went to court Saif stepped in and helped them come to a settlement and figured out dates so Sara can do both. Which is just such a “Dad” thing to do in a way I can’t find a way to object to. Sara’s only 24 and hasn’t even had her first movie come out yet, she couldn’t possibly be expected to handle this situation, obviously her Dad was going to step in and help her. When I was 24, I had my Dad help me clear out my apartment when I got bedbugs. Same to same.
Akshay Ignores Priyadarshan
Speaking of Akshay, it’s not just John that he is dropping if it is expedient. Priyadarshan has, supposedly, been trying to cast him in something for the past 4 years, and Akshay is just not interested. He’s moved on, he knows Priyadarshan isn’t commercial enough for him, so he isn’t taking his calls.
It’s cold and pragmatic, and I can’t bring myself to hate Akshay for it. Doesn’t make me like him any better either, but doesn’t make me hate him. Priyadarshan was never a close friend, and it’s not like Akshay is stopping him from working with other people. He’s just making a decision with his head instead of his heart. And anyway, it’s not like Priyadarshan’s career is in trouble or anything, he can do fine without Akshay, he just wants him out of habit. If Akshay was loyal and good to people, I’d like him better, but his movies would probably be less profitable. If he can take a chance on something like Airlift or Gold because he ignores phone calls from Priyadarshan and John that would ask him to spend his industry heft elsewhere, that’s okay.
(apprapo (sp?) of nothing, I just really like this teaser)