News Round-Up: Alia-Ranbir Marriage Rumors, Sacred Games Makes it to the Indian Press for One Reason, Bharat Sounds…Confused

Monday Monday, news news.  Nothing really exciting, like a contract dispute or something, but still some things for us to chew over.

Rishi Says he Wants Ranbir to be Married

Well this is lovely!  Ranbir is already talking about “settling down” in that way that people do when they hit an age milestone and something shifts in their heads all of a sudden.  And now Rishi is saying he wants grandkids (although, doesn’t he have grandkids already through Riddhima?  I guess they don’t count because they aren’t Kapoors). (story here)

Here’s the actual quote:

I settled down when I was 27, Ranbir is 35. So he should think about marriage. He can marry anyone of his choice; we don’t have any objection to it. I want to spend time with my grandchildren before I am gone.

And about Alia in particular, Rishi said:

Jo hai woh hai, sabko pata hai.I don’t need to say anything more.

But Rishi, you DO!!!  You do need to say more! Because I don’t speak Hindi and I don’t know what you mean!

Anyway, it is still most likely this whole thing is just for promotions.  But there is also a slight chance that we will see Alia disappearing into the role of “Kapoor Bahu making babies”.

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Sacred Games Only Has One Thing to Talk About

Ha!  It’s not just us!  One of the few real comments I got on my Sacred Games posts was “wait, is that supposed to be Salman and Kat?” (story here)

The show has statements on religion, violence, family, police, and on and on and on.  And the only thing we want to talk about is how it is related to movie star scandals.  Another reason the Indian audience will be a hard sell on streaming, we (I say we because I am part of the audience for Indian content) are tied deeply to our stars.  Anything cultural will always be in their shadow.

Anyway, the first thing BH felt necessary to report on related to Sacred Games is the possibility that Salman and Kat are represented by an abusive controlling movie star and his beautiful movie star girlfriend.  Because there is mention of a hit and run case, of a feud with Ranbir, of abuse.  But the flip side is, maybe those are just buzz words thrown together in a haphazard way and it’s not supposed to be exactly Kat and Salman.  I lean towards the second myself, because there’s also stuff that doesn’t fit.  The “Salman” character is very young and doesn’t seem to be that big of a star, just a medium star with a powerful father.  And the “Kat” character can actually speak Hindi.

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(These guys.  She kind of looks like Kat, but then all model types kind of look alike.  He looks nothing like Salman)


Bharat, Ba-huh?

This is one article with a whole lot of information in it.  Clearly the Bharat team is just throwing out leaks and BH is picking up whatever they find interesting.  And some of these leaks point to a good movie, and some point to a bit of a mess. (full story here)

On the good movie side of things, Salman plays a young man who has to rise up and take care of his family after his father is lost in Partition.  He ages through the decades from a little boy in 1947 to an old man in 2000.  His name is “Bharat”, and it is also the story of “Bharat” the country.  That sounds interesting, young man forced to lead the family hits Salman’s public persona as well in an unusual way.  And Salman is good at being kind of “son of the soil” if the script is right.  And hopefully he is playing his real age at least for part of it.  Oh, and Jackie is playing his lost father, that also sounds potentially good.

And then on the bad side of it, Salman and Priyanka are supposed to age together through 5 separate make-up looks.  I have a bad feeling about this make-up.  I don’t like it when actors have to act in heavy make-up, and I also don’t like being distracted by watching them wearing different kinds of make-up in different scenes.  There’s also supposed to be a lengthy flashback to Salman and Priyanka’s love story, which seems like an awkward fit if the movie is supposed to be about keeping his family together and so on and so on.  Oh, and they are currently filming a circus bit with Disha as an acrobat and Salman as a motorcycle stuntman.  And that sounds like blatant pandering to the Sallu fanboys in a way that could ruin the rest of the movie.

So, hmmm.  I’ll still watch it, but I’m not going to get my hopes up.

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(This is the poster of the original, and this is the movie I want to see Salman in.  Nice average family doing nice average things, not motorcycle stunts and epic romance)


15 thoughts on “News Round-Up: Alia-Ranbir Marriage Rumors, Sacred Games Makes it to the Indian Press for One Reason, Bharat Sounds…Confused

  1. “Jo hai woh hai, sabko pata hai ” – what’s there is there, everyone knows about it. It’s the literal translation, but he means that it’s there for the world to see.


    • So I can cling to a small hope that he is avoiding a direct confirmation because it is just a publicity campaign. But most likely, he is saying “yeah, they are clearly dating, why do you need my confirmation?”

      On Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 12:58 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • It’s clearly a promotional strategy. Way back in January, Manish Malhotra on Neha Dhupia’s show declared that Ranbir and Alia were going to be the “hook up of the year”. Later Rishi started tweeting about Mahesh Bhatt, Neetu started commenting on Alia’s Instagram pictures with heart emojis, made it to her birthday in Bulgaria, Ranbir’s sister Riddhima sent her a bracelet or something, and Alia and Ranbir were “caught” by the paparazzi at Alia’s place with Mahesh Bhatt. Karan’s really put in a LOT of effort into this.


        • I shall continue to cling to this hope, that it is all faked just to get us excited.

          And I shall also cling even more firmly to the hope that it is faked in order to hide Ranbir and Ayan’s long term relationship, because they are a far more appropriate couple than Ranbir and Alia.

          On Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 1:04 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



          • But Ayan comes from such a good family! Much better than Alia. The Mukherjee’s and Kapoors have been close since Raj Kapoor and Bombay Talkies days. And it would combine two of the biggest studio lots in Bombay into one family, the Bhatts don’t even have their own studio, they have to rent.

            On Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 1:07 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



          • HA! And that is way more direct than anything he’s said about Alia.

            On Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 1:44 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



          • Jeetendra doesn’t seem to care about Tusshar, perfectly happy now that he has his grandson through surrogate. Of course, don’t know if Tusshar also has a partner he has brought home or if it is just okay so long as he is single.

            On Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 4:02 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  2. Is it just me or does Bharat look like a really, really, really bad idea? What makes someone want to remake a Korean movie about Korean history into a Hindi movie about Indian history? It makes no sense at all! This isn’t a simple remake. This needs to be changed completely and the entire tenor and feel of the movie would have to change. The countries and cultures are so different and I don’t think anyone involved with the movie is that talented to begin with. This seems like a worse version of Tubelight.


    • It is not just you. The two countries have superficially similar histories, what with both having a Partition around the same time, but the filmmaking tradition is super different, Korean movies (when they aren’t horrifically violent) are extremely light handed and unemotional (that is, not obviously emotional, very stiff upper lip), which presumably would make decades of historical drama fly by without exhausting the audience. Light handed and unemotional is not my first thought with Hindi films, especially not from Ali Abbas Zafar working under the control of Salman. Oh, and history in general has a longer tradition on Korean film than in Hindi films, where it is almost unheard of. I am nervous about things as small as period costuming that feels like clothes and not costumes (Veer for instance completely failed here).

      Most of all though, this is not the kind of role Salman should be doing. I don’t think he will be able to pull off the youthful sections in any way that feels real, and I don’t think he is able to share the screen the way he should to make the “family” feeling come through. Right now Jackie is playing his father, which is sort of okay, and Priyanka his wife, and Disha (presumably) another love interest. But I’m not hearing anything about his siblings or his children, which need to be important roles to make this feel like a family story instead of just one man. And there is a motorcycle stunt? Just, not good.


        • I could be completely wrong of course, I’ve only seen a few Korean movies, half regular and half torture-porn. But if I am right, maybe it is an issue of male-female media? The K-dramas are for kids and women and secret and at home, but the movies have to be serious and important?

          On Tue, Jul 24, 2018 at 5:56 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



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