This is usually the day I do my box office report, but I went over to BH to get the numbers and ran into a bunch of news stories I thought I should talk about first. So box office is coming, eventually, but first news for us!
Priyanka and Priyanka
Bollywoodhungama is so weird. One of these stories is clearly planted by her PR team and they are all “Priyanka, we love you!” and the other is clearly planted by Bharat’s team and they are all “Priyanka, we hate you!” And it’s the same story! Plus, there’s the usual “It’s American, it must be better” strange Indian low self-esteem thing going on.
These are the same stories we were just talking about in the comments yesterday, first Priyanka IS continuing to shoot The Sky is Pink with Farhan Akhtar for Excel. Despite dropping out of Bharat (link to story here). Quote from a “source” at The Sky is Pink:
“Priyanka Chopra starts shooting for our film from August 8 in Mumbai. There is no change in her plans. If she was getting married she would have informed us by now. She was supposed to join Salman Khan’s crew for Bharat in the second week of August. The plan was to shoot for Bharat and The Sky Is Pink simultaneously in Mumbai. Now she’s only going to shoot for our film.”
“It was probably the length of her role. We can’t be sure. But in our film she is the central character. Bharat is Salman’s show all the way,”
And an unnamed director who had worked with her before says about all this:
“It is a little strange that Priyanka didn’t realize the scope of her role when she agreed to do Bharat. Now as far as Bollywood is concerned she has incensed a whole lot of important people. After this the going will be tough for Priyanka.”
So, as far as the BH spin masters are concerned, continuing to make The Sky is Pink after dropping out of Bharat is quite scuzzy, and also makes it extra transparent that the engagement excuse is a scam. I find it quit a bit scuzzy myself, and I would love it if Farhan dropped her from the film out of loyalty to his big brother Salman. But I am sure he won’t, they are almost ready to film, who would force a big change to a movie at this point and thereby throw off all the planning? Oh right, PRIYANKA!!!!
But then, same day and same website, total opposite take on her signing the American film with Chris Pratt!!!! (link here) Here was BH’s sum-up:
It was one of the most coveted roles and it went to our Desi Girl! We are so proud! The film will come out next year.
Like I said, to a large degree this disconnect is just BH having terrible journalistic standards. But it’s also American versus Indian, right? Picking one Indian film over another is sleazy, but landing an American role is a triumph for the whole country and worth celebrating, even if it meant you left an Indian film in the lurch.
Tiger and Hrithik Fight, Not Dance
This is kind of a continuation of the above story. Big big deal being made over two foreign fight directors coming in for the Tiger-Hrithik movie. Which is foreign being chosen over local in two ways, first “ooooo, overseas fight directors! They must be better!” and second “ooooo, an international style fight scene, that’s what we want from Hrithik and Tiger!” (link to story here)
Speaking for myself, NO!!!! That’s not what I want! I want a local Indian choreographer to do an amazing dance scene for the two of them. I don’t care about the international level fight scenes, I want an Indian level dance scene.
Aish and Abhi Sign a Film Together
This has been rumored for a while, I think it’s supposed to be a married couple through the years or something? Anyway, I’m excited, because I like Aish the most when she is with Abhi. Guru is good, but Kuch Na Kaho is too! She just seems kind of relaxed somehow around him. (story here)
(I love this song with a passion and I can’t really explain why)
Akki and Bebo and Kiara and Diljit
Tiny story here, the Akshay Kumar-Kareena movie has a title, “Good News”. And Kiara Advani and Diljit Dosanjh are rumored to be the other leads. And it is supposedly a comedy about infertility. Most of this news, besides the title, has been known for a while. But it is nice to be reminded. (story here)
I’m excited about this movie! Are you excited? I’m guessing either that Kiara and Diljit will be the couple Akshay and Kareena adopt from, or Kiara will be their surrogate and Diljit her husband. And they will be awkward with nothing in common but slowly bond, successful older career types Akshay and Kareena versus sweet starting out Kiara and Diljit. Alternatively, they will be two couples both going through fertility treatment at the same time and bonding, despite their differences. Or, really wacky idea, Kareena and Kiara accidentally are impregnated with the wrong embryo. But I hope that’s not it, because that would be very bad publicity for fertility treatments. Although a great set up for a movie plot.
KriArj Continues to Destroy All It Touched
Well, this was predictable. KriArj sold Vishu Bhagnani distribution rights it didn’t have for Fanney Khan, and now Vishu is making a stink and possibly holding up the release of the film because he wants his money back, 8.5 Crore. I don’t know what Prernaa Arora did with it, but it apparently wasn’t used to pay either her elderly lower class masseur with the dying husband, or John Abraham who was desperately trying to finish his movie. I think Vishu should probably accept that his money is gone forever and move on with his life. Although that is also A LOT of money. (story here)
I would be more sympathetic, except I watched Youngistan and I will hold the existance of that movie, and Jackky Bhagnani’s movie career, against the Bhagnani family forever and always. If he wanted sympathy for being ripped off of a massive amount of money, he shouldn’t have inflicted his son’s terrible acting on the world.
(It’s like Bharat Ane Nenu, but more superficial)