Well, this is the gossip cycle that will never end. I don’t know why I am surprised, this is how it happens, right? The gossip comes out, and then everyone reacts to it, and then everyone reacts to the reactions. And I am part of the problem, because it is just barely on the line of affecting the industry and the big messages of stuff so I feel like I should talk about it. Oh, and also Pa Ranjith might make a Hindi film, yaaaaay!
Everyone Talks About Priyanka: Kangana, Shahrukh, Bharat Team
I am so sick of analyzing this stuff. Bharat wants PC to look bad, PC wants herself to look good, everyone else is either trying to stay above the fray or insert themselves into it. No one cares about Nick Jonas. That’s kind of it. I’ll give you the quotes and let you get to work digesting them in the comments. Today’s stories are here and here and here.
(Look, I made a cross stitch pattern! In case you need one)
First Kangana. Who has essentially nothing to do with this story. But has come out with a quote confirming the engagement, just as the PC team seemed to be walking it back. It’s Kangana, so your guess is as good as mine as to why she is saying this. Directed soft confirmation from Priyanka, actually being surprised by the question and trying to respond without actually saying anything. Inserting herself into the story for her own image. Or, unfortunately, possibly a little confused and saying things that aren’t true.
I spoke to Priyanka the other day and I congratulated her. She responded in a very… She seems excited and very happy. If such an event is taking place, I’d love to celebrate with her because she is lovely and she deserves all the happiness. She is a very dear friend. I get very happy and excited with weddings and engagements.
And Bharat/Salman’s crew continues with their own leaks. Either coordinated and trying to face save and blacken PC, or legitimate leaks as they try to figure out what the heck is happening. I’ll give you the quote and the framework Bollywoodhungama gave it:
A close friend of Salman Khan describes Ali Abbas Zafar’s ‘Nick’ tweet as a face-saving device. “He wanted PeeCee to come out smelling like roses from the exit controversy. So he did this little mischief which completely backfired because PC didn’t leave Salman’s film for marriage. She left it for a film with Chris Pratt.”
And finally, poor Shahrukh had to dig up some kind of nonsensical answer-not-answer when asked about it at the Vogue awards show, same place Kangana had to give her response. Really, everyone should have just called in sick and stayed home bingeing Netflix and eating Cheetos until this story blew over. Anyway, Shahrukh dug out something to say just to get it over with. It’s nonsensical enough to not really say anything, but also maybe kind of implies he thinks this story is fake and is just a wee bit irritated by it?
“Even I am getting married. I’ll send them my wedding invitation card. Also, do come for the Mehendi.”
Nasty Katrina Leaks
Now, here’s the slightly unexpected part. Someone out there in the world, at BollywoodHungama or one of these camps, is putting out nasty nasty stuff about Kat. She was second choice, she isn’t as good as PC, implied that she took the role because she was desperate, that kind of thing (link here). I mean, SHEESH! Why???? Kat is the one clearly blameless person in this whole mess. PC left the film in the lurch and Kat stepped up and helped out. Maybe it’s a terrible movie, maybe the filmmakers were mean to PC and that’s why she left, but it’s still decent of Kat to step in. Anyway, here’s the quote that made me go “WTF???” so you can see for yourself:
Apparently, Salman only had to call and “inform” Katrina of the change. And, she was on. But now that she has said yes to a role earmarked for Priyanka, Katrina Kaif would have to work really hard on her dialogues and her body language.
Perhaps, some serious Hindi lessons from Priyanka Chopra?
I’m up for a good Kat bashing as much as anyone, and yes she doesn’t speak Hindi and so on, but she wasn’t the one who walked out of the film last minute necessitating a recast! And she wasn’t the one who picked her name as the new star!!!! And she certainly shouldn’t be blamed for being quick to say yes and help out old friends.
John Abraham Sarfarosh Sequel
YAAAAAAY!!!!! This news makes me happy. I really like Sarfarosh, primarily because it was just a very well-crafted film. The integration of the flashback, the slow reveal of who each character was and how they fit together, the balance between the needs of duty and the needs of love, all just beautifully handled.
The rumored “Sarfarosh 2” won’t have Aamir, and probably won’t be a direct continuation of the story. Because the original story was about Aamir taking down the group that inspired his joining the police force in the first place, and rediscovering his first love, and those stories are definitively ended. But if they choose to keep the same title, it makes me think that they are promising the audience the same kind of film, a slow building procedural, a lot more cerebral than Hindi police films usually are.
And that is exactly the kind of movie I want to see John in. A thoughtful serious intelligent leading man role. And also, in a police uniform surely? For at least part of it?
Pa Ranjith is Coming to Hindi!!!!
I am so excited about this! I’ll start with a small reason, his films are definitely ones where the real message and story is hidden in the dialogue. And finally he will be making a movie in a language I understand enough to get that hidden message!!!! Instead of sitting there going “wait, what did I just miss?”
A much bigger reason is that Pa Ranjith is a strong powerful political voice for revolution and change. And now he is getting a new platform and will be introduced to a new audience. The producers are the ones who made the Sunny Leone web series, and released Beyond the Clouds, so they seem willing to accept controversy and release his vision with minimal cuts.
And then the medium sized reason is that Pa Ranjith is also an amazing director who will force the Hindi film industry to up its game if they want to meet his level.
So, all around, YAAAAAY!
(Check out the English subtitles. Pa Ranjith essentially wrote a hymn to revolution and snuck it into a major wide release mainstream movie)