Nice heartwarming story, interesting PR twisting, and (my favorite) glimpse of contract issues and arrangements. A good day for news!
Shahrukh and Salman Are Friends
This is two separate stories, but they are related. First Salman talked at an event and gave an update on Bharat. Katrina is all set to film, partly because Shahrukh adjusted her Zero dates to accommodate Bharat. Just to be friendly, because he knew what a jam Salman was in and how tricky the scheduling was. Awww, that’s nice. I remember he did the same thing with Ra.One, so Kareena could finish We Are Family ASAP and Kajol could go on maternity leave. People are nice, they will work around you if you give them a chance. But it would also be nice if, whenever possible, they DIDN’T have to work around you and upset a whole series of film schedules to accommodate one person’s preference. (story here)
Salman also at a recent event gave a few more comments on Priyanka. Nothing really new, just clarifications. For instance, pointing out that they were perfectly ready and willing to work around her schedule, it was just a 75 day shoot, they could have structured it around any engagement events. And confirming what was suspected, Priyanka only got the role through her connection to Ali Abbas Zafar. The producers, Atul Agnihotri and Arpita (Salman’s brother-in-law and sister) wanted Katrina, but PC campaigned for the role, so they gave it to her instead. He isn’t trying to rewrite history to the point of saying “Katrina was always our first choice”, but he is saying “Katrina was a choice we could have made originally if PC hadn’t put herself forward”.
And then the other story is that Salman gave AbRam one of his Being Human e-cycles. He rode his bike over to Mannat to visit and AbRam was fascinated, so Salman had a little AbRam sized one specially made and gifted it. Awwwww! I want pictures! Little AbRam on his little bike!!!! (story here)
(Here’s Salman on his bike, but it’s not as good)
Priyanka Prepares For a Broken Engagement
Bollywoodhungama seems to be PC’s leak place of choice. And here is another choice one. And predictable one. Nick Jonas’ father’s financial troubles were widely reported in the Indian press (not so much the American) and PC took the opportunity to respond, and also start preparing the ground for a broken engagement or a wedding that never happens (story here):
“I am not saying that PeeCee is getting married anytime in the future. But whatever the couple’s future plans, they remain unchanged by Nick’s dad’s financial status. The insolvency case involves a long-ailing business concern that the family decided to close down. Nick and his brothers are more than capable of shouldering the family responsibilities, if and when required,” says PeeCee’s friend.
So, two things. First “insolvency case” sounds very nice, doesn’t it? But that’s not what it is. “Bankrupt” means you are filing a ton of paperwork and so on and so forth with the end goal of having any pending debts declared null and void. If you are shutting down a business, then you pay any debts left and shut it down. This is a dodge to avoid paying debts, instead of asking your wealthy sons to give you the money so you can close the business cleanly. Or else it is a legitimate last minute desperate act because you are so in debt you can’t see a way to get above ground again.
But second, I love that opening! “whatever the couple’s future plans”, “I am not saying that PeeCee is getting married anytime in the future”. Isn’t that what an engagement IS???? Declaring to the world that your future plans are marriage?
Reading between the lines, this is a statement of “don’t look at the financial thing, that’s embarrassing and she is too noble to care about it anyway. But also, I’m not going to promise a wedding because I don’t want you looking for it and noticing that it isn’t happening.”
Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, then there was another statement of “yeah, don’t look for them to move in together any time soon either”:
Both Nick and Priyanka are very family-oriented. PeeCee doesn’t want Nick to move out of his family fold. Nick and his brothers are very close to their parents. And so it shall remain. Priyanka is not about to play Bindu’s role (of the disruptive Bahu) in Raj Khosla’s Do Raaste. So yeah, though Nick is searching for a love-nest for the couple, whether they will eventually move into it is undecided.
So, Nick and PC will not be living together, may or may not be getting married at some point in the distant future, but everything is fine.
(And we know Priyanka doesn’t have a problem living with men! Oh right, that’s a movie. Anyway, I was thinking “what’s the rush to move in? They just started dating”, but then an engagement/marriage is a much bigger commitment and will include the need to live together, so it is a bit odd that they can’t even take this small step)
Oh, and the most interesting part of this! PC is once again, successfully, selling one version to the West and another back home in India. India is very focused and concerned about the financial issues of Nick Jonas’ father. And PC is selling these quotes about “the family is stable, don’t read anything into a delayed marriage” and “they aren’t living together because she cares about his family closeness”. But in the West, all I can find is stuff about double dates at the US Open and what Nick’s ex-girlfriends had to say about things. Everything is sunshine and romance and perfect in the Western press, where we wouldn’t read problems into a couple failing to announce a marriage right after an engagement (unaware that in India the big formal “engagement” is essentially the start of the wedding season). And in India, everything is sloooooooooooooowed doooooooooooooown.
Arjun Reddy Recasting for an Interesting Reason
Well, I think it is interesting! Tara Sutaria has dropped out of the Arjun Reddy remake with Shahid Kapoor. Because Student of the Year 2 filming has been pushed back which means Arjun Reddy is on schedule to release before SOTY2, which means it would be Tara’s first film, and her SOTY2 contract states that SOTY2 has to be her first film. (story here)
Isn’t that interesting??? Well, to me. That it is a standard accepted part of the contract to specify it must be the launch film. I think of the launch film as a good thing for the actor and a hard thing for the studio, but I guess there is a studio advantage too, they can mold you and make your image anything they want, they don’t have to be playing catch up with something like, for instance, making you into an innocent young high school student after you just played a sexually active med student in your last film.
And Tara is the one they really need in SOTY2, because she’s their “ringer”. This is her first film, but she’s been acting in Disney India type TV stuff since she was a child, and can dance. They need her to balance out Chunkey Panday’s little girl and Tiger’s “acting”. If she’s in something else before, it might make it too obvious that she isn’t exactly a new actress, especially because I am guessing the Arjun Reddy promo campaign might lean more towards “I am mature and experienced, don’t feel uncomfortable about me doing explicit scenes with an older actor” which is in direct conflict with the “we are introducing 2 unknowns!” SOTY2 campaign.
Anyway, now the Arjun Reddy role is up for grabs, so they need to find another new face but with experience not to be uncomfortable in explicit scenes (the role really requires a new face, someone it is hard to read and who feels fresh and innocent). Maybe the young actress from Karwaan? She had oodles of stage experience. Just so long as they don’t land on Shraddha.
(Also lots of youtube videos and stuff. And an interesting face. And no one saw Karwaan, so it would be like she is an unknown. Yes! They should cast her!)