Always so much news on Saturday! Which is nice, because it is easy to write these posts and then I don’t have to think of anything new.
Ashwini Iyer Tiwari is No Fool
You know how we have been saying “why is Kangana still getting movie roles? Why would anyone sign her?” Well, Ashwini Iyer Tiwari has been listening to us! And also presumably to her investors, advisers, and concerned friends. New news is that she has created a rock solid contract and asked Kangana to sign it, guaranteeing no interference with the direction. (story here)
What I find interesting is that the story carefully says that Kangana and Ashwini are getting along great and excited to work together and there are no problems. This contract is just to be safe. But also, the contract exists.
It’s a very careful version of the truth that is being put out, on the one hand Kangana and Ashwini enjoy each other and this movie is a result of cheerful creative collaboration. But on the other hand, don’t worry, there is a safety net and Kangana won’t go out of control.
I am also very doubtful of the contract actually helping anything. In this film, she actually chased off the director. Which seems far more extreme than simply deciding to break a contract. And the producers did nothing. So, what, she breaks the terms of the contract and they fire her mid-shoot losing all their money? That’s not going to happen. Or she thinks “I deeply feel that I could direct this movie better and am the only possible savior, but there is a contract so I won’t”? That’s not going to happen either! The only thing that might possibly make a difference is if the contract guarantees that Kangana will make up any financial losses if she blows up the film (again).
(Kangana, bloodied with the blood of the directors she has vanquished)
Alia and Madhuri Dance Together-One of These People Is a Much Better Dancer Than the Other
Standard Kalank promo news, get ready for a big dance number! Oh boy! But I don’t care how much they spin this, Alia training for Kathak for a year (a whole year! that’s long enough, right?) or it being important to her character or anything, Madhuri and Alia dancing together is a DISASTER. Well, for Alia.
Alia is a good actress, and charming, and pretty, and all of that. But she is not a good dancer. She struggles to keep up the female part of a pop song with Varun Dhawan. Can you imagine her trying to match steps with Madhuri in Kathak? Or (based on this leak) playing a Kathak dancer? This is just a TERRIBLE IDEA.
Or, maybe you disagree with me. But then you would be WRONG.
Patralekha and Sara Both Sign, Very Different Movies
First, Patralekha has signed another movie. Sort of. It’s an anthology with Pradeek Sarkar (Parineeti and Helicopter Eela director). This isn’t bad, it will get her to work with more people and be more noticed. It’s still not all she deserves, but it’s nice. (story here)
Sara Ali Khan has signed another movie, which might be MORE than she deserves. Or not, who knows, her first film still hasn’t come out. Maybe she is supremely talented and we just don’t know yet. Anyway, David Dhawan is directing Varun opposite Sara in a movie Rohit is producing. Start your “nepotism” engines now! (story here)
Anyway, I don’t actually think it is nepotism in this case. This is kind of a last minute movie squeezed in between Varun’s big films for other producers, they needed an actress who was free now, Sara is between movies and comes with the slight bonus of a known name, why not? It’s not going to be the greatest role in the world or the biggest boost to her career.