Nice little variety of news items today. Nothing super exciting, and no there are no wedding photos yet, but I haven’t done a news post in a while so it seemed like I should.
Sushant Singh Rajput Bring Despair Where Ere He Goes
Am I the only one who has noticed this pattern? Kadarnath got caught up in money disputes with the producers and now has the STUPID NOT WORTH DISCUSSING HOW CAN INDIA BE SO MESSED UP “love jihad” thing. The astronaut movie ran out of money and ended up not even happening. His Fault in Our Stars remake is in trouble because of the #MeToo allegations against the director. And now I am learning that Shraddha Kapoor got Dengue just as she was about to start working with him. Stay away from Sushant! He is the Film Killer!!!!
(Cute song, cute guy, TOXIC!)
Bharat Script Changes
This is interesting. Salman and the Bharat team are promoting a story that first, they showed the final script to the makers of the Korean original and got their support for it, and second that the script was changed in order to be more “emotional” and have a stronger role for the heroine. (story here)
I am fascinated that there is this effort to increase, not decrease, the Korean connection. That they think the audience will respond to that, will say “oh good, they are respecting the original filmmakers and the filmmakers are giving their okay to it”. Versus the usually police of just wildly stealing stories and not worrying about giving credit. I wonder what the presumed advantage is? Credit from the tastemaker types who might have seen the original? Or is this part of an effort towards reaching the larger Asian market?
The adding emotion part of the story, that’s like Hindi Film Marketing 101, the audience will always turn out for emotion. I’m sure they actually did add emotions to it, but they really want to be sure we know that too. It’s the leak of a stronger heroine role that I find really interesting. Is this a reflection of some of the responses to Salman’s last few films? Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai both benefited from a stronger heroine, and Race 3 suffered without it. Whether or not Kat ends up having a major role in Bharat, it seems advantageous to tell people she will. The audience doesn’t want Salman by himself any more, they want the promise of a strong co-lead.
Kunal Kapoor to Play a Good Muslim in Panipat
Well, this is nice! On several levels. Kunal Kapoor is Shashi’s son, had a tiny career as a young man and then went away. He came back to film off and on, most recently playing Amy Jackson’s father in Singh is Bling which was so random, I am assuming he just did it for the European vacation (all his scenes were shot in Europe I think). Nice that he is going to be onscreen again, nice to have this little blast from the past.
But what is really nice is that he will be playing a Muslim Nawab ALLY to Arjun’s Maharashtrian Hindu hero against the Afghanis. Because yes, that’s how history was, people from all over India of every religion allied together to fight. Religion was not what defined armies. So, YAAAAY!!!! This film will have a “Good Muslim” character!!!! Still won’t have any Muslim actors, but oh well, baby steps. And I look forward to it being sued for something as MADE UP STUPID AND HATEFUL as “love jihad” by some idiotic opportunistic and evil political group.
(Kunal and Shashi)