News Round-Up: Shahid Looks Young, 4 Women Make a Film Together, Angie’s Mind is Going to Explode in Anger

This is mostly just because there is one news story here that is so perfectly crafted to make frequent commentator Angie very angry that I couldn’t resist it.  And then I threw in two others just to fluff up the post.

Shahid Looks Young

New images came out of the shoot for Kabir Singh, the Arjun Reddy remake, and yaaay!  Shahid looks young!  That was one of my biggest concerns with his casting, the character has to be believably young and impulsive and fragile and Shahid is just way too old.  But his magical Shahid youthful face has returned, he can definitely pull off mid-twenties still.

If you add on that it still has the same director and that director handpicked Shahid for the role, I get all kinds of optimistic!  Especially with Kiara Advani as the heroine, because she is sneakily good.  So, yaaay!  Good remake!  In contrast with the other southern remake coming up at the end of this post.


4 Awesome Women Come Together to be Awesome Together

This is such a cool announcement.  Renuka Sharma, Pooja from Hum Aapke Hain Koun, is now a respected Marathi film actress and last year directed her first film.  And now she is going to direct another film in Hindi starring Shabana Azmi, Kajol, and Mithila Palkar (heroine of Karwaan and Little Things and other stuff).  Supposedly, it is going to be about 3 generations of women.

(Renuke Sharma!  So cute!)

Needless to say, I am very excited about this.  It’s taken long enough, but it looks like we might finally have a family film about a matriarch instead of a patriarch.  And this cast is great, Shabana and Kajol are always wonderful and after seeing her struggle through Karwaan, I am looking forward to seeing Mithila Palkar in a real juicy role.


Kick Combines With RX100 Remake-Angie’s Head Explodes

So I was reading this article about how the screenwriter of Kick is going to write the Hindi script of RX100 and I was thinking “what is the connection between Kick and RX100?  Why do I feel like those two are already together?”  And then I remembered, Kick is Angie’s most hated movie and RX100 is one of her new favorites.

Anyway, in a strange counter-intuitive stupid way, this makes sense to me.  Kick was a southern remake, RX100 is going to be a southern remake.  And I guess Kick was successful?  So forget that the two films are in entirely different genres, forget that Kick was actually super stupid and bad, and I can see where this decision came from.

Or else Sajid Nadiawala reads this blog and has decided to test whether Angie loves RX100 more or hates Kick.

16 thoughts on “News Round-Up: Shahid Looks Young, 4 Women Make a Film Together, Angie’s Mind is Going to Explode in Anger

  1. You know me so well Margaret! 😀
    My exact words when I read this news were: “why they just don’t throw all this movie to trashcan, if they are going to hire this guy from Kick!? As hiring Ahan Shetty wasn’t enough to destroy it!!!”.
    I don’t know why I’m so emotional about this film,maybe because it joins all things I hate: nepotism, unnecessary southern remakes and Sunil Shetty I liked very much, before he decided to launch his super untalented and uncharismatic kids; but one thing is sure – I will watch this remake so I can complain how bad it is 😉
    Now let’s wait who will be the heroine. Maybe the same girl from the original because she is from North or, and it’s more probable, some girl with famous dad, who thinks she can be an actress.


    • They could also bring in a ringer to help Ahan look good. Like the one cast member of Student of the Year 2 who doesn’t have a famous family, but has been on Disney shows and stuff since she was a kid. That would be the safest thing to do, hire someone who isn’t famous but has worked a lot on TV and stuff and can carry the load of making their scenes together work.

      On Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 2:50 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • His sister debuted opposite other star child, Sooraj Pancholi, so maybe they will try something similar for Ahan? He has charisma of a fish and is not very popular, so choice of his partner is very important.


        • Hey, some fish can be plenty charismatic! Let’s not insult the fish. How about “charisma of a dead fish”?

          On Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 12:45 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



    • Why did you watch Kick????? My whole purpose in life is to prevent fragile new viewers from suffering through agony such as that! I am a FAILURE!!!!

      On Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 9:41 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  2. This is the only blog I follow and I love it. All the entries teach me something new about my obsession, and the comments stir responses I don’t always make because I’m afraid they’ll sound stupid. But I’m learning, which is why I have to weigh in on BAD INDIAN MOVIES. I don’t consider myself a fragile viewer. In fact, I believe I’m somewhat of a hard-headed one because I find all Indian movies, the great ones, good ones, bad ones, and “good bad” ones, enjoyable. The worst may defy logic, glorify lousy acting, and end without closure (Devgn’s Baadshaho comes to mind) yet I never seem to get bored. Salman takes off his shirt, SRK winks, Vidya Balan totters ludicrously on impossibly high heels. To me it’s all wonderful. I have my favorite directors, producers, scripts and casts, of course, and I’m a sucker for historicals. But the sci-fis, horrors, silly romances, political commentaries, all of them, Bolly, Tolly, whatever, rivet me. I realize that I may be doing the industry an injustice by not demanding excellence across the board. Still, I don’t feel like a victim of lowered standards. Indian cinema is such a unique genre within the art of movie making that there is always something to amaze, even in a trash heap effort. Attempts to duplicate fail, no matter how hard Hollywood tries. To me, the films are free, unselfconscious and wildly innovative within strict guidelines, if that’s even possible.
    Thank you, DCIB and fellow followers for helping me swim in this very big ocean.

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    • Thank you! That is such a nice comment. I am eternally grateful to all my desi friends who very patiently helped me out when I was first getting in to the films, and this blog is part of my effort of “paying it forward”.

      On Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 11:22 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



    • Ugh, poor Arjun! I wondered if that was going to be a thing, everyone wants to create more drama and intrigue between those siblings. And there is already so much!!!! How much more could you possibly want?

      On Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 2:07 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



        • I didn’t see it in the show either (possibly because I don’t have a devious enough mind), but it was referenced in one of the comments as an interpretation on The Internet. At the end of the show, Karan challenged them to call a member of their family and get him/her to say “Hi Karan it’s me” and then they would win the point and the game. Janhvi called Anshula, Arjun got hyper and was yelling into the phone for her not to answer (the same kind of thing we have seen from contestants on other episodes, yelling and confusing so the person doesn’t have a chance to understand what is happening). Arjun got extreme in silly threats, that he wouldn’t love Anshula any more if she answered and so on, Anshula was confused and never did say “hi Karan”, and meanwhile Arjun got Boney on the phone and he said it and Arjun won.

          I think what The Internet is saying is that Anshula is a female dog who hates her younger sister and couldn’t even do that much to let her win a point on a game show because she is frigid, jealous, ice queen, bitter, etc. etc. Versus how I saw it, that Anshula was successfully confused by Arjun and kept from giving the answer and never really understood what was happening (which, again, is the same thing we have seen in this section from other players and phone people in the game). Anyway, the end of the game was Arjun winning and then promptly giving his prize away to Janhvi, so even if he let his competitive spirit get a bit crazy, he immediately regretted it and reverted to kindly and generous older brother.

          Bigger picture, everyone always wants to set woman against each other! For some reason the “Anshula secretly hates and sabotages her half-sisters” storyline is way more popular than “Anshula loves and wants to help her sisters” and almost as popular as “Arjun loves and supports all his sisters”.

          On Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 2:14 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



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