News Round-Up: Emraan and Tests, Madhuri and Movies, Farhan and Boxing

Nice little news round-up today, not a lot of stories or very important stories, but some nice little ones to talk about.

Emraan and Tests

Emraan’s new movie is coming out on Friday, and it’s about the testing system in India. As part of the promotions, Emraan is going a bit on the attack on the whole way the system works, which is kind of satisfying. That one test decides your whole future, even if you have a bad teacher who didn’t prepare you, or are especially good in one area and just poor in the others. And he is planning to find and help some students who missed out on their chance once the film releases. (story here)

So long as I am talking Emraan, two other stories he has to deal with!!!! First, the director of Cheat India is one of those twitter-accused in #MeToo. He is not part of the promotions for the film, and Emraan is dancing around a little bit on how to talk about the situation. I sympathize with him. On the one hand, the movie is done, was done or close to it before the accusations came out, they could either scrap it entirely or move ahead, there was no way to punish the director somehow at this point. And on the other hand, it is twitter accusations of casting couch. Which is bad, yes, but less clear cut than a story told to a reporter or a police officer or the acting guild of rape, which is what happened in other cases. So Emraan leaves it that they removed him from the promotions and he understands that sometimes all a woman has is her word, but at the moment with nothing besides an anonymous accusation on social media, there isn’t really anything else he can do. (story here)

Oh, and Emraan’s son came in as cancer free after 5 years!!!! YAAAAAAAY!!!!! Not to be too much of a downer, but this kind of cancer does tend to recur eventually, maybe in his 30s or 40s. I just don’t like the simple happy ending to illnesses, because it leads to underfunding medical services and so on since we think it’s “fixed” after a certain point instead of life long. But, on the other hand, how cute is Emraan’s kid?

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Madhuri and Movies

Madhuri is gonna be in a movie, yaaaaay! Directed by Ayushmann Khurrana’s wife, yaaaaay! Starring to female leads, yaaaay!!!! And co-starring Saiyana Kher……okay, I guess. (story here)

As one of those few people who saw Saiyana in Mirzya, she’s not bad!!!! Not brilliant or anything, but capable of delivering dialogue and with an interesting look. Mostly I am excited about Madhuri working with a female director in a new movie. Aren’t you excited? You should be excited!

Farhan and Boxing

Farhan just announced a new movie with Rakesh Omprakesh Mehra. Which is fine, I like Mehra as a director and their last film together (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag) was really good. This one is another sports film, called “Toofan” and supposedly about a boxer. (story here)

There are a few red flags here. For one, little bitty Farhan at age 40-something playing a boxer seems a bit unbelievable. I suppose the little-bitty part of it can be gotten around by putting him in the right weight class, but I’m not sure I believe he can pull off being a young up and coming athlete at his age.

And, of course, FARHAN!!!!! DON 3!!!!!!!!

On the other hand, I will forgive everything if they manage to bring in Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy to do the music again.
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16 thoughts on “News Round-Up: Emraan and Tests, Madhuri and Movies, Farhan and Boxing

  1. The Madhuri movie does sound promising and it’s just cool that all of these newer female directors are making a splash. I know she has connections because of her husband, but it sounds like like him she’s an outsider that has earned this chance as well. I was hoping that Mirzya actress would get another chance. She’s certainly strikingly beautiful, so she might be interesting to watch on screen (though the role as described in the story) seems like a Taapsee Paanu type role.

    The Farhan story is kind of gross, I think. I get teaming up with a director you’ve had success with to do another film, but…um a boxer story. Didn’t they see Mukkabaaz? I get that there are only so many sports that the Indian audience can get into, but there have been so many boxing/wrestling/mma movies recently. Sounds like Farhan want’s a Raging Bull to go with his Chariots of Fire. Farhan is wearing thin lately. He’s in classic mid-life crisis phase. The second (younger) wife, the cheesy attempt at a pop-rock recording career, the performative wokeness, and now this. I’ll eat my words if the movie is good (it better be about an aging boxer!), but is it necessary? At least he’s playing an age appropriate parent in the one with Priyanka.

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      • I did the same thing!!!!! Some event where they came together, I was all set to rant about this brainless model on his arm, but turns out she is only 7 years younger and has kind of a cool career.

        Movie idea? Interesting young woman who starts dating an older divorced guy and is constantly being confronted and criticized by people who make assumptions? We can make the boyfriend kind of a jerk too, like Kunal Kapoor in Dear Zindagi. It starts off as this magical romance with this dashing charming older guy. And then she has her first awkward interaction with a friend of his ex-wife, he convinces her it is fine, back and forth, but the story turns into a tale of their love falling apart instead of coming together. And I guess in the background could be someone else, maybe a cynical media type who is honest with her about what people are saying and slowly she comes to see him as a friend, especially after he ends up defending her a little bit in the press. And at the end, she breaks up with the older boyfriend and he gets a moment of humanity too when he confesses that his wife was cheating on him and he still isn’t over it and that’s why he was so messed up, and he decides to try to go back to his wife and give it another go. And then she goes off and surprises the cynical reporter at his office and invites him out for coffee.

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          • Yes! Wise enough to see through people while our heroine still always sees the good. She teaches him to have a little faith and forgiveness and open up again, he teaches her to be a little more honest with herself and others. I don’t want him to turn into a “rainbows and happiness” kind of guy, or be totally cruel and heartless at the start, but maybe she gets him to try writing poetry again in his spare time.

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    • Oh, and I skipped one of the best bits of the Farhan story, he’s producing the film himself!!!! So if it turns out to be brave and brilliant and pathbreaking, full credit to him for taking a role no one else would want to touch and producing a movie no one else would want. But if it is just average with lots of Farhan glamour shots, that will just be embarrassing.

      I’m really excited about Madhuri working with a female director! The male directors seem so confused about what to do with her in her come-back, I have hope that a female director will have bigger ideas. And purely from an appearances perspective, Saiyami and Madhuri have really striking contrasting appearances. Both with strong faces, not round and perfect. But Madhuri is all curves and grace, and Saiyami is all slim and athleticism, that alone makes me eager to see what the film is going to do with the two of them.

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  2. Probably, Farhan just put the boxer-movie in between as ShahRukh will do the astronaut biopic first and the Don one in the second half of the year…whatever…
    It’s really interesting how long ShahRukh waits to announce his detailed movie plans himself.

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    • In theory, he could do that. The announcement said he will need to go into training to look right for the role. Which means he won’t be actually filming and all for months, maybe he can squeeze Don 3 in between gym sessions.

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    • Thanks!

      It reminds me of the issue with Shahid being dropped from the Arjun Reddy remake last year. The director handpicked the star they wanted and started working with them, and then the producers came in and made a change without consulting with either of them. I guess in the new industry where the producer is not the same as the director, there is a loss of creative control, and confusion over who makes what decision and who knows what when.

      With Arjun Reddy, once the story became public, it ended up being sorted out and Shahid got to keep his part. Hopefully the same thing happens here.

      Of course, it could also be that Taapsee is secretly a serial killer or something and the producers found out and dropped her but are trying to keep the story from spreading and didn’t tell anyone else. And we will get a clarification tomorrow.

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