Either there is always a lot of news on Mondays, or I am always catching up on all the news I missed over the weekend. Either way, here is a post!
Aditya Roy Kapur Watch! Reunion with Mohit Suri
For those of you who care desperately about ARK’s career, there is good news! He has Kalank with Dharma, and he has the Sadak sequel with the Bhatts, and now here is a story about reuniting with Mohit Suri (the Aashiqui 2 director). (story here)
He’s costarring with Disha Patani, which isn’t great. I saw both of her movies, MS Dhoni and Baaghi 2. She isn’t so terrible it is distracting, but she also isn’t so good that she is good. I’ll put it this way, she was a good match for Tiger Shroff in terms of acting ability.
But maybe, as an ARK fan, this is a good thing? Mohit Suri clearly likes him and knows how to use him well, a weak co-star could just give ARK more chances to shine and show what he can do. I just want him to have more opportunities! There aren’t that many hot guys who can also act and are tall out there in the world!
Farah Khan Will Launch a Beauty Queen
This seems kind of low-level for Farah, doesn’t it? Resorting to stunt casting of new celebrities? We don’t even know anything about the film, the rumor is focused on “launching Manushi Chillar”. I mean, she did win Miss World in 2017, so she is a big name, but I would have thought at least in the movie news world, Farah is a bigger name. (story here)
And also, blech! I don’t want another beauty queen trying to act! I have been surprisingly happy with the models-turned-actresses, I think because “model” often really means “person who appears in ad films that are really more like short stories” rather than just “person who is pretty”. But the beauty queens do tend to be just “person who is pretty” above all else and, for me, that is not enough to make a film enjoyable to watch.
Begin Again Again
Not sure how to feel about this, because I haven’t seen the original film. At first glance, just looking at the poster and the cast and the one sentence plot description, my reaction is “That movie is way too Brooklyn for me to ever like or relate to the characters”. But then, I haven’t seen it, maybe I will be convinced to care about people rediscovering their pure art and so on. Oh wait, that’s not Brooklyn, that’s Tamasha and I HATED Tamasha. Yeah, none of this seems very Margaret-friendly. Not sure if I want a remake (story here).
You know what does seem Margaret-friendly? Same director as Veere Di Wedding! That makes me optimistic. It is supposed to be a story about a woman and a man who are platonic friends, and it is equally their story, or else more 60-40% with the woman having the larger part. Veere Di Wedding shows he can direct female lead films, and he can direct friendship love stories, so that’s good.
If they make it less Brooklyn/Tamasha, more grounded in the Indian music producing and movie producing crossover kind of world, that could be cool. Certainly it will be a fun movie for us all to mentally cast, there needs to be an older couple that has grown apart with the guy trying to rediscover his passion for his music producing work. And a young couple with the woman being intelligent and talented and a little off-beat, and the guy being a mainstream rock star. Call me crazy, but I kind of like the idea of Varun Dhawan for the egotistical rock star. It would be a cameo appearance, but I think he could knock it out of the park and really have fun with it.
Pati Patni Aur Woh First Images-Hmmm
Well, the casting is locked and the first image is released. A love triangle between Kartik Aaryan as the husband, Bhumi Pednakar as the wife, and Ananya Panday as the secretary/mistress. I have THOUGHTS. My biggest being, Ananya is way WAAAAAY too young for this role.
The original film is a classic farce, a husband impulsively decides to start a fun affair with his secretary, lying to her that he has a miserable home life and so on. But then it takes a twist when the wife finds out and she and secretary end up allied and torture the husband together. He and the wife are finally reunited after much back and forth. It’s a surprisingly amoral film, the husband has no particular reason to cheat, he just does. And he keeps lying and cheating straight through until he discovers he can’t trick both woman any more. The nice thing is, the wife is playing the game too. She isn’t a broken woman who tries to kill herself or anything, she picks herself up and figures out how to “win”.
So, Kartik Aaryan at least is perfect casting. He is very good at that kind of amoral trickery, manages to make it so amusing that the audience can enjoy it even while not sympathizing with him. Bhumi Pednakar, she is probably okay, she hasn’t had a chance to do much pure comedy so far in her career, but the little bit she has had, she has done well. And she has a kind of confident mature attitude that would make me go “oh she will be fine” if she is the cheated on wife, instead of worrying about her.
Ananya is the problem. She looks so young and uncertain in this photo, if she is the secretary/girlfriend, I will be so worried about her character that I will not be able to relax and enjoy the farce. If you see what I mean? For a farce to work, you have to feel like everyone onscreen is tough, can play the game and not be hurt by it. Throwing Ananya in there is like asking us to enjoy a football game when half the players are all armored up with padding and helmets, and the other half are little puppies thrown on the field.
The producers are also saying that it is a “new” take on the film, which of course is what everyone always says about remakes. But I do have some hope that if it is a really really new take, it could work. If the plot is changed to be Ananya as an innocent fiancee, and Bhumi as the secretary/girlfriend, and the end of the film is Ananya being set free because she is too innocent to be tied to Kartik, and Kartik realizing that Bhumi is his true match. Seems unlikely, but wouldn’t it be better?
Well, here’s a challenge. A movie I very very very very very VERY much do not want to see. And yet, it has Madhuri. Not only that, it has Madhuri co-starring with Anil. I love Madhuri and Anil!!! Is that enough to watch this film?
But then, I’ve seen It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, and while trapped visiting a friend I even watched Rat Race. Do I need to see yet ANOTHER version of the “let’s throw a whole bunch of famous actors together and have them chase a fortune in a road trip/race format” plot? I think the answer is very much NO.
Especially because the reason It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World worked was that the stars were so BIG. Everyone from Spencer Tracy to Sid Ceasar in the same movie. And the stars were so fresh too, or at least, reborn. These weren’t comedians and actors that you saw every day in other movies, these were older stars who had faded away and it was a rare comeback to see them again. Like Madhuri in this movie. If this film had been entirely Madhuri’s, so her plus Sanjay Dutt plus Pooja Bhatt plus Kajol plus Karan Johar plus Dimple Kapadia, people who really truly had not had major roles in a comedy film in ages, then I would be rushing right out to see it. But, it’s not. It’s a bunch of people who are constantly appearing in comedy movies and have nothing new to contribute, and just aren’t that big of a name in the first place. And also Madhuri.
I don’t know, what do you think? Go see this in theaters, or stay home and rewatch It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World and Beta and call it good enough?