Not usual to do a news post on a Wednesday night, but I just could not resist the Manikarnika story. You know how addictive I find that whole disastrous soap opera.
Manikarnika Calling in Sick
Ha! A couple of days ago, the story started going around that poor Kamal Jain, Manikarnika producer, had a stroke and was in the hospital, unable to attend any events. Which made me naturally think of all kinds of black humor about Kangana driving the poor man to a stroke. And then I felt very bad about it. But turns out, I don’t have to! Because he may just be faking it, in the grand tradition of 6 year olds trying to avoid math tests (story here)
Kangana herself was asked about him at a promotional event and (according to the article) “she testily replied he was doing ok and that an unnecessary hullabaloo is being created about the producer’s health when it is only a ‘lung infection'”. And according to an unnamed source in the industry, “He has certainly not suffered a paralytic stroke. This false news was spread so Jain could escape from being part of the film’s final promotion before release. Jain knows the fate that lies in store for Manikarnika“. Ha! I love Manikarnika rumors and anonymous slams!
Also, poor Kamal Jain. Even putting the best possible interpretation on this mess, he still had to supervise the production of a film with a last minute director and casting switch, and wildly extended production schedule. He has earned his day of calling in sick and staying in bed eating chocolate and watching soap operas.
Manju Warrier and Dhanush Together!
I am very excited about this! It’s being sold as “Manju Warrier in Tamil films” and I suppose that is exciting, her having the opportunity to impress a new audience. But I am mostly just excited about seeing two such spectacular performers as Dhanush and Manju playing off each other (story here)
Oh, and the director is impressive too! Vetrimaaran who directed “Interrogation”, the Academy Award nominee film a few years back. He does gritty grounded action type stuff. I just cannot wait to see what he does with Manju.
Well, this is sad. Post the Sajid Khan story, there is a coolness between Farhan and Farah. They used to celebrate their birthdays together (only two days apart), but not this year. (story here)
I kind of sympathize with Farah, honestly. Her point (it is pretty clearly her team that leaked this) isn’t that Farhan should be supporting Sajid, or that she is supporting Sajid, but that Farhan should be supporting her and her family. They are innocent in this and going through a terrible time, and the week the story broke Farhan threw a party. Unrelated, but still kind of a weird decision not to cancel it. Meanwhile Farah and her mother and family were struggling with shame and guilt and misery and Farhan was partying.
Plus, Farhan has been distancing himself from Sajid aggressively in public statements. Which isn’t wrong, exactly, but there is a way to do it that also acknowledges personal shame and guilt and confusion and supports the rest of the family who are suffering personal shame and guilt and confusion, instead of saying “I am on the mountain top and judge from my place of perfection”.
Again, this is all leaks and spin and stuff. But it is true that Farhan had a party. And that his initial response didn’t really bother to acknowledge the family relationship.
Whereas Farah gave a similar message while also acknowledging her closer personal connection:
This isn’t the most important story ever, but I find it interesting first because the Farhan-Farah connection is something that doesn’t come up much, despite the reality of a close family tie (they grew up together for several years while both their mothers were struggling post-divorces). But now the media is suddenly reminded of it.
And I also find it interesting in a larger sense for the options it gives families when they are part of major sins. Will you distance yourself, try to pretend you aren’t part of it, judge from up in the clouds? Or will you pull closer together, support each other in this time of stress and strain (not support the sinner, but support the others close to youwho are going through the same heartbreak of discovery)?