Fun fun little stories, Prerna Arora’s continuing legal problems always cheer me up, plus other people are doing things.
Prerna Arora Has a 176 Page Chargesheet Against her
Oh Prerna! I just get so much schadenfreude from reading about your legal problems. The charges have now been brought and explained in detail by the Economic Offenses Wing. She took out a massive loan against Kedarnath, even though she did not have full rights to the film. And she borrowed money from Vashu Bhagnani to buy property, and then never purchased it or paid him back (full story here).
Well, I think that answers the question of why they tried to shut down Kedarnath! And Parmanu. If she could show massive losses of some kind of another, she could explain not paying back her loans. But if Kedarnath released and did decent business (which it did), the bank would be looking for its money back.
Also, this is why I am not enraptured with “professional” business tactics. The film industry doesn’t have to borrow money from the mob any more, or raise it on their personal connections. But banks aren’t any smarter than the mob (how could they not know she didn’t have full rights to Kedarnath when they gave her a loan?), and a company that deals with banks and international corporations may not be any more honest or reliable than one that deals with the mob. Not a comment on the Indian film industry in particular, seems like a universal that often the people with the fancy suits and business names are just as gullible and/or crooked as anyone else.
Salman Returns to Rajshri!
Well, this is exciting! Just been announced that Salman and Sooraj Barjatya will be working together again. Thank goodness, because Salman really really needs a strong director. Someone who isn’t Ali Abbas Zafar or Remo D’Souza and won’t let him just do whatever he wants (story here).
Based on previous interviews, Salman really respects Sooraj and follows his guidance on set. Hopefully he will still do that even now, and we will get a fun movie out of him. Probably too much to hope for that he will actually play his real age in the film, but at least he will be playing a character (“Prem”, no doubt) instead of just Salman himself slouching through a movie.
Tiger Shroff Opens a Gym
Well, this is a totally reasonable and expected business development. I think Tiger worked as a trainer for a while already, so it is a business he knows. The spin on it is that he just wants to help young people be healthy and learn from him, but I can’t imagine a Bandra gym is going to be for the struggling young people of India, more like “I have a good name brand, what is a business I know that I could use it for?” (story here).
I’m still impressed with Tiger. It shows some levelheaded thinking ahead, to set up a business while he is riding how on fame and name recognition, and pick a business that he understands fully and can really turn into some kind of a success. If the Tiger wave dies down in a few years and he becomes just another young star, he has used his time to build up something that will support his family for years to come.
Priyanka Hits the Small Screen
Well, BH has some SNARK!!! Not only are they pointing out that Priyanka’s newest movie isn’t getting a theatrical release, they point out that she really has just a cameo role, and that she only had a cameo role in her last American release too. (story here)
I got a little clarity too, for what the whole “Netflix” thing is. Isn’t It Romantic is getting a theatrical release in America, but not in India. In India, it is hitting Netflix the same day it releases in theaters in America. So, basically, Rebel Wilson is a big enough star to open a movie in America, but Priyanka isn’t a big enough star to open a film in India. Sounds about right.
The spin is that PC is developing her own scripts now since no one else is offering her roles. Like, this is a good independent thing. But, I don’t know, I guess it depends on if/when her own projects pan out. If they end up being brilliant and interesting and all of that, then she is a savvy business person and artist. But if they end up not happening, or being kind of weak, then she is still just spinning her wheels and trying to stay relevant.