More news! This is what happens when I ignore everything and have a life for two days/do a deep dive into Indian film criticism. I get so far behind on news posts that I have to put up multiple so we can keep the conversations from crossing streams.
Yet Another Rumored Casting for Sare Jahan Se Acche
This movie is either cursed with odd casting challenges, or just has a very good PR team that is making up stories out of wholeclothe. First, “everyone” knew that Aamir has signed on and then dropped out and suggest Shahrukh. Then “everyone” knew that Shahrukh was planning on making it. And now “everyone” knows that Shahrukh has changed his mind and Ranbir is seriously considering it but may not take the role. (story here)
I’ve just got a bad feeling about this film no matter what. If the script actually has been seriously considered and then passed by all these people, then there must be something seriously wrong with it. And if they are just making up these stories out of whole clothe (increasingly likely feeling to me since no one has ever officially announced doing the movie), then that means they don’t have much faith in the movie attracting attention on its own.
Oh, but it is interesting that for either a made up story, or an actual attempt to cast a big name, the next name on the list is Ranbir after Aamir and Shahrukh pass. I guess he still has that Kapoor pull!
RK Studios Museum?
The Film and Television Producers Guild of India sent a formal letter to the developers who purchased RK Studios, and send a copy of the letter to the press as well, requesting one small corner be set aside for a Raj Kapoor museum, open to the public. (story here)
This really is sad and a sign of how little power/money/influence the film industry truly has. The Kapoor family was out of money, despite Raj Kapoor making the most successful films in the history of India. Film gives you the money to make your kids “comfortable”, but not support generation after generation in luxury. And year after year of renting out space in a film studio will never make as much money as selling the land to a developer. And finally, the Indian Film and Directors association may be full of successful directors and producers, but they don’t have the money or power to buy a few square feet of studio lot to make a museum. All they can do is send a humble letter to their wealthy overlords:
We extend our heartiest congratulations to you for acquiring the iconic RK Studios. The devastating fire in September 2017 gutted the studio, which had been built 70 years ago by the legendary Raj Kapoor. The Showman’s name spells magic and reminds one of the cinematic masterpieces crafted by him… Raj Kapoor was an institution in himself, an inspiration to budding directors, a guide to media students, and a connoisseur of music. His legacy has to be protected for the future generations… It’s our humble appeal to you on behalf of the film industry and the IFTDA to spare some area from the 33,000 sq meters, for a Raj Kapoor museum, which will refresh the memories of the filmmaker and actor for the next generations. We request you to pay this tribute to the unsurpassable genius and give a solemn thought to our appeal.