Upcoming Movie News! Mental Hai Kya Mess, and New SOTY2 Song

Another SOTY2 song? This one might be my favorite in every way, but I am still kind of tired of them all. On the other hand, the Ekta Kapoor Mental Hai Kya statement is FASCINATING.

New SOTY2 song! Finally, Tara Sutaria gets something to do. And we get a fun happy “welcome to the fun zone” kind of song. Looks like Tara has a crush on Tiger from the start and sing-flirts at him, and he sing-flirts back. It’s all fun and easy. And Ananya is striding around being tough and not interested in romance or flirting. Looks like the plot will be Tiger and Tara easily falling in to a relationship with Ananya as their friend hanging around the edges, and then Ananya and Tiger have to learn how to dance together and fall into deep true love. But mostly, Hey! Tiger with someone who can dance!

Now, the really interesting one! Ekta Kapoor posted a statement on twitter explaining the rescheduling of Mental Hai Kya to July 26. The thing she is dancing around is that Hrithik’s new movie has just been rescheduled for July 26 too. Meaning Hrithik and Kangana are set to clash, which could be a purposeful (and tacky) promotional move, digging up their personal issues again.


The funny thing is, we have gotten so used to Kangana’s personal issues affecting her films, that they had to release this whooooooole statement saying “no, Kangana’s personal vendetta is not why we rescheduled”. I believe her, by the way, if only because her father and Hrithik’s father are good friends and I don’t think she would further torture Hrithik just because of business.

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This also, once again, shows that Kangana’s whole “nepotism gang” concept doesn’t quite work. Ekta hired her, Ekta is supporting her film, Ekta is doing everything possible to make this work. Despite having grown up with Hrithik and her father still being close to Hrithik’s father, there is no secret phone call saying “you can’t hire this person even if you think she is right for the role because we all hate her now”. Business is business and personal is personal. No, that’s not quite right. More like personal is so deep that any business decision doesn’t matter and no one will judge it. So long as you show some common decency (like not throwing your childhood playmate under the bus to promote your movie).

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34 thoughts on “Upcoming Movie News! Mental Hai Kya Mess, and New SOTY2 Song

  1. Frankly this is all very odd. Ekta is a smart woman and she has GOT to know by now that Kangana is nuts. Though, sociopaths can hide it very successfully when they wan to. This seems like a foolish decision all around. Maybe she thinks the personal stuff will force him to move his date.

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    • I can understand why Ekta hired Kangana to begin with, over a year ago. And once the film was in process, she was stuck. Plus it sounds like Kangana was under control during the filming part of it, at least no stories came out and the filming stayed on schedule. But yeah, it is an odd and risky choice to move the film to be opposite Hrithik’s. I am sure there are reasonable business reasons for it, setting aside the personal stuff opening opposite something like Super 30 is smart, not so big as to flood the market and appealing to a totally opposite audience. But I am surprised no one on the team said “yeah, but, if it is opposite Hrithik’s film that’s what all the stories will be about”.

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    • Yeah, this movie is a disaster from every direction. Biopic of a fraud, rapist director, and reshot like 3 times now keeping Hrithik so tied up he can’t do anything else.

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    • It was a bad choice from the beginning, but not nearly as bad a choice as it turned out to be. A director with a so-so track record, a story that wasn’t a natural fit for his stardom, always a little bit risky. But then scandal hits the real life person out of nowhere (well, not totally, a little common sense would have said this guy was a conman. But if the media was snowed, why shouldn’t Hrithik be?), and scandal hits the director, and on and on never ending. I bet Hrithik is now wishing he had at least pulled the plug with the first rewrite, but it’s too late. Feels like a bit of a “sunk costs” scenario, after you agree to the first reshoot, you feel like you are committed and might as well keep going through reshoot two and three and on and on.

      On Tue, May 7, 2019 at 10:37 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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    • Really? I’m pretty sure it is true, if it wasn’t she could have just let the rumors keep going instead of issuing such a firm statement that was careful not to even mention Hrithik or Super 30 by name.

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      • But how is possible not to mention each other during promotions? They are definitely going to get asked about the other movie. It’s natural. And Kangana is not going to lose the opportunity to go after Hrithik if given a chance. She knows it gets attention and it never really backfires. She’s almost completely destroyed Hrithik mentally and there has been no consequences for her behavior. People continue to work with her and put up with her, even Hrithik’s old friends.

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        • Yeah, I feel so so bad for Hrithik. He is a private guy without a lot of close friends, but I would think anyone who worked with him at some point in the past, or knew him personally, would have sympathy for him. It’s one thing to hire someone who is bad to him, that’s business, it’s another thing to open up the whole can of worms again, even unintentionally.

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          • I tend to think nobody in the industry is that close or loyal especially those who end up being competitors in some way. When Raees and Kaabil clashed, Rakesh Roshan said so many terrible things about SRK and Hrithik slyly agreed with idiotic hashtags on twitter like #IStandWithYouPapa. It was hysterically funny how they were acting.

            Ekta is just doing whatever her film needs and she won’t care what Kangana says about Hrithik. It’s in his hands how he wants to deal with that. Either he can move to another date or get ready for another round of Kangana’s craziness. If Hrithik was mentally stronger (which I doubt) it might benefit both movies because it will get them a lot of attention. He has no family image to worry about now anyway since he is already divorced and this Kangana story is already old. Who cares anymore other than her?

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          • My bottom line for this, is that Kangana seems perfectly capable of escalating her behavior in actual physically dangerous ways if pushed. Kidnapping the kids, attacking Suzanne, it doesn’t seem impossible to me. It’s beyond just protecting his image, it’s protecting the people around him. And his father was already almost killed, surely that makes him more protective and worried about his own safety and his kids and loved ones.

            I did find it funny in his interview when he was pushed to complain about something and his response was “nah, that’s just promotions”. I think you are right, there is a healthy awareness in the industry of what people way in public for a movie and how meaningless it is. But opening up this can of worms when she seemed to have safely moved on to Dips and Alia? That’s just dangerous.

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          • DP and Alia ignore her so she can’t go far and it’s not that juicy as it is. Oh boo hoo, Alia didn’t give attention to my movie. Nobody cares.

            The Hrithik thing can get the gossip press churning because everyone lovers affair and cheating stories, whether real or imagined. It’s also hard to fight against another woman and worthless to do it with a cute younger girl who will get sympathy over Kangana. Hrithik is an easier target – the big bad male insider who cheated on his wife and then broke Kangana’s heart too. She’s a strong woman who’s fighting back. Her version anyway.

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          • My nightmare is that she actually is going to attack him physically and the response will be “you go girl”. I could see it happen so easily, she slaps him at a party or scratches up his face, or even attacks Suzanne or the kids, and the response is “good for her, standing up for herself”. And again, I am sure that is also Hrithik’s nightmare and he’s just gonna lay low and do whatever he has to in order to make it not happen.

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          • Do you really think so? The tide would turn against her if she physically attacked anyone. I doubt she’s that crazy. She’s a sociopath but a controlled and high functioning one. She’s done a number on Hrithik psychologically. He seems so broken and lost in spite of having a big family who cares for him. His career is in tatters and he is not even seen dating anyone or moving on and living life. His bad luck that his movies seem to be going wrong too. Who would have thought a guy he made a biopic on would turn out to be fraud and the director would be a molester? Maybe he can bounce back with the Tiger movie but I always think movies with younger lead actors are always dicey. Unless the older actor is extremely charismatic or has amazing skills to showcase, the tide always turns in the younger one’s favor. They are stronger, faster, less wrinkled, and the contrast is so easily noticed if they’re in the same movie especially if they’re playing competing characters.

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          • I really do. Stalkers are dangerous, and she was stalking Hrithik. She may not be dangerous to anyone else, but she could be dangerous to him and the people around him. Like you said, she’s controlled. Only with Hrithik she wasn’t controlled at all, hundreds of emails and abusive voicemails and all kinds of things. And like you said, Hrithik seems to really not be able to move on, I don’t think he is doing award shows or parties any more, is he? And he’s not dating. I don’t think he was even this cut off after his father’s shooting.

            I could even see Super 30 being part of it. Anurag says he called people up and told them not to work with Vikas, but I could see Hrithik discounting that because he had so many strange stories about himself that weren’t true. And he jumped on a story about a real life hero so she couldn’t attack the film without seeming to attack him. And then it backfired because the stories were true, and there are no real perfect real life heroes.

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    • Me neither. She said: “keeping in mind the other releases a week before and after…” so let’s check bollywoodhungama to see which movies release in July and (I’m not sure it’s all confirmed)
      -12 July
      Jabariya Jodi (Parineeti & Sid weak as never)
      Jai Mummy Di (unknow people)
      -19 July
      Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas (Karan Deol’s debut, who cares)
      Arjun Patiala (Kriti & Diljit)
      -26 July
      Mental…
      Super 30
      -2 August
      Chase-No mercy to crime (some unknown people)
      Sonakshi Sinha’s next (still untitled so who knows if it will release)

      ll weak films nobody really cares for. It’s clear Balaji wanted the clash.

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      • Arjun Patiala could be a problem, similar known actors and off-beat romance premise. But you’re right, I can’t see a reason not to release on August 2nd.

        Bharat’s coming out on Eid, and there’s sure to be a big release on Independence Day, even if it hasn’t announced yet. Looks like right now all of June is pretty full up, stuff like The Zoya Factor and Sushant and Ayushmann’s next movies. But that still gives them 12 of July and 2nd of August with a nice gap before the next conflict.

        Maybe there’s another date change coming for another film that we don’t know about yet?

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        • They’re probably hoping the Hrithik movie changes dates. It’s got nothing going for it and is most probably a flop. On top of that, they would have to contend with Kangana’s rants and more bad publicity for Hrithik. Seems like Ekta is strong arming them to move out of the way but doing it in a nice way.

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          • She tried that before with a Shahrukh movie, I honestly don’t even remember which, she was very clear that her film was not going to change dates up to the last minute and then (according to the stories) her Dad stepped in and suddenly he had worked out a deal. Maybe she is trying it again and I wouldn’t be surprised if Jeetendra and Rakesh get together and solve it between themselves.

            Actually I would almost think this was a favor, giving Hrithik a reason to delay (again) if it weren’t for the Kangana part of it.

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          • Super 30 can’t change date now because it would be like admitting defeat. And do you imagine Kangana’s interviews later? She would brag about it for next two years.

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        • You’re right about Arjun Patiala, it’s also the strongest movie apart Super 30 and Mental. And I also think some big movie will take 2 August because it’s good date.

          Btw I have idea for you. Maybe you could write at the beginning of every month, what will be in the cinemas soon. Short informations about every movie, your predictions, what you want to see and what you will skip etc.

          Another btw: I saw this article when I was reading about upcoming movies , and after seeing the photo I’m like: take my money and show me this film asap!

          https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/sanjay-leela-bhansalis-malaal-featuring-debutants-meezaan-jaffrey-sharmin-segal-release-date/

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          • That’s a nice post idea! Easy to write, and useful for people. I won’t commit to what I will actually see in theaters (because Life Happens), but I could at least say “I plan to/hope to watch this one”.

            Also, you are so easy! Just show you a guy with soft muscles and natural hair. Although I think you are far from alone in that taste, and more pop culture needs to figure it out.

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          • I really am! Give me soft muscles, fluffy hair add a little bit of talent and some romantic gazes and I’m fan for life.

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          • It’s like Harshwardane Kapoor was made to your exact specifications!

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  2. Btw, the Met Gala was yesterday and a lot of desis were there. Priyanka, Deepika, Mindy Kaling, Lily Singh, Natasha Poonawala, Isha Ambani.. all wearing ugly/funky dresses. I saw some short clips here and there on twitter of them all hanging out together. PC (clearly drunk) was singing old Bollywood songs while partying. No matter what she claims, I think she’d much rather be in India. Apart from the Western validation, I really don’t understand what is there to gain by trying so hard in HW. The good roles are not there, the money is a lot less (PC’s income had steadily declined), and then to be away from everything you enjoy… pointless.

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    • Wooo, Lily Singh! So happy for her. Also happy for Mindy, but she’s been at this level for a while, so it is less exciting.

      Surprised Deepika came, I kind of thought she was over the western career path. Especially now that she is producing movies for herself in India. Although she is still with L’Oreal, right? So it could be part of her brand commitments.

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      • I think Deepika uses these Western events the same way Aishwarya used to. It gives her cache back home that she’s an international star. She can separate herself from the others in this manner. She was also on the April cover of US Vogue.

        Aishwarya survived a career lull in BW just based on Cannes appearances and making it on beauty lists.

        A Hollywood career isn’t possible for DP now even if she wanted one. She’s married and has a husband and life in India. She can’t just move somewhere else and start over and HW movies aren’t going to just land in her lap while sitting in India. It would require a lot of auditions and networking and dinners and parities that she doesn’t have the time for. Priyanka has been doing it for 7 years now while parked in the US and it’s not like she’s gotten far either. She’s become famous for her relationship and clothing but she’s not known as an actress.

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        • Oh yeah, I think I saw that cover.

          From a very great distance and with no real knowledge, I feel like Dips’ life is probably pretty perfect for her right now. She did Finding Fanny and Piku when she didn’t have to, I feel like she’s always felt a tug towards the more parallel cinema stuff. And she’s never seemed happy with the big public appearances and things, being a little more retired and focusing on her job instead of the fame might be good for her. And of course, again from the far outside, it looks like her relationship is really really good too.

          The real advantage of doing Western stuff is that the westerners are so much more polite, right? She can do a Vogue cover and talk about her work and look nice, and not worry about being ambushed with some personal question or attacked on social media by a PR army. Must be relaxing.

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          • Yeah, some Western press is perfect. Separates you from the pack in India and it’s all so easy going. Nobody knows you that well so there are no gotcha questions and no gossip. You can say some simple things and get some publicity, a few nice pics to circulate in the press, and it takes up almost no time.

            There’s also the small possibility that you might meet someone important at these events and possibly be offered a role.

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        • From what I’ve heard lately, the MET gala is losing its luster. Designers buy tables and bring the people they want to sit there with them although Anna Wintour gets to say yes or no. This year, many big designers opted out and refused to get a table. For the first time ever, Anna released a list of people who would be there to prove that this gala still matters. I’m sure Vogue magazine is having the same problems with circulation declining. Wintour has started catering to the reality show audience by putting people like Kim Kardashian on the cover and international actresses Americans wouldn’t know and more brown people too.

          For the last two years, Ralph Lauren brought Priyanka and Nick. This year I think he didn’t buy a table. Dior brought them this year. Same for Deepika – the first time she went, Tommy Hilfiger brought her along but this year he didn’t buy a table either. Zac Posen took her this time.

          It doesn’t have to do with Loreal. It’s Cannes that she walks for the make-up brand.

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          • Thanks! Obviously I know very little about the American celeb and fashion world.

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  3. Hrithik’s career wasn’t going great to begin with. Bang Bang was a hit but not exactly huge, Mohenjo Daro flopped, Kaabil was also average. Then the poor guy got into the whole Kangana mess. Super 30 has also got into trouble because of Rape allegations on Vikas Bahl. Why didn’t his career take off?

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