Two little stories, which are both important enough to merit discussion. But not, like, a lot of discussion. From me that is. You can discuss all you want, I’m just saying this is going to be a short post.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Leave Saaho
S-E-L have been my favorite composers at least since college. They don’t work together that often, because they each have their own independent careers, but when they come together it is always spectacular. They did Dil Chahta Hai, Lakshya, Kal Ho Na Ho, the new Don, Lucky By Chance, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Mirzya, and on and on. They’ve worked in the south in the past, hiring them for Saaho was a good move towards making it a bit more of a cross over hit (familiar names in the north) and a sign that this film was going to be something special, because S-E-L can pick and choose their projects.
Saaho, as we know, has been delayed and delayed and delayed. For reasons that are unclear, we never got an inside story from the set or anything that might explain it, just had a trailer release with an announcement there would be many more, and then there were no more trailers. Filming has been going on for almost 2 years now. And, strangest of all, no one seems busy with filming besides Prabhas, the male star. The female lead Shraddha is doing tons of other movies and personal appearances and so on, she is either done with her part long ago or hasn’t started. Ditto Jackie Shroff, who is supposed to have an important role. They just announced yet ANOTHER release date, 15th August, over 2 years after filming began. And days later we have S-E-L announcing through their shared twitter handle that they will not be doing the music after all:
What’s super interesting is that right after that they got a twitter message from UVCreations, the producers of Saaho:
I believe the message, that is, S-E-L seem like good people to work with, the same directors/producers are constantly calling on them. But it is also saying something that the production house is going out of its way to make sure there is no blame put on the composers who are leaving the project. Which makes me think the project must be in real trouble if they are putting the composers over it.
Shankar Madhavan’s official explanation, when reached by phone, was:
The music company wanted to add a few songs from external composers. We are not very comfortable with that. Normally, we prefer to remain the sole composers of the film. That’s why we decided to opt out.https://www.ndtv.com/entertainment/this-is-why-shankar-ehsaan-loy-opted-out-of-prabhas-saaho-2043968
I believe him of course. Why would he lie? But again, this is all very troubling for the film. That the music company has been allowed to take so much control is not good, where is the filmmaker defending his product? And most of all, that they are finalizing the songs NOW, 2 months before release, is really not good. And now S-E-L are out so they will have to start from scratch for music, with only 78 days left until release.
And this, I assume, is why Saaho has been delayed all along. The kind of confusion and disorganization and too many cooks problems we see here. S-E-L should have been able to express their concerns and have them addressed before they felt the need to just leave the project. And if someone had been on top of working with them and understanding their needs all along, things would never have reached this point. I can picture similar situations with the stunt coordinators, the special effects studios, all the little tedious parts of a film that need attention if things are going to run smoothly.
Karan and Another Talk Show
I think, unfortunately, Karan is in a bit of a “hair of the dog” fallacy point. People are tired of his persona and he keeps doing the same kind of things and thinking that will help instead of make it worse. He already announced his Netflix relationship show, now there are rumors he is looking at a talk show focused on talking to Star Wives about their lives, their families, their parenting. (story here)
I can see the basic logic here. On the one hand, people are fascinated with star families, we can all see that. And on the other hand, Karan thinks giving people an inside look will help us see them as people with their own struggles and so on instead of hating them for their privilege. That’s all fine and dandy.
But the problem is, people are hating on Karan, and the star families, because they are over-exposed. It doesn’t matter if you change the details of the exposure at this point, any exposure at all is a bad thing. So hopefully this show fades away into rumor-land and never actually happens.