So many news stories! I’m catching up, so this isn’t exactly “breaking” news, but there are lots of interesting little things over the past week or so that I want to talk about with you all. I’ll break them down into many many MANY posts over the course of the day.
No Shahrukh News? We Will MAKE Shahrukh News!
Shahrukh continues to be happily living his life and not doing anything film related. Which is unacceptable to the film media, because they need those Shahrukh stories to keep the clicks rolling in! Thus, stories that aren’t exactly made up, but also aren’t really news (story here and here)
A story about someone’s next movie is almost never reliable. There’s just too many advantages to it being fake! The actor gets publicity, the film gets publicity, the director gets publicity, and no one is actually committed to anything. The Sahir Ludhianvi biopic was already used back when Abhishek was trying to recover from dropping out of the JP Dutta movie last minute, it was one of the half dozen films that it was suddenly rumored he was considering signing. And then it got attached to Shahrukh, I guess the producers wanted another big name to float.
And then FilmFare announced, with much fanfare, that they had the reason he WASN’T signing it. And, I mean, they do. But that “reason” is a quote from months ago talking in general about how he is in no rush to sign any movie, from one of his interviews back during the China film festival. It’s not exactly “news”, and it’s certainly not in response to this story, it’s just a general statement of why he is being slow to sign his next film. There’s no actual “news” here, but the media can’t survive without a Shahrukh headline, so they will try to make it into news.
Speaking of which, BollywoodHungama has also decided that now is the time to announce as a “scoop” that Shahrukh won’t be doing another Don movie. Which isn’t even what their story supports, their “story” is about how Farhan won’t be doing another Don movie. Because he hasn’t directed in 8 years, hasn’t started the script, and is currently working as an actor. But, how is this news? We all knew this already! This is like saying “SCOOP! During the Monsoons, It Rains!” But, again, it’s an excuse to get Shahrukh into their headlines. Really, his disinterest in doing anything newsworthy is just not fair to the media, they are dying without him!
Dostana 2! Now, THAT’s newsworthy!!!! Although this is still a rumor, not confirmed. But it is a rumor I am more likely to believe since it is such an odd combination of people and so on. (story here)
According to rumor, Dostana 2 will be announced shortly, starring Janhvi Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, and John Abraham. Yaaaaay!!!! I wonder what the plot is? I would assume Rajkummar and Janhvi are the romantic couple, how does John fit in though? And if it is a Dostana sequel, I would assume there is another “pretending a sexual identity” plot. Maybe John is Janhvi’s father and pretends to be Rajkummar’s boyfriend to get close to her? That’s a total guess, but wouldn’t it be fun?
Siddhant Chaturvedi in YRF Rom-Com
Oh, this is a happy story! I hope it is true. Siddhant Chaturvedi, the guy who stole the film in Gully Boy (Ranveer’s mentor) is rumored to have just been signed with YRF to be the lead in their next rom-com. (story here)
Siddhant was amazing in Gully Boy and deserves to get a big film. On the other hand, YRF needs fresh young faces and a new feel if they are going to have more hits. I’m hoping that casting Siddhant (if they did cast him and this story isn’t made up), means that they are looking for a different kind of hero for a different kind of film, not just going to take Siddhant and turn him into the typical YRF hero.
Anupriya Goenka and Hrithik!
Hey, another YRF story! Supposedly Anupriya Goenka has been picked to be in the Hrithik-Tiger YRF movie. Vaani Kapoor is supposed to be the other heroine, so I am guessing Anupriya will be opposite Hrithik? (story here)
Anupriya was the lead nurse in Tiger Zinda Hai, cast for her acting ability and not to dance or do a love scene or anything. And she did great! I am very excited for her to be in this movie, because I think she would make it better. And also because (hopefully, again) it is a sign of YRF thinking in a new way about their films.