Everyone decided to start the work week by giving bollywoodhungama stories that may or may not be true depending on what the future holds. I should join in! I can tell bollywoodhungama that I am currently planning to make a flash mob youtube video that will go viral. Will I? Doesn’t matter! The story is that, as of this moment, I am PLANNING to do so.
Suniel Shetty in an American Film
I got all excited about this, and then I looked for more details and discovered it doesn’t exist yet and may never exist. The sorrow! Anyway, it’s supposed to be an indie American movie called “Call Centre” about an Indian cop (Suniel) who brings down a bunch of youthful conman running a call center. (story here)
But the listed director is Jeffrey Gee Chin who has done a lot of interesting work, shorts and stuff, but never a mainstream full length movie. And I don’t see this film listed on his upcoming list. Maybe it might still be true, I would certainly like it to be true, but I find it far more likely that this is a film floating stories in an effort to find funding, or a short film that will barely get a release.
Ranveer Singh’s Next Movie Starts Soon
The YRF promotion machine is in overdrive today. “Sources” say that Ranveer will probably start filming this movie in November. And there will be an actress opposite him, possibly Shalini Panday from Arjun Reddy. Oh, and he will speak in a Gujurati accent. That’s it, that’s the extent of the story (story here).
Well I am certainly excited about this movie that may or may not start filming, which may or may not feature a heroine, and which probably will have a Gujurati accent involved! Except, NOT! This is so sad, they don’t even have enough information set to leak something interesting, but they are so eager to leak anything at all that they are trying to make potential casting and schedule dates exciting.
War May or May Not Be a Franchise
The director already said in a press conference that he wrote it intending a franchise, and any idiot could see that from the open ending. But now the story is that “sources” say YRF also wants it to be a franchise. Or, to put it another way, “sources” want people to think YRF might make it a franchise so they can see how the public reacts to that and if they should move forward. (story here)
I don’t much like being a mass media guinea pig but yes, YRF, if you are reading this, I as a member of the public would be interested in a War franchise. But only if you keep the same director and star as the first one, and bring back Tiger or else some other nubile young man to play opposite Hrithik.
Preity Zinta May or May Not Return to Acting
Supposedly, Ashutosh Gowariker wants her for his next film. Not the one filming now that will release soon, the one AFTER that which has no title, no funding, no cast, and no schedule. So, a real solid job offer. Not that this is about the job offer, this is about Preity’s team floating her return to acting. (story here)
According to the “sources” Preity has not been acting because she has been focusing her energy on her IPL team. Which doesn’t seem quite right? I mean, all the other team owners treat it as a part time job 10 months out of the year and a full time job for the 2 months of games. Pretty sure she could have squeezed in an acting job, pretty sure this is more a matter of no one offering her work/her just not wanting to act right now. But it sounds better to put it as “she is working hard all the time just at different things”. And it definitely sounds better to phrase it as Ashutosh really really wanting her instead of the other way around. That part I kind of believe, because if you are going to make up a director who really really wants you in his movie, why would you pick Ashutosh? There must be a grain of truth there at least. And Ashutosh, if you are reading this, I as a member of the public would indeed be very excited about a Preity movie.
Maddy May or May Not Be in Bunty Aur Babli 2
You see what I mean about the 2000s coming back? All the little buzzy stories today (except the Ranveer Singh one) are about old time stars, and now here is one about an old time star and an old time film. The Bunty Aur Babli sequel is still in the unofficial stages, and now there is an unofficial casting. (story here)
Bunty Aur Babli 2 hasn’t had a big promotion push, no poster reveal or anything, that makes me think it is really really official. Rumor has it that Siddhant Chaturvedi will be the lead (the guy who stole Gully Boy from Ranveer). But the newest rumor says an unknown first time actress will be opposite him, which tells me the studio doesn’t have much faith in the project. And then the media at least has been trying to say that Rani and Abhishek will be coming back. And then decided Rani would (probably assuming she will always do anything YRF asks) but not Abhishek. Than Saif’s name was floated. And now Maddy. To be clear, I believe NONE of this. I believe that Siddhant is in talks to make a YRF movie and maybe, at some point, someone discussed a romantic conman film idea. After that, the media and rumor machine has just spun along by itself, taking the little bits officially leaked from YRF and combining them with people scene driving onto the YRF lot and their own imaginations into creating this whole thing. I mean sure, people could be in “talks” about the project, but then I am also in “talks” about doing a flashmob video (meaning, at one point while hanging out with friends we said “oh, we could do a flashmob video” and then we said “nah, we don’t really want to”). It’s not exactly newsworthy nor does it mean anything will come of it.