Quick little news post, I’m trying to write this in the hotel room before we hit the road. But hopefully it will give you all something to talk about as a crawl through a blizzard.
Yaaaay, Siddhant Chaturvedi!!!!
Remember Siddhant from Gully Boy? The actor who effortlessly stole the film from Ranveer to the point that you kind of thought he actually was a rapper just playing himself and then were stunned to learn he is an actor who disappeared into the role?
Anyway, there are two separate Siddhant rumors today! Which either means he is in high demand and signed for two films, or it means that he has a good PR firm and his name makes headlines, which is another sign of career success.
Anyhoo, one film is a Dharma movie with Deepika directed by Shakun Batra (Kapoor & Sons dude). I would be interested to see what Shakun does with Siddhant, I would like to see Deepika return to another mainstream/off-beat role like in Piku or Cocktail, and I would be very interested to see Dips opposite a raw brilliant talent.
Other movie is a horror-comedy from Excel also featuring Katrina Kaif and Ishaan Khattar. This makes me all kinds of nervous! I don’t know if Kat can do comedy like that, I don’t know if Ishaan can do anything, and I don’t like the genre.
No Streaming Clause in Contracts
Now this is a FASCINATING story! Rumor has it, actors and directors are going to start adding a “no streaming” clause to their contracts. This confirms what I have long thought, that streaming hurts the film industry. Which is also why I don’t review streaming movies here. I don’t want to encourage folks overseas, our readers, to rely on them.
The thing is, a theatrical release brings with it so much more real world impact, especially in India, than streaming ever could. Streaming feels like it is powerful when you are in the echo chamber of the internet, but the raw number of eyeballs watching a streaming product is not even close to the number of people who see a film in theaters.
If I am an actor and my film releases in theaters, even if it is a flop, I get a big boost to my career. I get to give interviews, my face is on posters, and my performance will be reviewed and discussed in the media. I took this role in this film partly taking that into consideration, that it would change my image, let me stretch my talents and be appreciated for them, all those good things. The same is true, but in a more industry specific way, for a director. My face isn’t on posters, but the film is reviewed and discussed within the industry with my name attached to it. My work is seen and appreciated, and it gives me a leg up for future jobs even if the movie is a flop. And none of that is true with streaming. When a movie hits streaming, it is locked into a tiny tiny world. As an actor, your name and fame does not get a lift. And your work as an artist does not receive serious consideration. Netflix is trying to change that in America, to get their American productions considered for Emmy’s and Oscars, to train reviewers to pay attention to them. But that is NOT what is happening with the Indian products. How could it? Many people in India don’t have internet. Why should the country as a whole engage in a conversation about streaming artwork that cannot be seen by the large parts of the population?
Anyway, here is the article about it, it’s worth clicking the link: https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/actors-directors-soon-add-no-digital-release-clause-contracts/
Lataji is in Hospital!
Shortness of breath. I am very worried.