News round-up! This is mostly because Brahmastra made me laugh and laugh and laugh. Oh, and because I have a new commenter getting to know Amitabh, and it reminded me that he is a combination of rawly emotional and very very restrained in his public appearances.
Brahmastra is Delayed
Oh Brahmastra! Why is everyone involved in you so DUMB? Why do you even exist in the world? You are like the Minotaur, cursed by your makers to a life of failure and misery, shambling through the world and knowing you have no right to Be.
This time, they say they are over budget and delayed because of the quarantine. Uh-huh. Sure. Everything would be fine and it is all under control, if only there wasn’t a massive global disaster happening. A superhero trilogy that has taken 3 years to film and counting, with a hero who has to take 3 weeks off every time he twists his shoulder, a director who is in love with his star, no one involved has ever made an action film let alone a superhero film before, and meanwhile superheroes have stopped being popular, everything was totally under control until the quarantine happened.
Anyhoo, Karan called a conference (presumably on a Zoom call) and the new deal is that Ranbir and Alia and Ayan are taking a pay cut. To which I say “YOU WERE STILL PAYING THEM?????” They don’t work! None of them work! They are off there having lovely little threesome vacations, taking month long sick breaks, and never ever finishing this movie, and they WERE GETTING PAID FOR IT????? Being paid a lot too if their pay cut will have a substantive effect on the budget.
Oh Brahmastra. Someone just needs to put you out of your misery, let you die and return to non-existence so you can be reborn better, as a pleasant cheap rom-com or something, instead of the deformed monster you are now.
Salman Greenlights Another Rom-Com
I appreciate that Salman keeps making rom-coms, I love rom-coms, but I am also glad I am not invested in his company. This time it is Pulkit Samrat and Kriti Kharbanda who have come up in his wheel of “people who he likes but do not have the talent or name recognition to actually make the film profitable”. They are cute enough together I guess, and apparently dating? The name of the movie is “Bulbul Marriage Hall” which seems very promising for those of us who like rom-coms. And Daisy Shah is in it, which is less promising.
Amitabh Makes Us Cry
Oh Amitabh! I was just talking in the comments about how he is very restrained and almost emotionless in media interviews, but I think that is a choice he made because he doesn’t trust the press. This video is why I think that. Either Amitabh is a real human person with deep emotions that he chooses not to share with the press. Or Amitabh is a very good actor capable of faking deep emotions, but also chooses not to share that kind of performance with the press. The point is, the lack of emotions in many interviews is a choice one way or the other.
I vote this is real emotion, and also a trained performer. He wrote the words, he is feeling the feelings, but while you or I would just rush through it with a strained smile as we try not to cry, he can actually say it properly with pauses and things. But still slips a bit with that little throat clearing “yeah” at the end.