The blind item below comes to you courtesy of Rajeev Masand. It’s hot-hot as it’s just been posted. It’s quite easy to guess too. The irony thing about this blind item is that when the movie was being promoted, these two main leads were busy playing table tennis with one another. Now that the movie has been released and declared a disaster, the director is now blasting both of them, in the blind item below. Well to be fair, he’s complaining about the actor being a nagging a$$ and the actress, being an inference on the sets and in his vision. Quite opposite what we usually hear. Check it out.
The Fault in Our Stars
A respected filmmaker, considered by many as one of the most relevant directors in Bollywood today, is currently licking his wounds after the abysmal failure of his most recent—not to mention most ambitious—film. The filmmaker has also reportedly been telling friends that the very making of the film was an exhausting affair. A “losing battle”, he described it. As it turns out, the director was having a hard time with two of the three principal actors. One of his two leading men, with whom this was his third project, was unwilling to summon the commitment the filmmaker required. The actor grumbled incessantly about shooting in “uncomfortable” locations and demanded “five-star hotel treatment” in remote rural areas.
The director has been complaining just as vehemently about his leading lady, who he claims gave him a hard time throughout production. Despite having received a full-bound script months before the shoot, he says the actress clashed with him frequently over key script decisions while they were on set. “One appreciates that an artiste is invested in the film to this extent, but the set is not the place to have disagreements,” he is believed to have said to his inner circle.
The film’s failure will likely hit the director hard, who knows it will be difficult to land big budgets and big stars for his future ventures. And while he doesn’t blame his actors for the performance of the film, he has said—in no uncertain terms—that working with his actors on set was not conducive to his own creative growth. His famous last words on the subject: “I’d forgotten [at the time of signing them] that everything one hears about actors is usually true.”
Respected Filmmaker: Vishal Bhardwaj
One Leading Man: Shahid Kapoor
Leading Lady: Kangana Ranaut