This week’s first blind item from Rajeev Masand is not that hard to guess if you have been reading our blind items from the beginning. The victim in the blind item below is the lady version of Karan Johar, except that she’s known to be way meaner and way harsher. Read on below to guess!
Salvaging Her Reputation
She’s always had a reputation for bullying her employees. Ask anyone who has worked with this producer and the first thing they’ll likely bring up is her combative temperament. There are stories of directors being fired, actors being yelled at, writers being sacked impulsively. This aggressive behaviour notwithstanding, her instincts have proved correct most times.
Lately, though, more than a few bad decisions have been made. A string of box-office flops suggests that her Midas touch may be fading. Earlier this year, reports surfaced that she’d clashed with a respected filmmaker over the climax of a horror film they’d jointly produced. She reportedly demanded that the ending be reshot as per her instructions. The veteran suggested sticking to the original script, but Ms Moneybags had her way eventually. The film bombed.
Two big budget star vehicles also tanked and now, as her studio readies to release their latest—the sequel to another small-budget horror flick—no chances are being taken. Apparently, the producer has been present on the set frequently, something she didn’t do too often in the past, and has even directed scenes herself, insisting on specific camera angles and shots.
Money will come and go, she’s fond of saying; it’s her reputation as a savvy producer she’s hoping to salvage.
Producer: Ekta Kapoor
Horror Film: Ek Thi Daayan
Big Budget Star Vehicles: Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara