Blind Item – April 2018 – Bollywood 7
The blind item below is by Rajeev Masand. Upon reading it, you might think that it is about this senior actor, who’s looking for work, and his wife. But it’s not about them, it’s about a younger couple.
Check out the blind item from Rajeev Masand.
Industry big shots are not pleased that this actor’s wife is taking a ‘very keen’ interest in his work. It began with her weighing in on his costumes, but now they’re saying she reads every script he’s offered, makes it a point to sit in with him on meetings with writers and filmmakers, and offers detailed feedback on the material that’s sent to him.
Why is that a bad thing, you ask? Well it isn’t. It’s just that industrywaalas tend to complain about anything that could threaten the status quo. “Who needs to deal with another unqualified family member poking her nose where it doesn’t belong?”asks a young director snarkily, referring to the frustration among producers and directors who must deal with an assortment of partners, parents and siblings of film stars.
The actor’s wife in question is an ‘outsider’ (someone who doesn’t come from a film background), but seems to have strong opinions on scripts and roles, and it’s ruffling feathers. The rumour is that a senior writer-director huffed out of the actor’s apartment recently after the missus gave him ‘suggestions’ on how he could improve his script. “Most professionals wouldn’t be opposed to receiving genuine feedback that could make the material better. But anyone that’s speaking on behalf of a star tends to offer ‘tips’ that are solely intended to beef up the star’s role or make him look better. It’s purely selfish, vanity- related advice. And you can’t blame filmmakers for rejecting it,” the source says.
Ironically, the actor himself had a reputation for ‘interfering’ in decisions that didn’t concern him. Now Bollywood says he’s making his wife do the dirty work.
Actor: Shahid Kapoor
Wife: Mira Rajput