Blind Item – February 2018 8
Today’s first blind item comes from Rajeev Masand. It’s about something you might or might not know. Truth to be told, we have never heard about this project before, so this blind item comes as a surprise. We know this director, though. He’s Mr. Bhavesh Joshi’s favourite director and the director took the massive responsibility to launch this star kid. So much so, that the kid gets to call the prominent director by his last name! Can you believe it? Do you think a non-star kid would dare to call this director by his last name? Without any Mr or Sir first? That’s the advantage of being a star kid!
Check out the blind item below from Rajeev Masand.
The Desperate Filmmaker
Insiders who’ve watched the latest (and as-yet-unreleased) film helmed by a prominent Bollywood director have been moaning about the fact that it’s nothing short of a blatant exercise in ‘sucking up’. Sources reveal that the film ‘shamelessly’ panders to one of the Prime Minister’s beloved campaigns and that it’s about as subtle as a sledgehammer.
Industry folk are especially surprised given that at least two films have already been made on the same theme, and that the filmmaker is a senior gentleman who exercises considerable clout and isn’t wont to political pandering.
More than anything else, they’re saying the film ‘lacks objectivity’ in its attempt to latch onto the said social campaign. It’s hardly a wonder that the filmmaker is having trouble with distribution. Word on the street is that he tried hard to have the movie join international film festivals too, but with no luck. Now he has reportedly approached the Government itself for some sort of political endorsement that might give the film some heft.
Such a shame. We’re talking about a respected filmmaker whose breakout hit, a little over a decade ago, made him one of Hindi cinema’s most interesting talents. But save for a hit sports biopic, he hasn’t been able to recreate that kind of success in the years since.