Blind Item – May 2018 – Bollywood
The blind item is by Rajeev Masand in his weekly collumn about Bollywood stories and its people. For this week, he wrote about a young actor, who might not be so young anymore but still considered as being young. This actor has been through a lot. We blame it on unsupervised parenting or guardian. But really, as soon as you become an adult you are responsible for your own life.
He took his life for granted then, did drugs and getting caught for doing drugs. He has since come clean about his addiction and how he went to rehab and all that. If he was to be launched today, we doubt that he would get any takers. Back then, things went fine for him and he was cast in lead roles. He got a nice supporting role as a newcomer and everyone raved about his performance.
But the problem with him is that Hindi is not first mother-tongue or native language, he speaks English because he was raised in the U.S. by his grandparents. It’s understandable what Rajeev is saying below because clearly the boy is not natural at all when it comes to speaking Hindi, so can’t imagine how hard it must be for him to remember his lines. He just needs to practice more and take more Hindi classes. He is making money again now, so hopefully he is not spending it on things that he doesn’t need. In other words, he can afford to take these classes.
He was cast in the Hindi remake of this very famous and hit Tamil film. We saw it and it was like the worst casting ever! Not only did he look way too premature to play such roles, they bronzed up the skin tone of his leading lady! It was all very strange! Anyways, check out the blind item below from Rajeev Masand.
A Charming Nightmare
A young star kid, a complete charmer—the camera loves him—has been given a second chance in tinseltown after he pretty much drove his career into the ground after a promising debut. He’s back, but lead roles are hard to come by, so he happily took a bad guy’s part in a recent film that’s done astonishingly well at the box-office. He’s got small roles in a few more films, and also a significant part in a web series that he was shooting in Goa recently.
The actor was the unit’s darling; always fun to hang out with, always up for an adventure. But a nightmare if you were in a scene with him. Co-stars reveal he regularly required 25 to 30 takes for the simplest scenes, and fumbled his lines in virtually every take. “He can’t remember a simple line,” a colleague of his says. As a result, shooting with him meant longer than usual days, but also always a happy set.
When his new movie came out, he took the entire unit to the only cinema in Goa that was playing the film, and they cheered when he came on screen. “He’s the nicest guy, but at some point people’s patience will wear out. He’s got to get his act together,” the source says. His friends insist he has taken charge of his life. They point out that he’s working out like a beast and spending time poring over his scripts. His previous indulgences and addictions have done some damage, but they’re convinced he’s doing everything he can to overcome his problems.
Star Kid: Prateik Babbar
Recent Film: Baaghi 2