Bollywood Blind Item – January 2020 – 5

So much is happening these days and as a result, we are getting lesser blind items. But today, there’s a blind item that is very much in touch with what’s happening today. It gives you an inside look of what has been going on.

One thing is clear, the superstars will not come out to speak on this issue. All of them are waiting for this to die down. Seriously, even the government is waiting for this to die down. It’s as if they think these are brats or spoiled children acting up!

Look at Hong Kong, they are still fighting for their rights! Actually, they too were protesting peacefully when goons came in out of nowhere. The government saw this as a way to make them go quiet, but these people never gave up! We had a couple of friends, who were visiting HK at the peak of the protests and they said the only time it got bad was when the cops came to beat/stop the protesters.

Anyways, so the blind item below is from Rajeev Masand. The only superstar not doing anything is Mamujaan. As you know, the actor that he is or rather the megalomaniac that he is, he is currently busy shooting for his film. Who knows, he might one day make an episode on this issue. For now, it’s all quiet.

They are probably happy they have nothing to promote since the media is definitely going to bombard them with questions.

Check out the blind item below from Rajeev Masand.


Bollywood Blind Item


Citizen Cane

The recent uproar over the Government’s efforts to push the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the nationwide protests it has spawned has had an impact on Bollywood too. Many actors and filmmakers have openly condemned the violence against students, and in fact, the CAA too. More, however, have remained conspicuously silent.

Word on the street is that the matter has divided film folk. While some filmwaalas have come to the defence of leading superstars, suggesting that they are extremely vulnerable, so many others have called them out for not lending their voice at a time when it could carry significant weight.

Turns out though that not all are staying silent behind their high walls. One superstar has reportedly extended financial help to cover legal fees of those that were wrongly detained during the protests in Delhi. Another superstar’s famously vocal father is apparently mobilising friends to speak out, even though his own family cannot for complicated reasons.

The general opinion is that when the dust settles on the matter, it could leave many old relationships fragile and possibly broken. Respected film personalities who have taken an unambiguous stand are openly criticising an A-list male star whose closeness to the ruling party β€œhas made him spineless”. They have been critical also of a powerful producer who is keeping his head down.

One top film personality may have lost at least a few friends for his unwillingness to show support or even acknowledge that recent events have divided his industry. Liberal voices in Bollywood are repeating over and over again that it is at times like these that one’s true character is revealed. Those trying to stay invisible hoping that it will blow over soon have been noticed.

OSOP Guesses

Leading Superstars: Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Ajay Devgan, Akshay Kumar & Hrithik Roshan

One Superstar: Shah Rukh Khan

Another superstar’s famously vocal father: Salim Khan

Complicated Reasons: Going to Jail!

A-List Male Star: Akshay Kumar

Powerful Producer: Bhushan Kumar

Top Film Personality: Karan Johar

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6 Responses

  1. yuri says:

    This blind is about the spineless men in bollywood but immediately it foes to bashing deepika and the only 2 days of box office numbers.. like seriously?
    Big picture is there are major issues and unjustified violence against youth that everyone should speak up for. PR of not (tho any PR person would advise against it) she made a bold stand for the students.
    As far as her film is concerned, i actually saw it, no it’s not perfect but it’s message could not be any more clear. Women are constant targets for fragile male egos while deepika is apparently a target of fragile stan egos. Performances are powerful and the direction is something new and relevant.
    I’ve never seen anyone besides deepika inspire people to pore over her interviews to look for things to criticize, please get a life and go watch movies instead of being an amateur box office analysis

  2. Purely PR says:

    “Chappak ” did not have enough mettle. Even left leaning reviwers very grudglingly told that its Meghna Gulzar’s weakest movie…every single one of them said people were busy with their phones in theater… now they surely cannot be ppl who boycotted the movie who are already in the theater and even they did not seem engaged and why ?

    Too much credit is given to RW . Raazi worked, Dangal , Padmaavat …controversy only helps a movie unless its banned. Chappak did not even get as good reviews as Raazi. Everyone of them wanted to say good things about the movie due to its sensitivity while they admit it was not as gripping.

    Think about this, Deepika had Left wing support , they donated tickets to the movie. If there is real true country wide opposition to RW (CAA, CAB, NRC) then all these mass number of people are in support of Deepika. Yet the movie failed .

    So the question Is media wrong about opposition of the policies ? or Chapakk is just not a good enough movie ? Bollywood has always been very anti Right wing …nothing new . Deepika always came across as pro congress from her past interviews, so nothing really is new here.

    Deepika does not have the real tangiable star power to make a ‘not so great’ movie HIT . PIKU was a very good movie with 88cr collection . Look at Kangana’s Queen and Manikarnika, Mental hain kya she had no Bollywood support yet she has better box office record for her good movies.

    Deepika fans can now take a hike about her stardom who keep thinking she launched and made others career.

    • MCSher says:

      But can we deny that she is huge star? When RS-DP got married, twitter went berserk to see the first photographs.Even Smriti Irani sarcastically tweeted about it . So we cannot deny her star power. This movie should have worked for Laxmi’s sake. I also believe actors like Kangana, Viday, Alia ,Kareena live their roles. I do not think Deepika is a brilliant artiste but yes a very big star.

      • Purely PR says:

        Thats why i said ‘tangiable’ stardom. Not instagram, wedding pics or endorsements stardom. The real box office opening stardom that Madhuri dixit and Sridevi had.

        Aishwarya rai’s wedding furor was much more than deepika’s even in pre social media days. Globally its Aishwarya Rai who is most famous indian woman but her fame and stardom never translated to office office opening as a single contributor in a movie.

        Same with Deepika , people will follow her on insta and twitter and maybe even watch her ‘can hardly express her views’
        interviews But clearly are not taking time and paying money to watch her movie.

        Just a thought …maybe Left wing failed her . Maybe they thought she was trying to get publicity and her heart is not truly in the cause. Her support was half assed . Now will RW watch her hubby’s movie 83 in which Deepika has a cameo ? Kabir khan is openly anti RW. I think it will work …if its a good movie.

  3. MCSher says:

    I think the move to go and stand in so called “solidarity” with those affected JNU students backfired. It is clearly understood that Deepika was looking for publicity. We all have seen her in interviews and know how articulate she is (eye roll).She is not politically sound. Two days before Chappak released, she resorted to cheap antics. I feel bad for Laxmi ( the acid attack survivor). This is her story of trauma and triump and Deepika ruined it with her hunger for publicity. This movie could have been beaten Tanhaji hands down. Bollywood people are only known for ullu seedha karna tactics.Deepika is a fairly decent actor; as bragged herself to be a great model on the ramp(in a recent pinkvilla interview)and should stick to wearing designer clothes on red carpets.That’s all!

  4. abcd says:

    Dp got some amount of goodwill so not to remain behind, they released this blind item to show the world that they are also doing something; instead of just offering lip service. They have all the money for holiday/party, but they don’t have the spine to comment on the plight of people. This has certainly reduced their fan following to a certain extent and will affect their movies. Dp’s movie as of now is badly affected and this is helping tanhaji soar at box office. So called spoilt loud mouth rishi kapoor is surprisingly quiet for the sake of rk’s career, they just want to click pictures with people in power. Hope situation improves and these stars get some reality check.


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