Bollywood Blind Item – June 2019 – 17
The blind item below is about a recent Netflix release. So far, all the personal reviews about this show are negative. People are hating how Hindus were depicted in this series. It is not a show about the past or now, it is a show about the future. After seeing the trailer some weeks back, we decided against seeing it. It didn’t look that interesting.
Anyways, as per this blind item, it seems that the creator had major issues with the writer of this film.
These international companies deal with crisis on a whole different level. The executives take the time out from the busy schedules to fly to another country just to deal with a crisis affecting their team. To be fair, there’s a lot of money involved here, which is why they care so much.
It’s nothing surprising how these things happen between creative people. It’s not surprising either the crew decided that this international director was the best person to lead this project forward.
Well, since we have not seen it, can’t really comment on whether that was a good decision. Have any of you seen it yet?
By the way, it’s nice that this actress has found something this substantial. Who would have thought she would have managed to get a lead role after trying to find something good for so long?
Check out the blind item from Rajeev Masand. By the way, it’s nice that the people involved in this situation kept the drama away from the media for the sake of their film. If you don’t have a rat on-board, you don’t get leaks.
Smile for the Camera
A prestige show has just dropped on a major streaming service, and from the united front they’re putting up it would seem like everything’s in order. The satisfied smiles, the spiel in the media that it was a happy but hardworking set, the exchange of flattering messages on social media—who would think anything was amiss? But those who’ve worked on the show and those that have knowledge of what’s gone on behind the scenes talk about a troubled production, frequent clashes between the showrunner and creator, and a set in disarray.
The project was reportedly birthed by a prominent writer of acclaimed films, skilfully adapting a difficult book. No wonder this heavyweight international filmmaker signed up as creator for the show, committing to direct a clutch of episodes and putting a personal stamp on the series’ look and feel. The writer was roped in as showrunner, and everyone believed the project was off to a flying start.
Trouble, however, started brewing when the creator’s vision reportedly clashed with the showrunner’s—both strong personalities, both opinionated professionals. Their relationship is believed to have become so strained they were not on talking terms by the third week into the shoot, and the crew and cast were expected to take sides.
Eventually a senior executive from the service flew in and held a meeting between the two, hoping to seek a truce. But things had escalated too fast, too soon, and there was no question of either willing to accommodate the other’s vision.
The executive then spoke to key crew members and actors, and armed with the feedback decided the show needed to stick with the creator’s vision, easing the showrunner out of the project. It was also decided these developments would stay out of the press. Everyone got paid as promised, but the showrunner has stayed away from premieres, promotions and all manner of ownership on the project.
Netflix’s Series: Leila
Actress: Huma Qureshi
Creator: Deepa Mehta
Showrunner: Urmi Juvekar