Bollywood Blind Item – March 2019 – 15
Sometimes we think about this. It’s a little strange how we, as the audience, have misunderstood words like “contemporary” for years now. For some reason, actors are pitted against each other based on who they have dated or based on which direction they are going in their careers. Then, you add in the fan wars and you have yourself a “these two hate each other” thing going on.
It could be true. Everyone is scared of their competition, especially if the other is doing better. But if you think Aishwarya Rai was having sleepless nights over the work Katrina Kaif is doing, you are wrong!
So, the blind item below is by Rajeev Masand and he talks about these two actresses. Actually, only one is mentioned and you all can guess who she is. But then, he adds on another actress that this actress sees as her arch rival.
Now all you have to guess is who is this arch rival. Technically, her rival was someone else, but we all know she is busy sharpening her face to even care what other actresses are doing. Actually, scratch that! She is too busy checking out and caring what other actresses are wearing.
So, this leaves out the only other actress that this actress sees as her arch rival. Remember we had this post about how this actress sees Hollywood as her territory and she will not let anyone else take over. The “anyone else” was basically her arch rival that this blind item is talking about. Frankly, both of them are not making anyone’s head turns unless they are acting in a horror film!
There is nothing more to explain, it’s all in the blind item below. What happened was, her people wanted her to do this film but she didn’t. Probably, because she was still trying out in Hollywood. So, the only way to get her to read the script was to tell her that the producers were considering her arch rival for this role.
Now, there’s something really strange. The movie and her role is about playing the mother of a 13-year old girl. She couldn’t possibly think that her arch rival was going to play the mother of a 13-year old?
Couldn’t she see through their ploy of getting her to do this film? Or was hearing about the other actress being considered was enough to get things going. It must have been…
Check out the blind item below by Rajeev Masand.
Every Actor’s Bugbear
A prominent actress who has become particular about the projects she chooses here because it means dividing her time between two lives just wrapped work on a new film she was shooting in spurts and gaps over the last year or so.
It’s inspired by an emotionally wrenching true story personal to the film’s director, and while the actress says she was instantly inclined to make the movie, it’s also true she’d been sitting on the script for months before finally picking it up to read.
Sources say the director sent the script soon after it was ready, but the actress was too busy. At that point the film still didn’t have a producer. While waiting to land her leading lady the director shopped the script around to producers and quickly found a partner in a leading outfit floated by a former studio boss. The pressure to cast the film was mounting, and repeated attempts to rush the actress to read the script had failed.
As it often happens in these scenarios, the director— with the producer now—was putting pressure on the actress’ team for a response. Her manager, who couldn’t understand what all the rush was about (she wouldn’t be the first actor to have taken months to get back about a script), decided to read the script herself before increasing the pressure on her client. Subsequently, things reportedly changed.
Convinced it was a script the actress would be foolish to pass up, the manager reached out to her and told her she had to give it a chance. The actress said she would— soon.
Then the manager uttered the final threat: She said the filmmakers had decided to go to another actress (her arch rival, as it turns out) if she didn’t reply immediately.
The actress pored over the script on her next flight and in 24 hours confirmed the film. She asked for the director to be flown to the US for a meeting and the project got a ‘go’ overnight. Since then she’s been a dream to work with, both the director and the producer insist.
But was the threat to go to the rival a cleverly planned stunt? We might never know.
Actress: Priyanka Chopra
Arch Rival: Deepika Padukone
Film: The Sky Is Pink