Bollywood Blind Item – May 2019 – 32
This blind item should have come months ago when everyone was wondering how this young actress bagged one of the biggest films of the year. She was not supposed to be in, as she was already busy.
Then, something happened and she got signed to be in two of the biggest films by big directors. She is doing too much too soon, just like her sister once did. But compared to her sis in those days, these days no one wants to see you all the time. It will be like an overdose!
Speaking of her sis, reading the Rajeev Masand collumn last week where he told this story about this young actress went to KebabJo’s office in her school uniform at the age of 15 to audition for her first film. First of all, 15 years old??? And, she was brought there by her mother. So, she didn’t skip school or go quietly by herself, her mom brought her to Dharma.
We were thinking of discussing this because we knew she was young when she went there to audition, but not this young. So, she left school to be in her first film directed by KebabJo. No wonder the other nepotism products think this is the way to go and that’s why they sound brainless (no offence)! But back to this young girl, why would her mother support her this young to get into films?
This can mean only one thing. They were having financial problems so they were fine with her quitting school to act. She didn’t quit school midway, she just never continued her studies. In 2014, she said this:
“I never regret that I haven’t gone to college to study,” she says, adding, “I have no plans to get back to studies and I am 100 per cent sure about it.”
In a way, when she got into films, it was like a way out for her family because if you remember her father was like a silent member of her family’s production house and he was not really working at that time. Their films were also not doing that well, but then most of their films were super low-budget.
Similarly with her elder step-sister, she was also working in films from as young as the same age as this young actress. She did say that her dad was the one who made her work in films. By the time she hit 30, she has done all roles possible for her and ended up turning director after a long struggle with alcohol.
In the 90s, a lot of actresses entered the industry by the time they were 15 but these actresses were forced into films because their family needed money, like Rani and Karishma.
Just something we were wondering.
If it is true, then her story is similar to the other young nepotism products, who want to enter the industry so their whole family can benefit in a financial way. This also explains why she sticks by KebabJo and listens to his every word. She is like his puppet and there’s no breaking from that since she got in at such a young age. That’s also why her family has no say. In a way, they are all benefitting from being directed by Dharma.
Back to the blind item. It is surprising why the blind item is coming out now. The actress herself said some time back that she met this famous director at an airport and begged him to cast her in any role in his big film. Like if begging could work easily and she got the role through that only! Everyone knows her papaji made a call and also begged on her behalf and that’s how she got it.
Supposedly, another actress was signed on to do this film. You might not know her, but she is young and has already managed to impress both the audience and critics from her portrayal of a yesterdayear famous actress in a film released last year.
Check out the blind item from Mumbai Mirror.
A recent casting coup has had the entire Hindi film industry in a tizzy. But we hear there is a backstory to the plot. When the female lead for this mega-budget spectacle was first approached, she bowed out as the dates for the film were clashing with her mentor’s dream venture.
Then, when the mentor’s film was postponed, the actor jumped right back into the first film. However, unbeknownst to many, another pretty female actor was already approached and had taken the look-test. In fact, she was on the verge of being signed on, but alas. Perhaps this is what they mean by destiny.
Actress: Alia Bhatt
Mega-Budget: SS Rajamouli’s eagerly-awaited RRR
Other actress: Keerthy Suresh
“I had bumped into Rajamouli sir at an airport and I begged him that whatever part he has (for me) I will do it. That time he had not casted for the girl yet,” Alia told PTI.
“He said he was anyway talking about my timelines. So I told him whatever be the timelines, I will make it happen. We made it happen,” she added.
When Karan Johar first auditioned Alia Bhatt for Student of the Year (2012) she was all of 15 and showed up at his office in her school uniform. She was accompanied by her mother, and when Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan first spotted her, they were reportedly dead against she being cast for the part.
The boys, who were hanging out at Dharma when Alia stopped by to audition, reportedly sent Karan messages while she was still on the premises, making it clear they didn’t approve of her as their potential heroine. ‘She’s too young,’ one of them wrote.
‘She doesn’t look like a heroine,’ the other complained. Karan says he was “bowled over” by her screen test but put her through a weight loss regime before he “saw” her as his lead. Sidharth and Varun became believers much later and still kick themselves when reminded how hard they tried to get her out of the film.