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This & That Continues

Friday, February 08, 2019
By Deepa Gahlot

It’s the time between two big films when the small ones come out. It’s also time for another installment of This & That, with quick comments on random topics to do with the movies. So till Gully Boy arrives out and grabs all the attention… here goes:

This week, there are reportedly eight Marathi movies being released; if this is not an overdose, what is?

It doesn’t happen too often that a film releases after ten years in the cans and its actors are still around and at work. The Fakir Of Venice could be used by Farhan Akhtar and Annu Kapoor as a #tenyearchallenge post on social media.   

Again social media posts remind that it’s been ten years since Dev D. The term “emotional atyachaar” still survives; director Anurag Kashyap continues to rant against the industry, music composer Amit Trivedi has gathered a following, actors Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin and Richa Cheda remain floating somewhere in the big punch bowl of Bollywood.

The most interesting news of the week is Rohit Shetty signing Farah Khan to direct an action comedy for his production company. It is the biggest compliment a successful filmmaker can pay to another. Farah had already broken the industry glass ceiling, hope she makes the chauvinistic industry dance on the shards.

Bollywood may verbally show its support to the #MeToo movement, but hardly any of the real stories of exploitation have come out. Those who have been accused will quickly be exonerated and it will be business as usual.

Again, Bollywood may applaud the trendsetting and politically correct Ek Ladi Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, but how many movie celebs will dare to come out?  Some may drop hints, but no definite statement or open support for the LGBTQ cause from the biggies.

January belonged to Uri: The Surgical Strike, that pushed all the right patriotic buttons and provided a new catch phrase: “How’s the josh?”  It will come handy in election year!

The squabbles between Kangana Ranaut and Krish following the release of Manikarnika The Queen Of Jhansi, just provided the industry with some more ammunition against the outspoken actress. They can fight forever over who directed which portion, but what reason does she have for changing his name in the credits? Very strange, that!

The performance of Anupam Kher as Dr Manmohan Singh in The Accidental Prime Minister and Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s in and as Thackerey proved that real acting is not about mimicry. Kher certainly won’t get an Oscar for this one, as he hopes!

Some really good films being released on the streaming platforms might just kill off the small films that keep popping up when there are empty slots in theatres; they are also affecting the major movies—all three Khans had flops last year. Bollywood has been saying ‘Content is King’ for a long time. It’s time to prove it, or lose audiences to home viewing, and, perhaps, live entertainment.

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