Compiled by Poorva Rajaram
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Starting a year, if you are at all superstitious about setting the right tone, can be a particularly prickly process. Making a prudent career choice early on in a year can often be a milestone of enlarged worth. And so, Chitrangda Singh has dispelled irrationally possessive fears of her “commercial” turn by picking Sudhir Mishra’s new film over Kamal Hassan’s bi-lingualVishwaroopam. Apart from just going back to familiar territory after her outing in Desi Boyz, she has avoided the egosplashed organism better known as Kamal Hassan’s latest movie.
Time Travel Without SCI-FI
Ever since the horrific state of affairs dawned on us — an industry where Yamla Pagla Deewana doesn’t flop — we have been waiting for more strategic Sunny Deolmovies. So, here is what the next movie is called: Bhaiyaji Superhit. Also, Ameesha Patel will lend legitimacy to its yesteryear oeuvre (read NRI market) by starring alongside Sunny. The surprise (provided anything in this movie could possibly warrant that word) is the return of Preity Zinta to something resembling a mainstream movie. And no, we deny being ageist in any way.
Now Verging On Never
What is missing from Shahid Kapoor’s post-Mausam image? Perhaps, he was just destined to fail after making it to sub-Khan levels and dropping back to being himself. Or, perhaps, with the exception ofKaminey, he was never quite able to breathe industry air as a full-grown man and sadly lingered in the popular subconscious as a muscular teenager. The simplest answer might be the right one: the zeitgeist has lost him. If there was a guide to staying cool and relevant, it would suggest starring in a Maneesh Sharma movie. Regrettably, he has said no and given up that chance.
Someone in Balaji Telefilms’ (ALT entertainment’s?) marketing team has near-superhero level mind-reading capabilities. It takes steel to defy sequelitis and the Kya Supercool Hai Hum teaser manages quite well. The words “juvenile” and “puerile” flash on the screen, direct quotes from newspaper reviews. A few scenes from the movies later, we are told that “critics hated us, but you loved us”. Maybe movie critics should be offended but hard-and-fast reverse snobbery is a hard force to combat.