Rajeev Masand has posted a blind item about a director who is a modi bhakt.
PM Modi is a polarizing figure. While there are several people who hate him, his actions have won him several admirers. PM’s admirers are pejoratively called Bhakts by Modi baiters. Bollywood too is not immune to the PM’s charms. There are several industry folk who swear by our PM.
One such director too is in awe of our PM. This director has proved himself by delivering a huge hit. The movie was a sports biopic. Neither he nor the star of his movie have tasted success since then. Looks their both their careers peaked in that movie. We hope they both bounce back soon.
Insiders who’ve watched the latest (and as-yet-unreleased) film helmed by a prominent Bollywood director have been moaning about the fact that it’s nothing short of a blatant exercise in ‘sucking up’. Sources reveal that the film ‘shamelessly’ panders to one of the Prime Minister’s beloved campaigns and that it’s about as subtle as a sledgehammer.
Industry folk are especially surprised given that at least two films have already been made on the same theme, and that the filmmaker is a senior gentleman who exercises considerable clout and isn’t wont to political pandering.
More than anything else, they’re saying the film ‘lacks objectivity’ in its attempt to latch onto the said social campaign. It’s hardly a wonder that the filmmaker is having trouble with distribution. Word on the street is that he tried hard to have the movie join international film festivals too, but with no luck. Now he has reportedly approached the Government itself for some sort of political endorsement that might give the film some heft.
Such a shame. We’re talking about a respected filmmaker whose breakout hit, a little over a decade ago, made him one of Hindi cinema’s most interesting talents. But save for a hit sports biopic, he hasn’t been able to recreate that kind of success in the years since.
Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Movie: Mere Pyare PM
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