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Blind Item(Rajeev Masand) – One Upmanship – 29th June

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Rajeev Masand has published a blind item about petty games of one upmanship played by actors who starred in a hit film last year.

The fact that actors are an insecure lot is old news. There have been several stories of actors indulging in one upmanship over each other to land plum roles or to just survive in the industry. Many female stars are known to pass diktats on their BF’s to not act opposite their rivals. A yesteryear star who played a character role in a recent hit had asked his then superstar GF to not act opposite the then reigning megastar. He was hoping to dethrone the then reigning megastar, but destiny had other plans. A triumvirate of superstars took over. Their reign continues to this day.

The second actor mentioned in the blind item is the toast of the town. He is rumored to have cheated on his actor GF(click here to read more). He is even rumored to have slept with a renowned casting director to land acting gigs early on in his career.

Blind Item
Seeing how well they worked together in one of last year’s most charming hits, a filmmaker recently approached two young leading men for his next film, a medium-size dual-hero project. While one of them, who played the romantic lead in last year’s runaway hit, was open to doing the film if he could choose which one of the two roles he wanted to take, the other actor reportedly declined the film straight off the bat.

Turns out he doesn’t think he can work with the other actor again, and he didn’t want to read the script before making that clear to the filmmaker. This second actor, increasingly popular because of his sheer versatility, opened a Pandora’s box of sorts when he begged off the film. It led to a series of unpleasant discoveries about the insecure behaviour of the other actor who allegedly tried everything from stealing his lines and close-ups on set, to badgering the producer to drop him from the film’s promotions. It had got to a point where the second actor, more than once, confronted his co-star on set and requested him not to ruin the project by playing these petty games of one-upmanship.

The film’s subsequent success led to these stories being buried, but the wronged actor, whose star is on the rise, can now afford to not put himself in similar situations, and he is exercising that privilege.

Our Guess
Charming Hit: Barielly Ki Barfi
Insecure Actor: Ayushman Khurana
Versatile Actor: Rajkumar Rao

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