Rajeev Masand has published a blind item in Open The Magazine about a film getting delayed due to the hero’s involvement in a scandal.
This is either a paid hit job or Masand’s bias against this actor coming to the fore. Masand wouldn’t dare take on the established stars in this fashion. We feel Masand, like several bollywood celebs is biased towards successful star kids. While he will readily refer to industry kids as “young superstar”, after just a few hits, he will refer to talented outsiders as actors even after several 100cr+ hits.
The actor in question recently starred in a bonafide hit. While it is true that the director & the script had a role to play, the actor too did a good job. He was very convincing in his role. The movie would have flopped had he not done his job well. Despite what his detractors say, his talent will ensure that he remains an A-lister for at least a decade more. Unless he sabotages his own career by misbehaving with women, turning into an alcoholic etc, he is here to stay.
MeToo activists who are reading this must be seething with anger. If speaking up for this actor makes them angry, we will gladly point out that 8 out of 10 leading stars are creeps. Either bash all of them including the well connected star kids or look the other way in everyone’s case. Besides the accusations against the actor are not half as despicable as the ones against bigger stars. Had he been a star kid, there would have been no mention of these scandals.
When a leading studio recently delayed the release of one of their big-ticket titles by a few months, it became clear to industry insiders that there was a problem. This is a film that the studio has produced in-house and one that has cost them a neat little packet, so it’s very unlikely that they’d postponed the release for no good reason.
The reason, as it turns out, has been staring everyone in the face. The studio has realised that the audience appears to have lost interest in their talented and promising leading man since his name became linked to a scandal. Despite efforts on the part of the studio to deny the rumours, the actor has not been able to revive interest in himself. So much so that he barely benefited from a big fat hit that he starred in recently. It also doesn’t help that the film’s director was tainted by a similar scandal, whose veracity was also questioned.
Sources say the studio has decided to move the film to next summer in the hope that public memory is short. They’re counting on the possibility that the audience will look at the film—and their leading man—with fresh eyes closer to the release and might be willing to show more enthusiasm for their film, which, by the way, the studio has faith in.
Studio: Fox Star Studios
Film: Dil Bechara
Actor: Sushant Singh Rajput
Director: Mukesh Chhabra