By Martin D’Souza | Opening Doorz Editorial | July 25, 2019


I’m not being Judgemental…
I don’t want to be judgemental: I can understand when the makers of a film want to do a movie in a manner they deem fit or have a poster the way they think is right. However, I think the artiste too has a right to air his or her views if a scene does not appeal to them or if, in this case, the poster might send a wrong signal to children (besotted by Bollywood and its stars) that they begin imitating it.

Case in point is this poster where a blade is placed on the tongues of Rajkumar Rao and Kangana Ranaut, both intense and immensely talented actors. I’m wondering how they allowed a poster like this to be passed which is in very poor taste (no pun intended).

A kid might not know that this image has been photo-shopped!

Dear director Prakash Kovelamudi and producers Balaji Motion Pictures and Balaji Telefilms: if you are reading this, please do something about it. Your movie releases tomorrow.

Super 30, Mrunal Thakur and #MeToo
Super 30 did substantial business but as far as the plot and characters went, Mrunal Thakur’s inclusion was a blunder. Ditto the song, “Basanti don’t dance in front of these dogs.” Clearly, dogged by #MeToo Vikas Bahl appeared disoriented and went through the processes of completing the film. Moreover, the film also had another #MeToo accused, Mukesh Chhabra, as its casting director. Too much of bad baggage for a film! To top it all, Phantom Films have disbanded and the message was on the screen stating that this was their last association.

Queen was in a league of its own, Bahl appeared to be a Phantom (again, no pun intended) of his past!

Was Hrithik Roshan passing a chit to Mrunal Thakur telling her not to do Super 30? Right: Raima Sen with her Best Actor (female) Award for Tarikh

Raima, the powerhouse performer!
Raima Sen is on cloud 9. A few days ago, the talented actress bagged the Best Actress Award at 6th Hyderabad Bengali Film Festival for her performance in Churni Ganguly’s critically acclaimed Tarikh. Incidentally, the film is about Social media and Raima, of late, has taken the Social Media by storm with her Sizzling Weekly Shoots. A few months ago, director Churni Ganguly had stated that she had chosen Raima for the role because the character had to be a certain age and convey an element of vulnerability. Raima’s character ‘Ira’ goes through ups and downs after a personal tragedy but with her resilience she rediscovers her life.

In real life too, Raima has discovered that she is immensely talented and besides performing has to have her ‘Image’ managed professionally. “In Bollywood there are camps, one has to do robust PR and also have the patience… everything counts. I never had to struggle, maybe that was one of the reason I never tried hard enough,” she had once told me.

Today, Raima is leaving no stone unturned. Talent, has to find its way!

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