On a Wednesday morning in central Mumbai, the theatre for the Kaabil FDFS was empty, with most people at work. Shah Rukh Khan comes on the screen in his Raees avatar, to remind you to switch off your cell phones. And with that reminder to the real-world box-office battle brewing between two of Bollywood’s big releases, we’re off.
Hrithik Roshan’s considerable acting abilities deserved a better scripted movie. More’s the pity, because this is a film that starts off smartly, but stretches unnecessarily in a bid to establish Hrithik as the ultimate saviour. Everyone’s trying too hard by the end to make it Hrithik’s heroic story
But what happened at a theater in Ghatkopar was least expected. Audience who were attending the late night show of ‘Kaabil’ suddenly became patriotic after the interval, and it had nothing to do with the republic day. It was because the film was unbearable after the interval. Theater owner had to project the DVD of Tiranga instead of the second half of ‘Kaabil’ and to their surprise there was applause and happiness among the crowd.
On Sunday, Khan went to the home of Raj Thackeray, chief of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and “assured” him that the publicity campaign of his new film, Raees, would not include Mahira Khan, a Pakistani actress who stars opposite Khan.
He also said he would not act with Pakistani actors in the future. Thackeray gracefully accepted. It was one more example of cravenness that the Hindi film industry is known for, but it also shows how much Mumbai – and India – have changed
Raj Thackeray has assured the country that he will not go soft on anything related to Pakistan. He will make India totally Pakistan free, be it cricket, entertainment or even import export.
His next target is the Coke Studio program which seldom features songs sung by Pakistani artists and gives them platform to flourish in India.
Any person watching Coke Studio will have to deposit 500 Rs in the welfare fund of the MNS party or else that person will be attacked. Well, I at least have taken this threat seriously and whenever I hear a Pakistani singer singing, I either swap channels or switch off my television.