What they share
Any week with a Shah Rukh Khan film releasing is a big week. It’s also unusual that his latest drama Fan is not releasing during Diwali, but today. Director Maneesh Sharma’s film is being described as a love story, but not in the conventional way. Fan is the story of Gaurav (Shah Rukh Khan) a young man from Delhi who is obsessed with movie star Aryan Khanna (Shah Rukh Khan). Gaurav journeys to Mumbai to wish his ‘God’ on his birthday. It also so happens that they have an uncanny resemblance to each other. Fan explores the frightening situations that can arise out of this kind of unhealthy love in an action thriller. So what could Fan possibly have in common with the family drama Kapoor and Sons? Well, it’s Hollywood special effects makeup artist Greg Cannom (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Mrs. Doubtfire). Cannom happened to be in India for the schedule of Fan when Karan Johar roped him in to work on Rishi Kapoor’s make up and prosthetics, which transformed him into the 90-year-old grandfather in Kapoor and Sons.
So we know it’s Shah Rukh Khan vs Shah Rukh Khan in Fan. Playing the prostethically-enhanced Gaurav might just be the edgy, dark role we have been waiting to see SRK in, after his last few mindless outings (Chennai Express, Happy New Year). What we also know about Fan is that there are at least three girls in the film: model Waluscha D’Souza, Sayani Gupta and Shriya Pilgaonkar. The last of the three is a star child making her Bollywood debut in Fan. Daughter of film and TV actors Sachin (Sholay, Geet Gaata Chal) and Supriya Pilgaonkar (Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi), Shriya made her movie debut in Marathi film Ekulti Ek with her father, then her debut in a French film (Un + Une) and now she arrives into the Hindi movie world. “I have always believed the script is the most important thing irrespective of language. I really don’t know what is going to happen with Fan and all. I just want to do work that I am proud of, and my parents are proud of,” said the 26-year-old.
No time for love
As 2016 has so far been the year of very public break ups and acrimonious splits, it’s heart-warming to see such a swell of support for the reuniting of cricketer Virat Kohli with actress Anushka Sharma. News of their recent evening out in Mumbai created quite a stir and added further fuel to the rumours of reconciliation. As good as he is with a bat, his direct support for Sharma as he lashed out at Twitter trolls earned him a bigger burst of fans. Since Kohli is busy with the IPL and Sharma is tied up with concurrent shoots of Sultan and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, a reconciliation, if there is indeed one, might have to fit in around their packed diaries.
Ranveer Singh certainly is full of surprises and not least because of his sartorial choices. From crazy floral print suits to geometric monochromes, he rocks every look almost with the same ease with which he fought, danced and ran around is voluminous anarkalis in Bajirao Mastani. But his bag of surprises does not end with fashion; it includes the leading ladies he’s being cast with. Unlike many of the top rung actors who are safely sticking to a small pool (read: Alia Bhatt, Shraddha Kapoor, Deepika Padukone), Singh seems to be following the producer/director’s lead rather than imposing his own preference. What else would explain co-starring with Vaani Kapoor in Aditya Chopra’s Befikre and Tamannaah Bhatia in Rohit Shetty’s next.