Ever since the dismal response to Bombay Velvet, all kinds of rumours have been surrounding Ranbir Kapoor. Some sources suggest that the young actor, once celebrated as the rising star to take on the Khan dominance of Bollywood, had gone into a shell and was reassessing his career after two consecutive flops (Besharam before Bombay Velvet). It was also being said that his maiden production, the long-time-in-the-making Anurag Basu-directed Jagga Jasoos, co-starring Katrina Kaif, has some way to go before completion. Then there were stories that Kapoor was being cast in the sequel to Hum Aapke Hain Kaun by Sooraj Barjatya and would be dislodging Salman Khan to become the new ‘Prem’—a rumour the production house quickly pooh-poohed. Around the same time, it was suggested that Kapoor’s superpower in Ayan Mukherji’s film (in which he plays a superhero) is that he can create fire from his hands. Whichever of these stories (if any) hold water, the fact is that Kapoor will next be seen in Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha, will complete Jagga Jasoos soon, is slated to begin shooting for Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, and is in training for Mukherji’s superhero film.
‘Hitch’ in the tale
This weekend, the paparazzi will be stalking venues in Gurgaon where Shahid Kapoor is said to be getting married next week. It’s a strange thing when a young actor who has allegedly had romantic interludes with several of his leading ladies—from Kareena Kapoor to Vidya Balan and Sonakshi Sinha—suddenly opts for an arranged marriage. But this is exactly what the Haider actor appears to have agreed to. After the rituals and the more intimate ceremony in and around fiancée Mira Rajput’s hometown of Delhi, a grand Bollywood scale reception is scheduled in Mumbai. It’s interesting that Shahid’s next film, Shandaar, is about a destination wedding and there had been great speculation that his own real weeding might have taken place in Greece. But it turns out that Gurgaon is the less glamorous destination for this unusual Bollywood union. Besides Shandaar, his other films include Udta Punjab and Rangoon. It remains to be seen if the teen heartthrob’s stock is affected by his wedding when Shandaar
Back on track
Writer-director Subhash Kapoor’s (Phas Gaye Re Obama, Jolly LLB) Guddu Rangeela, starring Arshad Warsi and Amit Sadh, tackles the sensitive issue of khap panchayats with humour. Guddu (Sadh) and Rangeela (Warsi) are cousins who are part of an orchestra and also act as informants for local gangs. Guddu is the womaniser and Rangeela is fighting a long court case over his wife’s murder by a local political leader (Ronit Roy). The twist in the tale comes in the form of a speech- and hearing-impaired girl, Baby, who Guddu and Rangeela are enlisted to kidnap. Aditi Rao Hydari plays Baby and, in order to get into her character, Hydari apparently adopted some method acting devices, observed deaf-and-mute students and learnt some sign language, too. This is the first in an interesting line-up of films for Hydari, whose career is still hard to define. After making a respectable mark in movies like Delhi 6, Yeh Saali Zindagi and Rockstar, she has appeared in questionable choices such as London Paris New York and Murder 3, but she seems to have got her groove back. Later this year she will be seen in Wazir with Farhan Akhtar and Amitabh Bachchan, and next year in Abhishek Kapoor’s Fitoor and Sudhir Mishra’s Aur Devdas.