So, by now, everyone has seen the theatrical trailer of Heroine, Madhur Bhandarkar‘s latest release starring Kareena Kapoor (if you haven’t, it’s above). But wait, before we admire Kareena’s dance moves (yes, I am finally becoming a fan of them) and the trailer (which is completely void of a storyline)…we must look at the history of Heroine. It’s short, but it’s so full of drama. It’s Bollywood – why would real life be any less dramatic than reel life, right?
For those not aware of Heroine‘s brief dramatic history, the film, directed by Bhandarkar, was to originally star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. It was much talked about then and seeing that Aishwarya was not acting much at the time, fans and the industry were looking forward to it. After a few pre-promotional photo and location shoots were wrapped up, a few pictures of Aishwarya’s look for the film were revealed to the public, including a first look poster.
Then, moviegoers received good and bad news.
Good news. Aishwarya was pregnant, expecting her first child with superstar husband Abhishek Bachchan.
Bad news. Aishwarya had to back out of Heroine leaving Bhandarkar hanging. Oh and pissed!
But hold your horses; the plot thickens. After hearing news of Aishwarya’s pregnancy, the film’s future was being gossiped about left, right and centre at which point Bhandarkar took to social media and blogged about what he believes was the truth behind the films sudden halt in shooting and production. The exact post can be read here, but to keep it short, Bhandarkar accused Aishwarya of having kept her “health” (ie: pregnancy) a secret, hidden from the director and the films crew.
“The entire event would not have taken place if on the onset the actress would have informed the state of her health an impending maternity…. The truth was hidden from us. We learnt about the entire thing from news channels like the rest of the world that the said actress was 4 months pregnant and she was due on November… Film making in Mumbai film industry is not a mere business but one big fraternity who functions on total faith and trust. The film was announced in Cannes on 13th May while we commenced shooting on 7th June…. There was a gap of 24 days even if we had known the truth behind the maternal state of the actress… things could have been reworked keeping the state of matters in mind accordingly and this crisis could have been averted.
Of course, Aishwarya was not a fan of this accusation, and her “people” denied it, but the drama went on.
Enter Kareena Kapoor. Just like a true Bollywood heroine, she swooped in for what looks to be the role of a lifetime. A role that any Bollywood actress would have loved to portray.
Despite all this hoopla, Heroine still looks pretty decent – if its trailer is anything to go by. From what it looks like, Kareena digs her teeth into yet another role – can’t say I expected anything less. We have the laughter, the drama and the tears…and oh, this really, really, over the top press conference scene where she lashes out at the media. FINALLY. I just wish it actually happened in real life more often.
Let’s not forget that really hot and sizzling item song “Halkat Jawani”, which sounds AMAZING. Kareena shows some serious moves (I just hope there is more and not just what we’ve seen so far). Looks like the film has the typical Bollywood elements in place. Box office moola? Still unknown, until it’s release.
However, my one teeny issue with the trailer, actually not teeny – but BIG issue is that its void of a storyline. After all, the whole point of filmmaking is to tell stories, right? Anyway, I shouldn’t be so harsh, many trailers in Bollywood these days function as “extended first looks” instead of portraying what they should in the traditional sense. I am sure as a button that Bhandarkar has a story to tell – as he always does. I hope this film isn’t just about the typical “rise and fall” of a superstar. He’s already done it in 2008′s Fashion starring Priyanka Chopra, and the trailer already looks like a mix of both Fashion and 2011′s big hit The Dirty Picture.
Let’s be honest, the drama in the world of glitz and glamour is far more interesting in “real” life than it is in the “reel” one. Just saying!