Tubby Trouble - Rajeev Masand
This week's blind item by Rajeev Masand
A prominent director who has close relations with a top acting family in Bollywood is said to be ‘concerned’ and ‘worried’ about his next film. The movie is a sequel to a successful film the director made some years ago. In that film, the director killed off the character played by a well-known star son. But for the sequel, he intends to bring the actor back into the story as the son of another important character in the film.
The problem, however, is that the actor in question—who is expected to look much younger and more fit than he did in the last film, since he is playing a much younger character now—has reportedly gotten chubbier around the waist in the years since that film. Despite repeated requests made by the filmmaker to get into shape for the film, the actor is said to be looking ‘rounder’, thus creating a solid problem for the desperate director who has had to postpone the commencement of his film at least twice on this account.
The prolific filmmaker has twice busied himself with other quick projects, but he is keen to start the sequel soon. Assistant directors working on the film have revealed that the director is rethinking the script now, and might well write that actor’s role out of the story, replacing him with another character for which he could cast an actor who does not bring such baggage.