The comeback distraction - Rajeev Masand
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Technicians and unit hands on the set of this romantic film being produced by a former A-list female star have been gossiping about their male director’s incurable soft spot for the film’s leading man. The actor in question is a former model and failed actor whose make-or-break movie this could be, given that he’s finally landed a starring role—so what if it’s opposite the once incredibly popular heroine who’s producing the film herself.
The actor will reportedly be relaunched with a new name in an effort to wipe out all memories of his previous film, TV and modelling work. The actress, meanwhile, is herself hoping this film will give her a second lease of life after a string of duds and a fairly long phase of unemployment.
The director, whose last film was a colossal turkey, has worked with the actress previously on an item song she performed in his earlier film. When none of the big male stars (and her former co-actors) showed any interest in working opposite her in this ‘comeback’ vehicle, the director is believed to have fought hard to cast his actor friend opposite the significantly older actress. Now it appears even the leading lady has noticed that her director might have more than just a professional interest in the film’s hero. And from what we hear, she’s not pleased. It’s not his little crush she seems to have a problem with, but the possibility that the director might be distracted from the main purpose of their making this film—to help her regain her lost glory in Bollywood.