Rajeev Masand: The Ghost Director

Rajeev Masand: The Ghost Director 0
Rajeev Masand: The Ghost Director 0

Per Rajeev Masand at Open Magazine:

The Ghost Director

This popular filmmaker—who was once hailed as a genius, but now prolifically churns out lazy, mindless films— has been openly taking potshots at an actor who starred in his recent dud, blaming the star and his oily manager for making casting decisions, and pressuring him to alter the script midway through the shoot. As it turns out, the filmmaker was well aware that he’d made a turkey, and even sent another senior star (who also acted in the film) an SMS apologising in advance for the dud.

What’s more, one has learnt that the filmmaker had given up on the film roughly halfway into production, declaring that he couldn’t continue shooting as the film wasn’t shaping up the way he’d wanted. Surprisingly, he allowed the studio head, who’d acquired the film for distribution, to step in and shoot the final 30 days of the film.

Cocktails with Karan

Much has been written and said already about Karan Johar’s big 40th birthday bash last Friday. So you know Priyanka Chopra showed up at the party after all, amidst all that will-she-won’t-she speculation following her very public fallout with the filmmaker recently. What you probably haven’t heard is that the actress was literally the toast of the party that evening, getting much attention from some of the very stars (and their wives) who’d reportedly snubbed her not so long ago. You wouldn’t have guessed if you saw them together that evening that these ladies had been fighting a cold war recently. This has only prompted industrywalas to speculate that perhaps the diktat to extend an olive branch to PC was issued to the star wives and the birthday boy from an influential star that the actress might have gone crying to.

In the fashion department, Rani Mukherjee sadly stuck out like a sore thumb in her baggy silver gown that some have described as a maternity dress, and others as a sack. The ‘black-tie only’ invitation clearly reached Aftab Shivdasani too late, and he showed up among a roomful of penguin suits wearing a purple jersey and jeans. Perhaps he should have taken a page out of Sohail Khan’s book, who decided not to show up at all after birthday boy Karan Johar reportedly called him the day before and begged him to wear a suit and not show up in bathroom slippers like he normally does.

A mini Shahid Kapoor hate club was seen gathering around the bar, where at least three filmmakers who’d been irked by the Jab We Met star were exchanging notes about the actor’s high-handed ways. One writer-director revealed that Shahid had stopped him midway during a narration, and condescendingly asked him not to ‘emote’ while describing scenes. Another said the actor had only one caveat when he approached him with a film: “Buddy, I’ll do this film if you can guarantee me it’ll make a hundred crore rupees.” The same filmmakers mustered up a reluctant smile when the actor showed up at the party well past midnight.

The bash finally wound up at roughly 6.30 am, with Priyanka Chopra one of the last ones to leave. Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao, and Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri made an exit at roughly 5.30 am. Separately, of course.


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Anonymous's picture

STILL LOVING THE SOBTI!!!!

Anonymous's picture

karan johar had a public fallout wth pc. she however didn't say anything at all.

Anonymous's picture

i agree that masand has been paid to write that crap about chopra being the so called toast of the party. the way he bigs her up trying to make out everyone was sucking up to her (as if!) just proves what an as*kisser HE is...an as*kisser extraordinaire.

Anonymous's picture

these stupid barun sobti posts are published by pinkvilla, but sensible and relevant comments are ignored and unpublished!! what kind of justice is this, PV?? have you no sense of what should and should be published or are you just as dumb as these barun fans????

Anonymous's picture

The influential star that is trying to make PC friends with everyone again is Farhan Akhtar.... he patched up KJO and PC at his house warming party remember?

Anonymous's picture

Rajeeve Masand is a complete PC's tattu. This story about PC being the toast and Gauri SRK going separately has been planted by PC. What a shallow woman PC. And what a paid idiot Rajeev!

Anonymous's picture

How can Priyanka be the last to leave when SRK was supposed to have left Gauri inside and walked Priyanka to her car to see her off, as reported?

Anonymous's picture

PS. lol also at sohail khan deciding not to turn up just cause he couldn't be bothered to wear a suit! Haha

Anonymous's picture

First one is obviously RGV-Sanjay Dutt. Dunno why he's doing a blind item on it though, as if it's some secret! It's already been made public by Ramu and Sanju themselves. Rajeev joined the party a bit late with this one it seems, lol. Rest was quite interesting though... lots of tidbits from the KJo bday bash...liked the mini Shahid club stuff lol. Wonder who the 'emote'-ive director is?? So PC has gone crying to bf SRK....figures! And what's up with Rani these days?? Not doing any significant films, not getting married, just turning up to parties in sack-like gowns....sad. So did Masand gatecrash or did he have a VIP pass to this party?? LOL

Pinkvilla_boy's picture

RAMU :P

Anonymous's picture

RGV! No one else!

Anonymous's picture

I ALREADY KNEW THERE IS NOTHING BETWEEN PC AND SRK, THAT'S WHY THEY ALWAYS SO OPEN ABOUT EACH OTHER. THIS GREENATION IS 1 EXAMPLE. SHE JUST ADORE SRK TO THE EXTEND THAT SHE CAN'T HIDE IT. BUT NOT LOVE.

Simarzz's picture

lol....RGV was not at all invited...!!!
hmm its difficult might be Sanjay leela Bansali...

Anonymous's picture

Sun, 2012-06-03 21:36 — baazigar1 who cares. i love Barun Sobti.

Are you this Barun Sobti or his PR that you keep posting his name in different articles!?

Anonymous's picture

This was easiest RGV sanju nd Big B.

Anonymous's picture

Ram Gopal Verma badmouthing Sanjay Dutt & his manager , the senior star being Amitabh Bachchan .
The influential star who came to Priyanka's rescue may be Hrithik or SRK himself who has influence with the wives & Karan Kohar. Or they realised that one can smile & smile & yet be a villain ,but that's better than providing fodder for all the gossip!

lovePConly's picture

Its definitely RGV.

Anonymous's picture

Finally some news about what happened at the party! I am really mad at everyone for giving Priyanka a hard time. But she is a very strong girl and cannot be shaken that easily, so beware those who are trying to sabotage. She only gets stronger.

So finally someone mentioned Sohail and his bathroom slippers lol. I always wondered how some men can find those chappals good enough to wear to events. It's not just the film stars. It's a male thing.

The first one is RGV. What I don't understand is how could Amitabh star in such a movie? One would think after so many decades of acting, he'd pick a better film? I had a wrong vibe about this film right from the beginning, and I am a layperson millions of miles away. I would like RGV to pick a different theme. He needs to take a long holiday and make something fresh (not political and not with weapons) and also get away from sleazy item numbers for once. One of my friends sad he could not even watch that song because he was so embarrassed.

Anonymous's picture

@Sun, 2012-06-03 21:36 — baazigar1
last few days u r promoting ur barun. R u baroon ? if u don't care anyone else then why came here ?

Anonymous's picture

1. Ghost Director is Ram Gopal Varma.
2. Salman Khan .... You can see that Priyanka Chopra is sucking up to Sallu and his family these days. She has become buddies with Arpita Khan all of a sudden. Poor Karan and Star wives have no go but to love PC. Should say, PC is one hell of a smart and mean lady. And what does Salman think of himself ? He is a messiah involving in everyones issues ? When he can't handle and sort out his own problems.
3. Rani's horrible dress and Sohail Khan's slippers.... true and funny ... ha ha
4. Shahid... looks like he is kicking his fortune out of the door with his own legs.

Anonymous's picture

all is well with pc and star wives...hhhmmmm wonder who paid rajeev for this post ..birthday boy i guess

baazigar1's picture

who cares. i love Barun Sobti.

Anonymous's picture

Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Morisim's picture

RGV for the first one and a big HA to all the affair creaters and haters. This goes to show that nothing happened with her and SRK, realized they hurt her feelings, and they made a fool out of themselves. So now theyre kissing her ass. HA!

Anonymous's picture

did PC go to SRK? he's the only so called "influential" star i can think of other than Aamir.

Anonymous's picture

LOL....sohail khan and his flip flops

Sai007's picture

Definitly RGV.. for Department.

Anonymous's picture

Ram Gobal Verma

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