I think everyone is in agreement that Humshakals was a bad film. Before the film’s release, Bipasha Basu wrote an open letter explaining why she was missing from the promotions. We told you how Sajid Khan was taking that. Unfortunately, the film was unleashed on the world and coping mechanisms needed to be developed. According to Mumbai Mirror today, Esha Gupta did not allow her father to watch Humshakals because he wouldn’t be able to take it. She was quoted as saying, “Sajid told me upfront that I was an eye-candy and would have to ham my way through the film.” And “In retrospect I feel we could have done a better job with Humshakals.” I’d really like to know if Sajid Khan indeed thought he made a good film or he’s just so confident that the audience will buy anything. What ever the case, I’m sincerely requesting the audience to stand up against bad films, so our filmmakers know that we’re better than some guinea pigs they can chuck fodder at. Let’s support good cinema!
Speaking of filmmakers, Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd, that brought us Jab We Met and other films might have to shut shop. A letter stating, “Ashtavinayak has been suspended from trading with effect from June 20, 2014” was released to members of the National Stock Exchange. Even the Bombay High Court has appointed a liquidator after hearing four petitions filed by IDBI, Eros International, Apna Ghar Housing & Finance and Sprite Investment against the company.
In other bad news, a fire broke out at the Bombay Talkies Limited office in Borivali. And master prints of around 60 films were burned down. Bombay Talkies is the country’s first public limited film company, and studio that has produced 102 feature films. In fact, Salman Khan had even suggested renaming Bollywood to Bombay Talkies once. It’s definitely a loss and sad occurring for our cinema.
But it’s not all bad as we can continue the day looking at this picture of Arjun Kapoor from Finding Fanny, right?
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