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Is Bollywood getting too sensitive?


Big B quits Ram Gopal Varma's 'Department', hurt by Ramu's SMS about his son's latest release. Is Bollywood getting too sensitive?

It's not business, it's personal, particularly for our beloved B'wood biggies. Muck squirted on beta Ranbir on 'Koffee with Karan' and daddy refuses to act in Karan's next. Then, one is familiar with this unsaid (and obvious) pattern in failed Bollywood relationships: the two can't be co-stars in the future, won't be seen at social or promotional events together and would be glad to skip even attending the premiere of each other's movies. So, the break-up is more like a social media exercise. And did you wonder why Shahid and Kareena weren't cast as a pair again despite being a superhit onscreen jodi? Well, it could have something to do with them parting ways off-screen just before the release of Jab We Met and also that's when Kareena met Saif. Or are we over-editorialising this?

Another classic case-study is Bollywood's own bad boy, Salman Khan. You could say, it's just mere co-incidence that after breaking up with Aishwarya, Sallu agreed to do a film with Sneha Ullal and after his public separation with Katrina Kaif, he gets jiggy with Zarine Khan in his forthcoming 'Ready'. The striking resemblance between his ex-girlfriends and former co-stars is, well, fate? Or a quirky fetish? We're not quoting.

But the latest from Bollywood's melodrama is hilarious, especially since the media cover-up is beyond obnoxious. Big Bachchan recently announced his exit from Ram Gopal Varma's 'Department' citing the derogatory messages RGV sent out about Abhishek's performance in 'Dum Maaro Dum'. And this has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that the talented Abhishek had been recently replaced by RGV himself, who decided to cast Rana Daggubati instead. The moral of the story: if you want to cast either of the Bachchans, remember they're like a combo meal, if you return the fries, you still have to pay full price.

So no matter what they tell you, our Hindi film industry is driven by personal rapport and you are only as good as the number of Diwali gifts you send out to certain eminent people who call the shots. And if you dare to cross either of them, you have to do what the infamous panipuri vendor from Thane did after he got caught peeing his puris: look for a new profession.