Her limited screen time in Bajrangi Bhaijaan and her decision to walk out of Rajkumar Gupta’s thriller Section 84 — has rocked Kareena’s fandom to such an extent that her “loyal fans” have dashed off an open letter to the star expressing their disappointment with the way Kareena is navigating her career choices.
Here are some excerpts from the emotionally laden note: “It seems that film budgets and box-office figures have greatly affected your career’s route and your choice to experiment with roles. Although your love for masala films is understandable, your well-wishers find it hard to content themselves with secondary roles and short screen times for the talented superstar that you are and that we support so vehemently.”
Even though she’s not on any social networking site, you really need to be living under a rock for Google alerts not to reach you. No surprises then that the letter must have reached Kareena and amid all the plaintive appeals of her fans, what seems to have really upset her is the way they have reacted to her decision to not be a part of Gupta’s film. In an interview to a newspaper, she reacted a bit aggressively to the Section 84 walkout story. “I don’t understand why is there such a big hue and cry about me not doing the film. I don’t know why people are going crazy if I have said no,” she said. Kareena didn’t soften any blow when she pegged her decision on the film’s script. “To be honest, I was not convinced by the script at all. I am sure that I won’t work in a film I don’t like at the script level.
Seriously, even if I don’t have a single film in hand, I won’t do a film unless its script is really good,” Kareena said.
Indeed, it’s an actor’s prerogative whether or not he/she does a film but having been a part of the industry for over 15 years, Kareena is sure to know the unwritten rule that when an actor blames the script then you are pretty much making sure that no other actor does the film. Now the onus comes right back on No One Killed Jessica’s director, Gupta, who will have to be at his resolute best to convince another actor for this role after such a vehement non-endorsement by Kareena.
Just like it is in life, it’s the same in films — saying yes is tough, while saying no is tougher. Everyone can take a few tips from our dishy export from across the border, Fawad Khan. When he was quizzed on his decision to quit Battle for Bittora with his Khoobsurat co-star Sonam Kapoor, Fawad blamed it all on date issues and insisted his equation with the Kapoors is as good as it gets. “I never rejected the film. We still enjoy a good rapport, friendship and conversation,” said Fawad.
The best reaction to the super success of Bajrangi Bhaijaan comes from a top actor who shall not be named. “I’m really happy for Salman and his success but I can’t help but think that now that even Salman’s ‘good’ films are becoming monstrous hits, the pressure is back on all of us.”