Stardust (English) - - COURT MARTIAL -

Mak­ing a film re­quires a lot of con­vic­tion and ded­i­ca­tion, but to make a good film, one also needs at­ten­tion to de­tail. I learnt this when I saw how par­tic­u­lar R Balki was with his an­swers, he ex­actly knew what to say and how much, and where he would phase out his point. That is a qual­ity good di­rec­tors pos­sess. With films like Cheeni Kum, Paa, Shamitabh and the lat­est Ki & Ka to his name, a thought crossed my mind, that like Karan Jo­har con­sid­ers Ka­jol his lucky mas­cot, was it the same with R Balki and Amitabh Bachchan, since we have the Bachchan pres­ence in all his movies so far? He cleared the air say­ing, “How can I call Amitabh Bachchan my lucky mas­cot? He is the lucky mas­cot for the whole film in­dus­try. With­out him, the Hindi film in­dus­try wouldn’t be this to­day. I’m very for­tu­nate that he said a yes to what­ever I asked him to do.”That’s true, R Balki is for­tu­nate. But did the mixed re­views his film Ki & Ka got, irk his bliss? Why did he choose a con­cept like this? How did he get the idea? Balki had yet an­other coun­ter­point ready, “What’s the point in labour­ing over any film, un­less you try and do some­thing dif­fer­ent, at least to the best of your abil­ity? So I al­ways try. The con­cept just came to me when I was star­ing out­side the win­dow.” How did this un­usual pair­ing come to mind? The direc­tor replied “I keep say­ing this, that the film was about two peo­ple who de­cided to play dif­fer­ent roles in their lives. In In­dian so­ci­ety, when a man does things that are nor­mally as­so­ci­ated with a woman, peo­ple al­ways say he is half a woman. And when a woman does half the things that a man does, peo­ple call her half a man. So we tend to de­crease their fem­i­nin­ity or mas­culin­ity based on what they do. If you look at Ar­jun (Kapoor), he is a mas­cu­line hunk, and Ka­reena (Kapoor Khan) is the pret­ti­est thing in the world. What­ever she does, no­body will ques­tion her fem­i­nin­ity, and what­ever Ar­jun, does no­body will ques­tion his mas­culin­ity. So peo­ple will ac­cept the role re­ver­sal very beau­ti­fully. And it hap­pened very fun­nily, I’m not on so­cial me­dia. And one day, some­body sent Gowri (Balki’s wife) a

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