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Wahiyat Wednesday, reshoot a scene of Sooryavanshi on Katrina Kaif’s request.

This Wahiyat Wednesday, we’re looking at what’s actually wrong with Bollywood. Not Rohit Shetty, but the audience, and our double standards.

One doesn’t need to be too active on social media to have spotted #ShameOnYouRohitShetty trending on Twitter. Rohit has been branded ‘misogynist’ and ‘sexist’ for refusing to reshoot a scene of Sooryavanshi on Katrina Kaif’s request. “Katrina, three guys (Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh) are walking with blasts happening behind, nobody will notice you,” was Rohit’s argument when Katrina pointed out that she had blinked in the scene and a retake is advisable.

Twitter, woke and armed with an evolved vocabulary that include words like misogyny now, ripped Rohit apart. After all, how could he? Is this where A-list female actors like Katrina stand in Bollywood’s pecking order? No one is going to notice her because three macho men will lead the show, so she should zip it and be the eye candy she was cast to be?

While Twitter screamed Dracarys on Rohit Shetty, another similar macho man (Tiger Shroff) film with a no-one-will-notice-you woman (Shraddha Kapoor) – Baaghi 3 – earned Rs 76.94 crore in 5 days. Double standards?

We blinked, and just like that missed the core issue here that it is us, the audience that’s oiling the wheel of misogyny in Bollywood that’s now staring us in the face.

We like to believe that we are woke. It’s easy that way. But calling Rohit Shetty out when it didn’t bother us when Shraddha’s role in Baaghi 3 was reduced to a mere extended cameo only exposes us. Or when in Simmba no one noticed Sara Ali Khan next to Ranveer. Or Singham and Singham Returns where Kajal Aggarwal and Kareena Kapoor Khan, respectively, faded next to Ajay. Shame on us, if anyone at all, for allowing male-centrism to thrive in Bollywood to a point where women are reduced to mere eye candies, and when even that’s not enough, there’s the Nora Fatehis of the world brought in to gyrate on screen.

And when there is a brave attempt to weave a story around a female protagonists, such films get washed away at the box office trying to match numbers with the men-driven releases of that week. Case in point – Ajay Devgn’s Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior vs Deepika Padukone’s Chhapaak, both released on January 10, 2020.

The wrath of social media that fell on Rohit wasn’t entirely unfounded. But there’s really no point in stating the obvious. That Bollywood is propelled by male actors – and male-centric stories is not news. A handful of privileged female actors privileged to have a fan base, a certain market dominance by virtue of previous hits, and/or sheer talent – today have the power to choose ‘meaty’ roles. Which is why a Priyanka Chopra walks out of Bharat – no, we refuse to believe it was because of her wedding – and not The Sky Is Pink. There are still plenty left behind who aren’t that privileged.

Parineeti Chopra as trapeze artist; Suneil Shetty, Sooraj Pancholi also to star in Bosco Martis’ Circus

Choreographer Bosco Martis’ directorial debut Circus has been the talk of the town for quite some time. It has now emerged that Sooraj Pancholi and Parineeti Chopra will be playing the lead roles in the film.

Parineeti Chopra and Sooraj Pancholi.

The film will also feature Suniel Shetty playing the role of Parineeti’s father.

A source told Mumbai Mirror , “Scripting for Circus began a year ago. It portrays a strong father-daughter relationship spanning a decade and will have Suniel Shetty playing Pari’s dad. A child artiste will be cast to play the younger Pari.”

The buzz is that Shetty will be seen doing some gutsy stunts as a circus artist and Parineeti’s role is that of a trapeze artist.

Admitting that direction had been on his mind for a while Bosco said, “There is nothing to say right now. We are still in the initial stages of production and casting. I have been in talks with the actors but Parineeti is yet to sign on the dotted line.”

Suniel Shetty to join Sidharth Malhotra, Jacqueline Fernandez in Bang Bang prequel

Perhaps the last memorable role of 90s star Suniel Shetty is in Farah Khan’s Main Hoon Na where he plays the highly engaging antagonist Raghavan Datta. Since then, we’ve only seen Shetty in blink-and-you-miss roles in forgettable films.

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However, he is now ready to join Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandes in the film Reloaded, which is touted to be a prequel of Hrithik Roshan starrer Bang Bang that released in 2014.

Shetty will again be playing an ex-colonel who mentors a group of fresh recruits,

Sidharth is one such recruit. Shetty will be seen playing two ages; a middle-aged man and then seven years later, with a salt-and-pepper look as the film spans decades.

Since Shetty will be seen in many action sequences, he is reportedly working out to fit the role. The entire unit will then travel to Malaysia in October to shoot the film.

While Bang Bang was a remake of Hollywood film Knight and Day, starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, Reloaded is an original story written by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK (of Shor in the City and Go Goa Gone fame).