Okay so you’ve all seen the above picture (a still from the upcoming film ‘Heroine’) right? It was released earlier in the week by UTV pictures in promotion of the film and when I saw the still I immediately thought of the late great Gloria Swanson in the epic Hollywood film ‘Sunset Boulevard’ in which she plays the character of a “film heroine” who has fallen from the grace of her prime and dreams of making a triumphant comeback.
I did not mention that there were any similarities nor did I insinuate that anyone was inspired by anyone else but lo! behold! I logged on to social media today only to find hate messages awaiting and impending fan wars between the Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor fan camps because of my comments regarding a picture? I mean, for shame are people being really serious about this? Or was it because I posted this GIF in retrospect?
As an after thought, it (the GIF) was the second thing to come to mind upon viewing the newly released still from ‘HEROINE’ but I didn’t even mention her name, the die-hard fans did. Crimony! Notice how the fact that I said the first thing I thought of when I saw the still was perhaps the most famous line ever to be uttered on celluloid in the history of film “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up” from Sunset Blvd was completely eclipsed by the GIF of someone else? Wouldn’t you be flattered if you were a Kareena Kapoor fan upon hearing the Gloria Swanson compliment?
It should be noted that Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan had been slated to play the role later filled by Kareena Kapoor when the former had to drop out of the film in 2011 due to her pregnancy.