- “The cycle continues,” Vidyut Jammwal tweeted.
- Vidyut Khuda Hafiz’s film will be released on Disney + Hotstar
- Kunal Kemmu’s Lootcase will also be released online
A highly advertised live social media session to announce that seven Bollywood films to be shown on Disney + Hotstar turned into an exercise in the kind of rattling that the film industry has recently been accused of. The seven films in question are the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput Dil Bechara, Akshay Kumar Laxmmi Bomb, Ajay Devgn’s Bhuj, D’Alia Bhatt Sadak 2, Abhishek Bachchan The Big Bull, Vidyut Jammwal’s Khuda Hafiz and Kunal Kemmu Lootcase. Four of the last six actors were invited to the live session, two were not – no point to guess that Vidyut and Kunal do not appear. Akshay, Ajay, Alia and Abhishek did, as did Varun Dhawan who had no film in the game but was co-opted as the session moderator.
To be clear, Vidyut Jammwal, at least, was not invited. Responding to a tweet on the seven films by business analyst Taran Adarsh, the 39-year-old actor wrote: “7 films scheduled for release but only 5 are deemed worthy of representation. 2 films receive no invitation or intimation. It’s a long way to go. The cycle continues. “
A BIG announcement for sure !!
7 films scheduled for release but only 5 are considered worthy of representation. 2 films, receive neither invitation nor intimation. It’s a long way to go. THE CONTINUOUS CYCLE https://t.co/rWfHBy2d77
– Vidyut Jammwal (@VidyutJammwal) June 29, 2020
Kunal Kemmu’s response was much more oblique. He tweeted: “Izzat aur pyaar maanga nahi kamaya jaata hai. Koi na de toh usse hum chhote nahi hote. Bas maidaan khelne ke liye barabar de do chhalaang hum bhi oonchi laga sakte hai (Respect and love are not demanded, they are earned. If someone does not give it to us, it does not make us smaller. Just give us a playing field and we too can make a big jump). “
Izzat aur pyaar maanga nahi kamaya jaata hai. Koi na de toh usse hum chhote nahi hote. Bas maidaan khelne ke liye barabar de do chhalaang hum bhi oonchi laga sakte hai
– kunal kemmu (@kunalkemmu) June 29, 2020
The seven streaming movies will start with Dil Bechara, the latest project from actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Sushant was found dead in his Mumbai home a few weeks ago, causing a massive rage against the Bollywood power play. Some voices from the film fraternity also spoke – Raveena Tandon Tweeted About “Bad Girls” Behavior and director Anubhav Sinha spoke of what he called “the Bollywood Privilege Club”. The omission of Vidyut Jammwal and Kunal Kemmu from the Disney + Hotstar session seems to prove their arguments.