What a great day it has been!
Thanks to Dicky Fox (he’s Jerry Maguire’s idol, remember) who said:
I just couldn’t sleep on returning home this morning after the night shift. And so, in loving memory of Spiderman 2 which I missed, I dug out the first part from the DVD rack. Now, the more I see it, the more I love it.
Spiderman would definitely be a part of my all time Top 10 favourites. Never has any comic book movie been more ‘real’. When I say real, I mean the characters – they are so human. The scene when Pete has that last conversation with his uncle … Man, that is the kind of stuff which makes the movie what it is!
Pete is so real when he snubs his uncle after he’s given him the line of the movie, the line which soon found its way into Main Hoon Na posters: With great power comes great responsibility.
Oh, before I forget, that was one hell of a kiss. As MJ, dripping wet in rain to the delight of the boys in the audience, removes a part of Spiderman’s mask and goes on to deliver the kiss of the year! *Suderman makes a mental note: Must start practicing hanging upside down*
Yes, I slept like a baby after watching the movie.
Got up to hear from Abbas and rushed to his place for a script meeting and who do I find there?
Jerry Maguire. My man!
I don’t like remakes that much but I’m more than convinced that this is one movie which needs one or maybe two. I want to make both of them — Tamil and Hindi. I would probably shoot it with Abbas for the Tamil version. Only that, my Jerry won’t be a sports agent. My Jerry will be a PRO… a public relations officer, that is … in the film industry. He should be tired and pissed off with industry conventions, ageing superstars with readymade star heirs to be launched as heroes, the image trap and formula films, casting couches and indecent proposals made by horny producers and desperate starlets.
Like in the original, my Jerry too will be a popular PRO until his birthday when he sees his drunk starlet girlfriend flirting with every possible guy at the party who could give her a role. Jerry is drunk, he’s 33, he gets this headache, heartache rather and goes into his room, his shell and as he sees through the half open door of his room, he can see it all — as it is. The dirt in the business… where the bold and the beautiful flirt with the ugly, rich and the horny.
Just a few moments before that, an aspiring actor who had gatecrashed the party to meet Jerry, was ridiculed, made fun of and thrown out by his ilk. He remembers the other small things that had probably led him to where he was. Angry with himself, he walks out of his own party. Outside he finds the aspiring actor entertain urchins on the road with music from his car stereo.
He goes back to his room, inspired. He’s all sober and he’s realised what is missing in the business. Soul. Honesty. Integrity. Reward for talent. Creativity. He pulls out his handycam and makes his birthday speech — the equivalent of the Mission Statement Jerry came up with. And he shoots clips from the party to illustrate his point and sends it to the press… He makes sure that every newspaper, every TV channel, every website gets a copy.
Our Jerry is now an outcaste. Nobody in the industry wants to touch him after the incident. And that day, Jerry has a visitor… the same aspiring actor he had thrown out during the party. The eccentric goofball entertainer. How Jerry takes this one guy and puts together a team of talented, committed and sincere technicians and makes a movie with all he has believed in is the rest of the film.
I’m calling the film ‘No Problem’… Abbas will play Jerry, Kulashekar… who, for industry requirements, had changed his name to Cool Shaker! How Cool Shaker becomes Kulashekar once again is what this movie will be about. No Problem because that’s what Cool Shaker says all the time before he gets the most unethical things done in the name of showbiz.
This will probably also be the only Hindi film I would make and only, I repeat, only if I get Shah Rukh Khan to play Tom and Saif to play the actor. A friend suggested this combo to me. And yes, Juhi to play Renee… Hmmm… now, all I need is someone to SHOW-ME-THE-MONEY!!
As I type this, I’m also watching The Hero… the most expensive comedy ever made in Bollywood. If you guys haven’t seen it, do that… like, now! I can guarantee you at least 50 laughs in the 150 minutes of the movie!