Change is the only constant. Yes, that’s a cliché. My journalism professors may want to whack me on my knuckles for using one, but it is true; and I am the teller of truths. Everything changes.
Whether you like it or not, whether you accept it or not. People, places, faces (before Botox), names (extra As get added) also relationship status (off and on facebook), friendships, moods (I am guilty of this) and attitudes (of people, depending of your position). When Valerie Trierweiler was invited to India she was the First Lady of France. The day she arrives, a week later, she was the former First Lady. The suits in Paris deleted her almost overnight from their world. Not that it matters. First Ladies change with every election. Fashion changes every season. And films change every Friday. Here what you can expect in our pages this year....
There are some changes that are expected. When Aamir Khan regained the tag of being the actor of the leading man of the highest earner of Hindi cinema, I for one, wasn’t surprised. I had predicted it. Just like After Hrs was the first paper to crown Deepika Padukone as No One. Every other publication in the country did it two months later. We broke the story of Avantika-Imran Khan expecting a child. But he went to great lengths to deny it, only to confirm it only when her first trimester ended. SRK managed to keep the arrival of his baby AbRam a secret till we brought you that happy news.
The unexpected changes: The heart-breaking separation of Hrithik Roshan (I kept hoping this was untrue) even as we went to press. Bollywood will continue to surprise us and you in 2014. It began with John declaring on Twitter he was married. Gear up for three more Bollywood wedding this year. Let’s hope there are no more breakups. More weddings, babies, patch-ups (like when Salman hugged SRK) and less heartbreaks and hatred. And you can read all about it in our pages. The trend of small films will grow in B-Town. There will be at least a dozen few faces introduced this year.
Tickets prizes will continue to soar. The remake trend will die down. Films will original subjects will work big time. And the record of Hindi cinema’s biggest hit will be broken. Again by Aamir Khan and his Raju Hirani film, P.K.