We are nearly five months into the 2010 and while we have yet to see a film do exceptionally well at the box office, we have also yet to see our reigning queens take top slot on the charts. 2009 belonged to the likes of Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and so on. However, none of the above mentions and otherwise, have opened their accounts in 2010.
According to film critic Tarun Adarsh, this should be considered “the lull before the storm.”
The “reigning” queens have much to offer in 2010 and additionally are at equal “par” with one another, “All of them have the same advantages and disadvantages,” he claimed.
The ladies themselves are pretty secure and unfeathered by the competition. Katrina Kaif explained, “We actresses are all grown-ups. We don’t make our career decisions based on idle gossip.” And yet, Kaif decided that she could not be in the same film that co-starred Priyanka Chopra and walked out. Of course as a rebuttal, Chopra has claimed nonstop that it was she who was the first choice for Tees Maar Khan and not Kaif. Besides Tees Maar Khan, Kaif will play a politician in Rajneeti which is set to release in June.
Chopra went on to claim that she is so “consumed” by work and does not care about any other actress’ career besides her own. “I have four films to complete by February 2011. And also one season of Khatron Ke Khiladi. So I have no time to pay attention to anyone’s career. I have so much on my own plate and gratefully so,” she clarified. You will get to see P.C. in Anjaana Anjaani, Saat Khoon Maaf and as the host of this seasons Khatron Ke Khiladi.
Kareena Kapoor is another actress who has is not bothered by what the trade pundits claim. “People can keep assuming that I’m a girl in love and so I’m less inclined towards work. But that is far from true. I hold a position of power in the industry and I’m not giving it up for anyone or anything,” she explained. Kapoor is currently working on Golmaal-3, RA-1 and Siddharth Malhotra’s StepMom remake all coming up in the coming year.
These very film gurus claim that 2010 belongs to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with over 300 crores being invested in her. Lots of Ash in 2010; she will be seen in Raavan, Action Replay and Guzaarish.
The so-called number game is one that should not be taken seriously. “I’m sometimes No 1, sometimes No 7 or sometimes No 10. The number game is just up to your last film. One film does well they prop you up there, one flops and they push you down. But for me it is about being consistent in my performance,” explained Priyanka Chopra.
With all the ladies being outwardly politically correct and all of them claiming to be unmoved by the competition, the fact remains the same: they all want to be numero uno.