Barely a few films old, Bollywood’s young guns seem to have mastered the art of starry tantrums.They are one or two films old, but the starry tantrums of the new brigade of Bollywood stars have already sent industry insiders in a tizzy.
Ranveer Singh of Band Baaja Baaraat (2010) and Ladies Vs Vicky Bahl (2011) fame is known to be leading the list. Recently, the 27-year-old lost out on a promotional deal owing to his tantrums. “Ranveer did not want to appear clean-shaved for an event, as was the requirement of the brand and the deal fell off,” says a source. And Ranveer is not the only one losing out on work. An insider shares that Ayushmann Khurrana, 28, who rose to fame with Vicky Donor (2012) lost out on Sajid Nadiadwala’s 2 States because he quoted Rs. 3 crore as remuneration. “He was being considered for 2 States before Arjun Kapoor. But Sajid refused to sign him, he felt that Ayushmann doesn’t warrant that money,” says an insider. Arjun Kapoor, 27, on the other hand, has more mundane demands. “He told us that he will not share his car with other co-actors during the promotion of Aurangzeb,” says an insider.
However, these tantrums will only harm their careers, feel trade insiders. “They try to copy biggies like SRK, Salman and Aamir, but forget that these stars have been around for decades. They need to understand that anything negative can go against them,” says trade expert Atul Mohan. Agrees analyst Vikas Mohan, “Handling success is not easy. But for their own benefit, it is important that they remain humble else not only will their careers be adversely affected, they will also be ignored by the media.”
From the established star brigade, some of the actors who, insiders reveal, throw tantrums include Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor. “Priyanka is always like ‘I am a star ... I am not supposed to do this... I’m not supposed to do that.’ And Shahid is too moody. He often insults people on their face. And, you never know how he will react to someone on a given day,” shares an insider.
Parineeti Chopra: Just two films old, Parineeti, 24, is already in ‘industry bad books’ for turning up late for brand endorsement shoots (a campaign where she has replaced actor Juhi Chawla), and also for turning up late for media interactions.
Ayushmann Khurrana: The Vicky Donor guy seems to have taken his awards too seriously. He opted out of Kunal Kohli’s production saying he would only work with an A-list heroine. “This is a clear example of a newcomer overreaching himself. The little boy evidently thinks he is an A-lister, whatever that means,” Kohli says.
Arjun Kapoor: Insiders who remember him from his Ishaqzaade days say that this Kapoor lad, 27, has become arrogant ever since his first film’s been a hit. “During the promotion of Aurangzeb, he didn’t even agree to share the car with his co-actors, and even if he did, he would always make them wait,” shares an insider.
Ranveer Singh: This Band Baaja Baaraat hero passed a snide remark at actor Ranbir Kapoor at a promotional event when he said, “Rockstars die out!” And that’s not all, on a recent flight to Kolkata, he was rude to an air-hostess when she said she didn’t have the non-veg fare that Singh wanted. He also lost out on an endorsement because he didn’t want to go clean shaven.