An Open Letter To Uday Chopra

Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
1/8/2014 11:08:25 AM

Dear Uday

I have been meaning to write to you from the day DHOOM 3 released in the last week of the last year. I was actually wondering how to pen it. There were so many thoughts running through my mind that I wondered which ones might be the right one to express. So after almost two weeks of pondering [and lauding your temerity] I have decided to address this week's letter to you.

I have been zapped by your performance depicting a Mumbai cop in YRF's latest big budget film. Don't get me wrong; I have nothing against you wanting to act on screen. But let me ask you an honest question. Do you really think you are good in acting and justify your presence in DHOOM 3?

For 25 minutes, Aamir Khan entertained us, and then you 'decided' you had to come on screen in the tackiest of Bollywood entries ever seen of late.
I say you 'decided' because yours is the production house and the director (poor guy) would hardly have a say on what he wants to do if you want to come in.

Up until then the feel of the film was world class. Then everything just nose-dived!

I know you will justify the movie by saying the movie grossed a lot of crores. But how do you justify your presence?

There are so many good actors who are looking for a break. Just look around and cast them. The movie would have raked in some extra crores with a tighter cast and less tackier portion which was attributed to you and your silly dream sequences. And even if you wanted to be there because you were there in the earlier DHOOM movies, why not relegate your role to something more palatable?

I am sure you are talented in other fields. Maybe you could be good in marketing or writing or casting or whatever. But acting?

I don't know how our policemen reacted to your tapori depiction of them. I am sure, if you had given one real cop a chance to act, he would have done a much better job.

Take care buddy; no hard feelings.

Happy New Year.

God Bless You
Martin D'Souza
(This weekly column tries to be as honest as honest can be...)