Yaaay! First look and a release date! But no title. And, more interesting (to me), Salman tweeted the first look, not Shahrukh. They did something similar with the Dangal first look, and I think also Sultan?
Taking this back to Koffee With Karan for a moment, in both the episode with Varun-Arjun and the episode with Ranbir-Ranveer (don’t worry, post about that going up later today), Karan tried to get a little bad blood going between the guys, and they just weren’t having it. there was a strong “we’re only competing with ourselves, not each other” kind of attitude. I don’t know if I 100% believe that, especially considering how incredibly competitive they all got once the quizzes started.
But I do believe that the film industry knows they have to hang together or they will all hang separately, as it were. In a bigger sense, that means censorship battles and entertainment taxes and so on, everyone joins hands to fight on the same side. But on the smaller level, it means that each batch of stars knows they can more easily rise up if they make a mutual support pact instead of a mutual destruction pact. Actors tend to be associated with each other, if Ranbir does well, Ranveer is going to be in the news. In a bigger sense, when Ranbir does well (or Ranveer), the news is going to be “this young generation has arrived! No need for filmmakers to try to sign those old guys any more, a young actor can do just as well!”
And if Shahrukh (or Salman or Aamir) does spectacularly well, the news is going to be “Watch out, the old guys are still the best of the best and you can’t touch them.” The Khan’s have been fighting off accusations of being past their peak for the last 15 years, they have to stand together if they don’t want to be all brought down. Plus, you know, there is that sense that they are the only 3 people in the world who can understand what they are going through, there is an inevitable bond.
Which is why Salman tweeted this:
Oh, and in terms of the imagery, it feels kind of like Dear Zindagi, right? Anushka is running ahead, and Shahrukh and following after her, makes me wonder if it is really more Anushka’s movie than his. Also makes me wonder COULD HE BE ANY HOTTER????? OMG, the SHIRT!!!!!!