What is with Dharma releasing trailers at midnight my time? I just went through this with ADHM! If it was 3am, I wouldn’t bother. But 11:30 is just on the farthest edge of when I would be awake anyway, so I figure I might as well stay up. Oh well, I’ll have coffee tomorrow! (if you are curious, my review of the original OK Kanmani movie with SPOILERS is here)
First, and most importantly, I do NOT like the Hindi remix of “Mental Menadhil”! “Jaanu” is not the same as “Laila” at all and it does NOT work!
But the rest of the remixing is kind of okay! So far, in the little glimpses in the trailer, it looks almost shot for shot. Like, down to their positions with her hanging off the side of the bed and him sitting on the floor when they have their conversation about “sin”.
But I have hope, because the couple of tiny things that were new, were really clever. For one thing, I like the quick sequence of them lying in bed together in a variety of positions and clothes. It wasn’t sexy, it was just showing how you can get used to sharing a bed with someone as time goes on.
And the quick cut with the slightly wide angle lens to make it a bit surreal looking between Naaseerji and the two of them during that conversation, that was clever. It’s the kind of stylistic gloss that Hindi film is all about now, and Ratnam never does. So that’s different, and not necessarily bad.
Also, Aditya and Shraddha have an okay kind of natural chemistry, I can live with it. Aditya isn’t all suave and cool and film hero like. And Shraddha isn’t glamorous and sophisticated looking.
That’s important because one of the main points of the original film, I think, is that living together lets you see each other and love each other past those superficial things. I really liked the image Karan tweeted earlier today, when they are leaning against each other in front of the window, wearing around-the-house clothes, not sexy but not for outside, and they are just laughing together.