Yay, the Raees love song! I could do with a little more guyliner, but otherwise it’s pretty great! There’s even a wet white shirt scene, which adds a touch of class to any pictuarization.
Remember how back when the whole ADHM and Fawad thing came up, there were all these rumors about Mahira in this movie? How they were going to replace her and stuff? And then it ended up being that she wasn’t going to be replaced but they were moving the whole production to Dubai to film the second half because she couldn’t come to India?
I never really bought the Dubai story, at least not the way they were selling it. Mostly because of the release date mambo that had already been happening. If they film was going to be released on Eid until it was re-scheduled at the last minute, and this controversy came up in like October, than how much could really have been left to film?
The production did actually go to Dubai for a few weeks, but I strongly suspect it was just to film this song. Which might have been planned for Dubai anyway, or some exotic location, it’s clearly a romantic fantasy type song, they wouldn’t have wanted to film it on the docks of Gujurat or something.
Which brings up a bigger question: why is there a romantic fantasy song in this movie at all?
I’m not complaining, you understand, I like Shahrukh making eyes and bumping noses with an interesting woman. And I like him relaxing in a hot pool in his white shirt (although it is an odd thing to do, why not take of the shirt? You are just ruining your clothes!). But considering this is from the director of Parzania, and the original teaser focused so much on realism and gangster life, and that it is co-produced by Excel Entertainment, a swoony romantic fantasy song is an odd fit.
I wonder if it is like Dabangg? One of the commentators (moimeme I think?) mentioned that Salman had re-written the script, and then it came up again in the recent Koffee episode, it was his idea that they add songs, that they lighten the mood, that they put in certain lines of dialogue. Basically everything that made Dabangg Dabangg-y is because Salman had them put it in. And those were also the things that made Dabangg Salman-y.
Wouldn’t be surprised to learn that they shot the regular parts of Raees and then Shahrukh gave it an overhaul and said “Okay, we’re increasing the romantic part slightly, putting in an item number, and a love song, and a big dance number for me. I know it’s not what the director is comfortable with, or what Excel likes to do in their dramas, but it’s what will work best for a movie with me.” Which is completely fine! If you have a resource like Shahrukh, with more industry experience than everyone else on set put together and more talent in certain areas in his little finger than any other man alive has in his entire body, than use him! Let him gently guide your film into becoming a real “Shahrukh Khan Hit” instead of a “semi-okay sort of interesting movie that didn’t make much money and no one really liked.”