Final trailer! And it is a mystifying one. I just cannot figure out how it fits in with the other bits of the movie that we have seen so far. Thank goodness I only have 7 more days until I can see the whole thing!
Remember how the real full length trailer was mostly light-hearted and straightforward? Clearly Varun was kind of a tough guy who gets a crush on Alia and goes about it in the bluntest way possible. And Alia is a smart girl who enjoys teasing him. And then there is a trip where they become closer, and then a wedding, and so on and so on.
But there was one moment that seemed really odd, when Alia talked about how there cannot be love without respect, and she doesn’t respect him and he doesn’t respect her right now. How does that kind of dark and sad bit fit in with our happy happy love love kind of film?
And now we have a whole song that is kind of stuck at that point! It’s in Singapore? I think? And it opens with Varun apparently furious and disgusted with Alia for some unknown reason. And then we have a song where he follows her around but doesn’t talk to her, and it’s all dark and almost like crime movie feeling? I am SO CONFUSED!!!
I am remembering “Samjhawan” from the original though, which was similarly confusing out of context. And then in context, it turned out to be just a tiny moment in a larger story, not a turning point or anything like that. And it was only confusing because it was flashbacks mixed with present day. I suppose it could be the same thing here. In the actual film it is just 5 minutes of fight-song-make-up, and then it is all forgotten.
But I’m still confused with this whole new song right now, seeing it on its own! Especially the opening dialogue. She says if she goes back to Jhansi they will kill her, and asks why he doesn’t go there. And he says he should, but his love for her weakens him. I am at a loss!
I see two possible interpretations. The obvious one, based on how upset he seems and grabbing her throat and all, is that he is furious and wants her to die for the same reason that her relatives (?) back in Jhansi want her to die. But he can’t bring himself to do it, or to turn her into the Jhansi people, because he still loves her. Although he is also disgusted with her for some unknown reason. And then he follows her around like a stalker because he thinks she is dangerous?
See, the stalker part doesn’t quite work with that interpretation. The alternative one I could see is that she is taunting him to go back to Jhansi and fight those people for her sake. And he can’t, because his love for her has made him softer. So it is self-disgust on his part, and disgust for his cowardice on her part. Which doesn’t work as well with that opening part, but I think maybe works better with the later bits? He seems to be following her around whenever she is outside, but then leaving once he sees she is safe inside. And she is all crying and upset like she isn’t afraid of him but is disappointed in him.
I just don’t know! Any alternative theories you can come up with?