I’m falling behind on my trailer viewing/writing about! But Raabta just came out today, and I find it mildly interesting, and to fluff up the post I thought I might as well talk about Mom and Hindi Medium too.
Raabta first! I’m watching it going “wait, this is just Magadheera, right?” And I was all set to be all groundbreaking and the first one to point this out. And then I hop over to wikipedia and bam! There it is, first thing on the page, “remake of Magadheera“. So I guess everyone else already knew that.
Maybe no one else has pointed out yet that it is also strongly Mirzya influenced. Well, Mirzya/Immortals of Meluha influenced (speaking of, should I read those books? Has anyone else? Are they fun?). With the whole gray tone and face painting and stuff in the flashbacks.
If it is Magadheera, I really hope they keep some of the details besides just the basic plot outline. For instance, I really loved that our hero fell in love at first sight and just went with it, no doubts or wasting time trying to understand it with logic. Oh, and also, Sushant looks really cute and hopefully this ticks his “successful romantic hero” box on his way to superstardom.
Hindi Medium I am a little more conflicted about. Well, really just one small plot point that they will probably handle well. I like Saba and Irrfan as a couple, the dialogue is funny, and the idea is good, a middle class couple trying to get their daughter admitted to a good school. And the bigger issues, of class and language, are fascinating.
The only thing that bothers me is when they try to be “poor” in order to get a need based admission. That’s just, for me, the most immoral thing one can do. Because you would then be stealing the seat from someone who truly needs it, taking away a future for an innocent child. Booooo!!!!! NO!!!!! Oh, plus, the little bit we see does include a bit where they seem to be inviting the audience as fellow wealthy middle-class people to laugh at the silly poor people in their fear and poverty.
My hope is that the “pretending to be poor” part of the plot is not about making fun of poor people and expecting us to sympathize with them, but about Saba and Irrfan working through their value systems and eventually coming to a peaceful resolution of their “English Medium” struggles for their daughter. The fact that Irrfan is already established as someone who is not fluent in English makes me think that the film is leaning in that way, that having English language skills may not be the only way of measuring value.
Oh, and then there’s the Mom teaser. Not much here, so I don’t have much to say about it. Really, just two things:
- I hope it is a thriller not a horror/supernatural movie, because I am sick of horror/supernatural movies, but I would love to see a film with Sridevi fighting a mortal enemy.
- WOOT!!!! AKSHAYE KHANNA!!!!!!!!