I was thinking about doing a kind of combined post with some of the other new songs releases I may have missed. But, firstly, I don’t know that there are that many big new song releases, everything is entering the Ramadan duldrums right now. And anyway, Salman is such big news that he doesn’t need anything else.
I know it’s not Ramadan yet. But it’s coming in about a week. Which means any film released this week and beyond isn’t going to have maximum box office, and therefore producers aren’t going to waste a major release now. And then Salman’s next comes out at Eid, which means no one is going to waste a major release for 2 weeks after that either.
Teasers usually come out about 8 weeks before a film, and then the full trailer at 6 weeks, and then songs rolled out one by one. The next major release won’t be until after Ramadan, and after Tubelight starts to leave theaters, so like 10 weeks from now, way too far away for any kind of publicity.
Which means in the trailer world, I am seeing some small regional stuff, some boring lower budget stuff, and nothing I really want to talk about. And also, Tubelight!
First song is out! Which gives us a bit more of a sense of Salman’s character, rather than the story as a whole.
There seems to be some kind of developmental issue with him, right? Both physical and mental? I don’t know exactly what it is supposed to be, but I think it is supposed to be something specific. He reminds me a lot of a patient at a clinic where I worked, a very very sweet man in his 60s who had the innocence of a child. His facial expression and sweet smile remind me of the patient, but also the way he is holding his body. The posture, the hands, the movements. It must be a reference to a specific disorder, but I’m not sure what.
I wonder if they gave him a specific developmental issue for similar reasons to why Karan gave Shahrukh Aspergers in My Name is Khan? Karan said that he wanted this epic journey for love. But today’s audience is so cynical, they wouldn’t believe someone doing something like that for love. So instead he made the character have a real medical reason for being so literal, and so dedicated, and all of that. Maybe if this film had been made 4 years ago, when the audience was more innocent, Salman would just have been an innocent village boy who cared about people and put his heart over his head. But now, for us to believe in his simple faith, they have to give him a disorder. Whatever it is. Down Syndrome maybe?