Ramadan! ‘Tis the season for film promotions! Because there’s nothing actually coming out (except Raabta), so all we can do is get excited for the things that will be releasing later.
The big news is Jagga Jasoos. New song video came out, which somehow I find both catchy and clever, and stomach churningly whimsical.
The choreography is really well done. The way that Ranbir and Katrina move together so perfectly, like they are one person, gives you the idea of a couple working together on the same adventure, perfect partners. And the song is catchy. And the camerawork is clever.
But Ranbir’s funky hair style, and Katrina’s overalls, and the way their faces have that “we’re being whimsical!” lack of affect, just makes me worried that this is going to be a film more about the idea of a story than an actual story.
Am I the only one who had to try to understand semiotics in grad school? The idea is that there is the actual thing (the chair), and then there is the idea of the thing in your head. And then there is the thing that communicates the idea of the thing (the letters c-h-a-i-r). What Jagga Jasoos feels like is a film that is representing and trying to communicate an actual film, which in turn would be representing real life. It’s the “c-h-a-i-r” version of a film. A representation of the idea of a real emotion.
And in completely different news, the Sanjay Dutt biopic has a release date! March 30th, 2018. Based on the topic, and the director, I am assuming that it will be all heart, all simple signs that point directly back to real emotions. Also, March 30th? What an odd date! It’s a nice open period, I don’t think anything else will want to release then. I guess they are going with the Bahubali 2 theory that the film will make it’s own holiday.
It’s also interesting in terms of Ranbir’s career. I’ve been going through Shahrukh’s filmography as a case study of how a career used to progress. And he made 2-5 films a year throughout his early years. Some were flops, some were hits, but he got to learn things on every set, and make connections with people, and cement his image in the audience mind. And here’s Ranbir, Jagga Jasoos is taking forever to come out, the Sanjay film won’t be until next year, and who knows what has happened to that Alia film. Completely different kind of career, every film he makes is big and important, but they have loooooooooooooooong gaps between. And one flop, like Tamasha, can scuttle a whole two years of work.
(Another movie that felt more about the deconstructing the ideas of emotions rather than actually try to represent them.)