Well, apparently the promotion train is moving at an express pace, and I will need to put up one of these posts every day for the next month and a half (last one here). I guess I am okay with that. Anyway, New Teaser! More importantly, Subtitles!!! Most importantly, Shahrukh loves me and wants me to be happy and is showing it through subtitles on his trailers! I should take this as a sign of his undying devotion to me and go be a Gaurav outside Mannat, right?
First trailer, now with subtitles!!!! Adds almost nothing to what I already knew, except for the line that Anushka has at the end, which wasn’t completely clear from facial expression and English vocabulary (unlike Shahrukh’s lines). She is taking all his warnings very cheerfully as “you are trying to scare me off, right?” Like it is a bargaining technique, instead of him trying to be gentlemanly and warn her. And then she follows it up with a curious but matter of fact question, “what happens between you and these women?” It doesn’t sound judgey, but it also isn’t sexual, it’s just kind of curious. Which is what makes Shahrukh so confused, to have a woman be like “oh, you are super sexy? That’s interesting, tell me more!” not “oh my, I am afraid and angry!” or “oh my, I am responding to your sexiness!”
Second trailer! Now with subtitles. Again, mostly what we already knew. Anushka is cheerfully giving Shahrukh an “indemnity bond”, saying that she absolves him of any blame if anything sexual happens between them, up to and including intercourse. Shahrukh is slightly amused, and also kind of impressed by her confidence.
New trailer! Launched with subtitles right from the start (see, this is clearly a sign from Shahrukh to me. I should quit my job and move to India immediately). And, finally, we get a slight bit of context. Anushka seems to be SRK’s employer, making demands on him. And frustrating him to the point that he is constantly complaining to her, which she calls just “excuse!” I mean, you can see it for yourself.
So, what can I add to my analysis? I think we have a pretty clear idea of their relationship from this. Shahrukh is used to being cool, in control, we can see that in the little “bad boy” moments in his flashbacks. But Anushka refuses to react to him, refuses to let him be in control in anyway. She is just cheerfully oblivious to him. His sexiness, his frustration with her demands, everything.
There was some discussion in the comments about whether her obliviousness is some kind of act. Because it seems so perfectly set up to frustrate him, the exact kind of reaction to most irritate a cool guy who is used to ladies falling all over him. I really really hope that isn’t the case. Just a personal taste thing, I hate movies where it turns out one of the characters has been conning the other characters. Because it makes me, as an audience member, fell conned as well. Like, all the emotions and moments I got caught up in were tricks played on me, I shouldn’t have cared after all.
So, my hope is that it really is just a natural meeting of opposites. Shahrukh is the cool cosmopolitan guy who never cares about anything or anyone. And Anushka is the cheerful confident girl who never even thinks to be afraid of anything. And somehow her fearlessness and confidence, in the face of what (he thinks) are all kinds of dangers to her, triggers a protectiveness in him.
Oh, also, I watched the “sexy dance” moment from the first teaser at half speed, and I still don’t know what is happening there. Shahrukh is watching, seems intrigued but also a little out of it (drunk?). Anushka could either be caught in the middle of a perfectly choreographed sexy moment, or in the middle of a clumsy drunken attempt to be sexy which is amusing Shahrukh. I don’t know, but I am hoping the second!