I don’t have a super lot to say about these trailers, but I am really hoping that you do! Because I need to learn more about these movies and decide if it is worth it to go see them in theaters. Because, you know, Tamil/Telugu movie tickets are big bucks!
First, VIP 2! The whole reason I saw VIP, so that I can see Kajol in this. Oh, and also because a ton of people recommended it to me in the comments and I hadn’t ever seen a Dhanush film.
Niki in the comments said that it looks like it might just be the same story as VIP over again. I agree, and there are three reasons that makes me concerned.
1.1. It’s just boring to watch the same movie over again, and lazy on the part of the filmmakers. Makes me afraid they will be lazy in other ways too, dull songs, bad dialogue, etc.
2. It retroactively weakens the first film, if we know all the struggle our hero went through was just erased in a few months and he landed back where he started.
3. My biggest concern, it weakens the message of the first one. The message was to wait for your chance and then grab it. And also that no work is shameful or below you, you can help out around the house just as well working in an office. If so, then why is he back to living off of others even after getting his chance?
Luckily, the content of the trailer also gives some clues as to how they might be dealing with those issues.
1.1. New villain! And not just a new villain like new casting, but a new villain with a new set of meanings and settings attached to her. Now instead of our VIP versus a spoiled rich kid, it is our VIP versus a multinational corporation, which allows for a different kind of conflict.
2. Although the opening of the trailer itself makes it sound like he is right back to the beginning, I think the rest of it shows that he is not. He is married, for one thing. And the later parts of the trailer indicate that he is not unemployed, but rather self-employed, sitting at home waiting for his company to get a chance.
3. And that’s why I am less worried about the message! This is a logical progression for the character that we saw in the last film. To decide he would rather branch out and start his own company than follow the expected path.
Oh, and there’s Kajol! So excited about her! My favorite part of Dilwale (well, second to the SRKajol chemistry) was seeing her play the classy bad woman, I love it that she gets to do that again.
A little nervous about misogyny. The powerless man being angry at the powerful woman is a common and dangerous thing. I don’t want this film to hit that nerve. But I am a little less concerned since the film itself is being produced/directed by a powerful woman. And is starring a man who clearly has no issues taking orders from her. So I will be optimistic that Kajol’s character is purely representing the major international corporations, not anything gender related.
Next trailer! I have no idea what is happening here! You need to help me. But there’s Sai Pallavi! Okay, I got the basics of the plot. NRI living happily with his older brother and sister goes back to a village to marry a village girl living happily with her sister and parents. That’s clear. But then there’s a fight scene? And they are separated even after the wedding ceremony? What is happening there?
Anyway, I like it! Because I like Sai Pallavi and this looks like a good role for her. And also because it seems like a surprisingly grounded view of the NRI life. Small house in the suburbs, walking by chain malls and coffee shops. It’s not about being fabulously wealthy and choosing dollars over being home etc. etc. It’s just a different kind of life than the village, that’s all. He is at home somewhere different than she is at home. (unless I am completely missing the point and there is something else in the dialogue, in which case tell me!)
Final trailer! Rana is still hot. Thank goodness. Otherwise, looks like a slightly more cynical version of the same thing we see all the time. Wife killed, nice guy becomes Don, takes on corruption. Kaalia, essentially.
(Except, no Amjad Khan. And Kaalia killed the brother, so our hero was still open to romance)
But the images are so cynical! That’s where I love it. Taking the iconic Bhagat Singh/kiss the noose kind of image and twisting it.
So, what important things am I missing about all of these films? Tell me! I want to learn!