Thanks to you nice commentators (Niki in particular), I was alerted to this trailer. And it is really interesting! Although the new “Kapoor” kid still isn’t blowing me away, the new actress is great. And then I thought I might as well do a quick look at any other new trailers that our out there, so this also has a song from Baadshaho, Indu Sarkar, and Haseena Parker.
This is the one I am most excited about, the Qaidi Band one. It’s a great opening idea, to focus on people stuck in jail while awaiting trial. Which is a problem in America too, more so in some cities/states than others. And I don’t know if an American popular film has ever really dealt with it, so good on Yash Raj! Talking about this problem!
I really hope they don’t pull any punches either. Clearly our hero and heroine are extra smart, but I don’t want them to have some elaborate backstory, I would prefer a simple kind of “lower middle class kids picked up because they looked like a description of someone and now rotting in jail waiting for trial” explanation, instead of an elaborate “My father’s enemy framed me and I must prove my innocence!” thing that makes you think “well, that could never happen to me.”
The heroine is way more interesting to me than the hero, based on the trailer. For one thing, the hero has that whole “too smart and charming for his own good” kind of thing I’ve seen before. But the heroine is tough in a new way, does threading to make money, but is also willing to get in a beat down with a fellow prisoner.
The big question mark for me is the music. It’s supposed to be a whole film about music. And while the little bit of a song we got was nice, it wasn’t like “Oh WOW!” nice. Looks like the music director is Amit Trivedi who is a bit hit and miss for me so far. Bombay Velvet, Udta Punjab, big amazing hit in my book. Totally unique sound, really nailed it. But then Fitoor was kind of drippy, Dear Zindagi was a little bland. His first big major hit was Ishaaqzaade with the same director, so maybe it is one of those things where the right director/composer combo can make magic happen. I hope so! Because this film is going to rise or fall on the music.
And then there is Haseena Parkar. Which will rise or fall on Shraddha Kapoor. So, fall. Oh my gosh is this casting a bad idea! Even if she were the greatest actress of her generation, she is a baby little 30-year-old who has never led a film before, and this really really needs a “Star” in the center of it. Rani Mukherjee, Vidya Balan, Sridevi, Madhuri, Juhi Chawla, that’s who you want.
And they are releasing it on a dumping ground weekend (between Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and all the 25th releases), so I don’t think the producers have much hope either.
Indu Sarkar, now this looks interesting! Which surprises me, because I have very low expectations of Madhur Bhandarkar. He tends to like too many characters and a serious filming style masking crazily melodramatic plots.
But I think maybe that might be the best way to handle a film on The Emergency? Just go way over the top and dramatic, don’t pull any punches. Because you are always going to insult people, might as well go all the way.
Most of all though, Madhur Bhandarkar has FINALLY cast the right person as his heroine. He seems to cast really interesting actresses, but almost always in the supporting character role. And even the way the supporting character is written is more interesting than the heroine. But this is a throwback to when he cast Konkona Sen Sharma as the heroine of Page 3, a lowly journalist with the least dramatic personal life and most interesting inner life of all them. I am delighted to see Kirti in a leading role, and playing a character who wouldn’t usually be the center of a movie, a housewife turned activist.
And then there’s Baadshaho. Which seems to be dealing with the emergency by saying “what if Gayatri Devi was 30 years younger, and liked to walk around her palace naked and was inspired by a low class gangster type instead of her own principals?”
Really, that’s the plot here, right? With the whole photo on Life magazine and elegant female politician type who lives in a palace? I wonder how they will set it up? I assume she will have to be either a widow or an unmarried princess. And maybe already a rising public figure when Ajay comes along and inspires her to be more or something? And how does this all relate to the action/smuggling part of the story?
Oh gosh darn it! This song video is so bad and so misogynistic that it is making me really hate the film (and also kind of hope Kajol gets a divorce), but at the same time now I just have to watch it because I really really want to see how this ties in to the rest of the plot.