Datablue pointed out in comments on yesterday’s trailer post that I ignored Arjun Rampal’s Daddy, once again. And I made a mental note that the next time I had an excuse for a trailer post, I would talk about it. And then I open up twitter, and poof! Trailer! So now I get to combine two very very different films in one post.
First, the trailer I actually wanted to watch. Not for Ayushmann, but for Rajkummar Rao and Kriti. Who I think might actually go somewhere someday? Or at least have an interesting journey on the way to not going anywhere.
Rajkummar I still have that instinctive anger thanks to his amazing performance in Queen playing the most hateful man alive. But on the other hand, it was an AMAZING performance! And I read a couple of interesting interviews with him where he talked about how, although he is in the art realm, he really wants to be in popular films and respects them. So I want to see if he can pull it off! Will popular film find a place for this really good and willing actor?
Kriti, I couldn’t care less about, until I saw Raabta. Where she was charming and confident and different. It could just have been a one off, a somewhat different kind of role that she threw herself into whole-heartedly, or maybe she actually has something This is another great role for her, I want to see if she is similarly committed and charming and interesting to watch.
Oh, and then there’s Ayushmann! Who isn’t doing anything that different from what he’s been doing for the past few years. Another kind of interesting low budget comedy with a kind of weak-willed not so great “hero” role for him.
Plot looks kind of neat too! Do you pick the guy who has the kind of strength and attitude and everything you like? Or the guy who likes you just as you are? And what if both guys end up influencing each other and they both turn into kind of cross of each other?
And then there’s Daddy! I am assuming this is a nose prosthetic, right? Poor Arjun, he is so so pretty, the only way we will take him seriously is if he deforms himself.
Anyway, the real story looks interesting. I was going to say that it is different from other places how gangsters and politics in India have this odd crossover. And then I remembered that I live in Chicago, where the Mayor’s elections used to be run out of Capone’s office in Cicero. So it’s really not that odd. Both are about power and control. It can be tempting for a politician to use the criminal’s power to support their own. And it can be tempting for a criminal to see a new arena where they can expand.
I am really interested in how the trailer starts with the underlying economic reasons. Which is something I don’t really remember being put as clearly in other films. It’s the same backstory as Deewar, for instance, but they hid it with all kinds of character work and stuff, so that we missed that the evil mill owners who got rid of Amitabh’s father are the one’s who actually set it in motion, if the family had been in such desperate economic straits, Amitabh would have had career options besides manual labor or crime.
But mostly, the nose! His nose is so wrong!