Two More Trailers! A Fun Light Rom-Com, and the Opposite!

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!

19 thoughts on “Two More Trailers! A Fun Light Rom-Com, and the Opposite!

  1. Wow, Bareilly Ki Barfi looks incredible. This is the movie I’ve been craving and it was on my radar but didn’t expect much until now. Please, please don’t let me down, movie gods and goddesses! I immediately thought Band Baaja Baaraat, maybe because it was fresh in my head from my other comment today, outside of the plot, there’s something about the tone and color palate and quirkiness of this that reminds me of that one and other really down to earth but fun rom coms. I have no huge affection for any of these actors though I’m beginning to really like Khurana after Meri Pyaari Bindu. You’re right, this is nothing new, but I think this may allow him to stretch later on in his career. Rajkumar Rao liking popular films just as much as his artsy films is cool. And, I definitely think you’re right that there may be something there there with Kriti. I’ve only seen her in Dilwale and was surprised that she had won the Filmfare debut award previously. I think I’ll like Raabta, too, based on your description and the trailer (and that I’m not a very tough critic in general and seem to like most things). She seems to have a spark in this one.

    Speaking of up and comers, I really hope Vaani gets some good films soon, too.

    I’m really looking forward to Arjun in Daddy. He still looks amazing even with the prosthetic nose. And I like him in these serious roles (he was the only thing that interested me in Rajneeti and, of course, there’s one of my favorite characters of all-time in D-Day…why can’t we have a spinoff spy thriller series with him!)


      • Yes! And without apologizing for it (so far as I know). He shows up and does his job as best he knows how no matter what the part is.

        On Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 11:53 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



    • Oh wow, I forgot about Arjun in D-Day! And that was one of those heavy hitter casts where him standing out was really remarkable.

      Yeah, I am excited about Bareilly too! It looks fun and light like Running Shaadi or Happy Bhaag Jayegi, but with a real budget and some modest promotion for once, instead of just sneaking in and out of theaters. At least, I hope some promotion, I hope this trailer isn’t the last we hear of it, that there is a music launch and some more effort at getting people in to see it.

      On Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 11:41 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • To me Arjun Rampal has been best so far in the angry young man roles like Rock On, Raajneeti, D-Day and now Daddy. Tall, great screen presence, deep carrying voice, sharp face, can just own a place by walking into it etc. Plain raw sex appeal.


        • I think my favorite performances from him are a tie between D-Day and Don. Which fits with what you are saying, movies where he is kind of damaged and dangerous.


          • Watch his Inkaar too before forming your favorites then! The first and I think still the only film I can recall that was about workplace sexual harassment that amazingly did not take sides and let the viewer do that IIRC.


          • Karthik, your description of Arjun is perfect. I think he’s actually an underrated actor. Inkaar is one of those films that I can’t decide if I liked it or loathed it. I think about rewatching it often for that reason.


    • Rampal is a curious case and kind of got stuck IMO, not necessarily underrated I don’t think. He is not your complete hero esp by Indian film standards/expectations in that he is not a natural at romance, comic timing and song & dance movements (in that order) which are admittedly vital. He just oozes a primal form of masculinity/manliness and acts well of course, but was never going to become a versatile hero.


  2. Bareilly Ki Barfi looks really good! I didn’t know that Rajkummar Rao was a part of the movie, I was mainly looking out for this because of Ayushmann Khurrana. I’ve liked Kriti since 1:Nenokkadine so it’s nice to see her in a role where she can probably show more of her talents. By the way, have you seen Nil Battey Sannata? It’s the debut of Ashwini Iyer Tiwari who directed this movie. I heard that it was good but I haven’t seen it.


    • Nenokkadine was way too early and way too offbeat for the Telugu audience no offence. It’s a very good film.

      Nil Battey was excellent too.


        • That was the film that made me think Mahesh Babu can do more than just show up looking great and do the regular comedy and sentiment and take the girl from the bad guys.


    • Oh wow, that is really interesting! I haven’t seen it either, but I know it was kind of a sleeper critical hit, a plot about a mother and daughter, no romance and no hero. Makes me very optimistic for Kriti’s character in this film having a strong part.

      On Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 11:54 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



    • Nil Battey Sannata is very good. So simple, but interesting and Swara Bhaskar was great in it.
      I didn’t know that Bareilly Ki Barfi has the same director. I’m even more curious about it. will watch it for sure.


  3. “Daddy” looks like the really really dark, gritty version of Raees, frankly. I agree about the nose. Let him be all that as himself. I really like Kriti and hope this film is as good as it looks it might be.


    • Kriti needs something good to make up for having to wear the overalls-that-scarred-my-eyeballs in Dilwale.

      On Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 3:33 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:



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