Let’s through out a nice general discussion type post! For those of you who aren’t interested in my scene by scene of JHMS or Monday Malayalam or Tuesday Tamil. We can all talk about Ajay Devgn’s midlife crisis and how increasingly charming Siddharth and Kriti are looking in comparison.
Oh Baadshaho! You break my heart! I had this vague hope that it would be Ileana D’Souza as the powerful Gayatri Devi stand in coordinating everything. But no, she’s just a damsel in distress who needs her lower class much older tough guy hero to rescue her. Oh dear.
In other thoughts, not enough Emraan. Esha Gupta needs to PUT HER HAIR UP!!! Who blow dries before a shoot out? And that CGI snake is really really fake looking.
So, that’s the disappointing trailer. Let’s move on to the more exciting ones! Bareilly ki Barfi! Continues to look super fun! My main complaint with the cute little rom-coms we have been getting (Dum Laage Ka Haisha, Running Shaadi, Happy Bhaag Jayegi) is that they don’t have really song sequences. Not a problem here! The music itself isn’t as wonderful as it could be, a little too reminiscent of other better soundtracks. But the visuals are awesome! Kriti throws herself into the performance and really sells it, the colors are gorgeous, there are tons of extras and back-up dancers, I love it!
Speaking of great dances and things I love, A Gentleman! Every trailer that comes out is making me look forward to it more and more. Clever black comedy action, Siddharth in a role he can actually pull off, Jacqueline showing off her comedy chops (seriously, the woman is the best part of the Housefull films. Well, after Akshay Kumar. And Abhishek when he is in them), and now songs! We already had a so-so Disco song, but this one looks really fun! Siddharth looks great and can actually handle the dance moves, the tune is super catchy, and the visuals and clean and interesting.
But, what’s the bigger story here? I’m seeing a lot of head shaking over the state of the industry post the one-two-three of Tubelight, Jagga Jasoos, and Jab Harry Met Sejal. But forget those films! And forget Baadshaho, which looks like another big star/big budget disappointment. Look at the little ones! Smaller budget, smaller promotions, probably smaller release. But so much fun! So exciting! So interesting! If this is the future of the industry, I’m not that worried.