Maybe it was because I hadn’t had breakfast yet, but this was an action film trailer that actually made me tear up a little. Okay, almost certainly it was because I hadn’t had breakfast yet.
The tagline “There Will be Peace” sounds kind of tongue in cheek, like “let me show you a ton of action scenes and explosions and then joke about ‘peace'”.
Or, it sounds like a silly macho statement, using the declarative format like it is an order, like Salman is so macho he is going to force peace on us.
But what makes me tear up a little (again, I know it is silly, plus I am super worried about Virginia today, as are we all I am sure), is that it actually is a film in which they are putting themselves on the line for peace.
Ignore the guns, and explosions, and all of that. This is still a movie about a Pakistani woman and an Indian man being in love. And a Pakistani woman who declares she wants to do the right thing to prove that “we” want Peace.
And a movie in which they carefully chose an “enemy” who is not supported by any official state, who isn’t even using the same name as any real world group. And our enemy’s speech, it’s not about “let’s do this for Allah”. It’s about retribution, they have been hurt by another group in power and therefore are attacking back.
Compare it with the rabble rousing we get in most of these films, the “evil” Pakistanis behind the curtain controlling things, the Muslim villains talking about “Jihad” and how they will be rewarded in heaven. And the goal of proving power, or “winning” somehow, instead of saving lives and trying for peace.
So yes, it’s a silly tagline, but it’s an honorable intention. I am on record as appreciating Shahrukh’s version of patriotism and activism the most, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the other Khans. And Salman is going out on a bit of a limb here and asking his fans to follow him. Just like when he played a Muslim in Sultan, or an RSS kid learning the error of his ways in Bajrangi Bhaijaan. It’s not in your face and obvious like when Aamir does it, and it’s not as likely to spark headlines as when Shahrukh does it, but it’s there and it’s brave and I appreciate it.
(It’s not nothing that this very “son of the soil” kind of image is being shown around a Muslim character)
Phew! Okay, actual content! A HORSE!!!!!! I love that! I don’t care how fake and silly it looks, it’s such an old-fashioned hero moment! Makes me think this is all going to be old-fashioned hero moments, not “sensible” and “wise” kind of action scenes, but big go for the gusto type stuff.
Oh, and it’s very similar to Take Off (which I finally watched, review going up sometime, I am running behind this week). But that’s reasonable, it was a big news story 3 years ago, it takes about a year to 2 years to write a script and get funding and a cast together, then 6 months to a year to film the thing, so if two separate people saw the news story and were inspired to start writing, now is when their two separate films would be coming out. Same as with Dangal and Sultan, it’s not that one inspired the other, it’s that they were both inspired by the same very very big story from real life. And like Dangal and Sultan, the two films are so obviously different that one should not take away from the other. Take Off was close to the true story, and focused on the hostages. This is going to be told as fantasy, and focusing on a fictional rescue attempt.
Katrina continues to be not the greatest at line delivery, but also continues to have surprisingly charming chemistry with Salman. Salman I think looks better than before!!!! He is carrying less muscle and weight, which looks good and also I think helps him move more easily. And the unshaven look is good, makes him seem more mature. And he’s still Salman! His face comes onscreen and you get shivers, he’s got “it” whatever “it” is.
(Also, he has a HORSE!!!!)