Trailers! I wake up and there are trailers! How exciting! Let’s see if I can watch and write about them real quick before I have to leave for work.
First, Hichki! Which is not about Kalpana Chawla AT ALL! Despite that being the rumor that everyone somehow knew was true. So either Yash Raj purposefully floated this rumor or, more likely, it somehow got around and they decided to just go with it because they were getting more publicity that way than they would have by correcting and saying “no no, it’s just a small story”.
I am very excited about this small story! I think it’s a great small story. There aren’t nearly enough teacher movies out there, I love the Tourettes thing as metaphor for all the small things you have to overcome to keep moving forward, and they filmed it at St Xaviers, where I have been, so I feel all cool and familiar with the location. And it’s a perfect Rani role. Big enough to take advantage of her talent, but small enough that it doesn’t seem like she is overreaching.
Mostly though, I am very excited about the small story aspect. Shot in two months, releasing on an off weekend, but looks good and enjoyable. And not a romance! This is the kind of film Maneesh Sharma has been producing (Dum Laga Ki Haisha, Mere Pyari Bindu), but a human drama story instead of a romance.
It’s a slight expansion and alteration to the new Yash Raj business plan. A small film that will almost definitely make a small profit, only being experimental with the genre. It’s not a “two minor actors playing the lead in a grounded in location love story”, it’s “one major actor doing a really interesting role”. I want to see more of this! I want to see Shahrukh, Aamir, Amitabh in tiny interesting films that will give them roles that are worthy of them.
And then there’s Aiyaary. Which completely confuses me. Sidharth is doing surveillance and overhears a government official being corrupt and decides to go undercover to root out corruption. That I got. But is Manoj Bajpayai good or bad? I can’t tell! Is he the good guy who taught Sidharth everything and is now assigned to track him down, or is he one of the bad guys who Sidharth is trying to punish who is fighting back?
I do like Sidharth in the role! I am convinced, I think he should just be an action star. He looks good in fight scenes, and he can play “thinking my way out of the situation” well. And once again, it’s a very smart role for him. He’s not trying to take the lead of the film with his emotional performance, he is part of the ensemble and the script is the star.
(Although nothing will ever be as good as A Gentleman)
Which is very Neeraj Pandey. It’s all about the process and the story and the big patriotic moments, not about the relationships or the individual moments. The only Neeraj Pandey touch I am missing is, he hasn’t put Anupam Kher in a ridiculous wig. But I assume that happens at some point in the film, even if it isn’t in the trailer.
So, what do you think? Which are you more excited for?