Teaser and title are finally out for the Aanand L Rai movie! I am not sure yet what I think. Maybe you tell me what you think and that will help.
The title is “Zero”, yet another English language title. Although a little more common of a word than, for instance, Secret Superstar or even A Gentleman. I assume it is a reference to the “zero hai to hero hai” (sp?) saying.
And I also assume that Shahrukh’s little person character is meant to be one of those little people who work as entertainers/impersonators. Which is an interesting twist, really bringing out his over the top entertainer persona at the same time taking out his charming handsomeness.
I am a little worried because Aanand L. Rai can sometimes go heavy on the “unheroic hero wins out” trope, like to the point that I don’t feel his hero necessarily deserved his happy ending. And this seems to be a somewhat unpleasant pushy kind of character. This is just our first look though, possibly there will be a flip in the next teaser where we see the seriousness and heartbreak underneath the pushy over the top entertainer.
I am also a little worried because what has happened before, in Kabhi Alveda Na Kehna for instance, is that directors don’t realize just how uncharming Shahrukh can make himself. If he is directed to be bitter or angry or selfish or any of those things, he will become it to the point of making his character unpleasant to watch.
And finally, I am worried because some of these shots look like a Little Person dancing, and some of them look like an image of Shahrukh shrunk down and put over film of another scene.
So, lots to worry about I guess!
Oh, and here’s the teaser: