Trailer fiesta!!!!! Fanney Khan just came out, the others are older but I haven’t written about them yet, and I want to know what you all think of them.
Fanney Khan first. Looks like yet another of Anil’s career resurgence mature man roles. I really like him in these, and I am thrilled that he has chosen to sort of sit back and stop playing the hero, or play a different kind of hero. The plot is essentially what we already knew. Anil is a father desperate to help his daughter become a star, Aish is the star he kidnaps. But there are some twists to it that are exciting.
For one thing, it looks like the daughter is being set up as legitimately talented, and also legitimately tortured about her appearance. Anil wants to help her not in a “father obsessed with living out his dreams through his daughter” way, but in a “father who understands what she is going through because he went through something similar himself” way. Plus, he gets to co-star with Divya Dutta, which is wonderful, a mature age appropriate woman who is also an extremely talented and experienced actress.
Rajkummar Rao is the wild card character. Looks like he is just a friend of Anil who helps out. Not in love with the daughter, not with his own performing dreams, just a guy pulled into this plot. So the writers can do anything with him, he and Aish can fall in love, he can turn out to be talented as well, he can turn evil, who knows? The rest of the characters have predictable endings (Anil’s talented daughter will finally be discovered, he will be happy, her mother will be happy, Aish will be released and go back to being famous), but Rajkummar could end up anywhere.
There are two cast members who (unless I missed them) don’t show up in the trailer at all, male model Karan Singh Chabbra and Anaitha Nair from Chak De India. I suspect that Anaitha will be Rajkummar’s age and class appropriate love interest and Aish will help him build up his courage to go after her, and that Karan Singh Chabbra will be Aish’s love interest who Rajkummar will (possibly) help her build up the courage to break up with. Just because that would be a reasonable place for those two actors to slot into the plot, and be a tidy resolution to the Aish-Rajkummar flirtation the trailer hints at.
Now, Soorma! Which I saw old school style, in a theater on the big screen, and then forgot to find on youtube so I could use it in a post. Until now. Anyway, Soorma!
The problem with Soorma is that the true story is great, but only half of a movie. He gets shot, he learns how to walk and then play again, he has a triumphal return. But what happens before that? That’s the bit they have to invent. And it’s not terribly imaginative, yet another sport movie in which he digs deep and tries hard in order to prove himself to the girl.
What is imaginative is the way this movie is put together. Actors who have a long history but most of it outside of the Hindi industry, a true story, and an experienced Hindi film director with all the gloss he can bring with him. This is a complete departure for Shaad, the man who made Saathiya and Bunty Aur Babli, doing a film in a village. Not a movie village, but a village that looks like a village. I’m fascinated! It could so easily be yet another Yash Raj looking film, with a romance and a comeback and so on, and that’s the kind of movie Shaad usually makes, but they consciously veered away from that, in the casting and the costumes and the lighting and everything else. Heck, even the songs! The big wedding song looks like a wedding song you would actually see a at a village wedding. I’m excited!
Karwaan! Which I missed in my last post. Looks like a nice little movie, but one where Irrfan Khan is definitely carrying the other two. You could slot any handsome young actor into the Dulquer role and I wouldn’t necessarily notice a difference. Well, that’s not true, some of them would bring a lot more to it. Rajkummar Rao, Ayushmann Khurrana, I feel like they would make these lines their own a bit more, make me interested in how they were going to say them instead of just saying them the obvious way. Mithila Palkar, same feeling. She’s not irritating me in the trailer or anything, but I don’t feel like she is elevating her lines or her character. And the thing is, with this kind of roadtrip 3 character comedy, it’s all about the characters. We’re not going to get cool slow motion fight scene, or a big song number, or any of those other things that help make a movie interesting, it’s just the characters. I have to compare it with Piku, the last 3 character road trip movie Irrfan was in, and in that one all 3 actors were equally unexpected, equally interesting and unusual in how they chose to play their roles. But Irrfan is going to be the only reason for watching this movie, the way he delivers his lines, the way the other two react to him, that’s going to be the fun part.
Oh, and it’s also a smart first Hindi film for Dulquer. Similar to Ishaan doing City of Heaven before Dhadak. Dulquer is going to introduce himself to the taste maker type of audience, let them make their judgement already and ease his way before he gets to be known to everyone in The Zoya Factor. And he can’t fail in this movie, because all he has to do is react to Irrfan, so it looks like a risk but really isn’t.
And finally, Gold song! I continue to be super excited about this movie. Once again, Akshay is playing a married romance with a lot of teasing and fun in it. It’s my favorite kind of Akshay romance, I think in his recent years the married heroes are the best ones. Also looks like some strength in it, I’m getting a happy early year, then going to the Olympics and feeling lost, coming home and getting drunk, and then sex in a monastery? Okay, that last bit I don’t get. Maybe they are there for rehab? What do you think?