Everything’s coming up Vicky! Takht announcement, and now this trailer. But, more than Vicky, everything’s coming up Abhishek. He’s BACK! And how!!!!
Abhi Baby, he’s never really been “leading man” type, he comes across as a little too interesting for that. Comic relief or an unexpected non-heroic hero is what I love in him. And this gives us that.
And, watching it again, I am remembering how Abhishek always does best in those kinds of performances. Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon, Kabhi Alveda Na Kehna, Hum Tum, he played the guy who wasn’t the girl’s true love. Kuch Naa Kaho, Laage Chunari Main Daag, Guru, Delhi-6, he was the guy who knew about her difficult past and didn’t care. But put him in something like Run where he is the straight up hero romancing the innocent heroine, it’s okay, but it always kind of feels like he is standing outside of himself saying “can you believe I am doing this?” It’s not an easy fit for him. This is NOT the typical leading man role. And it is a very good fit for him.
(Oh young Abhishek and Kareena! And Kareena and Hrithik! In that brief period before massive scandals drove you all apart)
Oh shoot, I shouldn’t have started with Abhi. This is the first and most important thing to say about the trailer: EROSNOW!!!! WHY DO YOU NEVER SUBTITLE YOUR TRAILERS???? No, it’s not even that, that would be less infuriating. It’s that they subtitle them, but only days after they have been released. So I have to discuss the plot this thing without be really totally 100% sure what the plot is.
Here’s what I have: wild hair Taapsee is having a passionate fun immature relationship with shaved head Vicky Kaushal. He says stuff like “let’s run off together!” but then doesn’t follow through, and lives an uncertain life, and just generally is not marriage material. Taapsee finally threatens to just marry someone else. At which point, enter Turban Abhishek!!! The nice NRI boy her parents have found for her who likes her right from her picture.
And then the timeline/hair gets fuzzy. Taapsee keeps her highlights, but starts wearing her hair tied. Abhishek suddenly has no turban. Vicky’s hair gets every so slightly less alarming, but not by much. And there is definitely conversations about Abhishek and Taapsee on a honeymoon.
So the plot appears to be, Taapsee marries Abhishek, but the Vicky relationship and Vicky himself keep popping up and making drama in their lives. And the trailer at least leaves it open as to whether “true love” (Taapsee and Vicky and their wild relationship) will triumph or “married love” (Abhishek and Taapsee).
But of course what makes it different is that the trailer spits in the face of that whole “true love” versus “married love” false dynamic. Taapsee and Vicky, sure, they have sex and passion. But even just in the trailer, we can see this is a terrible relationship. Fun, but no real future to it, no plan, and Vicky will never grow up. Completely appropriate for Wild Hair Taapsee, but also completely appropriate and predictable that she would grow out of it.
And her married relationship with Abhishek is not drama-less. It starts with what we have seen before, even seen before from Abhishek, he is the “good boy” the safe choice who falls in love with her good girl picture. But then right away it moves on to something different. They fight, they talk, he listens, she listens, they get along. It isn’t a “settling” relationship, it’s a real relationship with just as much passion as she had with Vicky.
Mostly what I like is that it is a film which takes the girl’s side in the usual “I was passionately in love and then she left me for a safe marriage, oh woe is me” kind of story. We are always seeing our troubled heroes wandering around trying to stop the wedding or win her back or whatever, and often the girl is villainized for having betrayed their love. But this movie says no, she had a perfect right to break up and marry someone else. It’s Vicky’s problem, not Taapsee’s.
Or maybe it says something totally different. I DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE SAYING!!!! ErosNOW is terrible.