Funny collection of trailers today, one of them is for a movie that isn’t even playing in theaters. I guess they are just the September dregs, not big enough to wait for Diwali or another holiday, so might as well throw out the promotions and the films now.
Oh the Bhatts! Smart cookies, they are. They know that the one thing that will always sell is a dreamy fantasy romance. Because there is a new 13 year old girl born every minute.
You don’t want to waste too much time, money, or talent on it, because 13 year old girls don’t have a lot of economic power. But if you calculate it correctly, you can make a nice solid profit every time a new generation turns around and decides the films their older sisters watched are passe. Aashiqui 2 came out a while back, Shraddha and Aditya are “old” and “Tum Hi Ho” is boring, time for a new movie!
This one is a remake of a Bengali film, but it sounds like they took the original and squeezed all the juice out of it (the original had a varied cast of characters interacting, while this just seems to have 3). Ditto the performances, Rhea Chakraborty sounded familiar so I looked her up. She was in Mere Dad Ki Maruti and Sonali Cable, both interesting low budget youthful kind of comedies. Very much not the sort of “but I love you!” kind of heroine performance she gives here. So it looks like all they are keeping from the original is the structure and basic plot.
Rhea is a tourist who comes to Delhi, falls in love with the casual Delhi tour guide who takes her around, is childish and eager and convinces him to marry her because they are in love forever and ever. But then she gets a work opportunity and he refuses to leave his family and Delhi, and they split. But what makes it interesting is that the whole thing takes place on a train ride, where Rhea is trapped with Varun and his new wife, who does not know who Rhea is. And it flashes back and forth to their past failed love story. So, it could have been done in a really interesting way, but based on this trailer, I suspect it is not. Also, it’s a first time director and male lead.
Now, something totally different! Instead of cheap and unimaginative and popular, expensive and imaginative and unpopular. Although still a remake. A trailer for a short film (which seems weird, because the trailer is like 1/3rd the length of the whole movie). But a film with interesting original visuals, an experienced cast, and a romance with some real stakes to it. A young man moves to Bombay and lies about his religion in order to get a place to stay, then falls in love with his landlords daughter over late night talks and walks around the city.
This is an update of the New Delhi plot, the comedy classic where Kishoreda pretends to be Tamilian in order to rent a room even though he is really Punjabi, then falls in love with the landlord’s daughter. Massive complications and hilarity happen after that, but this is just a short film, so it only has time for the first idea. And the original idea is so universal (housing is highly in demand in Indian cities, and yet the cities are still divided by caste/religion/ethnic background) that it can be remade 60 years later and still feel fresh.
(Also, maybe seeing their chemistry in this film will get people to watch Running Shaadi, their other unusual romance?)
And then there’s FryDay. A throwback to when Govinda was popular. Strangely, also starring Rhea Chakraborty. Anyway, if I am understanding this trailer correctly, Varun Sharma is a door to door salesman who gets caught up in Govinda’s whacky romantic misunderstandings when he knocks on his door. Looks like not really a “plot” so much as a series of comic set-pieces. Just like the classic Govinda films. I wonder how it will do? If the audience will react with nostalgia, or with disgust as they feel it is too out of date?