Manikarnika Teaser! Some Good, Some Bad, But Not a Lot to Go On

Lovely, for Gandhi Jayanti we get a big war film.  Which is pretty common actually, or at least an action film, it’s a family holiday and action films can bring in the whole family.  Plus, patriotism!

Wonderfully edited, Amitabh’s voice driving us into this triumphal music, and then all the best bits of the film thrown together from sword fights to gorgeous castle scenes.

 

Definitely Bhansali hangover, all those candles.  And a bit of a Bahubali, all those horses.  Hard to know what the actual film will be like from this, the bits we see are so quick that almost anything could be surrounding them.  Even the action scenes, if we have one really cool sword leap surrounded by boredom, that’s not good.

Kangana only gets two lines, but did they sound odd to you?  Like, not resonant enough?  Like she wasn’t talking from her diaphragm or something?  I don’t know, they didn’t feel quite right.  But again, that’s just one line pulled from the rest of the movie, maybe we won’t notice in context.

In the same way, there were a few moments when the CGI felt kind of rough, and I didn’t get the sense of vast advancing armies so much as like 6 people.  But that’s just from a little glimpse, we don’t know what it will be like in context.

I don’t know, what did you think?

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27 thoughts on “Manikarnika Teaser! Some Good, Some Bad, But Not a Lot to Go On

  1. Baahubali meets Padmavat but with much worse CGI – that’s my first thought. But as you said, we don’t know how the movie will be. They still have time to ameliorate it and I hope they will.

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    • These quick flash trailers make me nervous in general, because it feels like they don’t trust the film enough to show us more than 3 seconds of it at a time.

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  2. You and Angie are right…it looks like it wants to be a mashup of Baahubali and a SLB film. I so want it to be good, but I think it will pale in comparison to the CGI of Thugs, the vision of SLB, the cinematography and epic quality of Baahubali and the historical drama of a Jodhaa Akbhar. The only chance it has is if Kangana’s performance is the saving grace (which is always possible). Even Simran (which was an awful movie) was almost watchable because of her.

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    • I think the commercial success of the film will depend on timing, I can see why they are pushing so hard for the original release date. There are 3 more historical epics coming (Takht, Kalank, and Panipat), the best chance Manikarnika has is if it sets the tone, gets in there before all the others so there is no comparison available and the audience isn’t tired of them yet. It’s been a year since Padmavat, and more than a year since Baahubali, and the audience memory is (hopefully) pretty short.

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  3. Even though I love female lead/strong roles films but don’t know why I feel like shes not suited for this role, like she does not appear to be this strong character that shes suppose to portray, an actress like Anushka Shetty would have been able to pull it off perfectly, but we just have to wait until the actual film, and please don’t insult Baahubali with this

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    • I’m nervous that the tone will be more “a woman who lives on her nerves, crazed and emotional” rather than “a strong firm clear female warrior with no second thoughts”.

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    • Oh good, it’s not just me who found her voice odd! I can see focusing on the title character in the first teaser trailer, but it is a little strange that we never get so much as a moment of eyes meeting with another actor. Ankita Lokhande, for instance, is supposed to be playing her best friend and chief warrior, it would have been easy to put in a moment of the two women exchanging glances before battle or something like that.

      I really should have looked up more of this first look teaser trailers for comparison, maybe I am wrong but it feels like they usually have slightly more to them than this.

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  4. I am pulling for her so hard. How many eccentric (read neurotic, addicted, sociopathic, narcissistic, rapey, or just plain mean) genius male actors and directors have there been in the history of film? I’m pretty sure it’s lots. I’m willing to make room for a woman to be hard to work with and neurotic (but not rapey) if she has the talent. But given all the bad press about production, I’ve just got hope at this point.

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  5. God, how many more sword ‘epics’ should we suffer? Well, this truly sucked. Yes she was brave,she fought a war. If this is all the movie is going to be,then I will rather read by 8th grade history textbook again that tells me the exact same thing. The teaser felt like the entire movie, but I suppose a longer trailer will come out with Kangana walking more, Kangana jumping more, Kangana riding horse more, Kangana bulging eyes more, Kangana posturing with face contortions more & Kangana screaming more in higher pitched voice.

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    • If this is the entire movie, it’s going to be a really boring movie. But if this is the Kangana-focused trailer, and there is a whole other movie without her, that might be okay.

      Also, yes to the eye bulging! I hate it when actors do that, it always makes my eyes hurt in sympathy.

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  6. She was very, very intense. Which made me think of Ranveer and how his intensity has led to him playing these obsessed warrior kings. Why not an intense fierce warrior queen? I noted the Baahubali flourishes, too — the throne scene, the sword battles all reminded me of Baahubali. I hope this one is good. All I can tell you is that people are FIRED UP about this teaser. I have never had so many views so fast for a reaction. I had no idea she had such devoted fans. Also, they are just fired up because it’s so patriotic.

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    • I’ll be curious if the online fandom translates to ticket sales. She might be one of those stars who exist in the grey area where her fan group is comparatively small, but happens to consist of extremely internet active folks. I saw similar trends on twitter and excitement and so on about other things related to her, but so far she hasn’t been able to really guarantee a box office (Simran, Katti Batti).

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      • They are such different people! I can’t imagine the two fan groups having anything in common beyond this fued.

        Oh oh!!! Fanfic idea! The leader of the twitter war fan group for Kangana and the leader of the twitter war fan group for Hrithik secretly fall in love. One of them creates a fake account to infiltrate the other one, but then they start talking about other things and build a real connection. Fan A is torn with guilt over knowing she is faking her identity, Fan B has figured out what is happening and started stringing Fan A along but now also feels a real connection and is waiting for Fan A to come clean. And then their rival fan groups find out the truth, it turns into a war that could destroy the internet, until the real life stars learn what is happening and the desire to make peace between their fans leads to them talking through their issues and then inviting the individual fans to a special one on one meeting which turns out to be all 4 of them in a room (both stars and the two fans) and the truth comes out and it ends with a big clinch. And then a funny end credits tag with the two of them fighting over which star they will raise their kids to follow.

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          • And obviously, the stars play themselves in one of those super awkward fake feeling cheesy cameos.

            Who is on twitter? All I can picture are hyper drama addicted woman and sociopathic men. Maybe it is a super sincere young Indian man whose mother’s life was saved when he was a child by the star’s charitable foundation, and an NRI girl who suffered racist teasing and found comfort through the words of her star. And now they are both recent college grads who climbed their way up the fan hierarchy, she works a boring job she hates and comes home to her tiny apartment and no friends and goes online to find a whole new world. He is struggling in Indian poverty, devoting himself to charitable work in the stars name in between running his family’s small business (internet cafe, thus the online access), song intercutting their two lives as they go about their days.

            And then I think he is the one who secretly infiltrates her twitter account, but once he gets to know her for real and sees that she isn’t some rich stuck up NRI but a sad lonely young woman with self-esteem issues, he feels guilty and also starts to fall in love with her. She figures out who he is a little later, but learns enough to know that he is a sincerely good guy who didn’t really lie in any of their interactions and finds herself still in love with him, even though she now knows the truth.

            And I guess the happy ending is her taking her American training (maybe she is an overworked resident in an American inner city hospital feeling like she never really helps her patients or makes a connection with anyone?) and using it in his small town to help his charity work. Oh! And both the movie stars can come together to give the funds for her clinic!!!!

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    • Kangana has jumped on the patriotic ship with Akshay Kumar. There was even a video message for the PM on his birthday. This movie feels like an advert for her political ambitions.It won’t be just Kangana fans but the BJP cyber cells may also be helping with the online promotions-in the form of comments, likes & tweets. I am also seeing multiple positive articles on the teaser posted in several online portals. This is where you can really see a narrative being created using the social media. Irrespective of the box office performance, Kangana is setting the tone for her nationalistic public persona with this film.

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      • It could also be a way of taking her feminism and re-appropriating it into a safe space. Putting it in a patriotic historical setting where female strength had to be used.

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  7. Big, extra war stuff like this is my guilty pleasure (I actually enjoyed Bajirao and Padmaavat) but I agree, there’s something lacking. Her voice doesn’t sound…official enough. Or maybe commanding is a better word, she doesn’t sound like a fearless leader. You’re also spot on with the effects, it didn’t feel like they were facing an intimidating British army, it felt like at most a small group. I’m still hoping for something mildly enjoyable, but it seems like they kind of just stitched together all the scenes of Kangana looking cool, and that’s fine for 2 minutes, but I’m definitely going to need more substance in the whole film!

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    • I think you got it with “commanding”. Based on this little teaser (which isn’t much to go on) she hasn’t figured out a way to say her lines royally. And yes, her voice is naturally light, but there must be a way to use her voice to the utmost even with that limitation.

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  8. I just gotta say that saying women in general, or any woman in particular, doesn’t have the right “voice” for something is classic sexism. Doesn’t sound authoritative, sounds shrill, too much vocal fry, not right for radio, not right for sports announcing. It goes on and on. Whatever we end up thinking about the movie, I’m pretty sure Kangana would have acted the role with sincerity. I’m not an actor but I’m guessing embodying the character authentically probably means using her own voice, whatever it sounds like. Of course there’s voice training, etc, but we have no way of knowing what voice training she has or hasn’t had.

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    • Yeah, I know people who have been a victim of “voice” comments. It cuts both ways sometimes, in my history of communication class in college we learned that women were hired as telephone operators because they were supposed to have more pleasing voices. So the voice both disqualifies you for the better job and qualifies you for the service job. Or makes the job that you are qualified for into a service job because you are doing it?

      In this case, it’s vocal delivery that is bothering me not the pure content of her voice. If she hasn’t had the voice training to resonantly shout, then she should have spoken quietly and made an impact that way. Or she should have gotten the vocal training to shout from her diaphragm, knowing she would be in a film that required that kind of delivery. I have similar concerns about Arjun Kapoor in Panipat, a perfectly nice actor but I have never seen him convincingly use his voice in a trained way.

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  9. I like Krish, the director and initially wanted this to be a success for him – but, now with the turn of events, not sure if I still wish that. That he’s not mentioned anywhere in this post or the comments, makes me wish that this film on release turns into a disastrous flop

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  10. Well it was just a teaser so the only thing I noticed was her performance(which I thought was intense .She had that fierce look on her face) and some of the CGI which did look a little odd to me.Now if I think about it one of those fight scenes looked a little bit odd as well.Let’s see how it all turns out in the end.

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    • CGI often looks odd in teasers and then fine in the finished film. Of course, that’s with teasers that are released months in advance. The Zero teaser for instance, the first teaser looked terrible and then the next one several months later was far far far far better. But then they don’t have several months for this film, how much CGI improvement can there be in a few months?

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