What a trailer-riffic day today! I guess everyone is putting stuff out now before Diwali when we still have time to focus on it.
Thugs again! This time, a glimpse of Katrina’s song. And YRF trying to gaslight us. They did a short song trailer and put a big thing at the end saying “full song only available in theaters”. So that we will all go “oh wow, how different! Instead of releasing the whole song in advance, they are going to make us see it in theaters! How outside the box and original, let’s all talk about it endlessly and help build buzz!”
But, EVERYONE DOES THIS!!!! That is, the song video that releases in advance is always an edited down version of what is in theaters. The only new thing here is acknowledging that instead of pretending it is the full song. As someone who pays attention to things instead of just blindly believing hype, I am very aware that the “full song only available in theaters” has been true since song trailers started being put on youtube. And actually what would be remarkable is if they put out a big thing saying “This is the exact same song you will see in theaters”. And why have they been doing it this way anyway? Just assumption of short attention span?
Here, I’ll show you what I mean. Here is the new Thugs trailer:
And here is the trailer for “Manwa Laage”:
And here is the Full Song of “Manwa Laage” as shown in the movie:
The Thugs song is a very very short version, but just saying it is different from the full theatrical version, that’s nothing new, it’s always different.
Okay, wrenching myself away from petty discussion of promotional tactics, I will address the actual content of the song. Looks like Kat’s character is going to be a Naach girl who performs for the British. I have hopes that it will end up she is undercover as well and working with Aamir. I have fears that it will turn out she is foolishly unaware of her own oppression and Aamir will have to “teach” her. I am almost positive that it will not simply be a Naach Girl and soldier romance.
Moving on, Pihu trailer! Full warning, if you are a parent this is going to be a very difficult watch. But it’s a fascinating concept! All the little dangers of common everyday household things when a child is unsupervised.
I also had that little voice in my head saying “but, what about all the unsupervised small children I saw on the road in India?” Because it’s true, very very young children are everywhere without an adult in sight. I’m not saying their parents were at fault, or even that they were in danger (I can’t judge another parent). But it’s an odd thing to think about, that this movie is so terrifying because we are seeing a contained version in an upper middle-class home, but when we see the exact same thing every day on the streets, your eyes just look past it.
Simmba first look! Which is really just a bunch of behind the scenes action shots. I guess this is the new thing? After Saaho yesterday. Somehow more intellectual than just doing a big action sequence, giving you an idea of the work behind it. What I found really interesting is that Rohit Shetty is highlighted almost as much as Ranveer. I guess for this film they are looking for die hard action fans instead of die hard Ranveer fans.
And finally, Maddy!!!!!! Who is doing what all men of a certain age should do, and shifting to character roles. He was the “hero” in Vikram-Vedha and Saala Khadoos, but as much a character actor as a hero, not one dimensional and perfect by any means. In Breathe he was the straight up villain, and in this one he is going to be the villain again. And a villain who looks far more interesting than the standard hero! Naga Chaitanya is playing the hero, looks like your usual “seems a casual campus type but can turn into a superhero when aroused” kind of guy. But Maddy is the mysterious figure controlling all the strings and so on and so forth, way way cooler.
Oh, and it’s a Telugu film! I don’t think this is Maddy’s first Telugu film, but interesting that he is branching out into a different industry. Probably not a lot of work for him, could be he spends the entire film walking around one set reciting dialogue into a blue tooth headset (doesn’t even have to bother holding up a prop phone).
So, what do you think? Out of all of these, which do you want to watch?