I almost put up a post just for Kedarnath yesterday, but patience was rewarded and today there are two other trailers to go along with it.
Kedarnath first, because it was the first one to release and that seems only fair! To me, it looks surprisingly good. It’s hard to tell with the sort of quick cuts and editing and so on, it’s possible that this is just the very best parts, but it doesn’t seem likely because they are the kind of things that I would expect to be embedded in the middle of other good parts. Like, you don’t just have Sushant’s hand reaching under water, presumably there will be a whole sequence under water. And there won’t just be a few shots where Sara’s face looks interesting and different, it will be the whole film. And you don’t just have a few moments of gorgeous scenic beauty, it’s the whole film.
Sara was really exciting for me, soooooo much more interesting and different in motion than in still photos. Which is a good thing for a movie actress! If she has to be boring somewhere it should be in the still photos, not in motion. In still photos I can hardly tell her from the other young actresses. But in this, she looks just like her mother (who didn’t really look like any other actress) with a few moments that also bring in her grandmother, and some stuff that is unique to her! Most of all, she feels so much older than I expected. I don’t know why that is surprising me, she is 24 after all and took her time before her launch, again I guess the still photos confused me. But in this she feels confident and adult and interesting. Bottom line, I’m excited! How about you?
And then there’s the new Thugs song! Which has a tiny “spoiler” in it, but not really. At the end of the song you explicitly see Aamir and Amitabh and Fatima fighting together back to back. So, SHOCKER, Aamir at some point is going to stop working for the British (as shown in the full length trailer) and come around to working with Amitabh and Fatima.
The music isn’t bad, especially as it is used here as kind of a martial rhythm under a fight scene. I did get a little distracted by Katrina. Speaking of Sara looking like everyone else in stills but like herself in a movie, Katrina is the opposite sometimes. And in this song I kept thinking she was Malaika Arora Khan! I don’t know what it was about her face here, but ever close-up I kept thinking “wait, is Malaika doing an item song? Or is that Katrina again?”
And finally, MADDY!!!!! Who is directing now? That was the most exciting part of the trailer for me, seeing him listed as director. Although I am also very excited about the storyline, instead of blindly selling patriotism, Maddy is telling a story of how the triumphs of India are balanced by the small-mindedness and corruption of India. Such a depressing story, brilliant scientist who got caught up in a vendetta between his boss and the security services, was wrongfully arrested and accused of treason, trapped in a years long nightmare as he attempted to clear his name and was tortured by petty tyrants while his work sent India to the stars.
Anyway, MADDY! Being all smart and tormented and sincere, both in his character in the film and as a producer/director choosing to tell this story. Also, I don’t think I recognized his voice in the voice over. That is his voice, isn’t it?