Second post, updated with subtitles and some fan theories from the comments on the first post! And also, just to make sure it didn’t get lost in the flurry of other Shahrukh Day postings.
Here’s the trailer again, now with subtitles:
So, Shahrukh is a 38 year old bachelor whose family is against him getting married. But he sees a photo of Anushka and falls in love at first sight, ready to do whatever it takes to win her. Until he learns that she is in a wheelchair. At first that puts him off, but then he gets over it and starts spouting romantic dialogue and singing for her and just generally giving her the whole SRK treatment, until she is won over.
At which point there is an odd combination of two lines with Spandana pointed out in the comments on the original post. The first says that he was not happy with equal and normal, and the second says that when his dream was taken away he decided to take away the dream of all of India. So either he dumps Anushka in preference for Kat (“not happy with normal”) or Anushka dumps him and he dates Kat in revenge (“dream taken away”).
See, this is my Aanand L Rai concern! He’s only made 4 movies and all of them have featured an unbalanced romance with a hero who has serious flaws. Not big Greek tragedy flaws, but petty little ones. SPOILERS FOR PREVIOUS RAI FILMS FOLLOW In n Tanu Weds Manu (SPOILERS) Maddy is the kind of guy who falls in love with a woman’s appearance and doesn’t even need to talk to her, he does a bit of work to redeem himself, but in the end he gets everything he wants because she comes around. In Raanjhana (SPOILERS) Dhanush stalks Sonam and thinks she “owes” him love, sabotages her romance with the man she really loves out of petty jealousy and even causes his death, tries to redeem himself and Sonam realizes her love for him when it is too late because she has set him up to die in vengeance. In Tanu Weds Manu Returns (SPOILERS) Maddu and Kangana fight constantly and decide to divorce, he falls in love with a perfectly nice new woman, woos and wins her and sets up their wedding, and then Kangana decides to go back to him and he gets the wife he really wanted without doing any work and breaking the heart of the new woman. SPOILERS OVER
So, this is Rai’s pattern. His heroes are human and petty and flawed, do terrible things in the name of “love”, and some times his heroines do too. His endings almost read as cynical takes on romantic fantasy, the couple MUST end up together even if they will torture each other and make each other miserable and have already done terrible things to each other.
From the rest of the trailer, we get that Shahrukh and Kat are together for some amount of time, either just one day/night which is still enough to kill the Shahrukh-Anushka romance, or months and months. Anushka is dressed fancy in wedding clothes going down the street in her wheelchair, Kat is maybe in a wheelchair as well also dressed fancy, Shahrukh goes to America at some point, and then he ends by saying he will literally go to the moon for love, not just a metaphor.
MKY pointed out in the comments that Anushka is giving a talk earlier with the moon on a screen behind her, so perhaps she is a scientist studying the moon. And Angie added that Maddy was in America at NASA for a while, so maybe he is a scientist also. MKY suggested that perhaps Shahrukh, as a Little Person, is the only one who can go on a mission to the moon to prove Anushka’s theory, maybe that is his big gesture of love.
I would be okay with that. Rai’s biggest problem is either the thing his character’s do is so horrible that it cannot ever be forgiven, or it is petty and minor but they never put in any effort to make up for it so they still can’t be forgiven. If Shahrukh dumps Anushka for Kat, for me that would be so horrible it can’t ever be forgiven, he can go off to the moon and die for all I care and Anushka can stay on earth and marry Maddy and be better off. But if Shahrukh and Anushka have a fight and he rebounds with Kat and forgets her for a while, then goes all the way to the moon to earn back her love, that I would be happy with.