I can’t believe it, Karan released this on twitter exactly 5 minutes after I went to bed. He must be watching me through his secret cameras and waiting until I go to sleep and only then releasing new stuff. Evil Karan! EVIL! Or at least, a little mean.
New Simmba song! Which is yet another 90s remix. Here’s the thing with 90s remixes, it seems like most of the time they are more ironic and hipster than sincere. A sincere 90s tribute would look like this:
The 90s songs had a specific look to them, colorful costumes, bright natural outside lighting, large chorus, and often a boy-girl challenge duet. On top of a catchy song with nonsense lyrics. They were about showing off, the two characters showing off to each other and the choreographer showing off how extreme his dance moves could be, and the director showing off how large his vision could be. They worked best on the big screen so all this Bigness could be enjoyed. And they worked best if everyone was very proud and excited about what they were doing, not one scrap of embarrassment or self-awareness, just confidence.
But now, that kind of confidence and Bigness isn’t “cool”. Everything has to be a meta commentary on emotions instead of the emotions themselves. BOOO! BOOO to that, is what I say!
What I find interesting about this remix is that Rohit Shetty actually is very good at that Big and Confident attitude. I expect and hope that the other songs from the film will be filled with backup dancers and crazy moves and ridiculous color combinations and all the rest of it. But this is the remix, so it can’t be like that.
My understanding is, the “cool kids” like to listen to 90s remixes at their dance clubs with DJs who mix them all together into some sort of noxious anti-melodic thing that works well if you are slightly drunk and jumping around a lot with your endorphins going. And so the 90s remix should reflect that experience, not the original mood of happy sunshine and silly, but the new mood of dark clubs and loud noise.
And so we have gone from this, which makes me smile and go “ahhhh”.
To this, which makes me go “AHHHH! My head!!!!” and start seeing spots in front of my eyes.
Alternatively, I was just up way too late last night at my quilters Christmas party (those old ladies can PARTY) and now I am grumpy.
Oh, and before I forget, there is also the cameos from the Golmaal gang, which is just WEIRD and brings in even more of the questions I had from the trailer about a) is Rohit Shetty building a combined Shetty-verse? and b) Does he have no faith at all in Ranveer’s ability to carry this movie?