What a lovely thing to wake up to! I had a really bad day yesterday, no particular reason, and then I woke up this morning to have these two lovely videos waiting to cheer me up and start the day off right.
I have no idea what this song means for the narrative. Do you? It’s possible the whole thing will turn out to be a play within a play type thing, this could be the opening (all the characters setting up the stage and preparing for their roles) and then the movie opens out to be a real “movie” as the play continues, like Olivier’s Henry V. Or this could be the happy ending, Rajkummar taking all the real people and having them help him turn their real story into a play.
I guess the one thing this says for sure is that there will be a Happy Ending! I can’t imagine a movie with this song in it ending on a downer note. The other songs have been happy-ish too, but this is such a declaration of good things to come and happy ever afters, it couldn’t be put in a movie that ends with the traditional Lesbian suicide. Which also means, yaaay! I can go opening night with friends! I was going to wait and be the canary in a coal mine for dead Lesbian endings, but no need! I am showing up opening night with like 5 queer girls.
“Good Morning” is pretty much the song of the year for me already, but the other trailer today isn’t that bad. Luka Chuppi, which seems to have a great hilarious farcical plot. And, like all true farces, it functions by puncturing assumptions and questioning the meaning of everything.
Kartik Aaryan is fine, pretty much the same style of performance I’d seen before in everything but Akaash Vani. But Kriti is a delight! I like her character right away, but I also find her entertaining, all her lines are said in a way I would not have anticipated (if that makes sense). This movie and her Diljit one have been weirdly delayed and after a long gap from her break-out performance in Bareilly Ki Barfi, so I am glad it was worth waiting for. Both for her performance and for the character, which isn’t quite the usual either.
I am so happy a film is finally taking on the myths of “Live-In”. The myth being that there is any real difference between “live-in” and marriage, beyond what is in your own head. Even before the misunderstandings, the two characters seem to be planning on “live-in” in a way that punctures what it is supposed to be. No, Kriti isn’t going to turn into a willing sex toy just because they are living together before marriage. And they aren’t making the decision because of some moment of high romance. It’s as prosaic as any other decision, and they are going to fight and talk and do everything else any couple would do. The only difference is, they aren’t making a life time commitment, they are just trying it out.
And then once they are mistaken for actually being married, that’s when the farce that points out flaws of society really gets going. Because, ultimately, what is the difference between Live-in and marriage? It’s what people think. If everyone thinks they are married and treats them as married, than they basically ARE married, even if they say it is just “live-in”.
My hope is that we get a final twist. It starts with Karthik wanting an engagement and everything proper, and Kriti suggesting a live-in trial first. Then the flip when we learn it won’t be “live-in” like other movies with constant sex and joyfulness, but like it is in reality, two people figuring things out. And the second flip when they are mistaken for being married and get all the hassle and expectations of marriage without having done the ceremony. But what I really want is a third flip, a decision that even though they are already living together, even though everyone thinks they are married, they want to have a ceremony committing to each other for life just for themselves. Wouldn’t that be nice? An ending of a couple discovering the true meaning of marriage, not all the social stuff around it but just the commitment between each other that makes it a little more than just “live-in”?
Okay, now I am going to go watch “Good Morning” five more times and then go to work.