Oh boy, two more remixes. It’s getting kind of ridiculous. Oh, and also a new Ek Ladki trailer, which looks SAD.
Total Dhamaal continues to look not that good. When your one big song is a remix, that’s usually not a good sign. Especially if you have Madhuri as one of your leads and she barely dances in it. And the original version is SO MUCH FUN!!!! They can’t possibly compete.
See???? This is just bleh by comparison. And terribly unimaginative, it’s a movie about a chase for a treasure, so they picked a theme song called “Paisa Yeh Paisa”. And then it is just people in glitzy costumes mugging for the camera. No fun choreography, no super interesting sets, nothing compared to what is provided in the original version. I wouldn’t even be talking about it if it weren’t for Madhuri.
Speaking of remixes, here is another one! At least this one is a little imaginative. Still not as fun as the first version, but not necessarily trying to compete with it. This version is kind of stripped down, I think only one costume change, no big chorus behind them, it’s almost a statement on filmi versus not filmi songs, Kartik and Kriti are trapped in this fake-filmi world that isn’t as bright and elaborate as the real filmi world, trying to follow the paces. Oh, and I really like that it is an equal dance! Kriti and Kartik are doing the same steps in the same way next to each other.
But yeah, the original is SO MUCH MORE FUN!!!!! Really a reminder of how much bigger dances used to be. Poorer film quality, less camera movement, less editing, natural lighting, but so many more dancers, and so many more clever things down with the dancers. I love the bit where they have different colored costumes front and back.
And then we have the Ek Ladki trailer. BollywoodNewbie/Alisa was just mentioning in a comment that it could be a problem that the trailers are selling a happy family movie and it has this secret coming out storyline inside of it. This is the trailer that FINALLY hints at that dark part.
But, I hope, still indicates a happy ending. Since the big words they are using are “Family-Love-Acceptance”. And I am also wondering if maybe the reason for the whole “play” storyline is that Sonam is planning to come out through the play that Rajkummar wrote for her, and by forcing her family to sit down and watch and listen to her story, they come to accept her.