I wouldn’t bother with this trailer if it were just another Amitabh revenge thriller type thing, but it’s produced by Red Chillies, which adds on another layer of interest.
And then came Ittefaq. Shahrukh is not in the movie, he found the script and decided he wanted to produce but not star in it. And it was a nice tidy little success. Not big and fancy, not something that loudly announces “our studio has ARRIVED”, but small and solid and smart.
And now here comes Badla. Ittefaq was co-produced by Dharma and a resurrected BR Chopra films. It wasn’t Red Chillies out on their own. And it had a good cast, but none of them were known as picky big name stars, easy to produce with them. Badla is the same kind of movie in genre, another thriller. That’s a good sign, whoever is picking scripts at Red Chillies is being cautious and sticking with what they know works for them. But the cast and creative and co-producers are something else entirely from Ittefaq.
Directed by Sujoy Ghosh, who did my beloved Jhankaar Beats, and also Kahaani. He is a name to reckon with, you need to be a bit of a gutsy producer to take him on. No big name co-producer, just “Azure Productions”, Ghosh’s own banner. Red Chillies is all alone here in providing the money, the marketing, the everything. And starring Amitabh Bachchan. That immediately moves this film to a higher level of expectations and attention than Ittefaq or Always Kabhi Kabhi. This is like real grown-up studio producing, find a talented director with a good story, bring in a big name star, put up the money for it, supervise the filming, create the marketing campaign, the whole deal. Just like UTV does or Reliance or Dharma or YRF. This is a big leap for Red Chillies, out of the awkward growth period and into maturity. And also into being more than just a vanity studio for a single star, but something that can grow and support the industry as a separate entity (and support the star himself if he chooses to stop working).
As for the trailer itself, yet another Amitabh older smart guy revenge drama. He does these roles very very well and I am not tired of them yet, but isn’t it funny how MANY of them he is doing lately? I’m excited for Taapsee too, I like seeing her play off these older actors and do it well and she and Amitabh have established chemistry from Pink. Plus, I’m excited she is getting steady work, she works more than almost any other actress I can think of besides Shraddha Kapoor. Oh, and the look of it is really cool. At least, for a trailer. In the film itself I may get sick of the slanted angles and cold grey tones