New Kalank song! Really lovely visuals, very “big” feeling. And a pretty nice sound, but not mindblowing. Although it is also the kind of song that sometimes isn’t mindblowing on the first listen, and then sticks in your mind.
While Madhuri is having her class, outside there is a big festival for Hanuman (I think). Alia seems to be a wealthy and respectable young woman who is attending the street festival. She hears Madhuri singing and is drawn to the sound, ends up going into her class room and joining in the song, and then the dance. If Madhuri was a Tawaif, this would be an interesting statement about a gently raised respectable young woman who is drawn to the outside of society group because of their shared art. But she isn’t, she is some other thing I can’t quite identify, so I’m not clear on if this is a nice respectable moment of Alia finding a singing teacher, or a reveal of Alia’s interest in something that is below her station.
Varun Dhawan on the other hand is DEFINITELY below her station. He has a little bit of eyeliner and is wearing a Pathani suit (I think) which feels like maybe Muslim? But whether or not he is Muslim, he is clearly coded as lower class than Alia, hanging out with his friends on the outskirts of the festival, muscular and long haired with no jewelry or turban or anything.
Oh, and the title is something about “come home, foreigner” or something. With the way Alia seems to be new in town, could be related to that. Or I guess Varun could be new in town too.
Plotwise, looks like Alia and Varun keep missing each other at the festival, haven’t met yet. But at the end, it looks like Alia’s voice attracts his attention and he starts walking towards Madhuri’s classroom. So maybe he already fell in love with her voice and has been looking for someone who sings like that, or maybe he falls in love at first hearing just now. Or maybe it is just an oddly edited song video.
Most of all, super romantic and fun, isn’t it? It doesn’t have that heavy historic weight feeling of the Bhansali movies, where it’s like we are being told that this love story is very very serious and we should take it seriously and not just enjoy it. This feels like something we can enjoy without feeling bad for enjoying it.
Oh, and Madhuri doesn’t dance, but Alia does. I have three theories as to why this is:
- Alia is really not that great of a dancer, so they were careful to make sure she and Madhuri aren’t dancing at the same time so we are less likely to notice.
- Madhuri just can’t dance any more, because she OLD
- They are trying to build to Madhuri dancing, both within the film and in the audience as they release these trailers one by one, so we don’t get to see it in her first intro scene/song.
Now, wishes for the film based on this:
- Madhuri to do a spectacular dance that also has some plot purpose, like she has to distract the guards so her beloved student Alia can escape to her true love.
- Varun and Alia to have a ridiculous fantasy fairy tale love story, falling in love at first sight and throwing flowers at each other, none of that modern “realistic” stuff.
- Varun to be a Noble Poor Man in the classic tradition.
- Varun and Aditya Roy Kapoor (evil sneering wealthy prince) to have a sword fight at some point