I just put up a grumpy post about the trailer release, but that didn’t actually talk about the trailer itself. So now you get a short little post just about the trailer.
Ajay Devgan was announced as cast opposite Rakul Preet Singh, and immediately we all had “doom DOOM!” playing in our heads. Ajay has a habit of being cast opposite much much much much MUCH younger actresses and it being creepy and weird. And then Tabu was announced as also in the film, and we all had “But, she is so much better for him!” playing in our heads.
And now the trailer here, and it is acknowledging those reactions! Ajay plays his age, and Rakul plays even younger than her age, and right away we have society in the form of Ajay’s friend Javed Jaffrey saying “ew”. Not saying “good on you buddy, sex with a younger woman!” but instead saying “no, that is weird and yuchy and strange”.
And then Tabu shows up as his glamorous ex wife. And the film says “Shouldn’t he be with this woman, this beautiful age appropriate woman, instead of the other one?” His kids want it, his parents want it, even Rakul is threatened because he and Tabu obviously fit together.
Our fear was that the age gap wouldn’t even be acknowledged, yet another time that a much older man and a younger woman is normalized. Even worse would be if it was treated as a good thing, like obviously older men find younger women sexy and vice versa, playing in to male fantasy. But instead, the age gap is treated as the main problem with their romance! It is a bad thing, a thing everyone has problems with because it is obviously wrong. And Tabu is obviously right for Ajay and he should be with her.
Really, no matter how this love triangle resolves, the way the stage is set for the story means that everyone wins. Either Ajay and Rakul stay together and unlikely society breaking love, not to mention a happy divorce, is upheld. Or Ajay and Tabu get back together and the attractiveness of older women is upheld. So, I’m happy with this trailer. It probably won’t be my favorite film of the year, but it’s not offensive to me.
You are welcome to disagree of course, what’s your feeling?