Thank you anonymous commentator for alerting me to the new Nani trailer! And thank you Karan Johar to alerting me to the new SOTY2 trailer. Although, that’s kind of his job, so I don’t know if I have to thank him for that.
It feels like a movie I have seen before. A little bit ’83 with Nivin Pauly, a little bit Dhoni, a little bit Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna. Also, a little bit 17 Again with Zac Efron. Oh, and Rock On! A little bit Rock On too. Lost glory of youth, depressing present, slowly rebuilding your life, nagging wife/mother/father. But, does my cheerful happy Nani fit within this dark world of disappointment and regret? I believe he can play the role, I just don’t know if it is the best for his star persona to branch out like this.
Oh, and also, I HATE the nagging wife plots!!! Especially contrasted with the “at least my son loves and respects me, I’m doing this all for him” plot. Why can’t the wife be supportive? Why can’t he be doing it all for her? Instead, I am expecting a bunch of boring repetitive scenes of her being all “we have to be practical” and him being all “but it’s my dream, I am dying inside”, and then on the day of the Big Game, she finally comes around and gives him that last bit of support that allows him to do the Big Thing and win the game.
It’s also really well directed and acted and the music in the background is great. So I’m definitely watching it, and will probably enjoy it, even if I am waiting the whole time for Nani to start smiling and dancing again, and gritting my teeth at the predictable wife role.
Now, Student of the Year 2! Pretty much as expected, Tiger is the new boy in school, Tara is the fancy rich girl, Ananya is the tough sporty girl, there’s some kind of a love triangle. New twist, they are fighting not just for the internal Student of the Year trophy, but against the evil enemy school for the Best School trophy.
That twist is kind of a big deal, it breaks the whole “Student of the Year” concept. That is, that Karan is launching three new actors equally. The first movie had a group of young actors, with the three leads taking center stage, friends and rivals and lovers and so on, the whole plot was about the three of them. But now, Tiger has his whole thing with the rival school, and separate from that also has the love triangle. It’s not really 3 equal leads, it’s one lead and two heroines.
I guess I should have expected it, with Tiger being cast despite being way far beyond his launch. It was never going to be super balanced. But I am still a little disappointed that the actresses are being turned into “just” heroines, not lead actors. Oh, and I am also squicked out that Tiger and his rival both look about 35 and the heroines look like the teenagers they are. At least in SOTY1, the two boys looked more like early 20s with their nice clean shaven faces. This is just creepy!
On the other hand, I have to admit the songs sound super good, and the dances and fight scenes look super fun, and I will definitely be seeing this movie opening night.