Wow. I actually got a little teary-eyed at a Salman Khan movie trailer. I’m stunned!
Making it more interesting, this is a remake of a film where all they kept was the heart of it and the big glitz was added on top. So if they were being super practical, they would say “let’s have the trailer spoil the bits people could find out by googling the original and hide the bits that are different”. But instead the spoiled all the different bits and held off on the heart.
It makes me have hope for the film because it seems to be saying they have so much respect for the emotional part of the film, they don’t want to cheapen it by throwing it into the trailer. They want to just give us a taste and not let it overpower. It works for me, because while the “traveling through Indian history” bits are fun, and I am excited about Kat’s role and all that, once Jackie Shroff shows up and we see the little boy turning into the man with the hand-lettered sign, so much more powerful all of a sudden.
Oh, and the background music is super good! Vishal-Shekhar always have a basic level of quality they don’t drop below, but every once in a while they can rise above it surprisingly high. This time the music in the background was really driving it along.
Speaking of rising above, it’s a bit early to say for sure, but I think this might be one of those rare “good” Salman performances, the ones where he does more than just entertaining and playing to the galleries. Just the voice over is calmer and subtler than I am used to from his line delivery.
Oh, and plot. Looks like 5 sections, to match the posters already released. As a young man he worked as a circus stunt man and had a fling with Disha Patani. Then he got a job in the oil fields with Katrina as his supervisor and survived a cave-in. Then he was working on an ail ship that was taken by pirates in the 90s. And then in the late 90s/2000s he is a middle-aged man waiting at the border. And finally in the present he is telling this story.
I think all of these sections are good ideas, except maybe the pirate section. Too blatantly a rip off of Captain Phillips and it doesn’t feel like there is a character need for it. He was a reckless young man and the audience gets exciting stunts and fun songs in the circus sequence. The oil fields show him maturing, falling in love, having a flashback to his childhood when he faces death. And then the middle-aged section is him with a family and a wife and everything good but still feeling that emptiness. The ship section doesn’t bring anything new for the character or for the audience, he’s already faced death and we already got our action scenes.
But those flashbacks! The plot of the original is a little boy who is separated from his father and big sister in Partition. He spends his life taking care of his mother and siblings but always missing his sister and father. Finally, in late middle-age, he is able to meet his sister one more time. And we can see that just hinted at in the little bits here and there, Jackie telling him good-bye and to always remember his name, a little boy calling for his father from the overstuffed train, and then the shots of him waiting at the border. Most of all, the lack of Tabu in the trailer. I assume she plays the adult sister and it is perfect casting, she and Salman have been together so much over the years, and she brings an immediate soothing big sister vibe. Although, if it turns out he is just waiting for stupid Jackie Shroff and they cut the sister plot, I will be super upset.
Oh, and Kat! I am so glad Priyanka isn’t in this role. Kat and Salman have an immediate softness and sweetness in their connection, Priyanka doesn’t have that. And Kat playing the English speaking Christian supervisor of the oil fields is a perfect role for her. With another actress it would come off as bossy and mean and Salman has to “wear her down”. But with Kat, there is a kind of wistfulness and loneliness built in which makes us see and understand why she would fall for Salman.
To sum up, I love it! And I am very excited. How about you?