I don’t like this song teaser system because I feel like I should put up a thing for us to talk about it, but then I end up saying the same things about the teaser that I want to say about the full song and it is all just confusing. Luckily this time I can tuck the teaser in at the end of a post about an actual song.
Two problems with Alia. First, she can’t dance. It’s just painful watching her with Tiger. If she wasn’t being promoted as a big special star in this song, she would be sidelined more. But she is the big special star, so poor Tiger has to dance alongside her the whole time instead of breaking free and doing a solo.
And second problem, for her own star persona purposes she wants to be very sexy and groundbreaking. Pole dance, negligee, and so on. The idea being “watch this song/movie, it’s Alia like never before”. But I don’t think that extreme sex is a good fit for Alia, or even for the song. I am distracted by her trying so hard to be sexy and can’t enjoy the song.
You know what occurs to me watching this? I wonder if Jacqueline Fernandez was the original actress planned. She can do pole dancing, it’s her special skill. And she has worked with Tiger before in Flying Jatt. And she can keep up with him in this kind of a dance, and is naturally sexy in a way that would make wearing a negligee feel normal and not distracting. It even kind of feels like one of their Flying Jatt dances, “Beat Pe Booty”.
It is of course completely reasonable for Alia to do a cameo in SOTY2, it’s not like Karan is shoving her in where it doesn’t make sense. She was the lead of the first film, it’s a nice little nod to her former character. I think Varun and Sid are rumored to be doing cameos as well. Just, NOT IN THIS SONG!!!!! If she popped up for 30 seconds in the middle of some other song, any other song, that would be fine. But this is just a very bad fit. And I resent it more than usual because this is otherwise a very good song.
Now, Bharat teaser! We only get 20 seconds, but it all feels perfectly natural and normal for these two stars. If Tiger and Alia felt like a slightly out of tune piano, Salman and Katrina together in this song feel like a perfectly tuned orchestra.