Well, we have a song that openly imitates every other club song ever, and a trailer that openly imitates every space movie ever. Hurrah for Indian ingeniuity (I’m grumpy this morning).
Saaho song! At least Prabhas looks less like a marionette whose arms are being controlled by a puppeteer with no sense of rhythm than he has in the past. Shraddha looks great and dances well. But the overall song is just kind of dull. And I honestly can’t tell if it is supposed to be set in the future or in the present, it just looks like standard “nightclub number”.
And then we have Mission Mangal, which looks to be a mish-mosh of Hidden Figures and every other American space movie ever. And like Hidden Figures, we will have lots and lots of actresses doing the heavy lifting, and then the one Savior Male figure at the center of it. Lovely.
And also a bit strange, I believe the idea with Hidden Figures was that they need lots of manpower/brainpower to crunch the numbers and so they hired women of color to do the essentially “menial tasks” version of math. They were smart women who made a big contribution, but the reason there were so many women of color was because it was not expected to be a big contribution. In today’s world, where we have computers to do that number crunching, I wonder what the justification will be for so many women to be part of this project? Instead of male scientists as would be statistically more common in an Indian workplace?
Anyway, Nithya Menon! Vidya Balan! Taapsee Pannu! Sonakshi Sinha! Kirti Kulhari! I love all these women and am thrilled they will be in a movie. There, I found something nice to say about an Akshay Kumar soft-patriotism film.