Trailers! Aryan as Simmba, Bhumi and Taapsee As Old Ladies

Huh! Two teaser trailers today and I’m not sure what to think about either of them. Luckily, I have you all to help me decide what to think!

After the character teaser for Mufasa/Shahrukh, now we have one for Aryan/Simmba. And yes, he sounds distractingly like his father. Which is kind of the point, the film will feel that much richer because the father-son voices sound like an actual father and son.

And Aryan does okay! Although this is also the simplest kind of dialogue, he’s just doing a monologue, he doesn’t have to react or interact with any other actors, or do any emotion beyond “steadily stating what I want to say”. Mostly I really liked Karan’s cute tweet about it. I know Karan puts on a show in his public persona a lot of the time, but this felt honest:

Of course, then I accidentally read the reactions and now I am depressed. Why is Karan even on twitter? He only gets hate!

And then there is the Saand Ki Aankh teaser! Which looks like a fun movie, maybe some stuff about the women’s difficult lives before they became sharp shooters, and definitely the image of these farm woman shooting massive guns is great. But at least in the teaser, they are almost all in their older years. I guess it’s like the Simba teaser, it doesn’t mean that much about the rest of the film, it could be 90% youthful and the teaser is just trying to bring you in with the old lady hook. But if it turns out to be almost all old lady stories, I will wish they had cast actual old ladies to play the role.

22 thoughts on “Trailers! Aryan as Simmba, Bhumi and Taapsee As Old Ladies

  1. Color me surprised because Aryan has been received extremely well. He has managed to overcome all the previous nepotism bashing that came when his name was announced. Twitter is full of praise and asking him to become an actor. I think even SRK noticed how positive the response is and tweeted to thank everyone.
    My own opinion is that he sounds fabulous – better than his father. Oddly enough, when they dubbed for The Incredibles together, Aryan was a lot better than SRK even then. I remember he won some kind of voice award at the time. I think he was only 7 years old then.
    Anyway, we will see how the full movie is received. If Aryan does well, I think the stage will be set in case he wants to try out being an actor.

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  2. As for Karan Johar, he needs to stay far away from Aryan. Nobody likes him and all he does is bring hate for everyone he supports.

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  3. I am weirdly excited to watch both movies. I love that Aaryan sounds so much like SRK. Also, to me, as long as directors continue to make the Khans and Akshay Kumar appear as a 20/30 something year old characters (e.g. Bharat), I am okay with Taapsee and Bhumi portraying 60 something year old women.

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    • I am okay with Taapsee and Bhumi portraying 60 something women, but unless they do a really spectacular job, I will be made about Shabana and Dimple NOT playing those roles.

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  4. I know now that Aryan both looks and sounds like Shahrukh and it’s messing with my head! When I first watched this I thought that was Shahrukh speaking in the beginning! I actually thought that Aryan’s voice acting in this clip was really good! I like Shahrukh and all but I felt like he was really miscast as Mufasa and honestly I wasn’t that impressed with his monologue. Aryan on the other hand I feel like will make a great Simba. The movie as a whole though I’m still not excited about. Out of all of the Disney live action remakes this really seems like the blandest and I hate how super uncanny valley realistic they made everything. Everything looks so drab and boring. Good emotive voice acting creates such a disconnect because of how unexpressive the lions are.

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    • You are right, it does look drab! It hadn’t hit me until you pointed it out. And colorless too, I wonder if there was some extra challenge to doing the lions in multiple colors? Because so far it all seems to be taking place at twilight in a land of dust.

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      • Yeah, what is up with that? They made it overly realistic and drab and the lions have no expressions. It actually helps in the Hindi dubbing because now it doesn’t look weird when the voice doesn’t match the mouth movement. But it’s terrible for the English version.
        It’s also getting bad reviews apparently. Currently 58% on Rotten Tomatoes with 78 reviews. Ouch. For a Disney movie, that’s bad.

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        • It will be interesting to track how it does in India. If it is better than in overseas, I’ll chalk it up to the big name voice actors.

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          • I’m more willing to watch the Hindi dub than the original English version at this point not going to lie. I’m not too surprised that it’s getting a negative score. The past few Disney live action remakes have all been poorly received. Honestly I think the only good ones they’ve made so far were Cinderella and The Jungle Book. I hated Beauty and the Beast even though so many people loved it.

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          • I haven’t seen any of the Disney movies, but I can’t understand the purpose of them really. Cinderella, maybe, because that’s a story that is bigger than the film and the movie is pretty old and (I think) they made substantial changes in the remake. But it sounds like most of the other films are fairly straightforward? Just the animated version with a few tweaks and done live?

            On Thu, Jul 11, 2019 at 6:27 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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          • Money of course. However the intent and quality of the films vary. Some of them are shot for shot remakes like Beauty and the Beast with a few superficial and unnecessary additions and some of them try to do something different by changing the main central narrative (The Jungle Book, and Cinderella to some extent). Now that I think about it most of the shot for shot remakes seem to be the 90s films. Maybe this is because all of the adults of today grew up with the Disney Renaissance films. I am interested in what they are going to do with Mulan because it looks like it’s going to be a proper historical based off of the actual legend instead of the disney film.

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          • What you say about Mulan is interesting! And that one feels like there is the greatest possibility for difference, it’s not a “fairy tale” exactly to begin with, so moving it out of animation would allow it to be a totally different movie. I guess The Lion King is the same, if they really wanted to do Hamlet there are a lot of options. But they went another way.

            On Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 1:31 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  5. Kjo knows that apart from a section of audience ppl HATE him due to nepotism ,elite behavior ,hardik pandya etc
    What was the need for him to put the tweet ??!
    Srk is soft launching his child ,let him handle it.
    As far as sand ki aankh is concerned the makers have said that they initially considered age appropriate actresses bt they refused due to heavy shooting etc.
    Also they need saleable actors to market the movie.

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    • KJo damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. Nobody likes his enthusiasm and it brings hate for Aryan. But if he didn’t post, people would still call him a snake and bash him that he didn’t support Aryan after everything SRK has done for him.

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      • Yep. And most importantly, I think he really does love Aryan and it sucks that he’s not allowed to express the normal human excitement he feels without getting bashed up.

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  6. Hi Margaret ,I am in a dilemma
    I m huge rajkumar rao fan and the trailer also looks promising.
    So want to watch it.
    Bt at the same time the female lead is toxic like hell and I can’t stand her.
    I also know that the more her collection increases the more she will be a pain.
    So should i watch it or boycott the film ?

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    • Oh! This is when you use the my trick! Buy a ticket to a different movie, you are supporting the theater where you are watching the film, but your money isn’t contributing to the box office for it. It also isn’t contributing to Rajkummar’s career, but I think he is doing well and can survive one picture flopping.

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      • Its pvr the biggest cinema chain in the country.
        They don’t require my money

        Maybe for love of rkr , I may watch it in piracy. as inn sure I can’t survive spoilers till it comes on alt balaji.

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  7. Just saw the Saand ki Aankh trailer and.. what the eff? They don’t even look old! It just looks like young girls with fake gray hair wearing body suits. They don’t even have the body language of old people. Taapsee is standing up ramrod straight like a model would which I don’t think any grandma would be able to emulate. It’s like a parody!

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