Trailers! Trailers trailers! I already mentioned Dabangg 3 in a post somewhere, but I am dragging it up again along with the two other big films coming up.
Dabangg 3! Well, they solved the “how can we add to the story without losing what makes it fun?” problem! Looks like we get an origin story mixed with effects on the present day. I have nothing to actively complain about with this approach, the idea of Salman being inspired to be a police officer of a particular type thanks to a run in with a Big Bad that the lay can’t touch, and the idea of him having a tragic love story in his past inspiring him to be so quick and definite about his love when it happens a second time, that works for me. And obviously the casting of Sudeep as the Big Bad works also, and is smart, a really good charismatic actor who isn’t familiar to the Hindi audience and so won’t overshadow the “hero”.
The problem is, there’s also nothing that makes me sit up and go “oh boy I can’t wait to watch this!” It’s a decent twist on the same idea, but it’s still the same idea. There’s no growth of the central character after 3 films, and no growth of the essential questions of the film (answering to a higher law, and so on). I suppose I am really asking a bigger question, is a franchise about doing the same thing over and over again or is it about building on the foundation you established to do something slightly different every time? These are the questions Farhan Akhtar should ask himself while he WRITES DON 3!!!!!!
This is the exact same film over again and I don’t care. Anees Bazmi throws in a funny guy who falls in love with a funny girl, adds Anil Kapoor, some random slapstick action scenes, an item song, and a novelty rap, and I am there opening night. You shouldn’t necessarily be there opening night. Anees is very hit or miss on his films depending on the chemistry of the cast and the energy on set and all of these kind of lightening-in-a-bottle questions. Welcome was fun, Mubarakan was fun, Welcome Back was terrible, and so on. This one has Anil, John, Arshad, and Ileana, so I am hopeful.
And finally, Pati Patni Aur Woh! This trailer pleasantly surprised me, which just tells you what low expectations I had. My big concern was that the filmmakers didn’t know why they wanted to make this movie. That’s always a problem with remakes, do they really have a vision or do they just want the name recognition of the title? In this case, they do seem to have a vision. Our hero is the same kind of helpless every man looking for a fantasy escape that was the idea of the original. But they shifted everything else around that, updated to present day and adjusted for the present cast. I still don’t love the plot as presented here (wah-wah, my wife doesn’t make me feel like a man). But I am basically expecting a flip in the film to directly address that the problem is with him and not his marriage and he is to blame for everything. If they give the Fantasy Woman a personality and motivations too, than I will be a completely happy camper.
Okay, that’s all I got on the upcoming trailers! What are your feelings? Are you excited about ANY of them (I’m not)? Which ones would you be willing to see in theaters if you absolutely had to?