Thank you Angie and Alisa/BollywoodNewbie for alerting me to the arrival of two really good trailers! I make no promises for the quality of the eventual movies, there’s many a slip twixt cup and lip, but the trailers look good!
Mohit Suri, known for two swoony ridiculous romances, both remakes (Aashiqui 2 and A Star is Born, and Ek Villain and I Saw the Devil/A Walk to Remember). The first poster made this look like another swoony romance.
And the first song is the same kind of swoony romance, classic Arijit Singh sound, couple who is young and madly in love without thinking, and is artistically “dangerous” without really being dangerous (motorcycles, tattoos, and so on).
But now the trailer! And instead of being swoony and romantic, it’s, like, black comedy violence thing? Which is a surprise, and not necessarily a good one. But on the good side, we also learn it isn’t just hot Aditya Roy Kapur, but also hot Kunal Khemu and Hot Hot HOT Anil Kapoor!
I’m gonna guess that ARK is a troubled young man who stops killing when he falls in love with Disha, but then Disha dies, so he kills extra much interspersed with romantic flashbacks.
Who cares, it’s got Kunal Khemu shirtless with tattoos everywhere, and 60-something Anil Kapoor easily beating up the younger men because he is Just. That. Good. I’m in!
Most important, SAME DIRECTOR AS NOTEBOOK!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED!!!!! Bring on more interesting visuals and clear character dynamics and general love for a well told story!
Same writer for dialogues as YJHD and Karwaan and various other movies of varying quality but all good dialogues. And at least one of the songs is by Tanishk Bagchi. And Saif is producing, and he is an AWESOME producer in terms of letting people follow their hearts and make their own strange film visions.
And then there’s this trailer, and the trailer looks really really good! Funny, original, everything.
So, looks like Saif is an aging playboy who, for once, the film calls out as too old for this and kind of silly. Without making him totally comic, he dresses a little too young but this isn’t like some kind of “comedy uncle” thing where he is immediately ridiculous.
And then Alaya Furniturewalla shows up and introduces herself as maybe his daughter, they take a paternity test and realize he really is her father, and just as they start to build a connection, her mother Tabu shows up and she and Saif start sniping at each other. Best bit, Tabu dresses and acts like Saif does! Too cool and slightly younger and sexier than most people their age, but it’s not funny with her either. While still being acknowledged as slightly odd.
Remember my droning on and on about good and bad trailers? This is a good trailer because it feels immediately different, it’s funny, and there are also almost subconscious teases of things we don’t know and are DYING to find out. Like, what did Tabu know about her daughter’s parentage and what is the real reason she didn’t tell Saif? Will Saif and Tabu get together or stay as grumpy co-parents? And, most of all, why is it that Saif’s daughter tracked him down NOW? There has to be a reason.
My guess? She is sick and needs an organ transplant. The start of the journey is Saif getting to know her and then getting the paternity test, and then stepping up and offering for the transplant. But once it is on the schedule, fierce protective mother of a sick daughter Tabu shows up with all her thorny walls in place. My hope is that Saif and Tabu never actually have a romance, and instead find a way to appreciate each other as co-parents and that’s it.
Alternative would be something lame like she is getting married or just is fighting with Tabu and ran away from home. Still something that sets her up as ready/needing a connection to a father figure, and a reason for Saif to step up, but falling a little bit more into the “a girl just needs her father” trope.
I will allow the possibility of a Saif-Tabu romance, but the only way I see it happening based on what we see is if there is a whole storyline of them spending time together with Alaya and bonding as too super cool older folks.
Anyway, what do you think? About either of them?