So I’ve seen this like I don’t know how many times already (I even dreamed about it in my sleep the night before it was out, no joke, serious issues here) and each time I watch it I see something new. Twitter was all a-flutter trying to decipher the plot but I love that the story is still so mysterious. If you look closely though, you can make out some bits and pieces.
I’m definitely seeing some shades of The End Of The Affair, especially because of the line teri berahem duaaon se (your ruthless prayers) juxtaposed over the accident/church scene – which if you know anything about Graham Greene’s novel, you’ll immediately catch on to the gist of the plot, or at least part of it. I’m totally excited if that’s the case because that is one of my all time favorite novels and it’s just begging for a Bollywood – correction, a Yash Chopra adaptation.
But even beyond that, there’s so much going on – Anushka’s character, the whole army officer angle, etc. You can check out LiveMint’s rather lame suppositions of what they think the plot is even though JTHJ’s editor Namrato Rao has confirmed that none of their 7 ideas come near it. And Rajeev Masand tweeted some spoilers which you can check on his timeline if you wish, or just avoid if you want to be surprised (totally irresponsible of him to do that but I guess many people are curious).
Other than SRK and his EPIC beard, the real shining star in this trailer is Anushka Sharma. Like WOW girl – I haven’t been all that bowled over by her so far, but in this she looks fresh, spunky, totally uninhibited and real. I have a feeling she might just steal the show.
As for Katrina well, okay so she’s not terrible but I’m still very concerned about the plastic face because it seems that she’s the one who got all the damdaar dramatic moments in the movie. I somehow get the feeling that the chemistry between her and SRK is going to be quite the sizzlemeister though…only because Yash Chopra can probably make even a dead log learn how to love with passion (I mean, not that I’m saying Kat is a dead log but…)
I am SO PSYCHED you guys. I’ve been nervous about how this might turn out but hey, the pink shirt doesn’t even look that pink on screen and Shahrukh is bringin’ the sexy like BIG time in this one. I feel like this is a different SRK than what we’ve seen before, even in other YRF stuff – the treatment feels different and both he and the character seem a bit more rough, irreverent, not as clean-cut…a bit wonky around the edges, which I love.
I also somehow never realized that Devika Bhagat was co-writing the script with Aditya Chopra (though how much of her contribution survived between both Sr. & Jr. Chopra may be up for debate) – I think that has a lot to do with how current the film feels. The visuals & cinematography promise to be jaw-droppingly gorgeous and the music is already like swoon swoon swoon.
So anyway, given how much hoo-haa was made about how “magical” Barfi! is, for me THIS is the definition of filmy magic, Bollywood style – effortlessly so and without rubbing your nose in it.
JTHJ Tweet Of The Day Runner-up by the super-caustic Mihir Fadnavis:
I really liked the 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' trailer. But SRK in a stubble looks like a parakeet run over by an SUV.—
Mihir Fadnavis (@mihirfadnavis) September 20, 2012
Well. At least he liked the trailer, which if you know him at all is total “when pigs fly” territory.
JTHJ Tweet Of the Day First Prize goes to Ms. Namrata Joshi for those of us who understand the power of facial hair:
Is #stubble trending?—
Namrata Joshi (@Namrata_Joshi) September 20, 2012
Alas, the answer to that was no.