At first I was just unabashedly excited about this trailer. A new Bhansali film is an event. I didn’t know the historical back story in full. I didn’t know the tragic ending — should have guessed Bhansali would pick a story with a tragic ending.
Then I read Margaret’s reaction to the trailer, and I saw just how demonic and crazed they are making the Muslim king played by Ranveer. This film could have been told in a very different way than what this trailer shows us. I’m very conflicted now. I can’t miss the problems now that she’s pointed out the issues. I said Ranveer looks like Rasputin. And that’s on purpose.
I found this Shekar teaser trailer really interesting. The look reminds me a bit of Dulquer in Charlie. We learn the character has a stutter, which I think Dulquer pulls off really well in the small amount of dialogue shown here.
The actress Dhansika who plays Rhadika in this trailer is just stunningly beautiful. Loved the little bit of their romance shown, and wondering what leads to her tears and him being beat up in the end of the trailer.
Can’t for this film!!
Still no subtitles, but Kartik tells me Mahesh is playing the equivalent of an FBI analyst. The romance track looks so cute! That boulder shot down the street — THAT I was not expecting. Hmmm. I’ll be there first day, first show to see what it’s all about.
Here’s a roundup of some of the latest Telugu trailers. I think I’m most looking forward to Chay Akkineini’s newest film.
Rana Daggubati is center in this trailer for what may be a web series. Looks like a cross between Mr. Robot and Scandal:
Meda Meeda Abbayi:
Mahanubhavudu starring Sharwanand and Mehreen Kaur, directed by Maruthi. I like this nerdy persona by Sharwanand, an actor new to me.
Paisa Vasool just looks insane.
Ravi Teja in Raja the Great:
I’m also really psyched for Jr. NTR in Jai Lava Kusa.
With the holiday of Onam, there is a cluster of big releases in Kerala. There are new releases from Nivin Pauly, Mohanlal and Prithviraj. Also we’ve had a few teasers now for Solo, Dulquer Salmaan’s upcoming film Solo.
Mohzin (@mohzin_azad ) reports from Kerala that the Prithviraj and Nivin Pauly films are doing well in Kerala and getting decent reviews, while the Mohanlal is average. There can be a couple of week delay until we get Malayalam films here in Chicago, but I hope I can catch some of these new films in the theater.
Here is my song reaction to Enthaavo from Nivin Pauly’s Njandukalude Naatil Oridavela. Enthaavo has been on the top of the Malayalam charts on Saavn.
There’s also been a trailer and a song from Mohanlal’s Velipadinte Pusthakam. Mohanal plays the vice principal of a school in the film.
Adam Joan is a new thriller starring Prithviraj. It seems to have been mostly filmed in Scotland.
And finally, we get another teaser trailer from Dulquer Salmaan — the character Siva from Solo. I’m not sure we’ve ever seen Dulquer play a gangster like this.
So many trailers came out last week! Here are my reactions to four of the new films that I’m looking forward to seeing.
Any new movie from Dulquer Salmaan is one I’m looking foward to seeing. After I posted this, someone commented that the film is an anthology and Dulquer will play several characters in the film. This is just the first character, Rudhra.
Bhoomi shows Sanjay Dutt as the father of his daughter Bhoomi. No subtitles but I get the basic gist that this is a revenge story. I’m looking forward to seeing Sanjay play a father role.
Simran is the “maid” picture that was filmed in the States. What I just learned is that the director Hansal Mehta is the same one who directed the fantastic Aligharh. No subs, but it looks super quirky!
Finally subtitles, although they don’t show up in my reaction. This is just a teaser for Chay Akkineini’s latest film, but it looks exciting. Chay is definitely a great action film actor, and I’m enjoying following his career.
For Bollyfools, I watched a few of the new Regional trailers, which unfortunately have no subtitles! Super frustrating.
I have only seen Allu Arjun in Rudhramadevi and he was amazing in that, even though he was not the lead. I watched both the Rom Com feeling teaser, and then the full trailer, neither of which have subs. Anyone that speaks Telugu, help me out as to what’s going on. Is it a double role? The action looks cool, and even though I’m not a Pooja Hegde (ugh, Mohenjo Daro) fan, the rom com aspect looks adorable.
Dhanush has VIP 2 which will also have KAJOL!! So excited to see her in a new film. I don’t speak Tamil, and I’ve not seen VIP 1, so I have no idea what’s going on in this trailer. That ending flying kick looks super cool. Any translation help would be most appreciated!
Kartik from Bollyfools translated Rana’s new teaser for me. The title means I am the King and I am the Minister. Rana will be opposite Kajal for the first time, and I’m really excited to see that. When he’s on the scaffolding with the noose, Rana says, “I will decide when I die, and I will decide when you die!” I love that shot with him as the prisoner about a foot taller than all the guards behind him.
God willing, this will be next year’s Oscar Best Picture Winner. I saw it at Sundance, and it is searing and phenomenal. Nate Parker teared up at the standing ovation crowd at our screening talking about how difficult it was to get this film made. Deservedly the Audience and Grand Jury prize winner at Sundance.
Scheduled for an October Oscar season release.
YES!!! Is there anyone more perfect to inhabit J. K. Rowling’s magical universe than Eddie Redmayne? He’s always seemed like an actor from another time, so a period film like this is just spot on for him. Super excited to see Colin Farrell as a wizard, too!