The Emergency of 1975 has mostly been used as a backdrop for tense, political dramas — notably high on the ‘gritty’, ‘realistic’ quotient. The latest film to have gone that route is Madhur Bhandarkar’s Indu Sarkar.
But Milan Luthria’s Baadshaho, while set in the same milieu, goes down a different path.
This is an out-and-out action thriller/entertainer, which eschews ‘gritty realism’ for quintessential Bollywood masala.
The official teaser has been released by T-Series on its YouTube channel, and we start off with the Emergency being announced, with the country going into lockdown mode. Amid this, a bunch of six “badasses” (men and women) have decided to pull off a heist that could bring them untold wealth.
We’re introduced to the principal characters — Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Ileana D’Cruz, Esha Gupta, Sanjay Mishra, Vidyut Jamwal — and vignettes of Rajasthan’s desert and glorious havelis, some high-octane stunts and dialoguebaazi that don’t really establish the plot of Baadshaho as such.
It is believed that the film is based on Indira Gandhi’s orders to take over Jaigarh Fort (which was believed to be the hiding place for Raja Mansingh of Jaipur’s treasure — spoils of war from his campaign in Afghanistan during Emperor Akbar’s time) at the time of the Emergency.
After teasing fans and social media patrons for days, Shah Rukh Khan posted a few videos on his Twitter timeline as an indication of what to expect from his upcoming film with Alia Bhatt, Gauri Shinde’s Dear Zindagi.
After releasing a first look earlier on Wednesday, it was revealed that this film would not have an extended theatrical trailer, but three teasers, titled Take 1, Take 2 and Take 3.
SRK shared Take 1, and the one-odd minute teaser reveals much about the tone of the film. Much like Shinde’s last film English Vinglish, Dear Zindagi also deals with breaking free, but of a different kind. In this teaser, Alia Bhatt is seen spending time with Shah Rukh Khan, who is reported to be her therapist/life coach.
The two are in goa, when SRK tells her to play “kabbadi with the sea”. This is a cue to let go and just have a good time, and she is seen struggling with it, but slowly, starts to get with the programme. They’re also shown riding around Goa and generally chilling out. We’re guessing the reason the teasers are called Takes is because Bhatt plays a filmmaker in Dear Zindagi.
The fact that there’s a lot of brightness, vibrancy and happy, positive music in this teaser points to the fact that this is going to be an uplifting film. We wouldn’t expect any different from Gauri Shinde.
Meanwhile, Pakistani actor Ali Zafar, who is said to be playing a part in Dear Zindagi is missing from this trailer. It is yet to be confirmed whether or not his role will be edited out of the film. All eyes are on the release of Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil at the moment, which stars Fawad Khan.