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Agree, but I hope this just works at some level. Jungle book was huge…a bit different, but this genre has legs if done well. Once kids like a movie and it’s adult proof, it’s universal. I’m sure they will mess it up! Casting wise it’s perfect. Disney is full of dumb princesses so Katrina’s the perfect coup!
Ranbir is a bit geeky so that’s good. Heck even Hrithik could do it!
Am I missing something with Hrithik the actor? He arrived spectacularly not as a great actor but at least one of promise. Fiza, Mission Kashmir & Lakshaya were decent enough. But he is massively regressing in these promos to the point of which – what was all the fuss about in the first place? The dashing dancing is scarce.
Hrithik is the sort of actor who can never quite grow and shows us everything he has in one film. There are lots of stars like that but what became problematic for Hrithik was a kind of paralysis beyond a point. Taking long breaks et al. To indulge in a quote some are ruined by failure but some are also ruined by success. Hrithik became an instant star with his first film but he didn’t quite know what to do with it. He certainly lost his sincerity after a while. Also the rescue that Rakesh Roshan did at crucial points hasn’t served him well. He would have been better off trying to find his own way. Even if the films worked for him. He tried a lot of stuff but he probably expected to become ‘the star’ beyond a point and that never quite happened. Beyond a point he was clearly overtaken by Aamir and Salman as well. There’s not a hope in hell now of his ever catching them or whoever gets to that sort of position because he’s really tried a lot of genres, even had success at points, but he’s not been in the zone. His last best year was 2006 and even this he whittled away. It’s certainly odd to see a younger star with a very strong initial (on most days) who still wasn’t able to do too much with it. His highest grosser at this point is way behind the highest benchmarks. Not even in the same universe. In short I don’t think he could ever deal with not remaining the post-KNPH star. I also think he has genuine psychological issues at this point or has had them for a while. Just doesn’t feel ‘normal’. But yeah even the KMG deal has left too deep an imprint on his psyche. I do agree with you. He did have better stuff at one point and even when it didn’t do very well he seemed fine in it. Not every star has to be a great actor. they just have to be very effective at what they do. This is precisely the quality Hrithik lost.
I’d also add that you can either be the kind of star who does genre very well like Salman and not have prestige ambitions. Hrithik could have done the Krrish/Dhoom kind of deal forever, with occasional departures into other genres. However he really mixed it up beyond a point and that never works if you don’t have a serious reputation as an actor. At the very least you should be willing to sacrifice on the genre grosses. You can’t really have it both ways. You can’t do Krrish 3 one day and Guzaarish the next! He’s overall had a poor understanding of why the audience loved him in KNPH.
The problem with Hrithik is that he had perfect 100% debut and that it was literally 100% everything Hrithik can do in just that 1 movie. From that movie to now, there is hardly any different expressions or acting be it Dhoom 2 or as Akbar(500 yrs ago) or even as Mohenjodora’s Sarman(5000 yrs ago). That perfect debut has sort of ruined his performances as he can’t come with other ‘fresh’ side of him.
The trailer/sneak peek indeed looks good…beautifully shot..to me its more like Hugo meets Barfi (in a good way)….but Basu’s strong forte is emotion/romance connection…so still doubtful if he can pull this off..so many fantasy movies in bolly which looked good in trailers/posters have failed…this could be either blockbuster or disaster…no in between like ADHM
As I said earlier this can surprise the audience. Lot of ‘Barfi’ hangover but if the story can hold interest, this can do well. Basu has stuck to his vision even if it took 4 years in the making and could turn out to be the perfect summer movie for kids!!