The trailer of Bhavesh Joshi shows the Miryza debutant Harshvardhan Kapoor and a group of angry youngsters—all looking like they’ve just walked out of a boring lecture in college— turning vigilantes, covering their faces with paperbags to stop civic outrage like people peeing on roads, etc.
This is a super-hero film with a super solution to Indian cinema’s failure to compete with the Avengers et all: don’t ape the West, go waste…go the opposite way into the morass of stinking corruption and find a reason to don the mask. Take the other route. Show the common man as the hero of the masses espousing a cleaner city by turning the idea of a larger-than-life super-hero into a …well, Harvardhan Kapoor.
That should do the trick.
I’ve never seen a more ordinary super-hero than this young Kapoor. He looks so much part of the pointless bustle and prattle of the metropolitan milieu , Kapoor is almost like a middle finger to the super-hero genre patented by Marvel and DC comic books.
Throughout the 2 minute trailer director Vikarmaditya Motwane preserves a tone of mocking irony and crackling pace . There is even a mention of Shah Rukh Khan’s super-hero fiasco Ra.One in the film. And yes there is a a super-villain—a politician, of course– played by filmmaker Nishikant Kamat.
But what stays with you is the ordinariness of the right-doer . The hero with no special powers except his anger and frustration.There is a sense of imminent revolution in the young Indian today.
I don’t know far Bhavesh Joshi will tap into the Indian youth’s angst. But the trailer does indicate the right attitude to finally creating a desi super-hero. Not Ra.One. Not Krissh. And please, not the Flying Jatt.But someone so much like you and me he can blend into the fabric of collective indignation and emerge from the shadows with a slap on the face of corruption.
Bhavesh Joshi could be the next Rang De Basanti if it only remembers not to take itself too seriously.