The trailer of The Power(yes that’s the name of the film) shows anything but the power of a trailer to draw audiences into movie theatres. Luckily for the makers of this seeming monstrosity audiences don’t need to be invited into movie theatres. But I doubt even on the OTT platform at home, they would want to watch something so abysmally humdrum and so self-consciously pedestrian . Lamentably there is not an iota of self-parody in the torrent of triteness in the trailer.
It is all dead serious. What came to me as a surprise was to know that this junket of juveniliawas directed by my friend Mahesh Manjrekar. Seriously Mahesh? What didn’t come as asurprise was to know that the leading man of The Power, Vidyut Jamwal apparently doesn’t want to promote the film.
Understandable. Isn’t it enough that he actually agreed,in a fit of madness, to be part of something do unabashedly banal?To actually hear Vidyut mouth action-hero Dharmendra’s favourite line “Chun chun ke badla lunga” was to be transported to the 1980s, quite easily the worst decade for Hindi cinema.
I have some advice for filmmakers offering content to the OTT platform: Please don’t treat the platform as a dumpling ground.