The trailer of Aanand Rai’s Zero comes to us with a huge amount of expectations. Does it deliver? There is an angst-less buoyant midget played by the tallest superstar Shah Rukh Khan who forces his way into a relationship with a young paraplegic women played by Anushka Sharma who speaks her lines the way physically challenged characters do in our films when they want to annoy you.
I do hope Anushka’s character is not swathed in a clichéd incomprehensibility just because she is on a wheelchair.
So there we have it. A love story between a midget and a misfit. Sounds cute. But the realist that director Aanand Rai is, he seems to have opted for a less cute more pragmatic and pungent tone. There is a tangy taste to the tale’s telling and a winking warmth in the way Shah Rukh’s vertically challenged character embraces his destiny in life.
Judging by the trailer, Zero seems to move in mysterious unforeseen ways. Just when you think the film will build on the Shah Rukh –Anushka romance, and weave the plot around their peculiar circumstances , in comes Katrina Kaif in the shortest of dresses and longest of strides as the consummate star, sexy swagger and all.
For some strange reason Katrina reminded me of the lonely superstar played by Hema Malini in Vijay Anand’s Tere MereSapne. I must be imagining things. The feverish trailer does strange things to the mind.
There is too much happening in the trailer of Zero. By the time Katrina taunts Shah Rukh and his character ends up with a bloodied nose on the streets of New York(don’t ask how) we are left with a lot of unanswered questions.
The rocket launch at the end only made me more inquisitive.
What is Zero up to?
The one certainty that we come away with from the long awaited trailer of Zero is that Aanand Rai and Shah Rukh Khan are on to something never tried before in Hindi cinema.We can’t wait to see how this story unfolds.