“There’s no escaping these monstrous invaders , I tell you,” jokes filmmaker Sudhir Mishra whose Daas Dev which was due onMarch 23 has made a hasty escape to a safer week in April.
But Yash Raj Films doesn’t mind taking on Pacific Rim Uprising, the sequel to the 2013 alien monsters versus earthly robots sci-fispectacle directed by the redoubtable Guillermo de Toro who has since then, moved on to the Oscar-guzzling Shape Of The Water.
Apparently audiences are still stuck on the Pacific Rim formula. The sequel directed by Steven S DeKnight, is being unleashed in 4 languages in India,English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu as compared with the uni-tongued Hindi release Hichki which must rely on word of mouth….No, not in the conventional way but in the way the protagonist’s speech impediment is perceived by the audience.
This film is about the value attached to the spoken word, as its female hero Rani Mukherjee has a problem controlling her spoken words.That’s just the start of the problems. There is the other problem of audiences’ acceptance level of female heroes.
Female heroes, for all our talk of women empowerment, are not widely favoured at the boxoffice. When was the last time a film with a female hero in the lead did really did well at the boxoffice. Even Wonder Woman was not as major a hit in India as it was theworldover.
As for Hichki Rani Mukherjee’s last film Mardaangi featured her as the Shero. It did average business.