There are times when a film’s first look or teaser is so good, you struggle to express your enthusiasm in a way that doesn’t seem maniacal to the readers. This is not one of those times.
The first teaser of Aanand L Rai’s Zero, which releases on December 21, dropped to today and drove home the point that in India, star power works better than anything else. Shah Rukh Khan, who has recently been taking on unconventional roles despite lukewarm success, is playing a dwarf in the film; albeit with the same effervescence that’s typical of SRK in all of his films.
The teaser shows Shah Rukh Khan, as Baaua Singh, entering what looks like an arena for either singing / dancing performances which Javed Jaffrey’s dulcet tones introducing Salman Khan as… himself. After a brief exchange between Baaua and Salman, that sounds like it’s been stolen right out of Dabaang, the two dance. In short, the teaser reveals nothing about the film.
Right about now, Salman and Shah Rukh Khan fan clubs are deliriously screenshotting visuals of the two kabhi dost–kabhi dushman superstars to spam their fandom. Karan Arjun aa hi gaye, even if it’s just for a song.
Zero also stars Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif apart from Shah Rukh Khan, but you wouldn’t realise it from this teaser.
But hey, the fandom loves it so that’s about half the battle won for the film.