Will SRK bounce back with ZERO ?

Its been more than a year since SRK’s last film JAB HARRY MET SEJAL released and tanked miserably at the box office. Neither did it receive critical acclaim nor did it earn enough money at the ticket window. His fans were quite disappointed after the flop result of JHMS but this disappointment didn’t last longer and SRK gave a Fantastic surprise, a new year gift on January 1 to all of us – the Brilliant & Impressive Teaser of his upcoming film ZERO which is scheduled to release in Christmas this year  (21st Dec 2018). Teaser met with the positive reactions from Critics as well as fans and everyone was all praise for SRK’s dwarf avatar and the VFX . While the expectations and hopes were high after the first teaser itself, the ZERO team gave us another gift on this EID ( 14th June) and released the second teaser of ZERO featuring  Shahrukh Khan as dwarf and Salman Khan dancing together in the boxing ring on massy song. What can be the better EID treat for Bollywood fans than watching the two biggest superstars of India in one frame, dancing and hugging each other ? After these two teasers and SRK’s charming dwarf, expectations are expected to  be sky high, right ? ZERO is one of the costliest films made in Bollywood and also the toughest film for director Aanand L. Rai as he said it in an interview. And thus this also makes it one of the riskiest films ever made in Bollywood.  After watching the two teasers, some trade people feel that this film will definitely work at the box office and become the biggest blockbuster of SRK’s career. Will it ? Will SRK bounce back with ZERO ? Will ZERO bring back SRK’s audience ? I personally feel  ” YES, DEFINITELY !”  How ?  Lets analyze the phenomena.

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The first interesting thing about ZERO is that its the first collaboration between Super Hit Director Aanand L. Rai who is riding high on a success of his recent films (Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Raanjhana, Tanu Weds Manu) and Superstar Shahrukh Khan, a visionary Actor. Also it marks the second collaboration of the trio SRK-ANUSHKA-KATRINA after  6  Years . Their last film was Jab tak Hain Jaan which was a success. And it would be very interesting to see them sharing screen once again. ZERO will feature SRK in never seen before avatar as Dwarf. We all are aware of SRK’s fantastic acting abilities and after watching two teasers of ZERO, I am 100% sure that he will win our hearts this time as well. Katrina Kaif is playing a role of successful actress who is facing some problems while Anushka Sharma plays a role of a girl with Intellectual disability. SRK seems very confident about this project and thus he has decided to focus on it and adhere to it so thoroughly that he has refrained himself from signing any new movie in the process which is quite unusual considering Shahrukh’s filmography so far. When SRK was asked about why he hasn’t signed any new movie, he said that he wants to complete the filming of zero and once the schedules wrap up, he will think about another role. Until then he wants to focus on his dwarf character only. This assiduous attitude of SRK also hints towards the fantastic quality of the product. Recently, SRK also said in an interview that ZERO is technically the most advanced film ever made in not only India but perhaps the world. Now that surely makes you excited for the movie.

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This was something from actor’s point of view and his confidence in the project. Now lets analyze Director’s point of view. When asked about the idea of film ZERO, the Director said that he loved seeing Hrithik in Krrish and it was done brilliantly but deep down he felt that this wasn’t us. Indians aren’t really ready for superheroes, we are still short in height. That’s what made him want to live life by a dwarf’s perspective. Now it really sounds interesting, fresh and somehow promising, right ? Further, on asking why he chose Shahrukh for this risky role, Rai said that he needed a big superstar and an intelligent actor who also can carry that happy-go-lucky attitude and that he felt SRK possessed those qualities. It is also a thing to notice that on one hand , SRK is playing dwarf and on the other hand his two leading ladies are the tallest actresses in Bollywood.

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Talking about technicality, In ZERO , the forced perspective technique is used to make SRK’s character look three feet tall. This technique employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. According to Rai, ZERO has the most visual effects for an Indian film. Now that’s again interesting. On asking why you chose December, Rai said that December is the month when we celebrate life and what better time for a boy who celebrates that he is physically incomplete and in his incompleteness completes others as he travels from Meerut to New York. There is a beauty in incompleteness that we’re celebrating. Now this again really seems exuberant. Aanand L. Rai’s movies are known for their mass touch and commercial values. Both the teasers of Zero have given us hint that it is full on commercial film and has a mass appeal to it. Teasers and SRK’s look in ZERO attracted both Class and Mass audiences and hopefully film too will appeal to both.

As of now there is only one Bollywood film releasing with ZERO and that is The Accidental Prime Minister of India which is niche film and limited to the interest of thin section of audience. ZERO will easily get 4000+ Screens in India and I personally have that positive and promising feeling about ZERO after hearing some things about it that I couldn’t write here as I don’t want to play a spoil sport, that it will definitely work at the box office and take standard of Indian cinema to new heights. If Rai succeeded in materializing all this as he thought, this will also be the biggest blockbuster for Shahrukh Khan.

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ZERO is releasing on 21st DEC 2018. Besides Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, and Anushka Sharma in lead, it has Tigmanshu Dhulia, Abhay Deol and Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub in pivotal roles. While in guest appearance we will see R.Madhvan, Salman Khan, Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Karishma Kapoor, Sridevi, Rani Mukerji, Kajol, and Juhi Chawla.

Trailer of the film ZERO is expected to release in Diwali this year which will clear many more concepts and perceptions. I would like to end my article with one quote from ZERO –
” Hum jiske piche lag jate hai , Life bana dete hai ”

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