When I first heard the title, I immediately thought of Unbreakable where the protagonist doesn’t feel pain too. Of course, that was diametrically opposite in terms of taking itself seriously. Here we have, what looks like a spoof on super-hero and Hindi films.
In a different approach to introducing the film to us, Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota has the lead actors express their insecurities/frustrations to us. While Abhimanyu Dassani speaks out loud all the possible questions the audience might have, Radhika Madan calls out the obvious nepotism and sexism. Moreover, you have a different, self-aware trailer telling you that the movie is not all ‘festival material’. All this put together, made me wonder why the film is going all out to do the audience’s thinking for them. It is not like, if these misgivings stand true, the audience is going to become less critical of the film.
I guess self-deprecating humour is what they were shooting for. Whether or not it worked, only the final product will tell. As far as my interest in the film goes, it was neither piqued nor diminished by the trailers. It is the same, reasonably high curiosity by the humour and that Vasan Bala is finally directing a film. Hopefully, it won’t be one of those angsty films what struggling filmmakers end up making their first films about. And there is hope that it’s not. I am actually intrigued by the action in the film.
Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota releases on 21 March 2019.
- meeta, a part of the audience
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