When was the last time you watched a fantasy coming out of Hollywood or cinema traditions from the West where you saw Caucasian men and women dressed in a dhoti or a sherwani? When did you see a black man wearing a Thawb (Arab clothing) and riding camels or women clad in Kimonos in stories set somewhere in remote Western locations? The closest one is likely to get is Nordic-looking Hollywood stars passing off as Greek and Romans (refer Brad Pitt as Achilles in Troy). But that’s about it.
But if you are an Indian filmmaker, anything goes. We are referring to the second trailer of Vijay-starrer Puli that was launched late on August 19. The first trailer (released June 21, 2015) left us wondering how could Indians have blue eyes? In which era did Indians ride European-style wooden carriages? The latest one, 1.53 minute long, takes that argument further and continues to baffle us. The only bit that looks Indian is the crowd, the aam janata.
The trailer opens with the viewer being introduced to the antagonists, Sudeep, the evil king and, possibly, his evil queen or sister (can’t quite figure that out), Sridevi. Needless to say, they both wear fancy gowns and cloaks. All along, we are given a glimpse of their palatial hill-top fort (Columned corridors in India?) and their collective reign of terror. Their guards too sport Western-style armour and clothing.
Watch Puli trailer here: https://youtu.be/U9kCY9psgOc