Fresh off of the high profile legal battle over striking similarities with The Raid: Redemption that nearly stalled his last film, Baaghi, up and coming action star Tiger Shroff is back with a new project and it looks pretty ridiculous.
A Flying Jatt is India's latest attempt at creating its own superhero franchise with Shroff in the titular role, a hero from the traditional farming community of Punjab who is God's divine protector. The film, directed by ABCD's Remo D'Souza, also stars international action film heavy Nathan Jones (Muay Thai Giant, The Protector, Mad Max: Fury Road) as a supervillain in a goofy costume. There's not much to see in this thirty second teaser, but Shroff is clearly making a niche for himself as India's leading action performer, even if he hasn't had a truly breakout hit yet.
Everything in the film looks pretty standard for a superhero action film, explosions, physics defying stunts, etc. However, there is an unintentionally goofy undercurrent to the whole thing that I can't quite get over. Bollywood has been trying really hard to get a superhero franchise off the ground for over a decade now. The closest they've come to accomplishing that goal was Hrithik Roshan's critically savaged Krrish series, but that hasn't stopped them. Shah Rukh Khan also put on the tights for Ra.One and soon an adaptation of Stan Lee's Chakra will be in production. A Flying Jatt seems kind of like a throw away to me, but maybe I'll be surprised.
A Flying Jatt is due in theaters on August 25th.