Sadak 2 become the most dislike trailer on YouTube
Sadak 2, a movie that features big Bollywood names like Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, and Aditya Roy Kapur, dropped its trailer for its online Disney+ Hotstar release last afternoon.
At the time of writing this news piece, in just over 24 hours, it has received over 6.4 million dislikes, while only receiving around 347,000 likes. The video is now the most disliked movie trailer in history. It is also the seventh most disliked video in the world, beating even videos of YouTubers like Jake Paul and Pewdiepie, which stand at 4.9 and 4.8 million dislikes respectively.
Product of Nepotism
I cannot speak for others, although I know for a fact that a lot of people have a problem with how the entire lead cast – Sanjay Dutt, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapoor – as they are the products of nepotism & the film is directed by Alia Bhatt’s dad Mahesh Bhatt. Anyway, keeping nepotism angle aside, I will write about what I thought of the trailer and that doesn’t include any sentiments attached to the choice of cast.
You might be tempted to believe this is because the trailer of the sequel to Bhatt’s 1991 hit Sadak probably looked crap, chances are the real reason is far from anything to do with the quality of the movie.
Sadak 2 is also not the first movie in recent days to have received this kind of treatment. The Netflix movie Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl featuring Jahnvi Kapoor has also been trolled for the same reasons. Kapoor is also a “star kid”—daughter of late actor Sridevi and producer Boney Kapoor—and was also criticised.
This, perhaps, would be a welcome awakening for the industry that needs to move beyond its inner circle. Unlike what many have believed all these years, the audience now will probably not mindlessly gobble up anything they are served. But whether an impetus like YouTube dislikes and comments is enough is questionable.
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