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In photos: It’s Elastigirl to the rescue in ‘Incredibles 2’

The animated superhero film will be released on June 22 in India.

After 14 years, the Parr family is back for another crime-fighting adventure in Pixar’s Incredibles 2. The long-awaited sequel to the 2004 animation hit The Incredibles brings the squad together in fiercer form. The movie will be released on June 22 in India.

Director Brad Bird, whose credits include the acclaimed animation film Ratatouille (2007) and the live-action thriller Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011), returns to handle the sequel. The film will pick up from where the 2004 film had left off, with the introduction of a new villain, The Underminer.

As the trailer tells us, the Parrs – Bob or Mr Incredible (Craig T Nelson), Helen or Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner) and Jack-Jack – will have to continue hiding their powers and keep up appearances as a regular suburban family in a world where superheros are facing an image crisis.

Kajol will voice Elastigirl in the Hindi dubbed version.

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Incredibles 2 (2018).

On the sidelines, a campaign is on to change people’s negative perceptions about superheroes, for which “Elastigirl is our best play”, Bob Odenkirk’s Winston Deavor declares in the trailer. Deavor is a fan of the superheroes, and wants the world to start liking them again. So while Elastigirl goes out to save the world and rally support for her tribe, Mr Incredible becomes the reluctant stay-at-home dad, a task that his Herculean strength has not prepared him for. Making matters worse is that Jack-Jack’s superpowers start coming to the surface, in often destructive ways.

Incredibles 2. Image credit: Disney.
Incredibles 2. Image credit: Disney.

Bard Bird has confirmed that he wanted to explore two storylines for the sequel: Elastigirl’s new job and the adored toddler Jack-Jack’s growing powers. “It was that I had a notion that I thought was worth building from, which was that Helen would get the assignment rather than Bob,” the filmmaker told American ticketing website Fandango in an interview. “And I knew that I had an unwrapped present from the first movie, which was that the audience knew that Jack-Jack had powers, but the family did not. I had those notions in my brain.”

Incredibles 2. Image credit: Disney.
Incredibles 2. Image credit: Disney.

While the Parrs battled fan-turned-villain Syndrome in the first installment, they will have a bigger challenge in their hands this time: John Ratzenberger’s The Underminer and a new nemesis, Screenslaver.

Screenslaver will reportedly terrorise people through their computer and television screens. “Screenslaver uses screens to control people,” the filmmaker told Fandango. “And that’s probably as far as I’ll go. It’s sort of implied in the trailer what his deal is. So, yeah, that’s a fairly descriptive name for a villain.” The makers have remained tight-lipped about who is voicing the villain.

Incredibles 2. Image credit: Disney.
Incredibles 2. Image credit: Disney.

Two other popular characters who return in the sequel are Bob’s best friend Lucius Best, better known by his superhero name Frozone (voiced by Samuel L Jackson) and eccentric fashion designer Edna Mode (Brad Bird), who makes suits for superheroes.

Incredibles 2. Image credit: Disney.
Incredibles 2. Image credit: Disney.

Some of the new additions to the cast include Breaking Bad alums Jonathan Banks and Bob Odenkirk. Banks will star as Rick Dicker, a government agent responsible for keeping the Parr family’s secret. The character was voiced by Bud Luckey in the 2004 film. Odenkirk plays Deavor.

Sophia Bush and Isabella Rossellini will also join the ride as Voyd and Ambassador. While Bush’s character can create voids in which objects can disappear, Ambassador is an advocate for the superheroes.

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Swara Bhasker: Sharp objects has to be on the radar of every woman who is tired of being “nice”

The actress weighs in on what she loves about the show.

This article has been written by award-winning actor Swara Bhasker.

All women growing up in India, South Asia, or anywhere in the world frankly; will remember in some form or the other that gentle girlhood admonishing, “Nice girls don’t do that.” I kept recalling that gently reasoned reproach as I watched Sharp Objects (you can catch it on Hotstar Premium). Adapted from the author of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn’s debut novel Sharp Objects has been directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, who has my heart since he gave us Big Little Lies. It stars the multiple-Oscar nominee Amy Adams, who delivers a searing performance as Camille Preaker; and Patricia Clarkson, who is magnetic as the dominating and dark Adora Crellin. As an actress myself, it felt great to watch a show driven by its female performers.

The series is woven around a troubled, alcohol-dependent, self-harming, female journalist Camille (single and in her thirties incidentally) who returns to the small town of her birth and childhood, Wind Gap, Missouri, to report on two similarly gruesome murders of teenage girls. While the series is a murder mystery, it equally delves into the psychology, not just of the principal characters, but also of the town, and thus a culture as a whole.

There is a lot that impresses in Sharp Objects — the manner in which the storytelling gently unwraps a plot that is dark, disturbing and shocking, the stellar and crafty control that Jean-Marc Vallée exercises on his narrative, the cinematography that is fluid and still manages to suggest that something sinister lurks within Wind Gap, the editing which keeps this narrative languid yet sharp and consistently evokes a haunting sensation.

Sharp Objects is also liberating (apart from its positive performance on Bechdel parameters) as content — for female actors and for audiences in giving us female centric and female driven shows that do not bear the burden of providing either role-models or even uplifting messages. 

Instead, it presents a world where women are dangerous and dysfunctional but very real — a world where women are neither pure victims, nor pure aggressors. A world where they occupy the grey areas, complex and contradictory as agents in a power play, in which they control some reigns too.

But to me personally, and perhaps to many young women viewers across the world, what makes Sharp Objects particularly impactful, perhaps almost poignant, is the manner in which it unravels the whole idea, the culture, the entire psychology of that childhood admonishment “Nice girls don’t do that.” Sharp Objects explores the sinister and dark possibilities of what the corollary of that thinking could be.

“Nice girls don’t do that.”

“Who does?”

“Bad girls.”

“So I’m a bad girl.”

“You shouldn’t be a bad girl.”

“Why not?”

“Bad girls get in trouble.”

“What trouble? What happens to bad girls?”

“Bad things.”

“What bad things?”

“Very bad things.”

“How bad?”

“Terrible!!!”

“Like what?”

“Like….”

A point the show makes early on is that both the victims of the introductory brutal murders were not your typically nice girly-girls. Camille, the traumatised protagonist carrying a burden from her past was herself not a nice girl. Amma, her deceptive half-sister manipulates the nice girl act to defy her controlling mother. But perhaps the most incisive critique on the whole ‘Be a nice girl’ culture, in fact the whole ‘nice’ culture — nice folks, nice manners, nice homes, nice towns — comes in the form of Adora’s character and the manner in which beneath the whole veneer of nice, a whole town is complicit in damning secrets and not-so-nice acts. At one point early on in the show, Adora tells her firstborn Camille, with whom she has a strained relationship (to put it mildly), “I just want things to be nice with us but maybe I don’t know how..” Interestingly it is this very notion of ‘nice’ that becomes the most oppressive and deceptive experience of young Camille, and later Amma’s growing years.

This ‘Culture of Nice’ is in fact the pervasive ‘Culture of Silence’ that women all over the world, particularly in India, are all too familiar with. 

It takes different forms, but always towards the same goal — to silence the not-so-nice details of what the experiences; sometimes intimate experiences of women might be. This Culture of Silence is propagated from the child’s earliest experience of being parented by society in general. Amongst the values that girls receive in our early years — apart from those of being obedient, dutiful, respectful, homely — we also receive the twin headed Chimera in the form of shame and guilt.

“Have some shame!”

“Oh for shame!”

“Shameless!”

“Shameful!”

“Ashamed.”

“Do not bring shame upon…”

Different phrases in different languages, but always with the same implication. Shameful things happen to girls who are not nice and that brings ‘shame’ on the family or everyone associated with the girl. And nice folks do not talk about these things. Nice folks go on as if nothing has happened.

It is this culture of silence that women across the world today, are calling out in many different ways. Whether it is the #MeToo movement or a show like Sharp Objects; or on a lighter and happier note, even a film like Veere Di Wedding punctures this culture of silence, quite simply by refusing to be silenced and saying the not-nice things, or depicting the so called ‘unspeakable’ things that could happen to girls. By talking about the unspeakable, you rob it of the power to shame you; you disallow the ‘Culture of Nice’ to erase your experience. You stand up for yourself and you build your own identity.

And this to me is the most liberating aspect of being an actor, and even just a girl at a time when shows like Sharp Objects and Big Little Lies (another great show on Hotstar Premium), and films like Veere Di Wedding and Anaarkali Of Aarah are being made.

The next time I hear someone say, “Nice girls don’t do that!”, I know what I’m going to say — I don’t give a shit about nice. I’m just a girl! And that’s okay!

Swara is a an award winning actor of the Hindi film industry. Her last few films, including Veere Di Wedding, Anaarkali of Aaraah and Nil Battey Sannata have earned her both critical and commercial success. Swara is an occasional writer of articles and opinion pieces. The occasions are frequent :).

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This article was published by the Scroll marketing team with Swara Bhasker on behalf of Hotstar Premium and not by the Scroll editorial team.