Sriram Raghavan’s highly-awaited “Merry Christmas” trailer has finally dropped, and it explodes onto the screen with everything cinephiles expect from the master filmmaker – and then some. This 140-second punch of adrenaline opens in classic Raghavan style, a split-screen featuring two mixer grinders – one churning spices, the other pulverizing pills. This jarring, symbolic image kicks off a whirlwind of evocative shots, each meticulously crafted to set the film’s atmosphere. Retro visuals burst with vibrant colors, particularly a haunting crimson that permeates everything from carnival rides to childhood toys. Through this sensory feast, Raghavan hints at the significance of cinema itself, intertwining it with Christmas cheer and a hint of something far more sinister brewing beneath the surface. Buckle up, folks – “Merry Christmas” promises a thrill ride unlike any other.
“Since the universe first spun into existence, haven’t we all hungered for that single, pivotal moment?” a voice whispers as the camera glides over Katrina Kaif and Vijay Sethupathi basking in a Christmas Eve date. Laughter dances in their eyes, mirrored in the twinkling lights of Katrina’s apartment. But the festive glow dims as surreal, unsettling events begin to ripple through the night, threatening not only their fragile intimacy but the life of a young girl caught in the crosshairs. “Dial M for Miracles,” the voice murmurs again, cryptic and chilling, their only lifeline in this twisted reality.
Just when you think the game is set, a storm cloud in the form of Sanjay Kapoor’s “lone wolf” enters, dropped into this twisted Christmas Eve by forces unknown. The trailer whispers that the good lord may have a hand in his timing, but trust in Merry Christmas is a rare commodity. This isn’t a story of tidy resolutions. As the final seconds explode, Vijay Sethupathi’s gaze hardens, his voice rasping, “Sometimes, violence is better than sacrifice.” The camera lingers on his face, a canvas etched with conflicting emotions – a chilling glimpse into the moral tightrope Merry Christmas will walk.