The Aarya Trailer Has Fans Intrigued. These Inspired Artworks are Proof


The Aarya Trailer Has Fans Intrigued. These Inspired Artworks are Proof

Illustration: Reynold Mascarenhas

It’s been a while since fans caught a glimpse of actor Sushmita Sen, whose last feature film was released nearly a decade ago. But, as a new trailer has revealed this week, the wait won’t be much longer, as Sen is back to gracing our screens with her presence — only this time she seems to have swapped out her flowing sarees from Main Hoon Na for a much more sombre look and a gun. The trailer of the new Hotstar Special “Aarya” was released earlier this week, and Sen has already been on the receiving end of praise for the way she seems to have shifted from glam to badass so effortlessly for the role.

Many saw the brief appearance as vindication for Sen’s acting prowess, which has often gone underlooked in her mainstream Bollywood appearances. Some noted in the YouTube comments that she had finally been cast in a role that does her skills justice.

A number of artists were so hooked by the trailer — and Sushmita Sen’s fierce look as the titular character — that they’ve taken to social media to share artwork inspired by the new avatar. Given the theme of the trailer, a number of these artists referenced other crime thrillers to show their appreciation for the actor’s comeback.

One artist, who goes by @sarcastic.ind on Instagram, saw similarities between Sushmita Sen’s “Aarya” and the iconic “The Godfather” trilogy — a comparison that Sen has also made in a recent interview — especially given that the trailer seems to indicate that the plot revolves around a family-run crime syndicate.


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This new Godmother a.k. Sushmita Sen is sure to win some hearts!

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Another artist reimagined the cast of the film as characters in Anurag Kashyap’s acclaimed film, Gangs of Wasseypur, which centred around the coal mafia of Dhanbad and the power struggle between three crime families.


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“Pati ka, business ka, sabka badla legi re teri Aarya sirf Disney + Hotstar pey

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One of Amitabh Bachchan’s most iconic films, Agneepath, was referenced by another artist, who reimagined the poster with the highly-underrated Sen as the protagonist. That film was also centred around a heroin smuggling ring, which, as Aarya’s trailer has teased, may also find mention in the Hotstar Special.


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Aarya ka path seems more difficult than any path!

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The cult film, Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, was also given a twist. The poster of Ajay Devgn-starrer — which centred around the infamous dons of Mumbai — was changed to include the cast of Aarya, and was renamed “Once Upon a Time in Jaipur”, giving us an idea of where the series will be set.


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Sab bana rahe hain poster Aarya ka, meine bhi socha ek bana lu 😉

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The spy thriller Tiger Zinda Hai, meanwhile, was renamed “Tigress Zinda Hai” by an artist — and also a number of YouTube commenters who appreciated the way Sen breathes life into the trailer.

Going by these posters, we suspect that “Aarya” will be an action packed crime thriller that fans are not going to want to miss. Given all the excitement, we couldn’t resist jumping on the bandwagon, and reimagined a few movie posters of our own…

Here’s Sushmita Sen taking the place of “Subhedar Tanhaji Malusare”, in the poster of the historic film, Tanhaji, which starred Ajay Devgn.

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We also noticed some similarities with the upcoming Rohit Shetty film Sooryavanshi — mostly that both the Sushmita Sen series, and the Akshay Kumar film, have fans waiting eagerly in anticipation.

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The wait to find out what the show is about won’t be long though; the series is due to release tomorrow. So mark your calendars!