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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi etc

Hilary and I went to the cinema tonight to see Shah Rukh Kahn's latest Bollywood hit, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (God Made This Couple). We were the only non-Asians in the audience (not a shock but not a given these days either) but we enjoyed it immensely. It has a very silly plot which I won't try to explain, but it gives SRK the opportunity to do more comedy than usual, and he's very good at it. Of course he also gets to blub a bit, but there's less of that than usual so it sort of evens itself up. The only Youtube clips are trailers (or a making-of for the big dance number which is a bit pointless if you haven't seen the film). Suffice it to say the big "Item Number" is a collection of homages to earlier Bollywood leading men and ladies, featuring SRK and a starry line-up of female Bollywood heartthrobs (Kajol, Bipasha Basu, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherji....) The subtitles have a rather quaint quality, in part because they've made the song translations rhyme. Though I suspect the delightful "mention-not-ji" for "no problem" may henceforth become Saunders family usage.

As there are no good clips up yet, here is a somewhat similar homage from Dil Chahta Hai about which I posted a while ago. One of the couples in the film have been suggested to each other as an arranged match and laugh at the idea, and this scene is where they're just beginning to fall in love, though they're barely aware of it. They're in the cinema and see a pastiche of various Bollywood styles with themselves in the lead roles, which rather disconcerts them.... Here is Wo Ladki Hai Kahan:

And here is a really good song, set in a disco (which makes the dancing easy to integrate into the storyline). The video quality is rather sucky, but the sound's OK. Basically it's the film's three male leads singing a sort of one-for-all-all-for-one song about being mates, and about how they don't give a toss what other people think about them, they're just gonna have fun on their own terms. I give you Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe:


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