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It's hard to describe this Bollywood film because it couldn't really decide what film it wanted to be; the genre changed about every five minutes. But that's not important. What is important is that because I couldn't quite believe it was as strangely and fascinatingly about the love of Bobby Deol's character for Arjun Rampal's as I remembered, I rewatched it. And lo! I bring you photographic evidence of their true love.



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The story begins when Amisha Patel's character, Durga, a blind village girl, is imperilled. From this point she will spend most of the film crying or dancing. Sometimes she does both in an impressive bit of multi-tasking.

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But she is saved by Rohit, who is just wandering by. He likes drippy women almost as much as he loves Raj, his first love.

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For some reason there is a gangster who, of course, wants to marry Durga and thinks shooting people is the way to her affections.

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No! Don't kill Rohit, Mr. Gangster! What will Raj do! Sadly, gangsters do not care for gay love. Poor Rohit.

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There's some boring stuff with Durga getting her sight back and being adopted by a doctor. She cries a lot and tries to kill herself. The doctor takes her to Switzerland. As you do.

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Here is Raj a gazillionaire who, the film assures me, also likes drippy women. But his eyes and actions say otherwise.

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There's some more weeping by Durga.

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Raj resolves to tell her of his tragedy

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Behold, he says to Durga, here is the room of lost gay love

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First he points to a giant picture of the two of them

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Then to another that speaks volumes for their 'friendship.'

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Finally, the piece-de-resistance: the moody one in blue

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'Look!' he says 'I also have lost my true love! Marry me'

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Let's have another look at that picture, shall we?

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They sing of their love for Rohit and their plans to marry.

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Because this is Switzerland a mad accordionist appears.

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And some blondes in kerchiefs (seriously: this may the oddest Bollywood dance ever. And I've seen a lot of them)

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They all go back to Raj's giant palace.

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There is general rejoicing that Raj has finally brought a girl home

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But just like that fellow Jesus Rohit rises from the dead. Or a six month coma. Look at him back with his one true love! Of course, because Durga was blind during their relationship she does not recognize him.

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Rohit is not so happy at the wedding scenes for so many reasons. It's always awkward when your old girlfriend is marrying your first love.

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There is emo sitting while lit by the moon

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Finally, there is recognition of Rohit by Durga! He says she must marry Raj and he will go off and be a monk or something.

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This, of course, calls for crafts. And weeping

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Something tells me this wedding is not going to go so well.

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Yes, not going so well

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Rohit! What will you do? Can you see both your loves be married while all you get is monkishness?

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Raj waves a gun around. He says it's because Durga's henna's scent is for Rohit but really it is because his first love betrayed him

And then, rather improbably, Durga and Rohit get married while Raj stands by weeping manly tears.

The end

Date: 2008-04-13 05:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calixa.livejournal.com
This is very sad; Raj and Rohit did not get to marry/consummate their love.

Date: 2008-04-15 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
The lack of a Raj/Rohit joyous reunion also made me sad. Especially as all Durga did was cry. And make things with mud.

Date: 2008-04-13 06:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
This movie amused me entirely too much, for all the wrong reasons. The sculpting with mud scene! LOL

Date: 2008-04-15 04:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I saw this first in the cinema and the Indian audience also roared with laughter at many of the most 'touching' scenes. Personanlly, I was delighted by the fact that she apparently travelled with mud so she would always have it handy - as in the second sculpting scene.

Date: 2008-04-13 07:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fivil.livejournal.com
This is every so often the case of True Male Love in Bollywood movies: Amisha Patel The Girl. Oh why must she be there.

Oh yeah, heterosexual norms. Dammit.

Wow, for once Bobby has good hair. But just based on Amisha's look in the movie, I don't think I'll be watching this.

I am semi-curious about the Bobby-Akshay buddypyaari adventure "Dosti", though. :D

Date: 2008-04-15 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I keep wondering how much more hoyariffic Dosti can be myself. Then I think about how much I loathe both of the Deol brothers and refrain from renting it.

Date: 2008-04-13 07:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wistfulmemory.livejournal.com
Words really can't describe this movie. Thank goodness for screencaps. :)

Date: 2008-04-15 04:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I do love the way that in the first half the film changes genres every 5 minutes, going from romance, to medical drama, to gangster film, etc. so fast that you almost get whiplash.

Date: 2008-04-18 11:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wistfulmemory.livejournal.com
Do you know what the official genre of this movie is?

Date: 2008-04-25 06:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I have no idea. My love-gangster movie? Is that a genre? :)

Date: 2008-04-13 12:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] filmi-girl.livejournal.com
That was quite an excellent re-cap! I'm half tempted to watch this now myself. It has everything - mud sculpting, bromance, Switzerland...

Date: 2008-04-15 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
Everyone should watch this film. They fling about every cliché they can in and then some. And the mud sculpting scenes are priceless (ask dangermousie about them).

Date: 2008-04-13 12:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-dian.livejournal.com
I can't remember when was the last time I watched a Bollywood movie. Hmmm. I have Saawariya though :)

Date: 2008-04-15 04:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I haven't seen Saawariya yet, though I plan to. Who do you enjoy in Bollywood?

Date: 2008-04-16 01:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-dian.livejournal.com
Hard to say who I enjoy since I have watched only 1 or 2. I liked the actors and actresses Kuch Kuch Ho Ta Hai (?). And I like Aish though haven't watched too many of her movies (only Bride & Prejudice, Provoked, Mistress of Spice). Any recs?

Date: 2008-04-13 02:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sajia.livejournal.com
Must now take a long hard look at every Bollywood movie about two male friends split by The Girl.
For a female version of this - not quite the same, but still amusing (and arousing), check out Lajja with Madhuri and Manisha, especially the "Bari Mushkil" song (available on Youtube).

Date: 2008-04-15 04:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
Thanks for the rec. Does Lajja have a room of lost gay love complete with lighting over the pictures so you can properly enjoy them even in the evenings? Because if it did I would be delighted.

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