"Being in a soup" is one of my favorite Bollywood subtitle expressions. Others include strange placement of the word "only," such as "Please wait here for five minutes only," which seems to mean "Please wait right here and don't leave. I'll be back in five minutes."
Which is neither here nor there. I felt like I should like Baadshah much more than I actually did. Clearly it's referring to, making fun of, and paying tribute to lots of different films and types of films, and I suspect that the more of them you know, the more you'll enjoy this movie.
Go read the review by Gorilla's Lament. He understands and likes this movie more than I do, so you might as well read about it from someone who can say funny-yet-thoughtful things about it that are actually relevant.
Before you go, though, think about this: even when Seema has short hair, Baadshah's trip to Switzerland still envisions her with long hair, and she has long hair again at the end when he is busy with he in his bed. (That's what the subtitles said! Honest!) Why is short hair so seldom in romantic scenes? This seems to be the case around the globe.
I can't remember if I've mentioned this before, so let me take this opportunity to shine a light on one of SRK's overlooked talents: his nonverbals. He is a whiz at whistles, sighs, sobs, hmmmms, and so on. While it's weird to think that these are probably dubbed in later - I have a hard time imagining sitting in a studio trying to synch up "wow this box is heavy" noises with myself on a screen - I am impressed that he can say so much without saying a word. A good example from this movie is when he comes out of his Switzerland reverie, fondly caressing a window pane, and a passerby looks at him oddly. He makes a "hmmm" noise that clearly means "What are you looking at?", she shrugs, he does some sort of whistle and click combo to tell her "Go on, get outta here," and, as she leaves, he looks uppity and hmms "she's got some nerve." It's great. Of course, as in all SRK talents, sometimes he overdoes it - you can tell the box is heavy by how he's carrying it.
Aside to set designers: is "Scream Club" supposed to be scary? Or funny? What up?
Aside to choreographer: thank you for having Amrish do a few steps. I shall cherish them always.