This weekend, still mid-cold, I finally braved the Indian grocery store to rent movies. I wonder if they'd let me alphabetize the titles in exchange for half-price rentals? Anyway, what their shelves lack in organization they more than make up for in numbers. All sorts of things, and not Hindi-centric like my video store. But no Bobby. I grabbed a few things I thought I could recall the video store doesn't have, and the nice man working at the cash register suggested a few others. I politely refused Dhoom. When he asked me what kinds I liked and I said "comedies and romances," he handed me Bunty aur Babli. I laughed and said, "Oh, I already own that one" and he smiled. It's always a pleasant surprise to be sufficiently amusing to strangers.
My fistful of treasures does not lend itself to a group review, and unfortunately I'm running on fumes and can't get each its full response. So here's what I watched, in order, with a few thoughts.
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
- I was in a Shahrukh mood last week and was happy to see this on the shelf. I've encountered several writers who list it among their favorites. But the early 90s and I are still not the best of friends, and this didn't particularly hold my interest.
- The Don song was really, really choice and put my powers of disbelief to their biggest test yet. Well worth the effort.
- This movie takes the award for "Bollywood line I would most like a fella to say about me to express his earnest and undying love while referencing a statistical oddity in my romantic past:" "How shall I convince her not even a thousand Chrises together can give her the love that I can?" The only thing that would have made that more funny for me would be if Akshaye had said it.
- I also like the line "When you are sad, I am double sad."
- I reckon there have never been more heinous children in all of Bollywood. What horrible, horrible people. I finally made peace with this movie when it became clear that those distractingly awful people were necessary to make the story's point, but it was an uneasy truce and I never want to see this again.
- Sad, defeated Amitabh was unsettling to see. I've seen him sad, and I've seen him defeated, but not both combined. But then he bounced back, restoring my faith.
Mujhse Shaadi Karoge
- The only thing I need to share about this is that it inspired a connection in my mind between Salman and David Hasselhoff. Think about it. Both are muscley, shiny, and often seen on the beach with no shirt on.
- Oh yes, and a choice quote from one of the sports announcers at the end: "Love is a condition of the mind when the mind is out of condition."