So I'm sitting there, studying the vocabulary in chapter two of Teach Yourself Hindi (yes, I'm still on chapter two) with a random CD on in the background. "Ek Ladki Ko Dekha" came on and I put down my book. Usually lyrics flow past me unless for some reason I've bothered to hunt down a translation; I hadn't done that with this song, but recently Filmi Geek, with her mad Hindi skillz, had been telling me about them. I remember thinking "that's a bit much" - I mean, "When I saw this girl it felt like a poet's dream...like the swaying vines...like the music of the fairies"? That's pretty sap-tastic. But just now, reading them over again, I started to cry and had to keep hitting repeat on the CD player. I think what happened is that I moved past the particular words - which I still think are quite heavy - to the totality of the feeling that would move somebody to say those things, and I found myself charmed and moved. And watching the picturization, I'm very pleased by the simple, everyday sweetness of its scenes - it balances out the grander or more flowery comparisons of the lyrics. My response may have something to do with timing, too. I'm having a down-with-love sort of week, and when that happens and you (and by "you" I mean "I") hear words like this, you can't help but think "clearly no one will ever say that to me" and you feel a little sad, even though if someone did say that to you, you would probably have to suppress an eye roll or two.
All of which, of course, made me appreciate all the more how clever and funny its use is in Main Hoon Na.
Thoughts on the song and its popularity and impact are welcome.