Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Part 1 – Songs

Hi.

I went away for a bit.

I got a job. This job makes money. This job will enable me to just cry over the moving parts of Lakshya, and not how much it costs to buy it.

Unfortunately this job also keeps me from watching many movies, and from reviewing the ones I do watch. Thanks to the friend who always sends me pirated movies, I’ve started My Name Is Khan, and I think I love it. I’m not sure yet. SRK’s character is rather intense! I know I’m being Captain Obvious here and everyone watched that movie in theaters months ago, but we do things kind of slowly in Iowa. :)

On Sunday we had our new neighbor over to watch Wake Up Sid— I’ve now seen it four times, more than any other Bollywood movie. It really grows on me, so since I started out loving it, I now adore it. Its lack of pretension is its most endearing trait– all it wants to be is beautiful, and it succeeds, while managing to be funny and sweet in the same swell foop.

Well enough chit-chat.  I’ve figured out that I can’t find the time to do a movie review in one sitting. And it occurred to me that I don’t have to do it all at once. Duh.

The first thing that makes a movie appeal to me is the music. I’ll sit through anything if Sukhwinder Singh has a song in it. RNBDJ is definitely not something I was forced to sit through, but it does have a great Sukhwinder song!

Haule Haule comes fairly early in the movie, and it’s a chance for the audience to become more acquainted with the character of Suri. What a romantic! It establishes him as a very genuine, average man who is deeply in love with his new bride– before he begins his antics as his alter-ego, Raj.

I like that we see Suri dancing in front of the mirror… If someone were to walk in on him, I suspect the first thing they would say would be, “Who do you think you are? Shahrukh Khan?” I love the way SRK manages to play a super-exaggeration of his normal characters (Raj) and a very different guy who is even more romantic.

I’ve talked a little about Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte before. I heard a couple people say they didn’t like where it came in the movie, and I agree that it is a bit of an awkward placement. But it was time for a song, and it’s certainly a good one. The use of harmonica is fun.

In Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai, we see more Suri. It’s impressive to me how they convey that Suri wants Taani to be in love with him, not his Raj persona, but he sees Raj as the only way to her love. I don’t want to give anything away for those of you who haven’t seen the film, but this concept is touched on later in the sad version of this song (which you will need to watch in the movie).

Dance Pe Chance is easily my least favorite song from the film. I think it’s kind of repetitive and too modern… but you know, I still like it. SRK’s dancing is really ridiculously over the top, but no one is taking it seriously, so it’s enjoyable.

The final song, Dancing Jodi, is a recap of Dance Pe Chance. Taani realizes who her partner really is, and we see Suri finally coming into his own and asserting his true self. It’s the climax of the film, so I’m not posting a video. You need to watch that in context to truly enjoy it.

Thanks for your patience with how bad we’ve been about posting lately. :)

So I have yet to finish Fanaa…

…and please don’t tell me how it ends. It’s at times like this that I’m grateful for my former Bollywood ignorance.

I think this may be the first Aamir film I will review for the blog, but we’ll see what Sarah thinks.

Anyway!

Des Rangila!

Song Sunday – Mere Maa

First, a howdy (namaste? howdy? same thing, right?) to all our recent commenters. We’ve been a little busy to reply, but you should see us dashing up the stairs to tell the other “We got a comment!” :) Our big project for this week is to get up some links to other blogs and maybe give a little description of why we like and read them. It’s so great to see so many of our favorite bloggers visiting us! Main thrilled hoon.

Now to the song! I’ve been very, very, very slowly watching Taare Zameen Par with Aamir’s commentary, and thinking about what a masterpiece of cinematography that movie is! He’s so careful about movie making.

Darsheel, of course, is brilliant and adorable. My heart aches whenever I watch this song. So of course I watch it constantly. Mere Maa:

Friday Favorites – Tinak Tin Tana

Well, today’s favorite is a little embarrassing for me.

This is one of the first Bollywood songs I saw– I still haven’t watched Mann, but I love, love, love this video! The exuberant hero, the perky heroine, the weirdly Indian comic relief, the singing, the dancing, the hanging out of car windows… it just made my heart happy. And don’t forget Udit and Alka.

But here’s the embarrassing thing. I always assumed this was from the 80s or at least the early 90s. But, no. It was released in 1999. Yikes. Although, really you should excuse me, because aside from hair, Aamir has looked exactly the same for the past 25 years.

And Bollywood fashions seemed to be a bit like my homeschool fashions while growing up… a few years behind. Although I doubt Manisha got her outfit at Goodwill.

Tinak Tin Tana:

Kabhi Kabhi Aditi

It’s another depressing night in the Pardesi Girls’ world… Sarah’s kitten has gone missing.

Last time we lost a pet (although hopefully this is only a temporary loss) I posted Kal Ho Naa Ho.,since it seemed appropriately sad. Tomorrow may not come. Your cat may be hit by a car. SRK may not be in the next Farah Khan film.

Sarah later pointed out to me that there is a Hindi movie with a song sung to a girl whose cat has died. I didn’t know this, since I’d never seen Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, but I guess I should have realized there is a filmi song for every situation under the sun.

So without further ado… Kabhi Kabhi Aditi:

I keep checking, but so far Imran Khan has not showed up  in a sari to comfort us. What a waste of the (possible) loss of a cat!

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