Love may be a tender emotion, but declaring it takes a large amount of courage. The need for perfection is manic when one wishes to propose to their lover, though the feelings behind it are endearing. And if one is dealing in the Bollywood style of confession? Beware the magnum opus show, the melodramatic situations and the wondrous imagination of the creators, but do not forget the brilliant acting of the simplest yet most complicated of gestures.
When films become a cult classic, there will undoubtedly be scenes that everyone remembers. Among these is Veeru's (Dharmendra Singh Deol) confession of love and proposal to Basanti (Hema Malini). Just picture it now: the venue is a polished water tank, and the gaaon waale have gathered. Seated atop the tank is a drunken man, Dharmendra, in full form, slurring out his grievances when it comes to love. Each sentence ends with a declaration of suicide, which despite being a serious topic, is charmingly handled and very ribtickling. This was one proposal which had a definite Yes! resounding, because a dose of love, plus a dose of hilarity is always the right way to woo a girl.
We were all pretty certain she was going to say yes, but that does not mean we are exempted from a hyperactive family, a vision in white looking like a million bucks, a limousine, red roses and a lavish set-up complete with orchestra. There might be a bottle of chilled champagne somewhere, but then the sight of a dapper looking Rohit (Saif Ali Khan) in a suit was enough for us to lose our heads. His proposal to Naina (Preity Zinta) was heartfelt and beautiful, and even though we were sure she would not turn him down, we still sat till the end with a smile on our faces and our hands pressed to our hearts.
When almost the entire movie is just on the right side of being over the top, why shouldn't the climax follow suit? The tussle between Sameer (Salman Khan) and Sunny (Akshay Kumar) for the love of Rani (Priyanka Chopra) literally reaches the battle ground, in a cricket stadium no less. Talk about irony! With the whole world watching, and some cricket legends cheering, Sameer finally speaks his heart. The resounding "Mujhse shaadi karogi?" was the highlight of the whole show. It is no small thing to propose to your lady love in front of thousands, when money was at stake, and possible humiliation if not done properly. It had the grandeur and the masala that audiences love.
Ignoring the fact that apparently a moustache can transform a face so thoroughly, the manner in which hearts begin to meet in this film is the most important message. Taani (Anushka Sharma) may not be capable of putting the dots together, but her husband Suri (Shah Rukh Khan) left no stone unturned in an attempt to win her heart. Transforming himself into Raj, he mesmerised us when he managed to transform the view of the city into a brilliant display of lights, proclaiming to Taani and the rest of the galaxy - 'I Love You'. There was no misunderstanding his intentions, emotions blazing as bright as the lights. Yet the fact that her husband works for the electricity department and her dance partner largely resembled him did not strike Taani, but our hearts still danced as we were left spellbound.
Writer: Nabila S.
Editor(s): Aradhna K. and Gunia K.
Graphics: Marsh P.
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