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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The most intensely romantic Bollywood scene in recent history

I thought I should do a piece on the occasion of St. Valentine's day. So, I am going to describe in this blog entry, the most romantic scene in a Bollywood movie, according to me, in recent history. It is not that romance and I have had much to do with each other at any point of time, but I decided to go ahead and write about this anyway.

The scene is from a movie called Lakshya. It stars Hrithik Roshan in the lead role and Preity Zinta plays his love-interest. The protagonist is an aimless young student at the beginning of the movie and goes on to join the military as an officer and take part, successfully, in the Indian army's Kargil operations. His on-and-off lady-love, in the movie, is a fellow student who becomes a television journalist, as the movie progresses, and covers the war.

In this particular scene, Hrithik's character (Karan) comes across the character played by Preity (Romi), while being driven, along with his unit, to a location on the frontier, from where they are to launch a surprise attack on the following day. He has recently come to know through an old friend's letter that Romi, whom he had known to have become engaged to another man after she had broken up with him, had, in fact, become disengaged (to use military parlance!) soon after the engagement. He has, of course, been in love with her all the time.

When he sees her, by the roadside, along with her camera crew, as the convoy he is travelling with comes to a halt at a crossing, he goes to speak to her for a few moments, after obtaining permission from a superior officer of his.

The following is a rough translation of their brief conversation:

Karan: I miss you a lot!
Romi: Me too!
Karan: I am leaving on an important mission tomorrow.
Romi: I shall wait for you.
Karan: I may not return.
Romi: I shall wait for the rest of my life.

The actor and the actress convey all of the intense emotion through words and, even more so, through facial expressions and body language, without making physical contact at all. This is the reason for which, to my mind, this scene stands out in this day and age, when most romantic scenes in Bollywood movies are meant to titillate the viewers, more than anything else.


Sidhusaaheb said...

Interesting. I have not seen the movie. So any plans for the day?
Mridula | Homepage | 02.14.07 – 10:40 am | #


I rather liked the movie even though it didn’t do too well at the box office. You could find out more at the link I’ve provided.

I’ve already executed my plan for the day, which was to compose this blog post.
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 02.14.07 – 11:28 am | #


You have discribed it very well. I would see the movie soon.
shirazi | Homepage | 02.15.07 – 5:45 am | #


happy valentines day, hope u find ur Romi, if you haven’t already !
Cyberkitty | Homepage | 02.15.07 – 10:05 am | #


@Shirazi Sa’ab: Thanks! The movie also sends out a strong anti-war and pro-peace message.

@Cyberkitty: Wish you the same! She’ll come along when the time is right, I suppose.
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 02.15.07 – 11:33 am | #

Sidhusaaheb said...

Romance. This is one big reason that Bollywood movies turn me off (except for a few exceptions).
Sifar | Homepage | 02.15.07 – 10:40 pm | #


Very true… really romantic words
Sriram | Homepage | 02.16.07 – 6:38 am | #


@Sifar: You are right in the sense that there is an overdose at times.

@Sriram: I agree!
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 02.16.07 – 9:53 am | #


Sifar, Damned right you are!

Guri, you need to get a hold on yourself.

Come over to my place this weekend. We’ll have some grand pizaas and watch Shawshank Redemption, for the nth time.

I have given up smoking, so you shan’t be bothered too much.

Take care!

Ra. | Homepage | 02.20.07 – 10:16 pm | #


I meant to appreciate the fact that even in these times of overtly exhibitionistic kind of cinema, good work is being done by way of subtle portrayals of strong emotions.

Good to know that you’ve given up smoking…May the Almighty give you the strength to keep off it for the rest of your life!

I’d love to watch Shawshank Redemption once again, but have to attend a cousin’s wedding over the coming weekend.
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 02.21.07 – 9:36 am | #


Lolzz … Oooops I saw this post very late but gud one

BTW, the movie was interesting too – hrithik’s part at least was.
Asma | Homepage | 02.26.07 – 7:37 pm | #



So, you found Hrithik’s role interesting…hmmm (in a very knowing kind of tone)… :D
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 02.27.07 – 10:16 pm | #