Saturday, May 09, 2009

It happened one weekend...

You know what? For all the absurdities, I still have a soft corner for bollywood movies of the early 90s. Case in point - Dil Hai ke Manta Nahin (1991), which I chanced upon while surfing channels yesterday. And sat through it. It was a nostalgic experience given that this movie came out at a time when we were in college, and life was footloose & fancy free.

It was one of those 'assembly-line' thingies the Bhatt camp used to dole out back then. It was good, clean fun. DHMN was supposedly an inspiration of a hollywood classic (ok, stop rolling your eyes) 'It happened one night', which was once earlier made in bollywood before DHMN itself. It was called 'Chori-Chori' starring the show-man Raj Kapoor, and amchi munnabhai's real-life mom Nargis.

It gives a different kind of a high when you see the lead pair bickering and fighting tooth 'n nail the first half of the movie and then falling in love in the end. But DHMN holds a special place in my heart because the first rays of romance were entering my own life, and I remember going to this movie with almost the entire class, and yes...my future wife as well. And a movie becomes all the more special when you start relating to the characters, and your life had situations similar to those on the screen.

Well yeah, at hindsight it does seem a bit silly, compared to movies of today which are more technically advanced and realistic (and most times..err..bold, for want of a better word), and given that the movie's hero is so well known for those realistic movies today. DHMN in that sense was the perfect mix, a perfect antidote for boredom, and a perfect reckoner for people hopeful of love. It had all the masala in it, the 'drop-of-a-hat' song sequences, and of course a happy ending. And to top it, you didn't find it embarrassing to watch it with anyone...heck, I could watch it with my neighbor, Mr. R. I couldn't be seen dead with him in any movie hall today. I swear.

Rent the movie today and watch it. You'll smile through the weekend. Trust me. :-)

15 comments:

BlueMist said...

ahem ahem ..somebody is on the way to memory lanes :)
it made me think now which movie is that will make me relate like this ...got to think !!

stupid fool said...

my first crush was in this movie.AK.(stupid fool blushes).Arrghhh...not Anupam Kher :(

Priyanka said...

Ahh, remember how popular the cap that Aamir wears in movie had become?! All the RSR (road-side romeos) sported one!
This was one candyfloss movie which wasn't oversweet. You brought out such old memories ;)

RustyNeurons said...

Oh, I loved that movie :) Yes, mushy, candyfloss whatever you call it, it had this aura around it and even today when I watch it, I feel the same.

Bhavya said...

Oh yes, it's a lovely movie. I guess we all have our set of movies which take us down memory lane like that :)

phatichar said...

BlueMist: :-)

stupid fool: hehe

Priyanka: oh yeah..the cap!

RustyNeurons: hmmm :-)

Bhavya: true.. :-)

Mama-Mia said...

me LOVE the movie! its so simple and sweet and i still laugh when i watch the telephone booth scene! and Tiku dude is so funny! :D

cheers!

abha

KJ said...

wat a coincidence....

saw the movie last week while surfing thru the channels...

:)


rgds

Cynic in Wonderland said...

oh i used to like it too. also the songs. but when i look back at the clothes..er..

Nisha said...

oh i love this movie as well...and all the movies of that time.. and more than the movies...i rem the songs...they were so melodious n meaningful...n how we rem the lyric as well!
nice blog..i stumbled upon becoz of ur nickname!

Rash said...

oh I love that movie. esp the last scene...where anupam kher wants her to run away

Pinku said...

nice to read u again....

the movie and others like it have our own sentiments interwoven hence the smile...and i think its nice to see such feel good movies at times.

saw the Proposal couple of weeks back and it made me smile for a long, long time.

Stupidosaur said...

So are you going to post mister?

alice-in-wonder said...

Hey, what's with the extra-long gap? Not written anything recently?

Srivats said...

Here through blog hopping :) i too like this movie and the song that goes with the same title. My love and I fought first so i can relate to this movie completely. Kinship made me write a comment :) keep up the good writing

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Sri