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An open letter from a fan: Life lessons learnt from Diwali 2007 releases Saawariya & Om Shanti Om

A gifted younger author I observe on Twitter posted a hyperlink to an interview with the filmmaker and choreographer Farah Khan the place she recalled the actor Rakhi Sawant’s hilarious audition for an element in ‘Most important Hoon Na’- it includes a burqa and a bikini! And that received me considering, amongst different issues, about how constantly humorous Ms. Khan is and has been, and of among the hilarious issues she has stated through the years, in ‘Koffee with Karan’ particularly. I can nonetheless recall the actor Tabu, the filmmaker Mira Nair, and the host Karan Johar breaking into hysterical, helpless laughter when Johar requested Khan to offer a chunk of relationship recommendation to Abhishek and Ash (their nuptials had been impending then), and she or he requested ‘I’m giving them relationship recommendation?!’, or when she was requested to react in a single phrase to the next names, and Johar mentioning Ashutosh Gowariker and Khan simply pulling a face so hilariously sanctimonious that phrases weren’t even essential anymore. And naturally, my private basic from Season 4 when Johar requested her a few hearsay she wish to unfold about herself, and she or he stated: ‘Simply Unfold!’, and Johar coming again with ‘The hearsay that you simply’d wish to unfold?’

It additionally made me assume the way it at all times excites me to see an interview of hers pop up. I devour them directly however her movies, not a lot. However then I used to be reminded of her movie ‘Om Shanti Om’ (additionally, the reminiscence of OSO to me is entwined, amongst different issues, with Season 2 of KWK on it, Deepika Padukone made her first discuss present look as an actor, Shah Rukh Khan felt his sixth pack ought to begin to make an look, and Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi appeared ahead to seeing two totally different movies on Diwali that year- Mr. Akhtar selecting OSO (“I’ve written some songs in it”) and Ms. Azmi going for the rival ‘Saawariya’.) 

Again in 2007, I imagined myself to be an aesthete with a trigger (I didn’t have a trigger, I simply had a vibrant scarf), and it goes, due to this fact, with out saying that I noticed Saawariya first! The reminiscence of how stressed the viewers grew slowly, steadily over its working time nonetheless breaks my coronary heart a little bit bit. However then I additionally noticed OSO, and little had I imagined that I might swoon and swoon exhausting that Diwali to not the tune of ‘Thode Badmash Ho Tum’, however as an alternative to ‘Aankhon Mein Teri Ajab Si Ajab Si Adayein Hain’. I can nonetheless really feel the wind in my hair and with my then love, the sunshine from the streetlamps as we drove down the bridge that we had pushed up and down a thousand occasions, the taut abdomen I held and not using a care as we made our manner again to our pupil rooms on our Scooty Pep, कितना कुछ केहना है फिर भी है दिल में सवाल कहीं! सपनो में जो रोज कहा है वो फिर से कहूँ या नहीं! nonetheless ringing in my ears- we had been Tamil audio system with a major school-level grasp of Hindi, but each syllable felt loaded with heart-stopping feeling. 

I’ve not seen the movie in over a decade however I can nonetheless recall Om clutching his coronary heart as he will get dragged away from Shanti on that pink carpet, or when he and his finest mate activate the followers and snow machines to dazzle her for not less than one evening. I don’t assume I can neglect the look of their eyes the desperation, the panic, the helplessness separated by a window pane- at that interval level, or certainly when the reincarnated Om realises who the revenging Shanti really is, and when she, with a tear in her eye, turns to have a look at him for one final time (does she actually, or is it simply my reminiscence?) earlier than disappearing eternally, justice having been served ultimately. 

I ponder, briefly, if I wish to revisit the movie, however I conclude that it’s most likely higher that I depart it to the previous the place it nonetheless feels as alive because it does. And it happens to me that it was the truth is Saawariya that appeared to try to create a dreamy, operatic, spectacular imaginative and prescient of a selfless, harmless past love in all its purity, nevertheless it was its masala rival with the shiny six-packs and a chutki of sindoor that by some means managed to be it (once more, that is no takedown of Saawariya either- the movie, for my part, holds up loads higher away from the unsurvivable stress of that Diwali cinema corridor). Mr. Bhansali took as a lot care as he did with an emotion so simple as past love: Why take a bucket of blue paint to attract with, then drape over it a mile of fairy lights, then drown in silk shawls an emotion as gentle as a feather, as pure as a stream of water? It broke my coronary heart to confess it then that regardless of how honest one’s intention is, and the way devoted one is in striving to do it, you can not contrive innocence; you don’t beat the love out of somebody’s coronary heart such as you would the mud out of a carpet: You do it with a light-weight contact, you do it as a matter of truth, you do it with simplicity (possibly even to the purpose of being simplistic!) and most significantly, you do it with a way of humour. 

I learnt that you simply can not drive love out of somebody who merely doesn’t have what you’re asking for; that you don’t search to strive, with a view to really feel that your love is triumphant, to maneuver your lover to tears: it’s a lot better to make your lover snort. You don’t search to discover a lover who would sit and stare into your eyes for hours on finish (if you will get one, nice!) however to discover a love and be a love that reminds the opposite when the playing cards are down that in life, ultimately, similar to it’s in our movies, every thing ought to change into alright. Happies. Ending. Par agar theek na ho, toh hoti hai nahi. Image abhi baaki hai mere dost!’. Because the grasp filmmaker Mani Ratnam apparently tells the youthful Mrs Bachchan when she provides a less-than-ideal take, ‘Hold it easy ma!’

And if you happen to’re nonetheless studying this, would you care to share a chunk of studying (once more, I exploit ‘studying’ for the shortage of a greater word- it needn’t be as severe) you obtained from a movie? Small as it might, that you simply nonetheless carry with you?

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