My Love Story with Indian Films: The Inner Workings of a Bollywood Devotee

Those of you who have been following this blog for a while have gotten an insight into my relationship with Indian films. In the past, I’ve talked about my strange yearnings for scenes of films past and I’ve dived into unnecessary philosophy about film experiences more than once, but I’ve never really told you how this all started in the first place, which I’m about to do now.

I should also note that aside from the reminiscing mood that I am in now, I’ve also come to a major realization about why I am so drawn to films, and to Indian films, in particular.

It was my very first semester in college and I was having an especially difficult time adjusting to my new life in a new place. I was homesick and couldn’t fall asleep that night. It was well past 3 a.m. as I recall and out of boredom, I had no choice but to try to watch something in my tiny dorm room television. And of course I couldn’t find anything worthwhile and I had reached the unknown channels beyond 100 when I caught a glimpse of a song and stopped.

It was the funniest thing I had seen in my life. I had never seen dancing and singing like that before. I was very amused and kept laughing and watching. To my surprise, it was not just a song but a film. I found myself so immersed in the story, the characters, the colors and vibrant visuals that I didn’t even realize that I had stayed up until dawn watching it.

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My Name is Khan

I’m a King Khan fan. I was so anxious about My Name is Khan, I couldn’t wait to watch it. I have only been able to see the movie once (which means I didn’t really like it). After I saw it, I thought, its a good movie, but now since its been a few weeks, there is nothing which has stuck with me about this movie. Yes, Shahrukh was really cute and sweet as usual and he did a great job playing someone with Asperger’s syndrome but his character was not appealing enough to want to watch for 3 hours.

I also wish there was a fun component in the movie, you know, some entertainment…this is bollywood! What was Karan Johar thinking?! I’m not saying fun is necessary for a good movie, but everyone is better off on their own turf and I think Karan Johar is aware of this post MNIK.

Unfortunately, I think this movie was not worth the anxiety and effort. I agree with the message of the movie and I really liked it when Shahrukh said “prayer is about intent, not people.” So there were some messages there for the Muslim community which is why I think the film has done well in the Gulf. But overall, I feel it could have been much better.

I also feel that Kajol’s role was a bit underdeveloped, it almost felt like she wasn’t really in the movie. I like it when Kajol has a dominant role in a movie. She carries it well, I don’t think her role in MNIK did her acting capacity enough justice.

If you love Srk and Kajol, I say, watch it anyway!

The music was nice and suitable for the movie, you can listen to & download three of the songs here:

  1. Sajda
  2. Allah Hi Rahem
  3. Tere Naina

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