Apparently, the move was going to be even sexier. And then they cut this part, no doubt in fear of law suits because of fainting and heart attacks in the theater. And also, it doesn’t quite work as well with the plot. (full JHMS coverage here)
Thank you anonymous commentator for the translation!
Anushka: Why are you acting? You can watch if you want to. We’re just waiting for her.SRK: You want to watch?Anuska: Why would I want to watch?SRK: You’re a girl. How can I explain it to you? It doesn’t work for me. Just look, no touch. (He says something else after this but the sound is bad) It doesn’t work for me.Anushka: Yeah, it only works with me – just look and no touch.-He squeezes her face. She pushes his hand away.-Anushka – not that kind of touch.Grabs her and pushes her against the wall and says-SRK – this kind of touch?Anuska – You have a PHD in this subject so tell me – How am I?SRK – There’s just one problem, Sejal.Moves away.SRK – Come on, let’s go. It’s getting too serious. Let’s go.SRK walks away and Anuska follows.
So, this is apparently just as they enter the strip club to see Natassha, before the part where Shahrukh points her out and Anushka agrees she is “Layak” and deserves a diamond ring. I can kind of see why it was cut. First, as Shahrukh says at the end, it is too serious. Too serious for this point of the movie. They had tickled, they had hugged on the train, but they hadn’t gotten aggressively sexual yet. To do it here would take away some of the importance of Anushka’s advances after “Yaadon Mein”. That Shahrukh was so careful to wait for her to take the lead, and that she needed such a hugely emotional moment to feel it.
If we look at how they interact here, she is pushing for something without really knowing what she is pushing for. And when he gives it to her, she is confused and overcome, but doesn’t want it to end, grabbing him and holding him for a second. I do like how she holds him, it’s not exactly sexual, it’s both sexual and comforting, loving. She is giving him more than just sex, without him even asking for it.
And it tells us something about Shahrukh’s character that he has no interest in watching strippers. First, I think he sincerely is not a visual person, he is attracted by touch not sight. Except, as Anushka points out, with her. She is angry about it, but again she is missing how incredibly strangely drawn to her he is. He noticed her from the very beginning, by sight not touch, even though usually he needs touch to turn himself on. Because she is so over-whelming for him that ever sense is alerted.
And second, in a larger sense, I don’t see Shahrukh’s character wanting/needing fulfillment from women on offer to him. I think he needs that challenge, that re-affirming of his masculinity. A stripper, or any other women who is “easy” in some way would not work for him. Not that he needs to seduce virgins or something, not like that, but he wants some kind of a challenge. An older woman he has to convince to give him a chance (as I picture happening with Klara), or a woman who wants him but he has to go behind her boyfriend’s back (as we saw in the nightclub).
Oh, and third, this adds a layer to that bit in “Phurr” when Anushka strips for him. She knows he doesn’t enjoy that kind of performance really, so it is just for her, not him, and he is playing along. I mean, we got that already just from their attitudes, but now we know it is something that was explicitly said between them, he doesn’t want/need her to dance for him, so her doing it is just her enjoying her own sexuality and that’s it.
Oh and finally, at the end, she asks him “how am I?” Which makes his “you are worth more than her” comment a few scenes later a continuation of their conversation. Plus, did you notice in that later scene, he had just pulled Natasha close to him in order to keep her away from the gundas. So it wasn’t just looking (which, as we now know, he doesn’t like), it was touching too. He had pulled her equally close to how he had pulled Anushka in this scene so it was a complete comparison, look and touch, and Anushka did more for him.
And one final totally petty note. Do you notice that when they are pressed together, while they are lightly touching in the torso and shoulders and face, but their lower halves are pressed together tightly the entire time? Just like the hug on the train before, or the hug at the very end, they want to be so close there.
Anyway, mostly, OMG SO SEXY!!!!