Remember how all the teaser trailer releases were coded love messages from SRK to me? Well, I think these deleted scenes might be as well! He knew my view count was going down with no big releases for the past few weeks and, to help me out, he is posting these videos. Oh, and also to help me, a nice commentator has given us a TRANSLATION!!!! (full coverage of Jab Harry Met Sejal here)
Without subtitles, I can’t do a full analysis (another reason for you to be nice and translate it for me!), but I can do a partial analysis. This is another little transition scene, would have come after the end of “Phurr” and before the “Gas” scene in the cafe. It looks like they arrive at the cafe, and Manky calls as they head towards their table. He is in a store trying to pick out something to give Evelyn to wear at their engagement. Shahrukh is useless, so Anushka pokes her head in and casually sits on Shahrukh’s lap while he puts his arm around her to steady her. And she rejects all of Manky’s options, and I think tells him to just leave the store. Manky can’t help reacting to the them sitting so close, which makes Anushka aware and she moves away. And then there is conversation I can’t understand, and she gently reaches out and rests her hand on Shahrukh’s knee as they are talking. And then there is the part we already saw, with the cafe owner coming to get him.
In my description of this scene as it appears in the movie, I talked about how the cafe owner seems kind of sorry to break them up, and gives them a moment to say good-bye. Because it is so clear that this couple is a couple, that he is taking her soul with him as he leaves and they need a moment to prepare for that. And that is how they play it too, him comforting her and her all big eyed and long-legged and scared. It’s not a small thing for them to be apart.
Now that we have the full scene, it is that plus more. The cafe owner has seen her sitting on his lap to see the same phone, not in a teenage flirty sexy way, but in a casual “we are so much of a pair that I can just sit on you because it is convenient and I know you will hold me up” way. And then seen the delicate way she touches his knee while they talk. There is a lot here to inform him of their closeness. And a lot here to reinforce for them how close they are, to make the upcoming separation even more unbearable. Both the final separation that comes ever closer, and this immediate one where he has to leave her and go into danger alone.
Now, dialogue translation:
SRK: Hey Mayank, we came to meet Gas. I’ll call you later.Mayank: Paaji, one last one. How is this one?SRK: It’s fine.Mayank: Paaji, don’t say it in a hurry.SRK: It’s great. Come on.Anushka: What is it?SRK: He’s shopping for his bride.Anuska: Oh, let me see!Mayank shows her the outfit.Anuska: This is great?Mayank: It’s not?Anushka: It’s third-class.Mayank: What about this one?Anushka: It’s shit.Mayank: This?Anushka: Do you hate your girlfriend?Mayank: No, I love her.Anushka: Then return all this.Mayank: But Harry said…Anushka: Okay, turn your phone around. Let me see this shop.-Anushka sits in SRK’s lap.-Anushka: Hmm, you won’t be able to do this. I’m going to have to do something. Leave this shop right now.Mayank: Are you really sitting in his lap, sister? Or are my eyes deceiving me?-SRK almost starts laughing and Anuska moves off his lap-SRK: Okay, get lost now. I’ll call you later.Mayank: But wait, Paaji. Stop. Shopping…SRK: Bye.Anushka: I didn’t think about it. Is it a problem?SRK: Why would I have a problem with it? I’m not Rupen.Anushka: I’m committing a sin, right? Right? Tell me.SRK: You’re asking me about sin? Do you know who I am?Anushka: Who are you? No, no, today you should tell me. Who are you?Random dude: Harinder, Mr. Gas has arrived.SRK: Okay.Anushka: Harry…SRK: Don’t worry.Anushka: He’s a criminal.