I can’t stop myself! I keep looking at Sonam wedding videos! And, thanks to the latest batch, I now have several competing “ships” that I am rooting for. And I am sharing them with you, in the hope of either getting companions on board the SS Relationship, or else getting a solid common sense mind to drag me off.
Arjun and his sisters
I can’t help myself, I have to put up both mini-videos!!!! First the whole family coming together, with Arjun clearly in charge even though his Dad is there, tell them when it’s over, sending the women away. And then the photags asking for a “kids only” photo, Arjun calling his sisters back, making fun of Jhanvi (or Khushi?) so she laughs.
And then making the call of when it is enough, ordering the photographers to stop, and sending them all back to the steps, checking on what is going on elsewhere, coming back over to the sisters. Such a good brother! Going to spend the rest of his life taking care of things for them.
Sonam and All Her Friends
There’s other videos of the rehearsal for this. Dozens of friends got together for rehearsals so they could surprise her with a performance to “Gal Mithi Mithi Bol”, the super fun wedding song from her first home production. I love this video not for the dance, but for the big happy smile from Sonam as she is sent off the dance floor.
Although the “Swag Se Swagat” second song is maybe even better. And DANG! Swara can DANCE! Anyway, I just love it as a sign of what a good friend Sonam is, just a random collection of folks who care about her and came together to surprise her, from her co-star in her next movie to her little boy cousin. Oh wait, I just rewatched it, Swara is good, but the real talent is Tiny Little Girl in the front row. Not sure if she was part of the official group, but she is dancing her heart out!
Karan Johar and Center Stage
Karan is just so happy! Sometimes when he is “on” it feels like he is trying to hard, like he is faking it a little bit to get past the nerves, playing a role. But this time, not at all. He’s not playing “flamboyant Karan” or “serious artist/businessman Karan”, he is just “Karan having a GREAT time”.
Varun and Natasha
She looks SO UNCOMFORTABLE!!! This would essentially be me, if I had a super famous boyfriend. Or really, most normal people. Being the center of all eyes, with dozens of cameras going off at you would be unpleasant for anyone. But what makes me ship them is how you can see Varun sort of introducing her to how this works, talking to her and making her smile when she starts to freak out a little, and holding on to her until the last possible minute when she walks away.
Shahrukh and a Dance Floor
Need I say more? I was reading an old interview or something a while back where he talked about his Sangeet, where he and Gauri danced all night, because they both loved to dance. Feels like he doesn’t get to do that much any more, just dance with his wife and old friends at a great party instead of for money on stage, or on film, being perfect. Oh and yes, Gauri was dancing too. She wasn’t caught clearly in any video I can find, but you can see bits of her dress in the background, she was dancing right there with him.
But his real partner last night was Anil, and we all know it. It is a certain kind of male bonding that finds all three of them equally sweaty, equally unbottoned, and equally euphoric at 2am.
Shahrukh, Salman, and Sunita Kapoor
The Internet identified for me that they are singing the “Bandhan” song from Karan-Arjun. So, first, Salman and Shahrukh both still remember the words to a song from a movie they were in over 20 years ago, that’s so cute! Second, I love the kind of inside joke wordless communication friendship that has to go in to deciding to sing this duet to the mother of the bride. And third, Sunita Kapoor is so cutely embarrassed! And I just looked it up, they are singing her a mother song, but she is just a year older than them! Which I kind of find even more cute, that the boys are pretending to be singing to her as a mother and the joke is how inappropriate it is.
Ranbir and Alia-ANTI-SHIP
I think it’s not just my dislike for the idea of this pairing, this video is like really really chemistry-less, right? Ranbir looks completely uninterested (to be fair, this is the wedding of his maybe ex-girlfriend) and Alia seems more interested in standing with Ayan than with him.
Aditya Roy Kapoor and Sidharth M.
They are working on a film together now, and they had the Dream Team tour together, but they really seem happy, right? Like, friends who are joking and having a good time? Way more natural chemistry than Alia and Ranbir, for instance.
Anil Kapoor and THE WORLD!!!!!
This is clearly early in the night, because he’s still got the tie on, but his energy is already set to 11. This is how you start a PARTY!
A close up! There is no holding back here, Anil is leaving it all on the floor. In hour one of a 5 hour party in which he never stopped leaving it on the floor.
Okay, the hard part!!!!! How should I prioritize the emotional energy I waste on these ships for people I don’t even know? I’ll try to limit it to top 5, as of this moment, counting down 5 to 1:
5. Shahrukh and the Dance Floor: would be higher, but this is old news, not new news.
4. Varun and Natasha: She still feels so “normal”, it’s so refreshing!
3. Sonam and Her Friends: awwwwwww! If Little Girl was more front and center in the videos, this might have made it to the top.
2. Arjun and His Sisters: Any other night, this would have won without an effort.
1. Anil and THE WORLD: Can anyone disagree? It’s really his night.