Thank you Procrastinatrix for the suggestion! And hopefully we can get a nice discussion going, like we did on Thursday for the one Shahrukh movie people really hated.
You know how there are these movies that you generally just love but then there is one scene or one plot moment that you hate? So much that you only enjoy the film if you can fast-forward through it? This is the place to complain about those! Not stuff like Duplicate that is a mess straight through, but the ones that could be generally good if it weren’t for just one thing. Not necessarily brilliant and perfect, but generally good except for one bad spot. And to get us started, here are a few of mine:
Dilwali: Generally I don’t mind this movie. It’s not my favorite, but there is nothing that really makes me cringe. With the exception of the “five minute date” scene. Partly because it is such a clear rip-off of the moment from How I Met Your Mother.
But also because I think it just doesn’t work, Shahrukh is talking to fast and trying to hard and Kajol feels like she isn’t in synch with him somehow, it’s just a bad BAD scene. I can handle the generally ridiculous plot and the horrible “comedy” scenes, but this one sequence is like grit under my nails and drives me crazy.
Dil Aashna Hai: This one moment doesn’t exactly bother me that much, but it feels completely out of character for Shahrukh in the rest of the film, and even the plot of the rest of the film. After being devoted and supportive and accepting in every way for the whole rest of the film. Shahrukh suddenly slaps Divya out of nowhere. And then it never comes up again, his character goes back to being supportive and accepting and so on and so on. I just want to lift it out of the film and pretend it never happened, because the film would make so much more sense that way.
Paheli: I would remove the sad song for Real Shahrukh. It humanizes him and makes you feel for him and makes it really hard to sympathize with the ghost who is, in the end, stealing his life.
Now, the reverse! Movies which are generally good, or maybe even generally bad, but have one moment of really really good acting that stands out.
Zamaana Deewana: This is generally a silly light stupid movie, but it has two really wonderful moments. The first is when Raveena and Shahrukh have just fallen in love, they are kind of silly and happy about it, and then they go out into the rain and suddenly it gets really intense and sexy really fast. Followed by a super sexy song.
And the second is after they are separated, Shahrukh goes to visit her and understands without her needing to full explain that she still loves him and must be being forced into marrying someone else. It’s such a refreshing scene after all those movies where the hero blames the heroine for being faithless without ever trying to see things from her side.
(Thank you Eastern European person for posting it with the intro scene!)
Yes Boss: Another generally fun movie, I’ll be reviewing it soon. But there is one song, really one moment in one song, that is something special. Right at the end of “Jaata Hai Tu Kahan”, after Shahrukh has been singing that whole time trying to save Juhi and stop her from leaving, he just stands and pleads with his eyes for her to come back to him, and it is one of the most perfectly longing moments he has had on film.
So, how about you? What are the Shahrukh scenes you always skip when you rewatch and pretend they didn’t happen?
Or what are the Shahrukh scenes you skip towards and pretend the rest of the film isn’t there?