Well, huh! This is a very interesting comparison with the last song. And I hope Aanand L Rai is planning to do something deep and interesting comparing the two of them. Or else it’s just an excuse for a Salman cameo.
Karan-Arjun reunite! Another friendly appearance between films for Salman-Shahrukh! Someday I should write a discussion of the various times they appeared together and their different meanings, because they have done this kind of friendly appearance A LOT. Most recently, Shahrukh was in Tubelight for about 5 minutes. And it was the best 5 minutes of the film, not just because I am a Shahrukh fan, but because that was a terrible movie and the Shahrukh-Salman chemistry really woke things up for a bit.
What I find more interesting than Shahrukh-Salman trying to dance despite one of them having a body that doesn’t work any more and the other having weird CGI altering his body, is the tone of the song. Like the last song trailer, we get a little bit of dialogue introducing how Shahrukh feels in this moment, why he wants to sing. And it’s the opposite feeling to the last song. In this one, he is feeling powerful and happy because someone loves him. In the last song, he is loving someone else.
If that is what the movie is about, I will be very happy. The difference between the enduring happiness and magic of loving someone else, versus the fleeting joy of being loved by someone.
Oh, and I am also interested that this song seems to be acknowledging the Kat-Salman relationship through their characters? I know someone here told me that Abhay Deol is in the film and rumored to be Kat’s love interest. But the back and forth here sounds like Salman-Kat as though he is her regular boyfriend. Could just be a meta moment in the song though.
But mostly, I am just interested in the contrast. The last song was for Anushka, in order to bring her joy, Shahrukh was not thinking about himself (one of the best romantic moves he can make in a movie, when he is singing to the heroine/for the heroine and it really feels like it is just for her, “Preity Woman” to “Mehndi Laga Ke Rakne”). And he had a dignity there, even with his short stature, they weren’t making fun of it or using it for a visual gag, it was just part of who he was and far less important than what he was saying.
Whereas this song, he has lost his dignity and lost his sense of singing for others. It is all to praise himself, and he is more excited about singing with Salman than singing “for” Kat. Kat isn’t even in the room.
Again, could be a coincidence with how the songs were filmed and structured, meaning nothing. But I hope it does mean something, I hope we see his character lose himself and his sense of self, and then regain it and discover what true love is.