Genevieve registered a complaint that Harsh in Tara vs Bilal played yet another manboy can’t talk about his feelings type of guy. Which made me think we should pull out and appreciate the alternative type of heroes! The ones who just handle things and do things without making a fuss about it.
I can probably never watch this movie again because the politics are so ugly, but boy oh boy is this a great romance for a Grown Up Can Handle Things hero. He knows he is too old, too working class, too everything to be an appropriate partner for the heroine. But he still gently takes care of her, feeds her, clothes her, protects her, makes her feel loved without demanding anything in return, and is delighted when she proposes to him.
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
This is, like, the only adult Bhansali hero I can think of. Ajay is SO GREAT. Sets aside his own feelings, prioritizes taking care of his responsibilities, and is just generally an adult person who can take care of himself.
Dil Dhadakne Do
Most of the men are unfeeling children people, which is sort of the point of the movie, but Farhan Akhtar is the exception. He has succeeded on his own in the world and can express his feelings without being all balled up inside and guilty and blah blah.
Abhishek in this is SO GOOD. Yes, he has feelings, he is human. But he doesn’t need anyone to take care of him or teach him or anything stupid like that, he just does what he does.
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
Well, now this is all I can think of. The best most mature most “I am a grown up” hero of ALL.
Okay, give me more! More of those “what a solid decent nice guy” kind of heroes!!!!