An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Bachna Ae Hasino is a blast from the past

I am a romantic. And not the one who believs or likes those chic-flicks but the surreal love that is rarely seen in this fast life and quick relationship turnarounds.:-) Raj Kapoor was a master of that love.

Love, to him was, like that first dew drop on the grass in the morning – fresh, delicate, yet beautiful.. and that is what he showed. Somehow that definition of love has not been seen on screen ever before or after.

In my eyes, coming of Ranbir brought that back for me. He has in him something that is different. His eyes tell a tale that has Raj Kapoor-ish style and soul. When he loves despite unrequited love or repents and works to ask for forgiveness after he realizes his mistake regarding all the pain he gave to others – he looks believable. More importantly he seems honest.

Most of the love stories have been about a very uncomplicated and straight forward “love”. Raj Kapoor introduced the complexities of love. That Bulleh Shah’s poem whih Chanchal sang in Bobby expressed that complexity so well.

Chahe Mandir Masjid todo, pyaar bhara dil kabhi na todo;
is dil mein dilbar rehta;
Jis palde mein tule mohabbat;
us mein chandi nahin tolna.

Love was taken to the Ruhani or the spiritual level for the first time. Irrespective of the direction and the colors (blue-ish) or the styling of Saawariya, I thought SLB did achieve narration of that love.

Its the same with the new movie Bachna Ae Haseeno. It does not matter if it is believable or not (it seems believable though) but more importantly its takes love to a new level.

A Love that does not make you a better person – specially the unrequited love – can never be real love. And this is what you see here – a person becomes a better human being because of his unrequited love… and the love still remains intact without the hope of any return.

Love for the sake of love and not a return is very difficult to relate. BAH does that through Ranbir! I will give it a thumbs up.

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