Day 5 takes a break from the Khans and the Kapoors, to make way for the Kumar and the Roshan, the Kaif and the Rai!
Without further ado, let's move on with the third last day of this 2001-2010 countdown.
Let the luvre bloom, as you catch up with today's doze of Bolly-romanticism...!
Movie: Namaste London
(2007: Akshay Kumar
, Katrina Kaif
Is This Our Last Dance...?!
For a majority of Katrina Kaif
's countless fans, Namaste London
served an inception point of the extreme fandom. Her onscreen pairing
with Akshay Kumar
from this blockbuster came to be such a phenomenon
that it repeated thereafter, time and again, yielding on more occasions
than not, box office hits.
Owing some stark similarities between real life Kat and her Namaste London
onscreen character, Jaspreet aka Jaz, it was a given that many came to
perceive parts of the movie as having been insinuatingly
autobiographical from the actress's point of view - a round of rumours
that were promptly denied.
A Vipul Amrutlal Shah directorial, Namaste London
is the story of NRI girl Jaz (Katrina) who has like many others with
her nature of exposure and upbringing, lost touch with her Indian roots, to a point where she despises
them and declares herself an out and pout Brit. That is, until Arjun
(Akshay) comes along in her life and turns its events upside down.
scene we chose for the 'most romantic' scenes from this movie is where
Arjun and Jaz dance together for what they suppose would their last dance forever, or at least for a very long time.
his persistent and undying spirit to make their complicated marriage
work out, Arjun
finally gives up on the chase for Jaz to win the favors of her heart.
He tells her that she is free to marry her Brit boyfriend, as she had always
planned to, and that he would return to India right after being a
witness to her tying that knot. And on that note, he asks her for a last
Jaz faces an inner turmoil, when her heart senses a
change for this rustic Indian man she had loathed the sight of not long
ago. As she gazes into his eyes, lightly swaying in his arms, trying to
settle the conflict between her heart and her mind, Arjun casually
(although very much hurt and suffering himself) makes light of how they
are even now, as he couldn't divorce
her and she never acknowledged their marriage. It tugs at her heart,
when he asks her if she would still be wiling to meet him one day when
they have grown old and he comes to London, because her happiness would
be his primary concern even then, and he would like to see if she were
happy or not.
highly strung by the teaming of fate and her heart, and over come with
emotion at his candid words, gives a peck on his cheek and tells him
he is a wonderful human being and that she'll miss him. A sweet little
kiss on the cheek that speaks for all the words she cannot comprehend or muster.
the popular number "Veeraniyan" complementing the scene as a background
score while they dance, the scene is soulful and romantic, despite the
trouble in lovers' paradise.
: Sword fighting... and mild flirtations!
an epic film based off the life of the greatest Indian Mughal Emperor
of all times, Akbar (Hrithik), and his unconventional matrimonial
alliance with Rajput princess Jodha (Aishwarya), this Ashutosh Gowarikar
project showcased the uber-modern and classy Dhoom 2 jodi
in a historical fashion, which only brought Duggu and Aish more fame and popularity than ever.
scene we chose as the 'most romantic' from between a couple prime
choices is not a confession, nor a first meeting, but a confrontation,
that stands apart from usual Bollywood element. A miffed Jodha begum
after being unfairly humiliated and unjustly accused of a blame she
does not deserve has returned to her parental home, where Akbar upon
realizing his blunder arrives shortly after with intentions to win her
It is in pursuit of the same, when he finds his
beloved in the swords-fighting attire and mood, that he challenges her to
fight him - the bid being her return to their home if he wins. What ensues are the
alternate events of Jodha's active lashing of the sword (partly in
unleashing her indignation at his mistake of disgracing her) and Akbar's
constant daring and teasing flirtatious remarks that ensnare her further
making her fight back harder.
The fight culminates abruptly,
when Jodha gets summoned and in the moment of distraction loses her
sword to Akbar. She deems it unfair, but he doesn't heed her appeal and
declares she has to now return. Only to get a huffing and further
annoyed reaction from her, which is amusing and endearing to him all at
An odd setting perhaps to claim romance in the moment, but
fights have their own vital place between lovers - and this one with all its valour and passion sure
stands a high example of the same. Hrithik and Aish, with this scene in Jodha Akbar
proved their onscreen chemistry was a winner hands down, no matter the avatars!
On that note, we bid adieu... until tomorrow!
Authors: Sharmila & NaseemGraphics: Fatima & Gurprit
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