Originally posted by Nandalala
"They didn't agree on much. In fact, they didn't agree on anything. They fought all the time and challenged each other ever day. But despite their differences, they had one important thing in common. They were crazy about each other."
~Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
'The Tale of the Shadow Kiss'
Sometimes in the middle of crazy and chaos, a realization dawns! Thats pretty much how I felt watching the episode and reading your Crooner (to be honest, your Crooner helped me far more than the episode!!) Wish this post was REQUIRED READING for all on the forum everyday! My mind was in a fog yesterday after the day I had and the whirlwind that was the epi. Today wasn't perfect by any means...but I sure appreciated certain elements that just allowed us to take in this couple we love! I could begin to appreciate the madness and what it is really telling us! If not for any reason, that one scene, that one part, just spoke volumes to me--no scheming, no planning, no purpose to it! For it was about being in love- all the Crazy, Stupid things Love does to us!
The Crooner's Words: Laal Chadi Maaidan Khadi! The lovers are now 'out' to the family! A change from B&W to color reveals truths...The relationship is at another level with Arnav telling on his wife to his own! Are these guys married or what? Couldn't help but agree with you about the Anjali's absence & its significance! She has yet to find out how Khushi has (mis)interpreted her advice! And when she finds out Khushi's actions have hurt her brother (more on this tomorrow), the trust will begin falter; doubt will set in about Khushi's love & her commitment to the marriage. Her brother's pain will manifest itself unto her until she see's the whole truth about her husband and who he really is! A Rose Colored Kiss: Loved your segue into this scene-that peom from YZNMD...Fantastic! He is alone, he doesn't need her...she still thinks in terms of the game...The Swami's swamini...I thought it was very poignant that she wanted to put the teeka, and yes, I couldn't help but think about the changing of the guard! In Anjali's absence, she takes over! Today, its temporary...soon, it will be forever! He doesn't agree, yet that doesn't stop her! What is to be something so routine & methodical, becomes a play of emotions! Priya, what I loved about the scene was that she had absolutely NO INHIBITIONS! As you said, she doesn't hesitate for even a second! And, oh, You should paste your description of this part in a separate post on the forum, hun! Outstanding!!! The shadow play between the heart and the mind...So similar to the Diwali kiss, but here, she makes it happen! Her heart tells her to take his head in her hands...what happens next is what she has always wanted to do...feel him, hold him...his breath making its way into her...making them both come alive...The eye lock that follows said so much...It was truly breathtaking! SHE MARKS HIM WITH HER LOVE!! (I couldn't help but think of Holi & when she put rang on him!! Today she took it to another level!) And then the "KHUSHI"...ever so soft, as only a lover can whisper! She wakes up from her reverie inspite of herself! The hint of pain sets in. She remembers. Game on! *MIND BLOWING* in its subtlety...KUDOS TO SARUN FOR NAILING IT!!
Before I get away from this scene, I want to fast forward to what Khushi says about love to Ms. B (the only thing I remembered from that scene!) "jab pyaar aatha hai tab chota bada kuch nahi hota hai..." She speaks about her heart, her take on love to a child, and to the rest of the family. We now know Khushi loves unconditionally when she wants to love, when she is in love!
Meeting Ms. B: Very, very mixed feelings about this character. The artist is cute, but I can't fathom the purpose of having her in the mix! Loved Akshay's rapport with the actor! He is such a natural!
The Boardroom: Frankly, I was with ASR on this one! Deja-vu! I know Khushi has done the interruption bit before, so this is true to her character. But I felt that it was bit juvenile in how it was executed...And the hint of vindictiveness at the end was not necessary! We know its a game, you've played the cards well! But you love him so deeply, yet you resort to the antics of a 10 year old!? Interrupting meetings! I was not convinced about this scene. Somewhere, it crossed a small line with me. The distance between her earlier show of love and the "sticking it to him" was too great for me (as far as this scene goes)...CVs also running out of ideas perhaps?
You chose some meaningful lyrics and their significance to his unraveling-"Playing the game of life with her heart!" He is skating with her on the rink of emotions with her, but she is getting carried away on thin ice...but tomorrow reality sets in, showing a glimpse of what matters most! Thank God for that!
Other Misses: I completely agree with you on the balance part. Would just like to add: today's epi had a few gorgeous moments, but overall, it was trying to fit ArHi in with Ms. B & her introduction...It was taking two entirely different ideas & making them mesh together! Did not work for me in its concept! No flow in that regard. I also wanted to bring out two pts yesterday which I will today: 1) Why weren't the letters ever discussed? Really, is there no significance there? 2) Anjali: what is up with the frequent doctor's visits? And why isn't ASR questioning her/calling her about it? CVs, complete disconnect here!
I'm digging the SIDE views section!!!...The Q2 vs. Q3 had me too...hahahahaha! Did PayAsh get a new room? Where was their second scene shot? Mami's "Co-ed" love bit was...Somethings never change! White cotton never looked better...brings a softness to his face! Would like to add that seems like NK is still in India, visiting relatives...So I guess this is not goodbye!
We will hear your song choice for today many, many times over in the future! What a beautiful piece that is, and puts the "inspite of everything" into such poignant perspective!