I desperately wait for some movies after their making is announced. After witnessing despicable debacles in the name of “Films” this year, [Well, where are those films these days which could compel me to act silly over a stubborn urge to watch them first day-first show?] when these “most waited” ones are approaching completion, I am beginning to regain my silly movie-buff status. Can’t help being a typical Indian “Hindi” film-fan who has stayed in the dreamy world of “Raj Kapoor”, “Yash Chopra” & “Karan Johar”- The Kings of Romance in Bollywood.
The first look of “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” was released yesterday on twitter (along with the 10.10 am- 30th Aug slot for the teaser release) & it evoked the spirit of Romance after a long time for me. We have had biopics, Sultan, and a couple of Masala films till now in 2016 but not a single Love-story/Musical/Drama with a major star cast has hit the screens offlate. Since Yash Chopra’s demise, I have dejectedly carried a “diminished” hope to see a true “Hindi Romance” feature film which involves a genuine screenplay & a strong star cast to execute it. The moment i laid my eyes upon the poster, the “Cinemaholic” anxiety returned to me and I was impatient while passing the next 16 hours waiting for the teaser. A mere look at Ranbir Kapoor’s subtle stubble, Aishwarya’s composed look & Anushka’s impeccable “Aura” was enticing enough.Some extra heart beats tagged along when I finally got to view the teaser.
Ranbir Kapoor is the only actor today who convincingly plays the role of a vulnerable man torn between love & life [personal opinion]. His distinguished “genes” make it appear like an effortless performance when he walks away with tears in eyes on screen after a conflict sequence. Aishwarya got a guest appearance in “Mohabbatein” (before she played a sneak thief in “Dhoom 2”), but a 24 carat “Yrf woman” role was denied to her. Karan Johar presented Kajol post marriage in My Name is Khan but it wasn’t a love story, so bets are high for his gamble this time. Aish has to look authentic in her role to rub away the cliché for once that heroines fail to sizzle post a sabbatical. Her ravishing original “blue-eyed” looks have to light the screens on fire for this is the role we were waiting to see her play after she announced her return. The most bankable star today Anushka Sharma can never fail her fans (she made me sit through “Bombay Velvet” for heaven’s sake!), she raises her own standards with every piece of work she offers her fans. From what i see in the trailer, it is impossible to declare that she is playing a second fiddle, like we term the other woman in a triangle. She appears like a sorceress out to bewitch you with her spell… Well haven’t we known her for that? Her looks are enchanting in the teaser. She’s gonna kill it guys!!! No more supporting actor titles for this one belongs to her. Fawad Khan is like an added bonanza since the country is already drooling over his charms on screen.
The teaser has made it difficult for me to reach the Friday of Diwali. Totally smitten by this 1.33 min trailer, am keeping my fingers crossed for the show & genuinely pray that KJ shuts the critics by presenting us with a movie which ain’t a stereotype “love triangle”. I want to see the landscapes!! I want to see the Yellow-Chiffon Sari! I want those confrontation scenes & the melodrama & the agonizing background music & the hard-core Romantic dialogues!! I want those goosebumps when the lovers are separating!! I want those tears in my eyes when the hearts are broken!! I want to continue singing the songs even before the movie releases. Because that’s what Indian-Romance is all about. That’s a cinemaholic’s feed!!
“Ek tarafah pyar ki taqat hi kuchh aur hoti hai… Aur logon ki tarah yeh do logon mein nahin bantt-ti
Sirff mera haque hai iss parr”.
Anushka Sharma is one of the finest actors we have today. She is undeniably the best when it comes to supporting the main lead cast in Hindi Movies today. In “Dil Dhadakne Do” she stood out in spite of an ensemble of cast which had Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh & Anil Kapoor as the main protagonists. Her character shined as a Strong, Independent & an Alive Woman who was perhaps the strongest character among the baggage.
A constant target of cricket fans & media, who blamed her & flooded the social media with criticism over beau “Virat Kohli’s” poor game recently – she has stood tall; never once retaliating and not shying away from the camera while supporting him during his games or elsewhere. It’s tough indeed to be an Icon in your own field and yet to be treated as a mere Bean-Bag by the masses who want to sit on a big name and tear them apart over a slight “under expected” performance of a Cricket Star. In fact they both compliment each other as far as Achievements on sheer personal calibre is concerned. They are Teen-Icons indeed. They look in each other’s eyes easily when clicked socially. A beaming Anushka doesn’t shy away from calling him “He’s my very very good looking arm-candy!” From wearing identical clothes [Wimbledon] to blowing affectionate kisses in air for each other – Anushka & Virat represent True Love. [A bona fide supporter further in her own way off-screen.]
Year 2008 – Anushka punched the clock [on screen] opposite the country’s biggest Star SRK. A little chubby but confident to the “T” she didn’t let it come across that it was the nation’s Biggest Production House [Yash Raj Films] trying desperately to re-launch themselves with the comfort of SRK’s presence. She shared equal space in the movie & arrived in the Elite club of performers with her genuine Talent. “Bindass” is the word attached with her Stature. In “Band Baja Baaraat” [with Ranveer Singh] she presented the new face of an independent “Bold” entrepreneur who is young & ambitious. It was a cake walk for her to fit in “Punjabi” roles. Her acting is Crisp; her confidence in front of the camera is transparent on screen. Her dialogue delivery is immaculate and she completes the Dramatic/Emotional scenes with precision. She is quiet fluent in her confrontation scenes especially and doesn’t seem bohemian while portraying these Bold/Brave/Modern Indian characters.
She earned a Film-Fare nomination for her very first film; starred in a Crime-Caper “Badmash Company” & swept the audiences which tagged her as the Latest “Bindass Babe of Band Baja Baarat” [she won her 2nd nomination for it]- Though her presence could not save “Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl” from crashing at the Box Office. Perhaps the overdose of Ranveer-Anushka pairing didn’t match with the script. In “Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola” she emerged as a strong headed “Jaatni”- it’s definitely not easy to portray Vishal Bhardwaj’s lead roles as they have dark shades but “Bijli” was the soul of the script.
I loved her in Yash Chopra’s “Swan-Song” “Jab Takk Hai Jaan”. Akira was Spunky, Vivacious, Romantic: I fail to recall any remarkable moments from the Movie where Katrina Kaif excelled more than her. For a “Yash Chopra” admirer- the confrontation scene said it all where she stole the limelight from under Katrina’s shoes [and walked away with the FilmFare trophy finally]. Critics have often labelled her as “Stereo Type” – for being loud & loquacious on screen but I would blame it on her energy. It suits her personality & she held her role in “PK” with Aamir because of that. In fact she did tone down a bit in “NH–10” and showed variety from moody to vulnerable to being violent & fearless. Recently, she was a delight to watch, as the Jazz singer in “Bombay Velvet” – a disaster of a movie but very few would have noticed how aesthetically she displayed the “fake” Eyelashes – “mascara laden” tears & perfect Lip-Sync co-ordination as a Jazz Star of the 60s.
From walking the Ramps to supporting the N.G.O “Our Girl Our Pride” campaign and Animal Rights on social media – Anushka Sharma commands respect in this Male-Dominated Industry. She defies the rules of being in good books of the big & influential by speaking out her opinions; be it praising her contemporaries or speaking about wage disparities; Poking her colleagues- she is active & visible in our minds off-screen as well. Undoubtedly one of “The best Dressed Actress” who casually strikes a chord with people of all generations “Anushka Sharma” is an under-exploited Star who deserves at least one author-backed role & a genuine executioner of the script today. Eagerly awaiting “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” which has gone on rolls. Aishwarya Rai/Anoushka Sharma – what a contrast! What a challenge! I am speculating another “Clean Sweep” from this “Smooth Operator”.