It has been some time since I have had a dramatic fit. Today, I am in the throes of one.
On the ride back home today, I felt like I was a smouldering cigarette. Between the fingers of an international woman of mystery. The kind who is wrapped in the richness of life in all its shades. Who blows a cloud of smoke and watches it with quiet confidence stemming from the person she has grown to be. Sure, that even as the smoke rises into a cloud in front of her, it is obscuring nothing. The good, the bad, or the ugly. She has been there, seen that and on chilly Bangalore evenings such as today’s she could ruminate in silent contentment on the paths that she has traveled because she now has a sure footedness about her next step even if the ground beneath were to shift.
All this, while I was perched on my darling Scooty that had also dramatically transformed into an Enfield that I was solo riding in Ladakh. Oh Bangalore traffic, you scarcely know who rode alongside you today and how your potholes were so coolly superimposed with the Ladakhi terrain.
As far as life experiences go, I don’t know what smoking a cigarette really feels like. But, the one quick look that I snuck of Bulleya before leaving work today made me feel like I am both one and smoking one. Worldly wise. Like a tip glowing bright. Cloaked in secrets of love and heartbreak that sink into your skin and leave it burnished with the sheen of adulthood.
When the title song of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil released, I wasn’t too sure what I felt of the song. It had a very Aashiqui 2 vibe to it. The melody, Arijit Singh, and Ranbir the singer too. And a quintessential filmy sign off on ek tarfa pyaar with Ranbir in slo mo. All put together, it spelled doom Aashiqui 2 style. Not sure if this is what KJo was aiming for or if he would have preferred the Rockstar legacy vibe over Aashiqui 2. I wasn’t the most impressed with the song though it is a decent hummable tune and manages to infiltrate your initial mehness and stain you with its pathos. But, that is again largely because of the visuals of people who look like the types that love passionately because they know no other way and keep getting their heart broken. How vulnerably lovely Ansuhka looks with her kohl lined eyes. It makes me want to toss away my glasses and don contacts again.
Also, it looks like the dramatic Mr. KJo is restepping into the mantle of adulthood that he last donned in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and setting out to explore matters of the heart beyond candyfloss colors. I don’t remember much of the film since it has been years since I watched it, but I do remember liking whatever I saw very very much.
Bulleya, too today, I scarcely listened to. I was so taken in by the visuals of Aishwarya and Ranbir licking whipped cream of each other, that my eyes popped out. WHAT IS GOING ON HERE PEOPLE? REALLY? Whatever happened to Aishwarya and how on earth did KJo get her to agree to this? So is the conjecture around Big B Sr. and Jr. being maha miffed with her because of these scenes true? So mind blown. And so good on Aishwarya for taking this up because this is a huge leap in the way a mother in real life is being portrayed in a mainstream Bollywood flick. I suspect that these might be Ranbir’s fantasies because ek tarfaness is the flavor of the film, but even then. SO MUCH ADULTING IN ALL FORMS. MY BOLLYWOOD IS GROWING UP <3 Though I still think she is going to ham it up and shriek it out loud in her talking parts. And then to throw in a heart stopping glimpse of the deliciously scruffy Fawad Khan. COME ON NOW. How tantalizingly fleeting was that! And SRK is STILL to make an appearance. OMG.
So the spoilers about the film that have been leaked appear to slot the actors into the following pairs Ranbir – Aishwarya, Aishwarya – SRK, Anushka – Ranbir, Anushka – Fawad, and Ranbir as the tragedy king.
Rockstar meet Aashiqui 2?
P.S. – Ranbir in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil also reminds me of what a friend had to say after watching Barfi, “Kissne bola tha chilla chilla ke gaane ko Rockstar main. Ab gayi na awaaz Barfi main?” Looks like the man has found his voice back for ADHM. And one hopes his mojo too.
And with this, Anushka becomes a part of two Bulleya songs in one year. And Ranbir has tragically romanced two of Salman Khan real life flames in style. And to tie things together Rishi Kapoor romanced Dimple Kapadia in scenes that were as explicit in Saagar in 1984, that was also her comeback film post childbirth. So there is precedence and it is all in the family. Bollywood, you rock and I love you so so so much❤