Did you ever have one of those romances -- first love, hits like a lightening bolt, leaves you breathless, and it's so much fun, and you think it will never end, and then, slowly, over time, things change and yes, he's still funny, but the slapstick routine is a little tiring, and you begin to see less and less of each other, and the next thing you know you're watching Main Hoon Na and remembering how swoon-worthy SRK is and rewatching Amit-ji in his Angry Young Man days, and then? And then...it's over.
And it's fine, you're fine, you move on, you drift apart, and you don't even think about him, because there are just too many other fine actors and good films out there to take your mind off things.
Until that day. That fateful day.
The day you finally watch Nikhil Advani's Salaam-e-Ishq. And you know he's in it, but you watch it anyway, because it's a big cast and he has a small role and you are so over this that it's fine, okay??
And then, this happens:
And all those emotions come flooding back, like, how did you ever drift apart, how could you have forgotten how sweet and tender and, well, how bloody talented he is? And, dammit, why did it take him so long to show you he was still the charming, talented guy you first fell in love with?
The relationship started out innocently enough: Love 86. Ilzaam. You thought he was adorable. You loved his dancing. You defintely had a crush on him.
And then, Hatya. And you fell hell over heels in pyaar, and you thought, "This! This is it! This is the real deal!" And you thought that pyaar was enough, that it would sustain you through "Meri Pant Bhi Sexy" and a string of awful films, but it wasn't, it wasn't, dammit!
And then he blindsided you with Raju Taxiwala, and you took your copy of Hatya off the shelf and dusted it off and put it in the player, and you fell in love all over again.
This, then, is the kind of relationship Govinda and I have these days. He makes Money Hai Toh Honey Hai, I watch Hatya. He makes Do Knot Disturb, I watch Hatya. It's a long road we've been on, Govinda-ji and I,
And the journey started with Hatya.
More on that in the next installment.