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nakhrewali

Awww you probably know my response was quite in contrast to yours, since I wholeheartedly adore this movie, but I am glad we agree that this is actually a pretty good d├ębut for Bobby - he was sweet (seriously, so, so sweet), he displayed his comic timing, showed a bit of an angry persona all the while appearing completely in character. I always feel it is Badal I am watching not Bobby. Tina's character did annoy me at the start and in various places Twinkle's acting really was off but eventually I got used to it and didn't even mind it so much.

Interesting that you thought the beginning was a bit episodic or fragmented - it never seemed so to me and I rather enjoyed watching just a string of pranks in the beginning to see how Badal would deal with them.

Gorgeous to look at it certainly is!

Ness

I also don't have much patience with arrogant, rude, rich girls who have no respect for anyone or anything, and although I know that love is supposed to mellow her out and bring out the good in her, Tina is just annoying for far too long

Ahem. How is this not pretty much an exact description of Amrita Singh's character in Betaab?

I know you acknowledge it - by saying it's ironic that you dislike one movie and adore the other despite them being apparently very similar (and I can't really comment, I haven't seen either) but what I am curious to know is WHY? Because all the things you say you hate about Barsaat are THE VERY THINGS that prevented me from watching more than 20 minutes of Betaab, a film you adore, so what is the crucial difference?

katherine

To be honest, Ness, it sort of stunned me to realize it, because I wrote the Barsaat post before I'd even seen Betaab, and then I wrote about Betaab, and when I went back to re-visit the post before publishing it, the Betaab thing, well, came up and bit me you-know-where.

I've got a post in the works about what I adore about Betaab, but I don't think, now that I've posted this one, that I'm actually getting to the nub of it, and it *is* kind of bothering me.

There is, I fully acknowledge, an incredible inconsistency here. And by all rights, I should actually adore Barsaat more than I do Betaab, simply because Bobby is, simply, rather wonderful, more so than Sunny in his debut. It is, quite possible, something I may never get to the bottom of, I may just have to acknowledge that I have these reactions to films sometimes, and they make Absolutely No Sense Whatsoever.

katherine

Ah. And as soon as I posted that, I think I came up with what might be part of the answer. Hmm.

katherine

And @nakhrewali -- the film is, for me, totally worth a rewatch, no matter how else I feel about it, for Bobby, because I have not begun to capture how truly aweseome he was in this.

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