Masala! Mehndi! Masti! -- a weekend long South Asian festival -- is back, and from August 19th to 21st there are a wide range of cultural activities on the agenda, including a restrospective of Abhay Deol's films, as well as a Q&A session with him on Saturday afternoon.
Last year, with the release of Rajshree Ojha’s Aisha, I wrote a piece for Bollyspice that gave a kind of snapshot summary of each of Abhay Deol's films, and I'd started writing them up for the blog. Seems to me as if The Universe is telling me that maybe it's time to get around to finishing that up. Today, a look at Socha Na Tha, Deol's debut film:
Socha Na Tha (2005)
Viren (Abhay Deol) and Aditi (Ayesha Takia) are introduced by their very traditional families who are trying to arrange both their marriages. Viren and Aditi, however, want something – someone – different. Viren refuses the match for them, and the two families start a bitter squabble. And Viren and Aditi? Become the best of friends. Who would have imagined that?
The Abhay Factor:
Watch Socha Na Tha because it’s Abhay’s first film – and also the first film written and directed by Imtiaz Ali (Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kal). But watch it first and foremost to watch the relationship between Viren and Aditi blossom. Abhay and Ayesha are lovely together, and their scenes and dialogues together make the whole film worth the price of admission.
For more on Socha Na Tha, you could always read my write up of the film from last year, and if you're in the Toronto area, be sure to check out the schedule at the Masala! Mehndi! Masti! site for more details on Abhay Deol's films and all the rest of the great stuff on that weekend!