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I MISS RANI SO MUCH. I just watched Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (have you seen it? - I posted a sort of rambling and brief first response to it right after I watched it but now I am DYING to actually discuss it with someone who has actually seen the damn thing) and she was so good, even in an admittedly mediocre film that I was like WHYYYYYYY have you vanished, Rani?

I have to say, I have never once thought of her and Saif being paired up onscreen. BUT I WOULD WATCH IT.


They've done this, Hum Tum and Thoda Pyaar, Thoda Magic together -- not sure if that's all. The film isn't great, but I just got this vibe watching them and though, "Damn, if they'd just rejigged the LAK script a little, which would have taken out all the stuff that people have quibbles with, and paired him with Rani, LAK might have been stupendous."

I read your write up of LCMD earlier -- I'm dying to see it.

And I just started watching Sawaariya at the gym, she's lovely in it. (Oh, I will have to confess in public that I'm actually....er....enjoying the film....)


Oh wait, I am such an idiot, I have totally seen and ADORED Hum Tum. I don't know where my mind is at that I TOTALLY blanked it out. Saifu has that effect on me. I like, forget him until he's right in front of me and then I'm like "OH YEAH, I kind of love you".

ARGH I WANT YOU TO SEE LCMD SO BAD - but it's sort of not a great film. Just...interesting in certain aspects. So I'd sort of feel bad recommending it, because you may well hate it and be all like "Seriously, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?"

Hahah Saawariya I remember loving for the first...20 or 30 minutes, and then passionately hating just because it got so boooooring. I think it was one of those ones that disappointed because it didn't really live up to its promise, for me. But I thought Ranbir was good - even as a baby actor, and so was Rani, and it was gorgeous, unsurprisingly.


The story is a *disaster*. I readily concede it. I see every single flaw in this film.

But Ranbir is a joy -- one of the nicest first films I've ever seen (and you know I'm obsessed with first films).

Rani is delightful.

And? The total payoff is Zohra Segal. With Ranbir. Oh, heaven.

I will also note that Sonam has the occasional (rare) moment where she gets it right (though more often than not she delivers her lines looking in strange directions, but at that point, I ask, what is the director for, if not to tell her, dear, try looking somewhere else?)


Heh, I'm not gonna hate on you for liking Saawariya, because I know there are others out there who absolutely adore it. I may even give it another watch, sometime, through your 'first film' lens, and be a bit forgiving of OMG THE BOREDOM FACTOR, and just focus on its merits. Because you are right, there ARE merits.


Really? I thought everyone hated Saawariya.

I will admit, I was kind of surprised that I did like as much of it as I did. Perhaps it was because I had these really low expectations of it, and it managed to exceed those.

Expectations are everything, it seems.


Ha, it amuses me that you are seemingly trying to convince yourself out of your own opinion (I know that's not really what you're doing but dude - if you like something - then let yourself have that enjoyment, untarnished!)

I think sometimes we all are guilty of getting too analytical about stuff when sometimes...there's nothing wrong with just...watching a film, and liking it. Full stop the end. It doesn't really matter if I like it, or if the guy down the street likes it, or if X, Y and Z bloggers like it.

(and I am also pretty aware I am preaching to the choir a bit, so I'll shut up now)


My brain is actually split even while watching: part of me is "Ooo, so pretty," and then "Argh, what a clunky dialogue."

And you're right, I was thinking last night that suddenly I'm tired of analysing everything out the wazoo. I think mostly what I was getting out of Saawariya, when I just let myself go with it, was that it was a good enough film for just this moment.

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