One of the enchanting moments of KITES was the scene where Hrithick Roshan and Barbara Mori where shown sharing a glass of bubbly, and the scene was marketed with a gusto all around the world. By showing the moment on the screen, KITES indeed has made history in this regard, underlining this social reality of the modern times, where intimacy between a man and a woman is celebrated by clicking a glass of champagne or any other liquid, as it is a celebration of the meeting of spirits, of thoughts, and processes.
With KITES giving the occasion for celebration of the meeting of souls, it would indeed be a perfect moment to have a relook into the manner in which this occasion has evolved on the silver screen in the Hindi films. Such moments may not be numerous; even then they are important moments as far as the evolution of Hindi cinema is concerned.
First such moment that immediately comes to mind is that from Raj Kapoor’s Sangam. Vyjantimala serenading Raj Kapoor in a western outfit to the song” Main kaa karoon ram mujhe budhdha mil gaya”, after having a shot of drink, brought out succinctly the latent frustration of a newly wedded wife in vividness.
Second such moment of celebration akin to that of Kites was shown with romance in Doosra Aadmi where Rakhee and Rishi Kapoor presented an ambience of couple in bliss after having shared the bubbly. Rakhee never looked as ethereal as she did in Doosra Aadmi.
With Chandni, the magic of Sangam was again created, the difference being that here it was Rishi Kapoor who offered a shot of cognac to Sree Devi and it hit her head in such a way, that the dialogue of the film “cognac sharab nahi hoti” became a laughing moment in Chandni. It also reaffirmed the comic timing that Sree Devi was blessed with.
Were it not for the magic of this liquid, one would not have had a glimpse of the amazing sense of timing of comedy that Sri Kajol is blessed with. It was revealed in all its magnificence with Dil Waale Dulhaniya Le Jaenge through the song “zara sa jhoom loon main”. The sense of gay abandon that Kajol displayed through this song became her leitmotif.
With Ishqiya such moments took a different trajectory, and Vidya Balan epitomized the liberated woman of the modern times who did not have compunction to enjoy the moments of life.
Such moments may be fleeting, but they are there. May be, with KITES repositioning such moments, the occasion for celebration would again come back into the Hindi films in a big way between the couples, as it is a norm in Hollywood and other genre films the world over.
By: Suman Rai
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