to kick off discussion, let’s start with two similar but extremely entertaining Hindi films(Bollywood movies). both films are worth watching and adoring, despite but preferably for their similarities. we’ll take a journey through both stories, taking into consideration, time period, characters, etc. each film has its own lovable quality, making it all the more enjoyable to pick apart and savor. both of these films are Hindi in language(with sprinkles of Punjabi) and rich with Indian culture, thought, food and religion. the best thing about a “Bollywood” film is all these things are wrapped in a 2-3 hr musical draped with rom-com nutty goodness. obviously this will most definitely be a multi-post endeavor, however i hope that it will be fun, thought-provoking and stinking wonderful to dive into these movies i’ve thoroughly enjoyed countless times. and if either, isn’t on any of your lists of great storytelling, great chemistry, all time favorite or classic, then let’s try our best to add one(or both)… IMMEDIATELY!
with very little understanding of Hindi one could garner quickly that “jab”(pronounced job, not jab, therefore has nothing to do with boxing nor rhymes with stab) translates to “when” in English. therefore, this film is basically like every other rom-com on the planet, telling the story of how two people meet, fall in love and try to decide what to do about that love once it occurs.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge or D.D.L.J.,its lovingly called, of course isn’t as easy to decipher(though the synopsis still stands). for one, I would say, it has a lot to do with the time period and the ideological direction of the director. in short, more English based titles are constructed now than were available in 1995, in addition, more English is spoken in Hindi films today than then, which reflects a change in Indian young adults and moviegoers. basically, the title translates “The Brave Hearted Will Take the Bride.” now i’ve seen “brave” translated as “big” but i like “brave” better. either way, it can signify the same meaning: one has to work to achieve love. which is a concept, i personally adore. [interesting enough this idea is another point of comparison of our two films, but tuck that way for later.]
on the surface its easy to see that these films take place in the same country(India), within the same time span(a few months), on the same mode of transport(train), and the characters are relatively the same age with plenty of the same social mores applying to both couples. the base comparisons go on and on, however one large contrast is the “overall” tone of both films; one is decidedly lighter.