Morning! Last night I experienced a new form of torture…a bollywood movie at Teacher Training. I love a good musical and cheesy storyline. Really I do but what we endured last night was unjust. Please keep in mind that we have incredibly long days and nights at TT…and I just wanted to sleep. Also, my roommates husband called at the crack of dawn on Sunday (the only day we have to sleep in) so I’ve been a bit out of sorts (more on that later….)
After dinner yesterday we have evening lecture where I thought we would continue with the dialogue, everyone (all 333 of us!) have to say Half Moon Pose in front of the boss. Nope, not yesterday evening – instead we watched Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai which is a 2000 Bollywood Romantic movie. The movie stars Hrithik Roshan and Ameesha Patel, it was written and directed by Rakesh Roshan, whom is apparently a friend of Bikram and writes over 100 movies a year. I didn’t know that. Bikram asked us “Who writes the most movies a year?” Naturally, I said Spielberg, silly me!
Of course, it’s one of Bikram’s student and friend 🙂
Anyway…the movie has a hero (Rhoit,in a double role) and a heroine (Sonia). Basically he’s poor, she’s rich, and her dad doesn’t want them to be together. I told you it was pretty cheesy. But wait in a Bollywood movie there’s more than just one storyline – there are about 10.
Besides the obvious romantic plot, the heronine’s dad is also dealing in drugs and is some type of Indian gangster, the hero and heroine also get shipwrecked on an island (i MIGHT have fallen asleep during this part…so I don’t know what exactly happened)where they fall in love (and there’s a corny musical number – one of many!), then the Rhoit decides to become a pop star (cause that’s his dream) and before his first big concert he witnesses the murder of the commissioner and is murdered himself because well why not kill the hero of the film? Obviously, the Sonia was devastated by the loss of her love and was in a grieving period. Her dad (ever the loving father) sent her to New Zealand where she stayed with her uncle and cousin for a bit…and met Raj (who looks JUST LIKE an orange RHOIT and was played by the same guy. I had to ask someone sitting next to me if that was the same person because I might have went to the bathroom to sit on the toilet lid and sleep a bit. Remember I said I might have done that…not that I did do it.
Anyway, Sonia is really confused because she likes Raj but he reminds her of her past and she can’t let herself love him. Raj falls for Sonia and pursues her to no avail – eventually he agrees to escort her back to India. They arrive in Bombay (which I thought was now New Delhi but that’s neither here nor there…i think i got that right) where the man who murdered Rhoit (Rhoit had a cycling accident and feel off his bike on a bridge where he drowned…Rhoit couldn’t swim) spots Raj and immediately begins shooting him because there wasn’t enough going on already. A crazy high speed chase ensues…and Raj is wondering why he’s being targeted by the police since he’s never been to India before (hmmm…I’m wondering the same thing Raj!). Raj meets Amit (Rhoit’s little brother) who explains what Rhoit saw the night of his “accident” (aka murder off the bridge).
So Raj, Sonia and friends decide that they will try and trick the police going after them by having Raj pretend to be Rhoit (sigh!) and put on the concert that Rhoit couldn’t do because he was at the bottom of a river. Raj has a great voice and seems to know all the lines to Rhoit’s music even though he’s never seen before. Great hip action and dance moves by the way…
Finally, it’s the action scene and Raj has a crazy fight with three of the cops that have been trying to kill him (thinking he’s Rhoit). He kills them and then Sonia’s dad comes into the scene where Sonia runs to him because that’s her father and she loves him. Amit (Rhoit’s brother) points out that the guy dead on the ground called Sirjee (who is the head of the whole operation) so Raj picks up the phone and dials the last number called…and guess who’s phone starts to ring???!
That’s right. It’s Sonia’s dad. He’s part of this whole ordeal and actually ordered that Rhoit be killed since he could identify the police that killed the commissioner. Dad is arrested (and we presume he goes to trial and then prison)
Rhoit and Sonia get married and live happily ever after. In New Zealand.
The movie was almost 4 hours long. 4 hours. 4 hours. After a long day and two classes I thought I was dying. Longest 4 hours of my life.
I don’t understand why everyone was cheering throughout the movie (as in the fellow teachers) people were clapping along, laughing loudly, etc. I was just trying to keep my eyes open (my iced coffee didn’t work!). The movie would have been enjoyable had it been about 90 minutes but 4 hours later and 10 subplots later I was just like WTF.
This movie which translates to Say…You Love Me was apparently a blockbuster and had the highest earning of any Bollywood film in 2000. It was a huge hit and received positive reviews and 102 awards. Maybe I need to watch it again…or not. Also, the movie made the folks playing Sonia and Rhoit into major Bollywood stars…I’m not going to lie Rhoit is very cute and has beautiful eyes.
Sonia, Rhoit / Raj, and Tony (the sidekick – he didn’t do much)
So I knew going into training that Bikram likes to show lots of movies because there’s a moral behind them and he wants to share that with everyone going through the process. Well today we learned the moral of the story basically it’s if you do bad things, you’ll get caught and have to do the punishment.
He sorta explained it this afternoon that we have to decide from the get go that we want to be good people and do good with our lives. And if we even think of lying then we’ve already committed a crime to ourselves by not trusting and having faith in ourselves to do the right thing. The father wanted to be rich and provide for his family but he didn’t do it right and now he’s in jail. Maybe I should allow myself to be a bit more open to the bollywood films – they’re just so long and I’m just so so so tired. They wake you up if you sleep during any of the lectures.
So yeah, that happened.
Finished class 14 today 🙂
Rumor has it that tonight we’re watching Mamma Mia (another musical) I love a good musical and I’ve seen Mamma Mia..so this might not be too bad.