17 April, 2021

Up To All Coquetry

Bollywood isn't shy when it comes to exploring taboo love

Up To All Coquetry

'There is an extraordinary love story in every jodi' proclaimed the publicity for Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Aditya Chopra's box-office winner, which marked his return as the high priest of Hindi film romance -- a position he first won with Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Jodi broke the mould in more ways than one; and sometimes disturbingly so. Anushka Sharma is forced into a marriage with well-meaning dweeb Shah Rukh Khan, but cannot bring herself to love him, thus prompting him to get an alpha male alter ego who sweeps the girl off her feet. Alas, Khan's character is so disturbed by this that he develops a feeling that his wife is cheating on him with another man, conveniently forgetting that his wife's lover is none other than he himself. If we factor in the fact that Anoushka's character is fooled by the removal of spectacles, a moustache and the addition of hair gel and gaudy T-shirts into believing that her lover is a different man, we have here a couple who would keep an army of shrinks in business for years.

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