Posted by Sari
Jukka, being just unbelievably busy with Finncon and editing the short-story collection, called dibs on Gordo (the new computer is called Gordo in "honor" of both El Gordito And Buffy's soft-toy) for Saturday. Unsurprsingly I ended up with a nice cup of hard tea and a Bolly-movie. This time I went with Aur Pyar Ho Gaya. It is a pretty typical 1990s romance-drama-comedy: Aashi's dad wants her to marry Rohit who owns a clothing business in - you guessed it - Switzerland. Aashi wants to check out the potential groom before committing to anything and flies to Switzerland to meet him. On the airport he meets with Bobby Oberoi who falls for her and pretends to be Rohit in order to spend time with her. By the intermission Bobby and Aashi are in love, Bobby has confessed his deception, has been forgiven for it and are flying back to India to ask the blessing of their parents.
Aashi's dad makes everything very difficult however, mainly because first Bobby makes fun of his hair and later because Bobbys mom who by a strange coincidence just happens to be Aashi's dad's banker, does not cover for him in a shady stock deal. Aashi and dad are just flying off to meet the real Rohit when Bobby manages to stop the aeroplane just before takeoff and manages to convince Aashi's dad of his undying love. The end.
Um. The interesting thing about the movie is that it is Aishwaraya Rai's hindi movie debute. Thus lots of Aish from every angle and endless dance numbers to prove that the Miss World can can-can. And she undoubtably can. This is of course helped by the fact that she is teamed up with Bobby Deol who as undoubtably can't. Watching him dance is actually painful. The other interesting thing is that the movie has Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's music, he even performs one of the songs in Aashi's and Bobby's engagement party. And the other other interesting thing is Shammi Kapoor as Aashi's grandfather who is excellent especially towards the end.
The rest is really meh. DVD-transfer is from an inferior copy, the plot, dialogue and pacing is off, and the exotic Switzerland was getting on my nerves for a bit. As was Bobby Deol, big time. And the ending: you really can't take the "rushes to the airport to stop the love of his/her life from going" -cliche any further than this. Bobby chases Aashi's jumbo with the staircase-car and Aashi in her turn slides down the emergency slide to the waiting arms of her love. Only in India, I tell ya.