Title: ...Aur Pyar Ho Gaya
Director: Rahul Rawail
Story: Honey Irani
Cinematography: Manmohan Singh
Actors: Bobby Deol, Aishwarya Rai, Shammi Kapoor, Shammi, Anupam Kher, Beena
Music: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Choreographer: Saroj KhanMeri Saanson Mein Basa Hai
and Koi Jaane Koi Na Jaane
probably saved ...Aur Pyar Ho Gaya
from utter obscurity, the combination of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's sweet music and Javed Akhtar's earnest lyrics proving to be a fond memory of the 90s for many. The only other thing most people will likely remember about the movie is that it was Aishwarya Rai's Bollywood début. Despite Bobby Deol's 2nd movie, murder mystery Gupt
, achieving resounding success only a month before, ...Aur Pyar Ho Gaya
failed to garner much enthusiasm from its audience. Perhaps surprising given that it was directed by Rahul Rawail, of Betaab (1983) fame and written by Honey Irani who penned Darr (1993). The movie's slow pace, its contrived and repetitive situations, its ridiculous climax and its Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge
(1995) hangover were probably the reason for its lack of success. Personally though, I'm with rubidium11
on this one. ...Aur Pyar Ho Gaya
is actually pretty enjoyable for both Bobby and Aishwarya fans and I would happily watch it all over again
In the movie Aishwarya plays spoilt brat Aashi, laadli
of her grandparents and father, and the kind of privileged kid who will buy a race horse for 15 lakhs as a practical joke for the husband of a newly married friend. Her father Kailashnath, played by Anupam Kher, is hardly fit to raise objections about her extravagant behaviour when he himself is utterly spoiled too. He gets his hair braided by his mom everyday and nonchalantly indulges in risky business deals by coercing bank managers to give him huge loans because of their long running business relationship. I'd say his parents have a lot to answer for but they're actually quite wonderful in the movie so it is hard to be mad at them. The dynamics of the Kapoor parivaar
are pretty much summed up by this screencap:One thing I just couldn't get over in this movie was Anupam Kher constantly calling Shammi Kapoor "daddy". Ofcourse I know there's a huge age gap between them but it appears I just bunch all character actors together in my head in groups like -father figures-, -villains-, -chachas/taayas- etc. without much thought till I am confronted with moments like these. In case you were wondering, Shammi Kapoor was 66 when this movie was made and Anupam Kher was 42.
Many will find it hard to like Kaliashnath Kapoor, Anupam Kher's character in the movie, I certainly did. He is so irresponsible and childish and yet expects others to do things his way and just go along with his plans. But there were some sweet moments buried amongst the irritating cacophony of his mannerisms, like Kailashnath snatching a plate full of mithaais
from his mother because she isn't allowed to have them. I think, if it were not for Kailashnath being such a dolt in certain scenes I would have easily said that this movie did well with many of the family scenes. Aashi's grandparents Shammi and Shammi (no it isn't a typo :P) constantly bickering, Kailashnath speaking loudly to Aashi because he is worried and Shammi Kapoor interrupting him to say "aahiste bolo
" (speak softly), Aashi's first meeting with Bobby's mother, Bobby and Aashi's family busily organising the engagement and wedding were all lovely little moments that perhaps weren't so relevant in the big scheme of things but added a homelike atmosphere to the movie.Slowly and teasingly revealing the face of the heroine in the first song is a much used staple in Bollywood movies. Thoda Sa Pagla Thoda Deewana delightfully upholds this tradition.
The premise of the movie is that the heroine, Aashi, wants to meet and understand the guy her marriage is being arranged to but without him realising who she is, the idea being that she will be able to judge his vices and virtues on her own without him trying to swindle her with a projected 'good guy' image. Is hi silsile mein
she goes to Switzerland, with the aim of seeking him out at his regular haunts. Conveniently for the plot of the movie, she has no photograph of him and only knows his name. Elsewhere Bobby Deol is shown to have fallen for Aashi just on the basis of a picture of hers that appeared in India Today.
Are you questioning the validity of falling in love via a photograph and accompanying article? Please don't, you are ruining the moment :P Like I've said before
, I tend to be forgiving of the implausibility of how certain Bollywood love stories begin, especially if the rest of the story is enjoyable and engaging and this is the case here as well. It is good enough for me to know that Bobby's character is not only the kind of loopy guy who will fall in love with someone from their picture but will also sing a song to aforementioned picture
and that too in a manner that vividly reminds me of another favourite movie. See for yourself:
Exhibit B:Long-limbed curly-haired heroes that run across stairs singing FTW!
As is often the case in Bollywood movies the hero and heroine's first mulakaat
(meeting) is not a friendly one. Aashi runs into Bobby's character at the airport in Switzerland and mistakes him for a thief who is trying to steal her luggage
, so she starts shouting for help and loudly ranting at him. Bobby's initially too besotted to do much other than stand and stare at her and be pleased that he's run into the girl he was singing songs about
the other day. Slowly Aashi realises her mistake when she spots her luggage still safe and sound where she'd left it and Bobby, being the cheeky character that he is, can't resist the opportunity to tease and starts shouting for help, repeating Aashi's dialogues right back at her while she still has his luggage in her hands. Aashi is annoyed, Bobby grins to himself, Parul is convinced she's going to enjoy the rest of this movie immensely.
Taking the idea of inauspicious beginnings literally, Aashi sneezes at one point during their meeting, which according to Bobby's character is unlucky and so he forces something up her nose to make her sneeze twice. Yeah, don't. even. ask. The reason I bring the scene up though is because
I am disturbed by how cute I found it o_O;;;
I'm sure we've all noticed the tendency of some Bollywood heroes to get handsy with the heroine when they don't even know her well enough to invade her personal space let alone touch her. In terms of Bobby movies I noticed this here and in Chor Machaaye Shor
. I think it is weirdly creepy and hypocritical of Bollywood movies to allow heroes this leeway while gundas
are beaten up for that very harkat
(behaviour) in the same movie but I am also freaked out by how desensitised to it I am, so much so that in this case I apparently not only don't mind those scenes but think they are adorable. What is wrong with me :|I love Aish's cute off-shoulder black dress and hat! It seems Bobby aur glares ka janam janam ka rishta hai hahaha. This song begins with an altercation over sunglasses, which amuses me muchly since Bobby is well known for his huge collection of them. Wonder if this was an intentional reference...
I mentioned earlier that the situations in ...Aur Pyar Ho Gaya
are very contrived but I should add that despite that I enjoyed them. Or maybe because of that I enjoyed them? There is something comforting in getting what you expect - I watch hindi serials often and part of their appeal is that you know no matter what serial you are watching that at some point you will be treated to staple scenes like the hero having to sleep nearby the heroine
, or the heroine getting drunk
and the hero ensuring she doesn't get into mischief
, or something from the heroine's attire tearing and the hero being gentlemanly enough
to help her but feeling awkward about it...etc. You can't enjoy hindi serials without actually embracing cliches, obvious set ups and the like so I have a high tolerance for those and this perhaps aided somewhat in me liking ...Aur Pyar Ho Gaya
.Bobby's girly screams were such a crack up XD"tumne wish kiya ke saamne se chale jaaoon to peeche aa gaya"Loved this scene! "mere kamre ch?" "Relax kudiya relax!" hahahaOdd but kinda sweet, loved the capslock "HI!" anyway heheBarsaat
, Bobby's first film, and ...Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya
are similar in certain ways. In both movies Bobby's character is enamoured with the heroine from the get go but the heroine takes longer to reciprocate his feelings. Meanwhile Bobby's character saves them when they get into various situations. When the heroine starts liking him back though there's no free pass
, Bobby's character ensures she admits it properly by feigning ignorance. After the ikraar
(confession) the obstacle to marriage in both cases is the father. Yep, as you may have guessed by now I pretty much summarised the plot of hundreds of 90s movies. What can I say though? So what if everything is predictable and expected - as long as the journey is fun! Actually in this case there are a couple of "gotcha!" moments, which worked out well while also providing some characterisation, but I won't allude to them at all since it's best to go in spoiler free.
Bobby and Aishwarya play off each other very well in the comic scenes in this movie. I didn't get a sense of mind blowing romantic chemistry but I did absolutely adore how funny they were together. Aishwarya seems so unfettered and Bobby looks like he had heaps of fun with the role and that's what makes them a joy to watch together. An unlikely pair to be sure but surprisingly well suited in the movie.love her expression!cracking up over his!
What I enjoyed about Bobby's character in ...Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya
was that it is a variation of his character Badal from Barsaat
. Their backgrounds couldn't be more different: kahaan
a rich guy who's roaming around Singapore and Switzerland often and kahaan
a sheltered pahaadi
boy who has never been outside his mountainous village let alone the country. But both are memorable, to me, for their sense of humour and how much fun they have in teasing the heroine every chance they get. Since they're played by the same guy I'm guessing what I enjoy is really the way Bobby handles those flirty and chidhaau
moments. He has this way of smiling to himself when the heroine isn't looking his way, as though he is just so amused and pleased that his prank is working - I adore it! I found his running joke about the 15 Lakh Horse and Aashi so amusing (maine samjha ghode ka naam Aashi hai aur tumhara Toofan
) and that scene where he scares Aashi into pari-paina pado
ing his mother every two seconds was so cute! Ah mazaakiya
heroes, I find them so irresistible."ehehehee" | "yeh gaana kiske liye gaa rahe the?" "Wohi, ghode ke liye."omg I only noticed his secret ishaarebaazi during the re-watch XD
The manner in which Bobby would break into random Punjabi exclamations in this movie was also fun. I have a thing for heroes and actors who lapse into their mother tongue during certain moments - be it in interviews where an actor being questioned in English will have something funny to say that they can only think of in Hindi so they reply in that or in scenes where the conversation is flowing in Hindi and then the character will retort in Punjabi
or some other language out of the blue ...I just love it. Not the least because I tend to do the same here in my posts.
I also really like the fact that in both movies Bobby's khush mizaaj
(amiable) nature and sharaarati
(mischievous) attitude remain consistent and relevant and affect the plot directly. In the case of ...Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya
I would argue that actually Bobby falling for Aashi just on the basis of a photo and article isn't all that unbelievable when you consider what a prankster he is with the fact that the article in the magazine was about that 15 Lakh Horse practical joke that Aashi played. Bobby must've had a -kindred souls!- moment or something ;) Also Bobby's tendency to joke around without thinking through the consequences of it and the way he doesn't see anything wrong in creating elaborate ruses to make a point gets him into major trouble on more than one occasion. Aashi gets exactly what she asked for in the first song actually, a hero that is "thoda sa pagla, thoda sayaana
" (A bit mad, a bit wise). It is just that sometimes his wise-half goes ghaas charne
(to eat grass) and his mad side causes problems! That's okay though, because if the heroine didn't get mad we wouldn't have a song where the hero tries to woo her back would we?
♫ Hum se rahoge kya hamesha khafaa? Maaf bhi kar do jaana...
Maan to li hai humne apni khataa, maaf bhi kar do jaana...
Dekho yeh gussa chodo! Ab tum yeh kissa chodo!
Hum hain sharminda galti hogi na aainda
What Chori Chori Jab Nazrein Mili
is to Kareeb
, Meri Saason Mein Basaa Hai
and Koi Jaane Koi Na Jaane
are to ...Aur Pyar Ho Gaya
. These two lovely Bobby movies unfortunately flopped but anyone who kept up with Bollywood in the 90s will be able to tell recognize the songs in an instant. I went into both movies anticipating those songs but came out having fallen irrevocably in love with entirely different ones! With Kareeb
I rediscovered the under appreciated gem Dil Mera Chura Lo
while in this movie I stumbled across Hum Se Rahoge
! This song is so endearing even Bobby's fugly shirt can't ruin it.
In fact can we make a tangent and discuss said fugly shirt? I am really forced to question the taste of the Deol brothers because it appears that they did not bin the fugly shirt in a volcano and deny its existence after this movie was done, no they REPEATED aforementioned fugly shirt in ANOTHER movie. W.T.F!?At least Sunny feels slightly mortified about it (What is it with the Deols and 10 Things I Hate About You coincidences by the way? Both 10 Things and Dillagi were released in the same year and have the Can't Take Me Eyes Off You track! Well Dillagi obviously has the desi-fied version...).Hear that Bobby and Sunny? Jay does not approve. I know you borrow each other's clothes but this is the limit. I can only suppose this was some wearing-the-fugly-in-solidarity-for-the-other inside joke...Yes, Bobby more of the rosy vests and less of the gaudy velvet kthx
The last 30 minutes of this movie are melodrama central and while I can appreciate staple romantic scenes despite them being repeated over and over again in many movies I don't hold the same affection for emotional blackmail type ones that 90s movies were especially prone to. Bobby's character is a bit disappointing in some scenes towards the end but really it is obvious that TPTB wanted to throw in some conflict and stretch the movie for a bit so I'm blaming the writer instead of being annoyed at the character. I may have said turn off the movie in the last 30 minutes but unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, there is a very lovely scene between Bobby, Shammi and Shammi in there that just shouldn't be missed! It basically redeems the horrible, but inevitable, turn the movie took before and the stupid climax and end that comes after. I can't even begin to count the ways I love this scene. Shammi Kapoor's excitement and eagerness, Bobby's heartbreakingly successful attempt at pretence, Shammi silently supporting and comforting Bobby (note how her hands are always reaching out to him), Shammi Kapoor teasing Shammi, the way Bobby talks about how much he loves Aashi and their marriage, and Shammi and Shammi remembering the days when they got married... simply wonderful, I can't say anything more than that <3
So yes, I actually adore ...Aur Pyar Ho Gaya
and think it is worth a dekho
though I realise that some may only consider it timepass
material. Ofcourse it goes beyond that for me, yeh to andaaza ho hi gaya hoga aapko
by now :P I mean come on, this movie even managed to push some of my musical continuity buttons!
- A character singing a refrain from a song just sung before but in the actor's own voice?
For the record, Bobby can't sing. ✔
- A song having both a happy and a sad version ✔
I don't have any Bonus Fun Facts this time around sadly, so have these pics instead:How sad that we're up to the half way mark of Deol Dhamaka and I've only managed to write about four Bobby movies. I'm afraid the pace of my write-ups isn't going to pick up any time soon but I have decided that I'm going to discuss the entire Bobby filmography in this blog chronologically, no matter how long it takes! I just feel compelled to do it. Whether anyone else feels compelled to read or not, I don't care :P Someone has to shower fangirly pyar on Bobby and I may as well take on this task, arduous as it may be. NOT. I am highly amused that this isn't a resolution that I ever even bothered making for Dev Anand, Shammi, Salman, Shahid or Ranbir movies! I've always had the tendency in books/movies/shows to like side characters that no one else seems to utterly love like I do and I reckon that whole under-appreciated/underrated/underdog aspect of Bobby Deol is fueling the fire of my adoration somewhat...Other Bobby Deol movie write-ups: Yamla Pagla Deewana (2011), Barsaat (1995), Gupt (1997)