It being a very hot afternoon, packed with never-ending mischief by Pari, I decided to celebrate her nap with a movie. I am not a TV fan and watching movies with long advertisement breaks on TV isn’t my cup of tea, when I just want to enjoy a movie non-stop.
I was looking for inspiration to help me decide which movie to watch, just when I recalled a favorite song, Kabhi neem neem, kabhi shahad and at once decided on watching Yuva.
I had seen the movie first-day, first-show with my friends in college. Though I had forgotten the movie plot details, but I did remember being very impressed with it at that time. Eight years down the line, when I saw the movie again, I did note a few changes in my reaction towards the same.
All the actors looked so young as compared to the way they look now. When I thought of this, I immediately looked at my own-self in the mirror and I could see how I too had changed tremendously in this
The songs that I had been a huge fan of in college, didn’t create any tingle in my system. A sure sign that I have lost that chirpy, youngster in me that loved peppy music. The most important reason I feel so is lack of a company of old friends, as against the last time when I had enjoyed the movie.
The most striking being, when I had last seen Yuva I was very impressed with the ideals the movie portrayed on the need of the youth of the country to take active interest in national issues to help our country’s progress. But today, my mind was more focused on the characters played by Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukherjee (Lallan & Sashi). The reason being altogether different from what I had felt when I had seen the movie eight years ago.
Where I had only seen the passion of their love when I had seen the movie earlier, today my mind was stuck at the way Lallan (mis) treats his wife. Beats her, insults her and her family, continuously tells lies, makes promises that don’t last longer than a few minutes and eventually dumps her, and on each of those occasions Sashi forgives him and tries to adjust and change him. I understand the issues in my personal life are somewhere behind this observation, but I can see myself as having grown in my perspective and understanding of relationships over time.
I, who was once thrilled by the way Kareena Kapoor (Meera) returns to her lover calling off her wedding, today saw it under an altogether different light. On one hand it sounded like a very sensible thing to do and on the other, I couldn’t stop admiring the open-mindedness and practical approach of Kareena’s character in the movie.
Another important one being, like Arjun (Vivek Oberoi) I too once wanted to be an IAS officer and spent many years(till almost 10th standard) thinking in lines of going for the UPSC exams, but then life took me to different waters. I never ever wanted to go overseas, but I did get married and move abroad only to return to the people and the country I always belonged to.
Despite the dramatic change in my perspective, I must admit, I still liked the movie just as I had the first time I had seen it. The best part being the way the lives of three young men cross path on a fateful day and how their life-stories have been spun to include that one moment of time. Excellent plot with amazing direction.
I had not intended to write this post as a review of the movie but to record how much I have changed as a person in the past eight years.
The song on my mind: Kabhi Neem Neem ~ Yuva