Meet Ajay, paired with Seema (Shilpa Shetty). He's a bit nerdy and goofy. Also extremely controlling in a very passive aggressive way -- punishing her for being late by being aloof, for example. SRK is really overacting as Ajay. His body language is exaggerated, he mugs for every emotion; But Seema doesn't seem to notice, because she is in L-O-V-E.
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In the meantime, Seema's sister Priya (Kajol!) has met this amazing guy Vikram, or Vicky. (I'll know I am hopelessly lost to Indian films when I hear the name "Vicky" and don't picture a girl.) He's cool, self-confident to the point of arrogance, and he drives race cars. It only takes a long look and a short conversation, and Priya is smitten. How smitten? See the video picturizing her emotions for Vicky!
For me, the contrast between Shah Rukh Khan's chemistry with Juhi Chawla in "Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman", Shilpa Shetty and Kajol in "Baazigar" is striking. I know it is all acting, but it feels more like acting with Shilpa (maybe because Ajay is acting with her?). With Juhi, SRK moved from acquaintance to friendship and beyond in a nicely-paced arc. With Kajol, it was an instant click, and they are so at ease together that their connection is totally believable.
So, to the questions (I am answering only for the Priya/Vicky pairing, since we don't see Ajay and Seema's introduction):
What is your first impression of Vicky? Charming and smooth like a panther, only sweaty and with dimples.
What is Priya's first impression of Vicky? From a normal heart rate to thumpa-thumpa-thumpa in about 20 seconds.
How would you describe their chemistry over the course of the film? A steadily growing flame from the first flicker. No wonder audiences wanted to see more of them!
If you had a first date with Vicky, would you go on a second? Mmmm. Yes. Charming and smooth, with dimples and -- one hopes -- showered and squeaky clean.
Question for you: Does anyone out there want to date Ajay?
Next up: Anjaam (SRK's first date with Madhuri Dixit, 1994) Full schedule here. So far I have only been able to find it on YouTube, and the subtitles are out of sync. If you have another source, please let me know!!