Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (Raju Became a Gentleman) is a double first date. It is Shah Rukh Khan's first film with frequent co-star Juhi Chawla (Renu), and was also his big screen debut, so his "first date" with the film audience.
The screen shot is from the first musical number, a rousing post-graduation celebration of new beginnings by Raj and his friends as he heads off to Bombay (now Mumbai) to seek his fortune. Right in the middle of the song, Shah Rukh Khan finds the camera and looks right into it, flashing his charming dimples. Boom! Got my attention.
I will post the rest of my reaction within a day or so, to give fellow-watchers a chance to see the film (available on Einsthusan for free, and ad-free for a very reasonable one-time payment). Questions to ponder: What is your first impression of Raj? What is Renu's first impression? How would you describe their chemistry over the course of the film? If you had a first date with Raj, would you go on a second? Feel free to add your own questions, of course!
It's an awkward time of year. The old academic year is over, and I am easing into several months of research and writing. My writing habits are pretty well formed at this point; I get up early and spend the morning on tasks requiring focus, and then take a lunch and play break and a nap. (Yes, a nap; haven't you heard they are good for you?) Then I get up, have some tea, and get another couple of hours of work done. Once a week, I go for a "walkabout" -- I head for a museum, or a mall, or the movies for a work-free wander. I had planned to see Shah Rukh Khan's Raees on a walkabout in July. He's my very favorite actor and this promises to be intense. HOWEVER, the release date has been moved from Eid (July 7) to January 26, 2017, leaving me and his millions (billions?) of fans SRKless for the entire summer.
My solution is to embark on a personal Shah Rukh Khan film festival. I am going to watch at least one SRK film per week until Raees comes out. (He's appeared in more than 80, and many are available via Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other streaming services, so that's totally doable.)
I am starting with a themed series I am calling "First Dates with Shah Rukh Khan". This will be a series of films debuting leading ladies who have appeared in more than one SRK film. First up: Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, with Juhi Chawla. It's available FREE on Einthusan, if you want to play along.
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