As the college-age Rahul, SRK is his usual insufferable dude self at first. (I am getting used to this, but still find myself looking forward to his inevitable transformation into Mr. Charming Sadder-but Wiser-Guy.) Anjali sees through his macho facade and they enjoy a close, platonic friendship. When Tina arrives and proves immune to his tried-and-true ways with the ladies, Rahul falls hard, just as Anjali is starting to feel attracted to him.
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The title number beautifully picturises the triangle in all its complexity. Rahul is playfully affectionate with Anjali, but the besotted lover with Tina. Tina is open with her affection, but Anjali is most demonstrative when she is alone. There is a moment in the film when Tina, suspecting how Anjali feels about Rahul, asks her about her feelings. When Anjali denies being in love with him, Tina moves ahead with her relationship with Rahul. They marry, she gives birth to a daughter (also named Anjali), and dies shortly afterwards.
What is your first impression of Rahul? Nobody does insufferable young pup like Shah Rukh Khan. Newcomers may hate collegiate Rahul; fans will know that he grows out of it and cleans up his act really, really well.
What is Tina's first impression of Rahul? She's not impressed by his Big Man on Campus act, and teaches him a thing or two. She also befriends Anjali, which earns her major points for being able to spot a quality person.
How would you describe their chemistry over the course of the film? Credible and very sexy. She goes on to win his heart over and over again in many memorable romantic films. Chalte, Chalte (2003), Paheli (2005), Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006) are all fabulous romantic stories.
If you had a first date with Rahul, would you go on a second? Young dude Rahul? Yes, if only to beat him at basketball. Grown-up Rahul can park his slippers under my bed anytime.
Next first date: Aishwarya Rai - Mohabbatein (2000)