We meet Raj first, in the lively opening number Dil Hai Mera Deewana. His energy is reminiscent of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl and Boy tropes in Hollywood films. Wikipedia describes the Manic Pixie Dream Boy as "seemingly flawless: he is sweet, charming, funny, boyishly handsome, and talented, but in a self-deprecating way". Raj is all of these but the last; he is cocky and convinced of his own superiority. That will change when he arrives in Bombay and meets obstacles and opposition.
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Some of the opposition comes from the lovely Renu (Juhi Chawla), who is not impressed with his arrogance but eventually becomes his friend and helps him land an entry-level job with a construction company.
Love begins to blossom, as the entire neighborhood watches in delight. (Loveria Hua).
Then this happens. Raj buys Renu a sexy new dress and insists she put it on. The wind!!! Thanks to Margaret Redlich's wonderful new book, I know this symbolizes the emotional rush of true love. Enjoy.
What is your first impression of Raj? Manic Pixie Dream Boy; fun to watch, but potentially exhausting to keep up with.
What is Renu's first impression of Raj? Kind of cute, but rude and arrogant. Needs to be taken down a peg. She is right, of course!
How would you describe their chemistry over the course of the film? Annoyance, friendship, that cute couple, BURSTING INTO FLAMES, disappointment, separation, redemption, (finally) grown-up love.
If you had a first date with Raj, would you go on a second? When I was 17, in a heartbeat. At 67, I couldn't take my eyes off Jai (Nana Patekar).