Because these first dates are chronological, most of them are from Shah Rukh Khan's early, pre-DDLJ, negative period. Anjaam is the darkest so far; he plays a character (spoiled brat Vijay) with absolutely no redeeming qualities. Zip. Nada. (Okay, his "I am so besotted" antics in "Badi Mushkil Hai Khoya Mera Dil Hai" are pretty adorable.)
And who can blame him? Madhuri Dixit is captivating, as always. (She is my very, very favorite SRK costar; sorry, Kajol.) Loved them in Dil To Pagal Hai; adored them in Koyla and Devdas. In this scene, watch as Vijay's infatuation turns to smoldering jealousy while he watches her dance, having just met her actual beloved, Ashok (Deepak Tijori -- the happy dude playing the drum).
You might think that a dark story filled with violence and revenge wouldn't offer much in the way of sexy, romantic moments, but you would be WRONG! After seeing this scene, you can almost believe that Madhuri's dancing can work medical miracles. (Not to mention the emotion SRK conveys with only his face and hands; for more of this, see Koyla, where his character is mute for most of the film.)
So, now the questions:
What is your first impression of Vijay? What an entitled child!
What is Shivani's first impression of Vijay? As an airline hostess, you get the feeling she deals with his ilk all. day. long. Just another jerk, but she has to be pleasant because that's her job.
How would you describe their chemistry over the course of the film? Despite the fact that she does not return his affection, Shivani and Vijay are intimately connected as closely as lovers. It is the chemistry between SRK and Madhuri as actors that makes this so compelling and believable.
If you had a first date with Vijay, would you go on a second? Hell no. This is Shah Rukh Khan's most unappealing character so far. I might not push him off a cliff, but he'd never get a foot in the door.
Side note: the music (songs and background score) is fabulous!
6/20/2016 04:01:14 am
This is the rare SRK movie I had no desire to see again after the first watch. I also love him and Madhuri on screen together, and have seen Koyla a few times. Devdas is one of my favorite movies, period.
6/20/2016 04:18:46 am
I am so happy you mentioned Himani Shivpuri. I love her, too, and this is the best role I have seen her in!
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