Test of time: To the Hindi film heroes, I once loved


It’s wonderful how your perspective on love retains altering as you spend a few years in a long-term relationship. Most women my age grew up believing and hoping {that a} Raj would sweep them off their toes on a world vacation, or a Rahul would allure them in a dance college. In some circumstances, perhaps these tales did come true, however most of us have realised over a interval of time and a few severe adulting, {that a} long-term relationship wants romance, respect, friendship, compatibility and, most significantly, realism to outlive.

So as a 35-year-old married lady, who once desperately hoped to fulfill the love of her life on a practice, airplane or in a suitably unintentional method, right here’s what I take into consideration all the males I once loved on display screen.

Shah Rukh Khan as Raj in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

1. Raj: Naam toh suna hoga? Raj was created to be each lady’s dream. He had simply the correct quantity of dangerous boy quotient to tempt a lady, he performed a string instrument and wore cool garments with matching neckpieces that one way or the other solely he may pull off. But he additionally had a desi coronary heart that beat for the lady’s bauji as a lot because it did for her. Raj from DDLJ was iconic as a result of he travelled hundreds of miles to win Simran and her household over. While I completely loved Raj again then and DDLJ will all the time have a delicate spot in my coronary heart, I realise now that Raj, although a pleasant man, was a spoilt, entitled brat. He didn’t care about the cash being spent on his schooling and was truly rewarded for flunking faculty!

His claims of being a ‘Hindustani’ man who would by no means take benefit of an intoxicated Indian lady, meant that he truly agreed that Simran ought to protect her virginity for the man she marries. Not to neglect that he feels her as much as get even when she is sporting a backless costume. It makes me marvel why nobody discovered his behaviour problematic when the film launched, or it was filed away below ‘men will be men’ and truly romanticised.

Rahul from Dil Toh Pagal SRK as Rahul in Kuch Kuch Hota Hain

2. Rahul: When he was not enjoying Raj, Shah Rukh was enjoying Rahul. The two Rahul’s I once favored fairly a bit, have been Rahul from Dil Toh Pagal Hain and Kuch Kuch Hota Hain. Rahul from Dil Toh Pagal Hain organised dance dramas and located his muse Maya in the barely miscast Madhuri Dixit. While Rahul was a passionate romantic in the eyes of the teenage me, I marvel now if he fell in love with Madhuri as a result of she was like a personality he had imagined, or as a result of she was truly somebody he obtained together with. Also, aside from their ardour for dance, did they’ve something in widespread in any respect? I marvel.

Rahul in Kuch Kuch Hota Hain was a rage when the film launched. From the friendship band, to the temple visits, and the ‘pyaar sirf ek baar hota hain’ resolve, Rahul was fairly the dream man. But sadly, whether or not it was Tina or Anjali, Rahul fell for each girls after he noticed them in Indian garments and, in each circumstances, in a temple. Anjali needed to utterly change herself earlier than he reciprocated her emotions. While one can’t actually plan and plot on whom to like, to alter your self utterly as a result of the man you loved didn’t like your dressing sense, now that’s one thing I can’t digest anymore.

salman khan Salman Khan as Prem in Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!

3. Prem: Who can neglect saccharine candy Prem? Quite like a chocobar, Prem had a suitably interesting chocolatey exterior, however beneath that beat the vanilla coronary heart of a sanskaari Indian man who sang songs in reward of his shamefully overworked sister-in-law. So, whereas Bhabhi was a ‘Khushiyon ka Khazana’, Prem was very happy to be mothered like a person youngster as an alternative of getting into the kitchen and truly pouring himself that cup of milk or serving himself the well-known Barjatya thali of meals. Prem is the poster boy for genteel sexism and sugar-coated patriarchy. I actually really feel sorry for poor Suman and even Nisha (the place Tuffy sealed the deal) who almost certainly will spend a lifetime doing dhik tana dhik tana in the kitchen as they churned out bowlfuls of halwa.

Rohit Raj Kaho Na Pyaar Hain gave us Rohit and Raj in Hrithik Roshan

4. Rohit/Raj: Kaho Na Pyaar Hain: Hrithik was like a romance reset when he made his debut in 2000. He was a muscular, candy and virtually impossibly handsome man who may dance like a dream. Hrithik’s Rohit-Raj double position proved that you may be a hunk subsequent door and nonetheless spout strains like Kaho Na Pyaar Hain, Kaha Na Pyaar hain. But although I was admittedly passionate about Hrithik again in my teenagers, when I take into consideration the ending of the film, I ponder whether Sonia, Ameesha Patel’s character, would have fallen for Raj and even given him an opportunity if he didn’t look precisely like her lifeless boyfriend. It is relatively bizarre that you’d conform to marry somebody even when you recognize that your appears to be like are the solely factor holding this relationship collectively. The two actually know nothing else about one another earlier than they determined to spend a lifetime collectively. Kaho na severe concern hain.

Aditya Kashyap Shahid Kapoor as Aditya Kashyap in Jab We Met

5. Aditya Kashyap: Now here’s a man I nonetheless like. Aditya began off damaged hearted and depressed and alongside the means he learnt to dwell in the current and take accountability for his decisions from the chirpy, impulsive Geet. But even when he realises his emotions for Geet, Aditya respects what she desires and backs off. Her consent issues to him. Quite not like the obnoxious Kabir Singh who manufacturers a girl with ‘meri bandi hain’, Aditya solely goes in search of Geet when her household requests him to. Aditya as a personality was maybe overshadowed by Geet’s exuberance, however when I take into consideration a reel life male lead who would additionally make an incredible actual life accomplice, Aditya Kashyap is probably the just one who involves thoughts.


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