Dil To Pagal Hai…The alternate version of KKHH. One of the quintessential Yash Chopra romances. The movie so full of fluff and candy floss that it practically screams “recap me on Valentine’s Day”. I tried recapping Bodyguard (yeah, that didn’t happen), but dil to pagal hai, dil deewana hai….and I decided to stick with
Not to confuse the gullible audience, our movie starts with the mission statements of the leads.
She believes in soulmates, chocolate hearts and eternal love.
He thinks romantic love is BS.
He is Rahul (naam to suna hoga…at least from another half a dozen SRK films), a choreographer cum actor cum dancer cum director. And he’s got a new idea for a play.
The play is gonna be about “Maya”. A nice, sweet girl (the Sati Savitri type), who lives in her dreams and dances only for herself. Ahem. Rahul’s specific description of Maya is intercut with footage of Madhuri Dixit running around in a very unflattering salwar kameez. We get it, we get it…SHE IS MAYA!
Your white salwar kameez WILL get grass stains.
We find out that our “Maya” is actually called Pooja. She’s an orphan, who lives with her parents’ friends. Oh, and she gets cassette tapes from Ajay, the son of her benefactors. Cause Ajay is too damn lazy to pick up a pen and write a letter.
Elsewhere, Rahul is still daydreaming about Maya, while Nisha, his dancer friend is not impressed.
Of course, all his daydreaming is intercut with Pooja dancing around like a loony, to make sure we UNDERSTAND that “Maya = Pooja”.
Just to drive home the point that Pooja and Rahul are meant to be, they ALMOST meet three times before they ACTUALLY meet.
One of these instances involves fitting rooms.
Again, to make sure, the dum-dums (aka the audience) really GETS the epicness of Rahul/Pooja’s destined love, they even almost kinda meet on Valentine’s Day. And it’s not even regular VDay, it’s super magical VDAy that falls on the full moon and ensures that the meeting of two soulmates will take place before midnight.
Rahul is giving the Mother of all eye-rolls to VDay.
Too bad, Nisha. If you’ve been watching this movie, you’d know that with the amount of signs Rahul and Pooja are getting
Sir Jesus God is not gonna give you a chance.
Of course, Pooja gets a wrong phone call just before midnight, thus solidifying her mystic and God-ordained future love.
The next day Pooja gets a surprise visitor – Ajay, her lazy childhood friend!
When Ajay’s short visit is over, he proposes marriage to her.
Driven by friendly affection Pooja non-verbally accepts the proposal.
Meanwhile Rahul, Nisha & co are out drinking (I like the choice of tequila, cause they usually choose beer as hardcore liquor you can get drunk on…pfft).
Boozing it up leads to some straight-up realness from Nisha.
The general attitude is “Let’s just pretend that never happened.”
However, to add injury to humiliation, poor Nisha sprains her ankle during rehearsal.
The lead dancer is injured, vanity project is under threat…so it’s time for some DRUMS for Rahul.
And who is it dancing next door to the sound of his freestyle beats? Pooja, of course!