Ek Tha Tiger (Photo Recap Pt. 2)

After the dramatic conclusion of the first part of this recap, we cut to Delhi, where Tiger is explaining that he REALLY really had to kill somebody during this particular assignment.

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He’s riding home with one of the RAW agents one night, when…

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Shocker! Tiger puts two and two together and realizes that somebody’s sending him a coded message. It’s not a very hard code to crack, as the intercepted messages state that “Zee TV is going to be covering the UN Foreign Minister’s Peace Summit in Istanbul. Is Doordarshan going to be covering the event?”. That’s some lameass coding, if you ask me. I mean, even worst RAW agent Tiger cracked it.

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Sure enough, during the Peace summit…

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UNDEAD ZEE! Is she a vampire now?

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No such luck…Zee wasn’t the one Tiger killed in Dublin. We flashback to before the intermission and witness Tiger killing off Feroz aka the guy who stole his phone. Zoya was spared and that’s how she has been sending him lamely coded messages.

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They sneak out of the summit and Zee confesses her love for Tiger.

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All sense of honor and duty is forgotten, as they make plans to ditch the service and live together happily ever after.

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Although it seems that Zee is trying to get Tiger into the hands of some extremely attractive ISI agents.

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Tiger overhears her scheming with the hotties, but decides to follow his heart and not his secret agent instinct.

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It turns out Zoya was just bluffing with the studs and she actually wants to run away with Tiger.

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Those disguises are blowing my mind, by the way.

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Worst secret agents in the history of RAW and ISI hide out in Cuba. Their days are spent frolicking on the beaches and enjoying the warm climate. The idyllic lifestyle doesn’t last, unfortunately.

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 They’re out on a walk, when unsuspecting muggers hit them up. Sure enough, Tiger and Zoya beat all of them up and the whole thing is caught on camera.

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You are secret agents, people! Do some goddamn work! Find the tape and destroy it or something!

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Although, I probably wouldn’t run, if this guy was the one chasing me. The comeback of the hottie ISI agents!

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Zee and Tiger are forced to leave with the ISI agents, but on their way to the ISI cars, what little training they had kicks in and they manage to escape.

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I would have bet on Tiger to be caught first, but it’s Zee who is led away in handcuffs.

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Gopi, the only competent RAW agent is also in Cuba and Tiger tries to get some help from him to rescue Zee from the handsome clutches of ISI spies.

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Tiger convinces him that Zoya will cooperate with India and spill all Pakistani secrets, if they rescue her. AND GOPI FALLS FOR IT! GOPI, YOU WERE MY ONLY HOPE IN THIS MOVIE, COME ON, MAN!

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With the help of RAW agents, Tiger  manages to flee with Zee.

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RAW and ISI agents both are after them, but when you’ve got a plane and a motorcycle, there’s nothing much highly trained secret agents can do.

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Agent Zee and Agent Doordarshan escape, never to be seen again. They finally make use of their dormant professional skills and manage to hide away for good. Either that or RAW and ISI don’t want to spend precious resources on two mediocre (being generous here) spies.

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Ek Tha Tiger (Photo Recap Pt. 1)

Once there was a Tiger. Tiger was a highly trained undercover agent for RAW. It’s unclear why his nickname was Tiger. Was it because he looked like a Tiger? Was it because he was badass like a Tiger? Was it because he tended to kill a lot of people during his assignments? Was it because he sucked at every other aspect of being an undercover agent? I personally think the person who nicknamed him may have been going for Tigger and just skipped the extra “g” for numerological reasons.

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Our story starts with Tiger killing about a hundred ISI agents in Iraq, cause that’s just how he rolls.

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RAW boss Shenoy is tired of the unnecessary body count, cause he assigns Tiger to tail an eccentric scientist in Ireland.

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The Nutty Professor is suspected to be in cahoots with Pakistan.

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Hello, Tiger, bete, you are supposed to be an undercover agent, na? Be more obvious, dude!

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Tiger’s idea of stealth is busting into the Nutty Professor’s house and getting shooed out by the housekeeper/dance student Zoya.

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Zoya’s a softie, cause after getting  Tiger out of the house, she befriends him at an alarming speed.

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Doordarshan is a fun nickname, but it’s a bitch to type out.

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Zee, beti, he was breaking and entering five minutes ago, maybe rethink inviting him over?

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Soon, Zee and Tiger are flirting up a storm.

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Gopi, another RAW agent is in Dublin and it seems he’s tailing our boy Tiger to make sure he doesn’t screw up.

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Tiger does need supervision, cause he has totally forgotten The Nutty Professor in favor of Zee.

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10 years in the industry and still with the accent…

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After the unsuccessful Hindi lesson, hapless Tiger is attacked and robbed at his home. At this point, I’m considering changing his nickname from Tiger/Doordarshan to Dopey. WORST SECRET AGENT EVER.

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Undeterred by the fact that possible rival agents are onto him, Tiger continues pursuing Zee.

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Zoya abruptly walks away after almost kissing him (RUDE!). But our Tiger is not discouraged easily, so the next day he grabs a huge bouquet and heads to see the play Zoya is starring in.

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On his way there, he sees the phone thieg/possible ISI agent.

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Tiger chases the guy down with disastrous results. The chase scene is kickass and all, but he doesn’t catch the guy! I mean, how hard is it to nab ONE freaking person if your nickname is TIGER?

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Leaving the further pursuit of the ISI agent to Gopi, Tiger goes to Zoya’s Pinocchio play. Which…I wish all Western plays/operas/ballets were really the way Bollywood movies portray them.

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In the middle of the highly exciting Irish dancing, Gopi calls with bad news.

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Tiger barges into the Nutty Professor’s house, only to discover…

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…that Zee has been an undercover ISI Agent all along!

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DUN DUN DUN!

Part 2

Fanaa (Photo Recap Pt. 2)

Part 1

It’s 7 years later, and Tabu hasn’t aged a day. Rehan’s terrorist group has been busy all this time by building a nuclear explosive device from scratch. It’s almost ready – they only need an Indian trigger to activate it (this doesn’t make sense on SO MANY LEVELS.) There are like 6 triggers in the whole of India and they’re all being brought to Delhi for safe-keeping, cause the Intelligence Agency hasn’t heard of the old “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” strategy.

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We cut to a helicopter, which is transporting one of the trigger thingies. Aaaaaand who is there handing out poison tea like there’s no tomorrow? Well, that’s our ace terrorist Rehan!

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He kills off all the soldiers on the helicopter, steals the trigger and escapes. Indian soldiers chase him in awesome snow camouflage suits, but they all end up dead, cause he’s just THAT good. He does get stabbed at some point, though.

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A tired, wounded Rehan ends up at the only house in the area.

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OMFG OMFG IT’S ZOONI!

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But she’s actually calling out for…dun dun dun…REHAN, HER SON! THERE’S TWO OF THEM NOW!

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This kid…this kid. Let me just say it upfront, I kind of hate this kid. He is SIX, why is he still referring to himself in the third person? Ugh.

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We find out that Zooni’s Mom has died and she lives with Rehan Jr. and her alcoholic Dad. Bummer. The situation is exacerbated by Rehan Sr. being a jerk.

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He’s not jerk for long, though. Rehan Jr. soon wants to call him “Dad”.

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After spending a couple of days with Zooni and the child, Rehan decides to come clean. Well, he kind of lies about being an Indian soldier on a secret mission, but he does admit that he is Rehan!

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Alcoholic Dad has some wise words for Zooni. But she is furious at Rehan for making her believe he was dead and refuses to take him back.

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Sad Rehan Sr. decides to leave the next morning, but…

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They get married instead!

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TV channels start broadcasting a warning about a terrorist with a “Portable Nuclear Warhead Detonation Device” on the loose. WHO DOES THAT? That’s like a surefire way to start collective hysteria in the country.

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OF COURSE, Rehan Sr. has the trigger laying around in plain sight. Of course. Cause he’s a genius terrorist mastermind and that’s what they do. I mean, if even alkie Rishi Kapoor can find it…that’s a definite FAIL, Rehan.

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After discovering the trigger, Rishi volunteers to drive Rehan to his friend Colonel’s house, supposedly so Rehan can contact the army. He tries to be a hero…

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…but ends up being thrown off a cliff (in one of the most fake-looking scenes in the history of cinema).

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Rehan gets to Colonel’s house and lets his Grandpa, the lead terrorist, know that he has the trigger and is alive.

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Meanwhile, Zooni is out with Rehan Jr., when she comes across her Dad’s dead body floating under ice.

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She gets back home, where Rehan lies through his teeth.

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By this time, the Intelligence Agency has come up with a sketch of Rehan, that doesn’t look ANYTHING like him. Get some better sketch artists, people.

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Zooni puts two and two together (FINALLY!), gets the trigger from Rehan’s army jacket (again…leaving that freaking trigger unattended is the height of stupidity) and escapes to Colonel’s house…

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…only to find lots of un-mopped blood. Which is just SLOPPY, Rehan.

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She radios the Indian army to tell them she’s got the trigger to a NUCLEAR DEVICE, and her husband is the genius terrorist and they get back to her by saying they’ll be there next morning. FOR REAL?

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Next morning, Rehan Sr. shows up, having walked the whole night, and starts asking stupid questions.

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He snatches that blasted trigger from Zooni, saying that his Grandpa, the main terrorist, will definitely torture Rehan Jr., if they don’t give up the trigger. He also promises her that no one will actually set off the nuclear bomb.

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Rehan Sr. starts talking like Rehan Jr., so it’s definitely time for him to DIE.

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We cut to Zooni and Rehan Jr. at Rehan Sr.’s grave.

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Yeah, Rehan Jr., your Father was kind of a bad man, cause he killed innocent people (even your own Grandpa), blew up buildings and lied to your Mom. But your Mom’s not gonna tell you that! NO! She’s just gonna gloss over the ugly truth and talk about herself in the third person.

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THE END.

Fanaa (Photo Recap Pt. 1)

Meet Zooni! She’s a blind dancer from Kashmir! For her – East or West, India is THE BEST! She’s preparing for a trip to Delhi to perform at a concert dedicated to Republic Day.

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Her parents are also adorable, but VERY misguided.

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In Delhi, Zooni and her friends meet Rehan. Rehan likes himself very much.

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“Rehan” means basil in Armenian.  Hence, whenever anybody said “Rehan”, (and believe you me, his name is mentioned A LOT) I kept picturing basil.
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The basil issue and his sweet sweet moves were probably the main things that undermined the “Casanova” image Fanaa creators were going for.

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Also, let’s be real, the boy Aamir Khan may have been cute, but the man Aamir Khan is not exactly a charmer.

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But hey, Zooni is blind, so the aged hobbit look is not turning her off.

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They have a very weird courtship, cause Rehan keeps on showing up late, getting into her personal space, scaring her with spooky stories and unexpectedly grabbing her from behind.

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To make it even weirder (and to solidfy Rehan’s street cred) Lara Dutta shows up for 3 seconds. This gives ol’ basil boy a chance to check out her cleavage and make it clear to Zooni that he’s a playa, who has “needs” and not “feelings”.

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On Republic Day, Zooni performs with her friends, while Rehan watches.

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After the concert, Zooni tries some of Rehan’s own flirting techniques.

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Rehan is totally freaked that the person, whom he pursued aggressively for days is liking him back. Instead of behaving like a normal person and letting the blind girl down easy, he just doesn’t show up for their next date. Rotten basil!

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Desperate, she stalks him at his job and gets him to agree to another day together. A DAY THAT ENDS IN PRE-MARITAL SEX! SHOCK!

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The morning after Rehan ditches Zooni at the train station…

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…only to come back for her in about 15 minutes! Not so rotten, after all!

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He stops the train and carries Zooni away, while her dumb friends start referencing certain movies they should NOT be referencing!

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THE ONLY BRAVEHEART THAT EVER TOOK THE BRIDE WAS THIS GUY RIGHT HERE!

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HMPH! Meanwhile, Rehan has carried Zooni straight to the hospital.

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Where it turns out that her blindness can be easily reversed!

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But this is only the first half of the movie! Surely, this can’t be the happy ending? And, of course, it’s NOT. Cause a Kashmiri terrorist group blew up the government building, where Zooni was performing the other night!

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And Rehan’s bracelets were in the building.

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We cut to TABU (actually this was probably the most pointless cameon of 2006, sorry, Lara Dutta) talking about the mastermind of the Kashmiri terrorist group that organized the bombing.

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Her speech is interpersed with shots of a man walking…and when the camera finally pans over his face, we see that the genius terrorist is none other than BASIL BOY!

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DUM DUM DUM! THE PLOT THICKENS!

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Part 2

Dil To Pagal Hai (Photo Recap Pt. 2)

Part 1

First, Rahul acts like a desperate douche by begging Pooja to consider taking the role of Maya.

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Then, he acts like a ragey douche by shouting her down, when she doesn’t dance like Maya of his dreams.

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To top it all off, our angry young man briefs Nisha on the situation.

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Even though Pooja and Rahul are getting pretty chummy, he’s not that devastated at the news that she’s engaged to be married.

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Oh, also if you thought that the audience is not getting any more hints, you’re totally wrong. All throughout the bonding session between Rahul and Pooja, we are treated to flashbacks, musical cues and explicit anvil-like clues on the EPICNESS of their jodi.

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During a routine rehearsal, Pooja is busting out some sweet moves with several fierce dudes in leotards, when…

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This dance-off is as amazing as Nisha’s DKNY headband, cause it’s the weirdest, most ridiculous dance-off in the history of the world. At least 3 minutes of it is Nisha jumping around in a circle around Pooja.

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The dance-off gives Nisha some perspective on her life choices. She decides to get away from all the Maya-Pooja drama and give Rahul some space.

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While Nisha’s in London, the bond between Miss “Worst-dressed of 1997” and Rahul grows. They’re even having simultaneous hallucinations of each other in the same song. That is some true love, y’all.

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They go to visit Pooja’s dance teacher, who is supposed to be this “tough love” character, but is actually a pretty mean person. Who tells a 10 year old, that they’ve put on weight? I mean, come on, lady…lay off the kids!

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She does nudge Rahul in the right direction, though. Gotta give credit, when credit’s due.

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YEAH, BABY. ICONIC “AUR PAS” SCENE.

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Surprise neck kisses are the best!

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At the same time, surprise neck kisses do tend to complicate things.

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FYI, Rahul has basically plagiarized his life for the Maya play, so he’s now forced to rehearse/act out events that are actually happening.

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Nisha finally realizes that this movie is engineered to bring Rahul and Pooja together.

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Pooja decides to do the right thing and dump Ajay via cassette. Girl…at least have the decency to do it to his face!

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Right when she’s done recording her break-up cassette/ode of love to Rahul (she is one COLD woman…you’re breaking up with Ajay and singing praises to the other guy?! C’MON!), Ajay’s Mom comes in with the wedding sari. Cue emotional atyaachar, childhood memories and orphan guilt. The cassette is forgotten and Pooja starts preparing for the impending wedding.

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Ajay is hyper about the wedding and totally blind to Pooja’s sourface.

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On the day of the performance Rahul decides to come out of left field and starts asking questions that were NOT part of the play.

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Pooja, Maya…who can keep track?

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AHA! Ajay has found the break-up cassette!

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But no drama…He’s cool with the Rahul angle and just wants Pooja to be happy!

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There was NO chance for another ending here.

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Picture abhi baki hai, mere dost! *wink wink, nudge nudge*.

Dil To Pagal Hai (Photo Recap Pt.1)

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 SRK romance.

Not to confuse the gullible audience, our movie starts with the mission statements of the leads.

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She believes in soulmates, chocolate hearts and eternal love.

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He thinks romantic love is BS.

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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.

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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!

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Your white salwar kameez WILL get grass stains.

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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.

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Of course, all his daydreaming is intercut with Pooja dancing around like a loony, to make sure we UNDERSTAND that “Maya =  Pooja”.

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Just to drive home the point that Pooja and Rahul are meant to be, they ALMOST meet three times before they ACTUALLY meet.

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One of these instances involves fitting rooms.

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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.

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Rahul is giving the Mother of all eye-rolls to VDay.

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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.

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Of course, Pooja gets a wrong phone call just before midnight, thus solidifying her mystic and God-ordained future love.

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The next day Pooja gets a surprise visitor – Ajay, her lazy childhood friend!

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When Ajay’s short visit is over, he proposes marriage to her.

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Driven by friendly affection Pooja non-verbally accepts the proposal.

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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).

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Boozing it up leads to some straight-up realness from Nisha.

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The general attitude is “Let’s just pretend that never happened.”

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However, to add injury to humiliation, poor Nisha sprains her ankle during rehearsal.

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The lead dancer is injured, vanity project is under threat…so it’s time for some DRUMS for Rahul.

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And who is it dancing next door to the sound of his freestyle beats? Pooja, of course!

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Part 2