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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Isiiliye to paidal jaa rahe ho

Kamal Kapoor was a lesser known relative of Raj Kapoor. In the movie Don, he plays Narang who is instrumental in getting Jasjeet (Pran) back into the folds of crime. In Farhan Akhtar’s 2006 version, Pavan Malhotra essays the role of Narang.

Jasjeet is an ace safecracker who is now going straight. He works in a circus as a trapeze artist. As an aside, this is a very funny costume that Jasjeet puts on – a black underwear on an all white body hugging dress. You can safely be expected to laugh for 93 minutes after seeing this costume once. Of course, you could laugh longer if you have the lung power. On his way back from one such performance, Narang accosts him. Narang is sitting in an expensive car. He offers Jasjeet another safecracking job. Jasjeet responds in characteristic Pran style

नही नारंग मै दूसरे रास्ते जा रहा हू
Kamal Kapoor retorts with the classic

इसीलिये तो पैदल जा रहे हो

This is Bollywood’s reference to the classic Robert Frost poem ‘The road not taken’

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference

Of course, the meaning has been slightly inverted by Narang here, though he is suggesting clearly that it is the road taken by Jasjeet, that has made all the difference.

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