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Monday, August 18, 2008

Itnee dostii nahee hai ki vajah bataa sakooN

Film: Laagaa Chunri mein Daag
Year of release: 2008
Spoken by : Vibhavari (Rani Mukherjee)
Spoken to : Rohan (Abhishek Bachchan)

Normally most of the complimentary comments that I get are for posts pertaining to the 1970s (or earlier). I do feature newer lines too, but even when I write them, my heart is not entirely in it.

But this is one line from a new film which left an indelible mark on me. I found tears welling up in my eyes (inspite of myself).

Vibhavari is a high society call girl and her family has no clue about it. Her family thinks she has a corporate communications job with the private sector - and that is the source of her new found wealth. Her corporate avatar has also resulted in a new name. She is now called Natasha in the corporate circles. Her younger sister Shubhaavari (Konkona Sen Sharma) aka ChhuTkee, is getting married to a 'decent upper middle class' boy called Vivaan (Kunal Kapoor). During the marriage ceremony, she comes to know that Rohan (Abhishek Bachchan) is Vivaan's elder brother. Vibhavari has already met Rohan in Switzerland on one of her corporate junkets and hit off with him. But she goes into a tizzy when Rohan proposes to her. Rohan is exasperated as he can think of no reason why she cannot marry him. He is educated, well-heeled and most importantly the two of them have a great rapport. So he says that he at least deserves to know why she is rejecting him. Or as he puts it

"इतनी दोस्ती तो है हम मे कि तुम वजह बता सको"

To which Vibhavari says poignantly and pithily

"इतनी दोस्ती नहीं है रोहन कि वजह बता सकूं"

There are many times when friends importune you to tell them the reason for something, essentially because they are friends. A great line to use at all such junctures.

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