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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Us waqt tumhaare paas choice naheeN thii

Film : Road
Year of release : 2002
Spoken by : Babu (Manoj Bajpai)
Spoken to : Lakshmi (Antara Mali)

This was a line that I was looking for a long long time. It has special relevance for me. I will tell you why, later.
Road is a thriller which, as the name suggests, revolves around a road journey which becomes a nightmare. Babu, a criminal, takes a lift from Arvind (Vivek Oberoi) and Lakshmi. Halfway through the journey, he hijacks the Tata Safari along with Lakshmi, leaving Arvind stranded in the middle of the highway. He also develops a liking for Lakshmi and asks her would she have chosen Arvind if she had met both Babu and Arvind at the same time. As he puts it while describing the situation,
"तो तुम किसे पसन्द करतीं, उसे...या मुझे...उस वक़्त तुम्हारे पास चॉइस नहीं थी...सोच में पड़ गयी ना, जब चुनने का वक़्त आया...चॉइस चॉइस की बात है"

"to tum kise pasand karteeN, use ya mujhe...us waqt tumhaare paas choice naheeN thii. soch meN paD gayeeN naa, jab chunane kaa waqt aayaa. choice choice kee baat hai"
I have worked in the insurance industry where for over 50 years, the customers had only one service provider - LIC. And while peddling the private insurers products I often tell people, that they bought LIC when they did because
उस वक़्त उनके पास चॉइस नही थी

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