'Jim, you listen me! If she only your friend, why she no see you in drawing-room like proper lady? Why bedroom? Me allow in drawing-room, with me. If you want to go up bed-room and me no there, me make scandal straight away, me yell Lucie your mistress, me say me your poor fiancy. Me make big scene. No good reputation Lucie.'
It contains shades of Bollywood too! =)
This made me think of my favorite love triangles in Bollywood. Staying true to the 'tri' in triangle, I'll restrict myself to three selections (in no specific order) and a couple of honorable mentions. Do share your thoughts, favorites and recommendations.
-- Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
Rani Mukherjee - Shah Rukh Khan - Kajol
Salman Khan - Kajol - Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh has been in his fair share of love triangles. Darr, Dil To Pagal Hai, Devdas, Kal Ho Na Ho, Om Shanti Om, Paheli, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (KANK). All right, so maybe KANK was a 'love square' (did I just coin a term?), but the sum of the angles of two triangles is equal to the sum of the angles of a square, so this works -- and yes, Shah Rukh, I *am* smarter than a fifth grader!
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is one of my favorite love triangles. Who can forget Rani with the guitar, Kajol playing basketball in a saree (and looking mighty stunning at that), Johnny Lever at his best, Salman Khan's role, and Neelam's special appearance? And of course, Shah Rukh playing a somewhat indecisive but always-passionate college student and single father. While Shah Rukh won people over with his dance in Koi Mil Gaya, I struggled to find an administrator to let me perform alongside a female vocalist and sing this song for a music competition at the all-boys high school I attended, only to end up singing a song in English (by Boyzone) in protest. Yes, Boyzone. What was I thinking...?
-- Lagaan (2001)
Gracy Singh - Aamir Khan - Rachel Shelley
Lagaan (to me, the only perfect film ever made -- maybe not, Bhuvan should have had a beard given that Champaner had no water, but that's forgivable) had everything, not the least important of which was the Bhuvan-Ghauri-Elizabeth triangle. While it was not the centerpiece of the plot, this triangle did serve as an important catalyst to the outcome of the cricket game. What would the Lagaan XI be without Elizabeth?
The scene atop the hill, with Bhuvan yelling 'aur maai ko bhi tu hi pasand hai' is immortal, much like the songs Radha Kaise Na Jale and O Ri Chhori are. And Captain Russell yelling, "What's so special about them that makes you go against your own brother?". Classic.
-- Saajan (1991)
Salman Khan - Madhuri Dixit - Sanjay Dutt
Madhuri was at her powerful best. The scene I cannot forget is the one in which she discovers Salman and Sanjay discussing who should be with her. There was a boldness about her response that made it one for the ages. In retrospect, I might not have appreciated the confidence and what seemed like a firm belief in Madhuri's comments in that scene had I not attended this event (Lisa, if you ever read this, thank you).
It was the first time I was in a room full of people where about five percent of the attendees were men and the rest women. While I certainly never complained about being in that situation, it did serve as an eye-opener of what it must be like for women leaders (in just about any industry), especially since the overwhelming majority of corporate leaders are men. The experience made me a better person. Oh, and definitely more appreciative of Madhuri Dixit and her ability to make dialog stick in my head!
-- Andaz (1949)
Raj Kapoor - Nargis - Dilip Kumar
The only reason Andaz is not listed in the top three is that I do not have near the amount of memories associated with it. Suffice it to say that this is an exceptional film that stars some exceptional actors. Tu Kahe Agar by Mukesh is a fantastic song!
-- Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
Ajay Devgan - Aishwarya Rai - Salman Khan
There were several excellent bits to this film. The music, plot, performances, and chemistry between Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan that was sadly never duplicated.