Jab we met...this one's for you, Kareena!

[Forgive me for sounding so self-centered in a third consecutive post. When I named this blog theBollywoodFan, my intent was to focus on you and on us, the Bollywood fans. That intent remains intact, of course.]

Call it what you may. An inflection point. A paradigm shift. A game changer. That is what Lagaan (2001) meant to my movie-watching career (for what it's worth). That same year also featured another famous period film -- Asoka -- starring another famous Khan (you know who). While Asoka did not do too well at the box office (I certainly don't mean to compare it, or anything else, to Lagaan; that would be unfair), I really liked it largely due to a fantastic performance by one of my favorite actresses (following that film is when she cemented her place among my favorites) as noted in this post (hint: her name begins with a 'K', and she is related to Shammi Kapoor). Ever since, I have been a loyalist.

Today was an exciting and memorable day and made a July to remember significantly more significant, for I met her! I cannot reveal much, so do forgive. But I can say that she looks as stunningly beautiful in person (perhaps even more so) as she does on camera, with or without make-up. She is looking forward to working with Aamir Khan soon in a comedy flick. And I am so looking forward to framing my pictures and autographed memorabilia ;)

Am I bowled over or what?!

This was what I was thinking of, jab we met. All the adjectives apply. And especially to the Kareena in the wardrobe I think suits her best. Enjoy the song. In the mean time, I'll dance along while hoping to present this dance by Shahid at the next wedding in my extended family ;)

A special thank you to Ms. Kapoor, who was really just a fun person to be around. Thanks are also definitely in order for the people who made this possible (perhaps the same who made this possible). You know who you are, and although you might think my obsession with Bollywood is slightly unhealthy, I truly appreciate what you did for me today.


Anonymous said...

VAY! This is a very interesting post, bhaisaab. Very telling, yet mysterious. Perhaps one day you will reveal more. I like the song, it appeals to my inner Punjabi, and Shahid is a marvelous dancer. Here is my tribute to Kareena in the same movie:


All the best,

memsaab said...

Cool! The film she was talking about with Aamir is my friend Raju Hirani's next (3 Idiots) :-) I think they start filming in September/October.

It's bound to be a good one.

theBollywoodFan said...

Adab Sita-ji! It was amazing to meet and converse with her. Some day, I do hope to discuss some more.

Shahid is a marvelous dancer. That Nagada Baja dance is not the easiest at all, as one can see. :) Love your tribute to Kareena.


theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Memsaab: Yes, 3 Idiots should be exciting. I can't wait to it, and I'll be waiting a while of course. That it features Aamir and Kareena is enough to warrant excitement! Your 'friend' Raju Hirani...if possible, do elaborate! ;)

Here's a related news piece, and here's another.

ajnabi said...

Oh my goodness, you met Kareena! I am currently green with jealous. :-D

Anonymous said...

I look forward to when you tell us more. I don't see how you were even able to speak! I would have been tremendously star struck.

Wow memsaab, that's also very cool.

Fast forward a couple years, me talking with bollywood fans at some event:
"Yeah, my blog dosto, memsaab-ji and nawab theBollywoodFan couldn't make it tonight, they're at the filmfare awards with Kareena and Raju Hirani. Yes, they are both recipients of translation awards for multiple films. It's a new catagory."

Queen Dido said...

As one who is African-American on the outside and Punjabi on the inside, I was SOOO pleased with Jab We Met. I think it was one of Kareena's best performances (if not her best).

Nagada Nagada is my favorite song to watch because it's so full of energy, but Mauja Mauja is my favorite to dance to.

BollywoodFan.... please. Bataao. Kaise Kareena ko milte hain aapne?

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Ajnabi: Thanks for stopping by. It surely was one of the biggest highlights of my 'career' as a Bollywood fan. That I have been her fan for a while made it even more special!

Sita-ji: What made speaking to Kareena easier was her attitude, which was the inverse of her character 'Pooja' in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001). For some reason, several people still seem to think she's as arrogant as Pooja was, but my experience was really quite different. Besides, it doesn't take much to figure that out if one has been following her career.

One thing I forgot to tell her was that I absolutely loved her sister's acting in Raja Hindustani. But given that she knew I am an Aamir fan, she probably deduced that anyway.

You honor me too much by calling me 'nawaab'. It sounds so royal. But I'll be careful to not let that get to my head, lest I aim to lose any iota of credibility in Kareena's eyes ;)

Okay, okay, I did think she could gain just a bit more weight, but of course I wouldn't dare tell her that!

The translation awards sound so cool...love it! Some day, I'll request you be on my advisory board :)

Hi Queen Dido: Thank you for your comment. Agree with you on Jab We Met being one of her best performances. I didn't realize how powerful Nagada Baja was until I listened to Asha Bhosle sing it. It is so full of energy. And Mauja hi Mauja is an excellent dance track. It's held its appeal through the months, and I reckon it will continue to for a while.

All: This IMDB page offers the most obvious clue.

PS: Avoiding use of the name of the project etc. (for now at least), to avoid showing up in web searches. It's such a sin in marketing, I swear, but it'll have to do because of my commitment to not have the project garner too much attention (as requested) as yet. :)

Anonymous said...

Adab theBollywoodFanShri, looks like your new proximity to Hollywood has put you very close to Bollywood. Maybe you will be an extra in this "secret" project mentioned on your IMDB link here?Maybe you can slip the lovely Kareena some ghee rich food or pop a ladoo or 2 into her mouth when she's distracted so that she can bulk up a bit. :) Keep us posted bhaisaheb.

All the best,

theBollywoodFan said...

Adab Sita-ji! How I would love to be in the film some how. If only work schedules permitted even comprehending that (let alone giving it a shot)!

It is pretty cool being close to Hollywood, I must admit. Laddoos and ghee...yum...Kareena is known to like paraathas, by the way.

Speaking of paraathas...I cannot believe I still give in to them. Earlier tonight was a classic example. So I finally get my gym routine on track, and with one paraatha, put on the calories I had burned in 30 minutes on an elliptical last night. My profession doesn't require much pizazz at all, and I still feel guilty...oh, well.

Anonymous said...

Good to know she likes paraathas, how could anyone not? I understand all too well the calculation of a few bites quickly negating a workout. In Minneapolis we have several lakes right in the city and I walk around one most every day, which is 3 miles. I often think after eating something delicious, that its consumption = a lake walk.

All the best,

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Sita-ji: You give me hope! It's great that you have lakes in the city, and even better that you take routine lake walks! There's nothing quite like some form of outdoor activity. Here's to more of a Kareenatic diet for us all! LOL...just realized that if I were to ever start a blog devoted to Kareena (not happening, but hypothetically speaking), it would be called 'Kareenatic' =)

The Central Library has Bommarillu. I'm so ready for next weekend already =)

Anonymous said...

Nawab theBollywoodFan,

If not a 'Kareenatic' blog spin off, you could maybe do a
'Kareenatic' page on this blog. Glad to hear that the library has Bommarillu and that you're going to watch it. I think you'll like it. You know same old story, but always a new twist that can take you by surprise. There will be a shocking thight slap to the face in there, but you won't see it coming! I look forward to hearing your impression of it.

All the best,

theBollywoodFan said...

Adab Sita-ji: Great idea, thank you! I'll hope to have the page up soon.

Look forward to Bommarillu. A tight slap at an unpredictable stage sounds like fun! =) Excited to see another movie with Genelia!

Nicki said...

I'm just going through some of your old blogs

I looooved Jab We Met. Kareena is one of my faves and I used to hate her so much, hahaha. I think it has a lot to do with her hype with the Kapoor last name.

If you like Jab We Met, you should watch Korean romantic comedies.

I didn't write much about it on my blog though


theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Nicki: There was a Kareena interview last year in which she said that the majority of people seemed to think that she was like her character in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, in real life. Not true! :)

Like your write-up, and agree with your assessment. Kareena finally got her due with it. And I miss Karisma, of course.

I have never seen a Korean movie (let alone a romantic comedy), but if there was one you would recommend I start with, which would it be?

Thanks for stopping by.