While Joe is trying to tackle economic concerns and did his share to influence votes, Surinder will tackle matters of the heart while trying to convince us that all lovers are special. It's a theme with universal appeal, and who better than Shah Rukh the Pervasive Loverboy to play Surinder?
If a love story involves marriage (it seems this will) and fiduciary responsibilities and political tendencies that inherently factor in (unless my definition of critical intangibles in marriage is hopelessly flawed), it's not that bad a comparison, right? There's even a political undertone to the tag line, there is an extraordinary love story in every ordinary jodi. A quote from our President-Elect, from this Times of India piece:
...I have always looked to Mahatma Gandhi as an inspiration, because he embodies the kind of transformational change that can be made when ordinary people come together to do extraordinary things.
Been listening to the soundtrack by Salim-Sulaiman. You can listen to all songs at this link, or download them from iTunes. They are typical of the genre (and cast), but one fun song in particular stands out -- Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte (Run into you later) by Sonu Nigam. It's a tribute to Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, and Rishi Kapoor. In addition to hoping for Amitabh Bachchan songs, I was hoping Dilip 'The Living Legend' Kumar would be in the mix, but that might have made some things too obvious; major gaffe avoided, Shah Rukh! :P
Preferences and biases aside, the song does contain lyrics from and allusions to some fantastic songs from the 1950s through 1980s. Figured it would be a fun exercise to try to identify them. When it isn't the lyrics, it is the music. Take a listen:
I'm not very familiar with music from these decades, and am certain I've missed a few. If you identify more, please leave a comment with the information, and I'll add it to the list (with credits, of course). Here are the ones I found (click to enlarge, open in new window/tab to follow along):
**This note added 11/16: Thank you Bollyviewer for noting the Raj Kapoor tribute contains a reference to Chhalia (1960), the Rajesh Khanna section to Kuch to log kahenge from Amar Prem (1971) and to the term 'Babu Moshaaye', his notable way of addressing Amitabh Bachchan's character in Anand (1971).**
Here's my YouTube playlist with the original songs in the sequence in which they appear in Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte. It's good for background noise, and I hope you find it of some value. Use the console to skip songs. It's also available at this YouTube link.
And finally, I found the title to the song interesting also because Hum Hain Raahi Pyaar Ke, Phir Milenge, and Chalte Chalte, was each the title for a film starring Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, and Shah Rukh Khan respectively.
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi really should be one of the better comedies of the year. I certainly hope it is. Regardless, at least it'll have lovely newcomer Anushka Sharma in wardrobe I'm most attracted to! ;)
Official website (and picture source): This link at the Yash Raj Films website.
Fun with words, a poem on Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008)