Rootha na karo and an epiphany

[Spoilers ahead]

Many of the romantic movies (mostly Indian) I have seen concentrate all their efforts into trying to show us, the audience, the blossoming of romance. How exactly the hero falls in love with the heroine, their awkward initial meetings and so on. And often, this effort is not very successful and the dialogues decay soon into cliches or stilted prose which take the scene further and further away from any semblance of reality.

An epiphany I had while watching “Rootha na karo” (a mostly sweet film starring Shashi (who else!) and Nanda) is that the audience is willing to accept any premise any movie sets up in the beginning.

If you show us Lalita Pawar being saint like and sweet with a heart of gold, we will accept her as a martyr and not doubt your words. If you tell us that Pran in a blond wig grinning leeringly is the vilest villain on earth, we will not question you. And so, we will be even readier to believe a young happy couple on screen to be deeply in love, if you simply tell us so.

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This is the exactly note on which Rootha na karo starts (er. no saintly Lalita Pawar/blond Pran but a lovely Nanda and Shashi) Thus avoiding the necessity to show us awkward pehla pyar scenes and instead jumping right away into light hearted banter and a song between the lead pair who are staging a mock fight.

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The movie is delightfully simple and straight forward. It is about Nanda, a young beautiful and very rich girl and Shashi, a hot shot photographer who’s not so rich (but not in destitute poverty either), her sweetheart from college. The effervescence and the camaraderie which the lead pair can exhibit is precisely because the movie presumes them to be a steady couple since college and doesn’t bother trying to justify the assertion.

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Nanda has a malicious cousin, Naaz (the only complaint I have is the background score that accompanies Naaz whenever she makes an appearance and her “Poor girl!” dialogue for no rhyme or reason) who’s perpetually trying to poison Nanda’s mind against Shashi by pouring words of suspicion against our poor hero. Rajendra Nath as Nanda’s brother and Shashi’s friend also adds to the fun… Even their body language in each scene gels with the familiarity their characters are supposed to enjoy. They all look so convincing as a bunch of college-mates, who are still together. And I guess it’s just because the movie simply doesn’t try to convince us of this.

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The screenwriting is also really decent and the dialogues of Shashi and Nanda are very down to earth, except when Nanda wants Shashi to convince her of his love (which is acceptable). And though the reunion happens at the airport, this is one of the few films where the heroine reaches the airport after the plane has departed. Don’t worry, it’s still a happy ending !

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