Cult and commercial Bollywood hit, Dil Chahta Hai (DCH), made two important changes in the final script. One, the character of Aamir Khan’s lover, played by Priety Zinta, was supposed to be a woman with disability and second: Saif Ali Khan’s character was supposed to be a woman.
But the producers refused to fund DCH till these ‘anomalies’ were corrected. And the rest, as the lazy moron says, is history.
The ‘corrected’ film went on to become one of the greatest hits of the world ever. Thank heavens, then, that writer-director Farhan Akhtar made the changes. For without it, the film would have flopped, right?
Well, as expected, the above gossip is, well purely gossip. The final film is as the original script was and I am guilty as charged about beating the filmy PR people (who excel in fantastical stories) in their own game.
But, do tell me, did the two changes mentioned above, give you a moment’s pause? Did it make you wonder about a scenario where Priety Zinta indeed navigated Mumbai in a wheelchair and where the naïve Saif Ali Khan was played by say a naïve Soha Ali Khan? Or do you hear yourself telling me: “Bromance between a girl and two boys? What are you smoking, dude?”
What I smoked, is a film called Bangalore Days, the biggest Malayalam hit of the year, all things considered, and running to packed houses over a month after its release (and still running successfully in places like Delhi and Mumbai in its subtitled version).
To put things into perspective, if you were to look at it in terms of Bollywood crores, this film would have done Rs 500 crore business by now.
Bangalore Days is a zany, peppy and fun film. It is the story of the bromance between three cousins (two guys and one girl), their fun in Bangalore city (considering they are pure bred Malayalees – desperate to go out when in Kerala and more desperate to get back once out), their complicated romances and their coming of age in their own sweet ways.
As you rightly observed, it is a standard bromance formula film of which India’s most famous version is Dil Chahta Hai with other commercially successful contenders being Zindagi Na Milegi Doobara, Kai Po Che, Delhi Belly and Pyaar Ka Punchnama.
In Picture: Who says a girl can't be part of the gang? The three musketeers in Bangalore Days