Did you just say Shah Rukh Khan was the first one from Bollywood to stick his neck out on tolerance (the lack of it, right?) in India? Look around, go watch Sooraj Barjatya’s Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, and you’ll realise how Salman ‘Sanskari Prem’ Khan beat King Khan to it. The film, which hit theatres on Thursday, is nothing but a never ending marathon of gyan on, well... tolerance!
Barjatya’s film teaches you to be tolerant to your killers, forgive those scheming against you. It asks you to be sympathetic to your haters, exhorts you to be sensitive to people who’re with you only for monetary benefits. The overdose of sanskari quotient in the film is simply unmissable, it’s so high that Babuji Alok Nath will today be a proud man: After all, he can always stake claim to teaching these values to both Salman and Barjatya in their first film together, Maine Pyar Kiya (though Biwi Ho To Aisi was Salman’s Bollywood debut, this one was his first as the lead).
Cut to 2015, and we even have a value add: Deepak Dobriyal and Salman’s second character Prem, as comic reliefs of sorts from the non-stop onslaught of sanskars!
But, hold. If you think it is all dark and preachy, there are some sparks in the film that will make you feel good about your own non-sanskari life. Just don’t forget to hold on to that big tub of popcorn though.
1. There is one right after the opening credits. A visitor tells prince Vijay Singh (Salman Khan), “Rajtilak is zamane me? Silly to nahi kahunga, but funny jarur hai.”
What Rajshri meant: We know it’s 2015 and you don’t really care about these rituals from pre-historic era but we’ll go ahead and make crores out of it. Anyways, you are the ones who pay us!
2. Don’t miss the most sanskari orgasm ever: Watching Salman woo his step-sister back gets Sonam Kapoor her best orgasm ever. (There is no other reason why she needs to run a mile, panting heavily, before breaking into the ‘iconic’ title song).
3. ‘Kya is mahal ki parampara behenon ki khushi se badhkar hai?’ Prem Dilwale’s smart replies to Anupam Kher’s gyan on traditions are just amazing. Try enjoying them in the context of the recent tolerance march led by Anupam.
Virgin bapu, immature bapu, kiddish bapu - these are just few of the pet names Prem Diwale has for Anupam Kher, the Deewan of the royal family.
4. This film proves yet again that Salman Khan can do ANYTHING. That he can dance to something that sounds like a vendor calling out to his customers on the railway stations (Thodi mathri wathri lete chalein, thodi chakri chiwda lete chalein) only reiterates what Salman’s huge fanbase already knows.
5. The only way to watch Salman-Sonam killing the elegance of the classic Mughal-E-Azam feather romance and yet live on is to laugh it off. Right before the song Jalte Diye, that is exactly what the duo does.
Salman Khan preaching about the importance of family, the liberal use of ‘Rajkumari ka sindoor’ as a reference to Salman the prince... the list is endless. We stop at five, do you have your own list? Share with us in the comment box below: