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When Saif Ali Khan-Rani Mukerji were the new Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol: Revisiting those Hum Tum days

The early 2000s was a definite section for Hindi cinema. Put up Dil Chahta Hai, our understanding of what constituted as ‘fashionable’ had modified dramatically. Saif Ali Khan emerged as the brand new poster boy of coolness, because of the Farhan Akhtar directorial. Wanting again, it seems that Yash Raj Movies tried to seize that altering expression of modernity of their movies by way of their characters, actors and places and it had fairly an impression on that period of Hindi movies. It was on this period that Saif Ali Khan loved the uber-cool ‘metrosexual’ persona and Rani Mukerji was the lady with a midas contact.

To color an image, this was a time when YRF made motion pictures like Hum Tum and Tara Rum Pum the place relationships appeared fashionable, however had been backed by the normal filmy pyaar. They made motion pictures like Salaam Namaste and Saathiya that had been primarily love tales, however had been offered as a brand new tackle Bollywood rom-coms. Love tales or romcoms aren’t the ‘it’ style anymore however watching Saif and Rani within the promos of Bunty Aur Babli 2, we will’t assist however look again on the times when the twenty first century was taking off, and the thought of romance and relationships in Hindi motion pictures was beginning to evolve.

Rani Mukerji and Saif Ali Khan turned the ‘it’ couple after Hum Tum.

It was on this section of the early 2000s that Saif Ali Khan discovered a brand new lease of life within the movie enterprise and Rani Mukerji solidified her picture because the girl-next-door. For Saif and Rani, their first outing collectively was as Karan and Rhea in Hum Tum and it turned out to be an entire recreation changer. Saif’s ‘Tom Cruise look’ acquired him his first Nationwide Movie Award and for Rani, who was already the reigning Bollywood queen on the time, this movie gave her an opportunity to showcase her mature, emotional facet. As they fought one another in ‘Ladki Kyu Na Jane Kyu’, their infectious power gave the movie an upbeat begin. At this level, it appeared that they might be the brand new SRK-Kajol.

In each decade, Hindi cinema is seeking to discover its new excellent jodi and since SRK and Kajol had reached that standing with Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, the hunt for the subsequent excellent display pairing was on. And it appeared like they match the mildew completely. Very like SRK, Saif had the expertise to be witty and play a romantic lead and Rani was the lady whose display presence was fairly harking back to Kajol within the 90s. Hum Tum was additionally one of many first movies the place Saif registered successful with out every other male lead within the movie.

bunty aur babli Bunty Aur Babli starred Rani Mukerji and Abhishek Bachchan.

They might have been the ‘it’ jodi of the time however quickly Bunty Aur Babli launched and Rani Mukerji-Abhishek Bachchan had been every little thing the followers had been speaking about. A lot in order that when Rani’s character leaves Abhishek’s character in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, it was a tough capsule to swallow for the viewers.

Saif and Rani returned collectively on display in Sidharth Anand’s Tara Rum Pum, which appeared just like the story of the identical two characters that we noticed in Hum Tum. In fact, the names had been totally different, and the professions had been totally different however when it comes to their visible aesthetic, it appeared like these folks had been all from the identical universe. By the point, this movie rolled round, the novelty of the city love story was beginning to fade however Saif and Rani nonetheless had sufficient charisma to drag off a narrative that, in hindsight, wasn’t all that spectacular.

By the point they appeared collectively in Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, which was helmed by Kunal Kohli, it appeared just like the magic that they as soon as had was now gone. A bizarre mixture of Hum Hain Raahi Pyaar Ke and Mary Poppins, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic was a fantasy that didn’t actually agree with the viewers of 2008.

Now, 13 years later, Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji are again collectively for a sequel of Bunty Aur Babli which ought to ideally have had Abhishek Bachchan within the lead position, however that’s a dialogue for one more day. Saif and Rani had been the SRK-Kajol for the early aughts for a sizzling minute and watching them be what they had been a long time in the past is only a candy reminder of the time after they had been humorous, romantic and simply magic on display.

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