Rab Ne...as A Product Of Mass Culture

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Enter Raj, our comic relief (or so they were hoping) who is full of life and can say things to her that mild-mannered Suri would never dream of. In the end, owing to the lack of any real opposition (a villain, an integral part of any Bollywood movie), Suri becomes his own worst enemy. His alter ego Raj seems to be doing a whole lot better with his wife; getting her to feel things that the traditionalist Suri never could. He wants his wife to love him for who he is, without having to change just to make her happy. Because, in the end, he’s the man and therefore feels it’s his right to demand his wife’s full loyalty, even if staying married to him as Suri and not Raj makes her miserable. Predictably, all ends well, and I’ll leave it at that.

The common man’s hero is the recurring theme in almost all the movies of the last 5 years. The need for a relatable character, after a decade of romantic heroes that magically have everything work out for them, what with their superhuman strength and financial and social successes, was never felt more than at present. With movies like Dasvidanya and Khosla ka Ghonsla on offer, a Rab ne seems to be the most logical choice for Chopra after his eight-year-long hiatus in that the subject was not wholly original, and the way in which it was handled, on the whole, was just a little too simple. Also prevalent in the movie, is the triumph of the ordinary over the super. That is, just as Clark Kent takes of his glasses and is transformed from an average Joe into the world’s most powerful man, so our Suri (Sharukh) transforms into a fun-loving, philosophizing jock, from the more conventional engineer, a reference to most Indian men of this decade. Every person dreams of being more than they could ever be and here is where wish fulfilment comes in ' a means of fulfilling that dream through a character in a film who is just like you or me. Except, View More »

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