The recent promos of Bachna Ae Haseeno ("BAH"- heeh) remind me very strongly of Teen Deviyan (1965), and I suspect that it will be similar to the 60s classic which I love, despite... well read on and see.
Title: Teen Deviyan (lit: The 3 gentlewomen/ladies)
Cast: Dev Anand, Nanda, Simi Garewal, Kalpana.
Devdutt Anand (Dev Anand- yup he used his own name- I love it when they do that!) is a regular guy who works for I.S. Johar (yes, him too) in a music instrument's store. There seem to be a lot of Bolly movies from the 50s-60s where the heros had that specific occupation- I wonder why.
Dev is also a poet, and he begins to gain some popularity. His personal life is also looking up, with the advent of cute neighbor Nanda- one of the very few times where I really liked the woman- btw- she has a humonguous behind- seriously :)
But Dev has also other fish to fry: movie star Kalpana (so beautiful!) and Radha (Simi- drop dead gorgeous). Both of these women are attracted to him as well, and now it is up to Dev: who will he go with? Isnt it obvious? It speaks to the chauvanistic attitude of the movie makers that he goes for the most non-threatening of the three :S
Despite this, the movie is utterly charming, the songs are wonderful and its really just light, frothy fun.
Which brings me to "Bachna Ae Haseeno"- unless I am completely off base, it seems to me to have a striking resemblance to Teen Deviyan, as noted in the various promos. And I really am looking forward to seeing it- I like all the actors involved, and I do have a kind-of-a-feeling about this one....
But back to Teen Deviyan.
1- Dev Anand, in all his narcissistic, hair flipping glory- I love, I love.
2- Simi and Kalpana I find amazingly beautiful- and even Nanda is so quietly graceful here. I found that Kalpana killed herself in later years, which is terribly sad.
3- The narrative flows really well. I wish I could post some screenshots, but the dvd died after 1 viewing (huh?!) :(
4- Last but not the least, UTTERLY amazingly sweet songs. I found what I could on you-tube, for your listening pleasure :D
- Khwab ho tum ya koi haqeeqat (lit: Are you a dream or for real...)
- Aise to na dekho, kahin humko nasha ho jaye (lit: Do not look at me in that manner- I may get intoxicated...)
- Arre yaar meri, tum bhi ho gazab (lit: my friend/lover- you are a wonder..)
- Likha hai teri aankhon mein, kiska afsaana (lit: Whose dreams do you carry in your eyes...)
- Uf kitni thandi hai rut, sulge hai tanhai meri (lit: In this winter of my loneliness...)
- The hint of chauvanistic attitude in the movie's conclusion :)
Last Word: Just watch it already, if you havent yet!