Internet, you sweet, sweet thing Imaging: Tapasri Saha
It's been 30 years since Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla's debut film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak released. A film that instantly put the two on the map — the chocolate boy and the bubbly girl — an image the two would both cherish and then fight to get out of in the years to come. But that's a subject for another story.
Assuming that all of you have watched the film, or read the book that inspired it — William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet — or both, here's a tiny refresher of the storyline.
Boy meets girl and they fall madly in love without realising that they belong to the family of their arch-rivals. They eventually find that out but love trumps hatred. Or so they'd think. Their families find out, do everything in their way to try to separate the lovebirds, but fail. Consumed by rage, girl's father wants to get boy killed, but his hired henchmen kill girl instead. Consumed by love, boy commits suicide. Hatred wins on Earth but love reunites in heaven.
It is at times like these that you find yourself unwittingly yell 'bullshit' for having wasted three hours of your life that you will never get back. And it is at times like these that you thank the good people who, with the help of all the science stuff, gave us technology. For let's face it, if Raj (Aamir) and Rashmi (Juhi) had Internet back then, this wouldn't have happened, right?
Raj loves music and he's a very good singer, too (thanks to Udit Narayan, of course). If he had Internet, he'd be our in-house Justin Beiber. Which means tons of followers on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and the likes. Rashmi, on the other hand, is no social media icon, but she knows of Raj. Because duh, who doesn't?
Raj decides to make a trip to Dhanakpur to take care of some old family property they own in the place. He tweets his travel plans and Rashmi, along with all his social media fans, gets to know of it. He arrives in Dhanakpur and he checks-in on Facebook. Again, the world is a witness. On the home front, Raj and Rashmi have grown up with the knowledge of their feuding families. Of course, the two have never met, but they know the rest of the family through bitter anecdotes and by Googling the names of their arch-enemies. You think Rashmi doesn't know Raj is Dhanraj Singh's son? Umm ya, she does, from the Father's Day photos he put up on Instagram.
Okay, so Raj doesn't know Rashmi. So when he finds himself attracted to her, he does what every guy does — stalk her on Facebook. A thorough look at her photos and even Raj has figured out by now that Rashmi is Randhir Singh's daughter.
That's it. The end. Come back next Friday for a new film. The final titles roll in and you get a glimpse of what Raj and Rashmi are up to right now. They're on Tinder, swiping right and left hoping to find a match. And in due time they will, too. It's just so much better than getting killed in the name of honour. And pretending that love never dies even though mortal bodies may.