Romance – The word itself has a very gushy feeling. Romance is a kind of a charm or fascination associated with anything that attracts us in the most alluring manner.
Romance is in the monsoon rain, in the typical smell of mud after the first rain of the year, it’s in the sunset and the sunrise, in the clouds, in the poems, in the stories and in all of those R.D Burman songs that we have grown up hearing.
Funny part is, for some people romance is there even in the food they have on their plate.
But today, somehow with the change in time, our fast paced and technologically upgraded life, our definition of romance has changed. It’s no longer that poetic, rhythmic, simple yet beautiful.
While inventing all the short cuts to lead our lives, we have somehow found short cuts to romance also and that’s the reason why love stories have lost that innocence, purity and virtue in today’s world.
Back in 90’s when films like Hum Aapke Hai Kaun, DDLJ, Maine Pyar Kiya, Dil, Saajan, Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke, Pardes and likewise films released, somehow these films had that innocence of love, the virtue of that relationship, the purity of first, true and selfless love attached to them. And sadly, in today’s films, those very things are missing. May be because, popular notion about ‘love’ is no longer the same. Today’s generation gets into a relationship and breaks up at the same speed as their instant messages take to get delivered on whatsapp.
Our love stories have become diluted now, that innocence and simplicity is missing. Today we talk about complications of relationships and those complications majorly rule our actions, reactions and decisions in life and in return every action, reaction and decision are also complicated.
Rewind your mind and count how many pure, unadulterated and innocent love stories you have witnessed on screen in the last 5 years? The number will either be nil or negligible.
Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai fills the void here. Somehow while watching the show recently and seeing Naina and Sameer’s virtuous and innocent love, I tried to look around myself trying to find a love like theirs around me, both in reel and in real.
In real it’s impossible as time has travelled a lot, it would be foolish to expect today’s kids to love like they do.
But in reel too, both small screen and big screen, it’s rather difficult to find a simple, connecting, relatable love story where even a hand holding scene is such a big deal to expect everyday but still somehow it makes you smile and blush hard! Because today’s reel depicts the real just like during 90s, the reel depicted the real.
So when in the late 1990s, Shah Rukh Khan said in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai that ‘Pyar Dosti Hai’ (Love Is Friendship), the then young generation’s heart fluttered and they just got a damn good fitting phrase from SRK to word their feelings better. The phrase became a hit because that’s what the youth of then believed in.
Today we don’t get such phrases anymore that somehow successfully become the romantic anthems for the youth. The terms ‘Dosti’ and ‘Pyar’ both have prefix, suffix or categories attached to them now. For example – BFF or Friends With Benefits, BAE, It’s Complicated and likewise.
Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai’s recent scenes truly gives vibes of a pure, beautiful and rather simple relationship and love that Sameer and Naina share. In an era of complicated relationships, their simplicity simply blows away the mind.
Their recent first bike ride had a lot of dramatic elements attached to it. From India-Pakistan’s match to directly facing Naina’s father, the sequence had it all. But what stood out among everything was – Naina’s putting her bag in between them on the bike and Sameer’s innocent wish to get her hands on his shoulder during the ride.
The expectations from your lover also used to be so minimal and unblemished during that era that it makes you smile effortlessly. Loving, growing in love, loving while growing, loving without even imagining any physical contact is the major essence of the show. The chemistry flicks without even any touch….contd.