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Friday, November 10, 2006


Aashun tagged me. And it's an interesting one coz I think we all can list our favorite movies in one breath but how many of us remember particular scenes from movies? Meri memory ke baarein mein kitaabe nahi likhi gayi hai so I know that it sucks, but when it comes to fav scenes, my dimaag runs like Basanti's Dhanno so here goes...

1. Vivien Leigh, Gone with the wind: Vivien plays Scarlett O’Hara, the zesty, sexy, flirty gal who every guy desires. When Clarke Gable who plays Rhett Butler is leaving Scarlett, she begs in front of him something that is so uncharacteristic of her. But then just the next second she rises like a phoenix when she says, "I'll go home now, and I'll think of some way to get him back! After all, tomorrow is another day!" And there shines grit and resilience on her face. I love the way she says this historic line. Pure brilliance.
(BTW, the movie's poster is also one of my fav's- for me it signifies romance in a photo)

2. Madhu + Arvind, Roja: The scene where Madhu comes out of the shower wearing Arvind's sweater is just so damn cute. The way Arvind eyes her is oh so sexy. And the love making scene after all the nazar ka milna? Perfect.
(BTW, I heard that Arvind got divorced. Hmmm, opportunity knocking Kya?)

3. Julia Roberts + Richard Gere, Pretty Woman: The scene where they are both in the bathtub and Roberts asks for more money that Gere is willing to shell out. Roberts is sitting behind Gere and has her legs wrapped around Gere from the behind. When he asks the reason for her higher price, she goes like--"Honey, I'm 46" from waist to toe and that's 92 inches wrapped around you right now". Gere concedes with the sexiest smile a salt and pepper haired guy ever had. Bahut badhiya ;)

4. Saif Ali Khan, Dil Chahta Hai: The scene where Saif has forgotten his date with his girl friend Priya and is at Aamir's home. He is holding the phone and says one but after another--Goes something like par, lekin, magar, but ......... aakash ke ghar. When he says the last three words he looks maha hen-pecked and like a real bruised doggie. Very cute, Nah, CUTE :)

5. Aishwarya + Shahrukh, Devdas: I think this one would qualify as cliched but what the heck, I am going to list it anyway. The scene where they both laugh out loud after crying buckets on Ash's shaadi just makes me go all weepy-weepy. I don't believe that people should finish 100 bottles of daaru after one's love in 30 days days and die at 40, but something about Shahrukh in that movie and a couple of such scenes makes me believe in unconditional love. Too Qaatil!

6. Farhad and Daniel's daughter, Crash: The scene is chilling and refreshing both at the same time. Sounds paradoxical? It is. The entire movie is about perspectives and first impressions. In my view, this movie is a tight hard slap at the guy who said "First Impressions are the Last Impressions". The scene is played outside Daniel's house. Farhad is there to kill Daniel. Suddenly out of the blue, Daniel's 5 year old daughter (who BTW looks s0 angelic, it makes me wanna adopt! Seriously) Newayz, so the child runs out towards her dad but Farhad has already fired by then and the bullet hits the girl in her chest. The shock and guilt on Farhad's face and the anguish on Daniels is captured oh so beautifully. But then comes the absolute kicker of a scene. The girl just stands there- ALIVE. And both Farhad and Daniel along with the viewer is dumbstruck. How can that happen? Watch this movie for this scene and you won't forget it forever.

7. Sridevi + Anil Kapoor, Lamhe: The scene where Sri and Anil are celebrating Sri's b'day and Anil presents a necklace to Sri. The look in her eyes is oh so fab. And then she just turns and pulls her hair up with a giggle. Anil gets the cue and puts the necklace around her neck and she giggles some more. It's weird that I found this extremely cute in this scene whereas in other movies when Sri's giggles and her voice is as thin as a sevaiyya, she reminds me of those white little bakris that roamed near our school playground. But this scene has just the right proportion of horniness+innocence in Sri's eyes. Nice.

8. Aamir Khan, Sarfarosh: The scene where Aamir is lying in the hospital after breaking his legs and an intruder comes in to kill him. The way he chases that guy is pure grit. And then after successfully dealing with this guy he smiles slyly. His clothes are torn, his body is damaged but his grit is still intact. The conscience still shines through and his patriotism just makes me wanna say, Salaam!!

9. Mike Myers + Verne Troyer, Austin Powers: The scene where Dr. Evil (Myers) is sitting at the table with Mini Me (Troyer) sitting besides him and he is trying to say something when Mini Me interrupts. The way he says, Shhhhh and Mini Me goes but, I wanna say and Evil goes Shh and Shhhhhhh some more is just so hilarious. The scene ends with Evil laughing his evil laugh with his smallest finger between his teeth. Classic Powers, Classic Evil. Moi Loves It :)

It's a jumbled up list guys - going from Scarlett to Sri in a second but that's just how my dimaag works. Sorry :)

I tag sreicanth, psv, and chitrangada. And all those you want to do this fun tag!

Music: Bin tere sanam (remix)
Mood: Hopeful


Blogger PSV said...

dudette....I tagged u too in the blogs i read column ur name is Gujraatan in there..hehe..
Sarfarosh and Crash were my pic from the list...
ur list gives me an idea of coming up with my own list sometime...
Keep Blogging!

9:08 PM  
Blogger Aashun said...

One time I had an interview with Yahoo Movies! and one chap suddenly asked me to list my favourite movie scenes. I did a pretty good job, I guess because he and I talked about a particular scene from se7en for 15 mins. It was fun.
1. Gone with the wind: I have not seen the movie, because I want to read the novel first.
2. lol, I could picture her in my head desperately trying to cover her thighs.
3. Did she really say that? oh, my poor memory, anyway I've netflixed it again.
4. Pitega saala...
5. Sorry, No comment for SK.
6. Watch this movie for this scene and you won't forget it forever- you are so right.
7. Her voice is as thin as a sevaiyya - very well compared.
8. Yes, I remember that.
9. Netflixed.

You have done a nice job, Mugembo khush hua.

10:38 PM  
Blogger Chitrangada said...

wah wah what a list buddy ..I am sure that u had gala time while writing this post coz i can see loads of :) in ur post ..
and i agree its fun talking abt a particular scene that actually touched ur chord but this is absolutly ok if the other person cant see that ..and here I have seen those scenes again with from ur eyes and believe me i enjoyed alot :)

and pretty woman scene is my fav too :)

n yes new tag post will be posted soon :D

2:37 AM  
Blogger Life Lover said...

psv---> I need to check up your archives, find that tag and do it! BTW, gujrataan sounds neat, is that because I mentioned that I spent my childhood in Gujarat? :)

aashun---> Arre you just made me remember my other fav scene, its from Mr. India :) Chalo will add it to the list!!

chitrangada---> glad you enjoyed, waiting for a similar one on your blog :)

8:25 AM  
Blogger Strider said...

Wow your memory is astounding!

Nice scenes too!

11:32 PM  
Blogger Twisted DNA said...

Nice selection. "Gone with the wind," does it have to be on every girl's list? :P

But your memory is astounding. I thought nobody can be more movie obsessed than me :)

12:27 AM  
Blogger Di said...

U actually remember all of this...!!bravo.. :)

12:55 AM  
Blogger Bhuvanesh said...

i agree abt tat one.. fun chatting abt fav movies.. but i think i hav seen two and a half movies out of ur list.. roja (obviously, also very recently), dil chahta hai (only first half, since the ass translating it for me slept off mid way :( ) and pretty woman...

but i cant believe abt ur no.2.. u wud understand wat i m gushing abt, wen u chk out my post.. btw, arvind has applied for a divorce AND has been roaming around with someone else.. he he...

10:41 PM  
Blogger Inder said...

heard that aravind has now bloated up quite a bit and has lost a lot of hair :P

i remember saif's bruised doggie expression in another movie - hum tum. after the 'ladki kyon' song, rani beats up saif. saif sits in the flight to US with this bruished puppy face.

crash is a wonderful movie. the store keeper asking farhad's daughter something like, "do you know what they are?", when she buys the bullets. daniel coming up with the story about the impenetrable invisible cloak and putting it on his daughter. the kid rushing towards daniel saying that he doesn't have the cloak. they all add up an result in a gem of a scene. wow!

austin powers is bizarre fun :P

6:43 AM  
Blogger Life Lover said...

strider---> He he, except for bill payments my memory never fails me :)

twisted dna---> Ah, Gone with the wind you say? :) It is an amazing film and I think every woman secretly admires Scarlett's immense popularity with the opposite sex and her resilience. For me GWTW signifies classic brilliant cinema.

di---> haanji ;)

bhuvanesh---> my humble request to you my friend- hindi sikh lo!!! after that you can watch as many movies as you like without depending on some dumb translater :) BTW my mind is numb after hearing arvind's news ;)

inder---> ek aur jhatka, arvind fat and bald, tch tch ;) he he I remember that scene from hum tum and ofcourse the one that you described in crash. crash is one movie that I watched in total concentration and got so involved that it actually tired me out. pure brilliance. austin powers rocks, yahh baby! ;)

9:19 AM  
Blogger Sudipta Chatterjee said...

Oh... I soo missed your posts for long... I'm going to put you on my "Blogs I read" list. About this post, well yeah some of the scenes you describe are very vivid and quite touching. But I guess I am missing scenes from James Bond/ Terminator or the Matrix here: yeah I know typical guy thing :)

Anyway, I read that "He said she said" post, and found it really funny to think that someone would actually spend hours analysing what was not being said or what the body language was during the fight. But well... as you say, Mars and Venus are separated by at least one planet: Earth! :D

11:06 AM  
Blogger The Lonely Traveller said...

That's a nice collection of movie sequences that one wishes one were a part of.... ;-)

And as other's mentioned, you seem to have thouroughly enjoyed describing these..

I had a top 20 list of my own... I think I should post it sometime ;-)

Have FUN!
God Bless.

12:28 PM  
Blogger SEV said...

I could add so many to this list, I think I'll probably just make this a post/page in its own right.

Ah, the problem of watching too many movies :P

3:39 PM  
Blogger Isha said...

i love it ... how that girl runs up to her dad in crash coz she has "it" that will protect her dad.. its all so methodologically tied up .. with that arab guy's daughter buying blanks its absolutely poetry in a movie picture! .. she is adoptable! you and me should kidnap her!

9:33 PM  
Blogger Bhuvanesh said...

my knowledge of hindi is restricted to films.. like i know 'lagaan-hindi' , 'rang de basanti - hindi' , 'pushpak-hindi' :) and a little 'swades-hindi' ... other than that, i hav no clue... i need someone else to translate it for me.. but believe me, i m tryin to understand hindi.. i missed out on fanaa coz due to tat... :(

btw, u wont recognise arvind now.. little bald and also a little fat.. he's reduced to acting in documentary, arthouse films.. poor chap...

10:30 PM  
Blogger Life Lover said...

sudipta---> james bond turns me on! LOL :) JK. BTW, yes I can watch some of JB movies but only if it has shane connery in it. I think the newest bond sucks big time. about your mars-venus comment, all I can say is wah, well said ;)

lonely traveller---> yep, put it up, it will be fun to read. i actually had lots of fun finishing this tag

sev---> yep! waiting for your list

isha---> yes, lets make a kidnapping plan very soon. remember hera pheri? ;)

bhuvanesh---> i understand your plight. i guess you could rent out some dvd's that have subtitles in them, maybe that would help? and oh my god, my mind is filled with sadness after hearing arvind's current condition ;)

9:15 AM  
Anonymous S said...

hey there, do you remember we had watched lamhe together at your place during summer vacation! I think we were in 7th grade or so, don't remember exactly :)

10:25 AM  
Blogger Life Lover said...

hey s! ya, i vividly remember watching lamhe with you and wasn't paulomi also with us at that time? i think i have watched lamhe atleast 5 times..hehe..i also remember how much we liked anil kapoor with his matured look in the second part of the movie ;) oh those bachpan ke crushes!!

1:27 PM  
Blogger Isha said...

opinionated solutions to life's problems aye.. is that like saying prejudiced solutions to life's problems ;) ? :P

2:35 PM  
Anonymous s said...

oh yes I think the three of us watched it together. Childhood crushes? tell me about it *wink* I also remember watching dil hai ke maanta nahi so many times for our chocolate hero haha

3:42 PM  
Blogger artnavy said...

very nice list and the descriptions too

madhavan with anyone is great though

12:29 AM  
Blogger Bhuvanesh said...

oh ya.. i do tat often.. some of the films i hav watched with english subtitles are bhoot(it didnt require subtitles though), swades, lagaan and i guess, tats it... and they did not exactly help me understand hindi.. and films like rang de basanti MUST be watched in theatres.. wat am i to do then? wait for a translator.. btw, these days i m really goin to get into this thingie..
also, i share ur grief abt arvind.. poor fella...

8:08 AM  
Anonymous priya said...

I love all those romantic pairs and movies:-))

1:13 PM  
Blogger Life Lover said...

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3:40 PM  
Blogger Life Lover said...

isha---> every opinion is prejudiced in some way and so is mine. i just give my opinions, to take them or leave them is upto the readers :)

s---> dil hai ke maanta nahi, uff, i know yaar, i must have watched it atleast 5 times! just for aamir and his ada ;)

artnavy---> ummm, madhavan is good, but for me, if i have to choose an actor from the south it would be arvind :) btw, any movies of madhavan that you would recommend? i haven't watched many.

bhuvanesh---> good luck with that!

priya---> me too :)

8:32 PM  
Blogger Rai said...

Hey thanks for visiting my blog. And great to read your favorite movie scenes. Gone with the Wind is mine fav too.

BTW, You like Tagore? have read his original works?

8:56 PM  
Blogger Life Lover said...

rai---> i am in love with tagore's prose. i've read a lot of his works- the home and the world (ghare baire), the hungry stones (khudito pashan), Chokher Bali.

i am also reading 'selected short stories of tagore' edited by sukanta chaudhuri. next on my list is Gitantali. any more that you would recommend?

music is such an integral part of tagore's literature, maybe that and the poetic stance in his writing attracts me.

BTW, thanks for stopping by and as I wrote in my comment on your blog, the poem for your mom is beautiful.

10:53 AM  
Blogger PSV said...

channelise ur energy in writing posts.
Gossip karne ke liyeh nahi hoteh comments... :-)

1:51 PM  
Blogger Life Lover said...

psv---> haan haan pata hai :p woh kya hua na ki a good friend dropped in aur mujhse gossip kare bagair raha nahi gaya ;) BTW where is the tag that I told you to do?! huh huh? :)

2:15 PM  
Blogger KK said...

Nicely done tag... The scene from Roja is cute... I think its after Arvind puts some ice into Madhu's dress...whatever... Arvind is bald... still wanna try for him??? :)
The scene from DCH is a great pic... the whole movie is so gud
And the scene from Crash, you said it rite...once you see the movie this scene stays with you :)
Great tag work :)

4:27 PM  
Blogger Bhuvanesh said...

heyy thanx.. now, i m askin outta curiosity, u never did mention any scene frm rang de basanti(I saw it twice and loved it each time) or frm munnabhai(i havent seen it, but the attention it has got is enormous) or frm other prominent ones?? they r not in ur ALL-time list or somethin like tat?????????

9:43 AM  
Blogger Life Lover said...

kk---> yep all great movies, and thanks for your nice words :)

bhuvanesh---> I loved the entire RDB, its so difficult to choose a scene I love. same with munnabhai. I can watch these any number of times!

10:59 PM  
Blogger Strider said...

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3:39 AM  
Blogger Shreemoyee said...

You must be a romantic person, so it seems from the movie selection. I like GWTW too.

6:56 PM  
Blogger Bhuvanesh said...

oh yeah.. i agree with RDB.. awesome film.. but havent watched any of the munnabhai films.. primary reason was i dont like tat buffalo-drug-addict-ape-sanjay dutt even though many gave me good reviews of the films.. to make matters worse, its tamil remake sucked big time even with kamal hasan... so tats it....

8:58 PM  
Blogger Sudipta Chatterjee said...

Naya post kab aayega?

11:48 PM  
Blogger PSV said...

likh kuchchchchchch!!!!!

baahut comments ho gaye ab toh

9:29 PM  
Blogger Rai said...

Hi, Sorry for replying late.

You have read some good selections from Tagore. If you ask me to recommend more, do make it a point to read SESHER KOBITA. I loved it. And by going through your choice of movies and books, I think you will like it too.

I don't know if you have already checked this out .. you can download some free-ebooks from this site ...


And it's good to discover a blogger who is so much interested in Tagore's works:-)

9:23 PM  
Blogger Life Lover said...

strider---> got it, saved it.

shreemoyee---> your observation is correct, am a hopeless romantic! And you know what makes it even harder for any guy? the fact that I am very romantic + the fact that I hate all the cliched romantic things--- roses and chocolates---dude get a course on creativity ;)

bhuvanesh---> arre arre, itni nafrat sanju baba se! :)

sudipta---> aa gaya :)

psv---> :p

rai---> thanks for the recommendation and also for sharing the link to free books. i will check it out soon. and yah, it is indeed great to meet a blogger who is a tagore fan. cheers to tagore!

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW I loved the way you write. It is funny and also I can remember all movie scenes that you have written in this post. I laughed a lot after reading your post. I hope that you will keep writing

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Sakshi said...

I think I am going to tag myself with this:)

9:26 AM  
Blogger Daddy's Girl said...

Fantastic list, and I agree with almost all those scenes. I love the way you described them too. So vivid. This is my first time here, and I really like your blog. I'm going to be back, for sure... so please keep it coming!

10:32 AM  
Anonymous tia said...

oh i loved gone with the wind!
i love most classic romance..casablanca,gwtw,roman holiday,my fair lady...love breakfast at tifanys and pretty woman :)
nice post...

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