Love (and Egypt), Bollywood Style

Imagine if we all developed our romantic relationships during a 4 minute song and dance number. Our eyes meet across a room, or we’re taking a serene stroll … and suddenly we find ourselves bursting into Hindi song.

Or, suddenly we find ourselves in Egypt (the missing ingredient that my friend Mythily astutely added to my description of Bollywood love).

Egypt? Well, if you’ve chocked up a goodly number of Bollywood watching hours, you’ll know what I mean. It’s when the sheer force of the romance manages to teleport the budding jodi off to a dramatic desert landscape. They might have been walking down a Delhi street, or on the train, then, suddenly … Egypt.

It might not really be Egypt, it’ll probably be Rajasthan or Gujarat, but the important point is the dramatic landscape.

Mythily has challenged me to put together a blogpost of great ‘Egyptian’ romantic transportations. So here it is.

* I’ll keep updating this post as I find new clips.

Suraj Hua Maddham

From Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001)

Pyramids! Actual Egypt! You know Egypt is a phenomenon when Shahrukh Khan and Kajol are going there. SRK really gets in the spirit with a see-through shirt … and later on a dramatic run through the sand in gold trousers. This number also profiles the classic romantic scenery change (an outcome of the force of one’s passion breaking down the space-time continuum).

Hai Rama

From Rangeela (1995)

Jackie Shroff and Urmila Matondkar chase each other through the sand in what Eros Now describes as ‘romantic’ and ‘sensuous’, but I’d describe as ‘alarming’ and ‘creepy’. He shows a propensity for violence against women. In one costume change, she wears a mini-skirt made out of fun fur.

Satrangi Re

From Dil Se (1998)

After he surprises her in the bath, Shahrukh Khan (regular Egypt tourist) and Manisha Koirala cycle through several desert spots, and even a bit of snow, in the dogged pursuit of interpretive dance. Manisha also cycles through several costume changes – must be all that sand.

3.30 makes Farah Khan cry.


From Gunday (2013)

In a recent entry to the Egypt canon, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra are transported from a railyard to a dramatic backdrop. They probably just got a train, since they both pack plenty of costume changes. Priyanka takes yards of fabric, but never manages to use it to actually clothe herself – this is because, when in Egypt, a woman’s garments are required to stream dramatically with the prevailing wind.

Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega

From Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega (2000)

Rani Mukherjee is rolling around the floor when suddenly she’s dreaming of striding the hills with Salman Khan in a string vest. It takes them until 3.15 to get to Egypt, and when they do they’re not alone (the backing dancers insisted), but Rani gets a good sand roll in. And we all know that nothing shows the torrid state of one’s heart better than a good writhe on some sand.

Saree Ke Fall Sa

From R… Rajkumar (2013)

Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha are whisked away to an Egypt of the mind. There are camels, art installations and sand that doesn’t shift under dancing feet. He gets into the manic moonwalking; she wears technicolour. Somewhere, far, far away, Prabhu Deva cackles at his creation.

It’s all so exciting that Sonakshi has facial expressions.