53. Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) — Watching this movie halfway, it suddenly struck me that if I ever had kids behaving like the “I looooove you” couple, I would smack them up their heads and send them in for counselling. Actually, not just this movie, but every movie that has teens falling in love and acting nutso, committing themselves to hard labour to prove their love, etc. It would freak me out in real life, honestly. Now, the movie itself — I have to say Salman Khan is much more believable as a romantic hero here than in its alleged mirror image, Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya. In fact, I imagine I spotted a bit of his rash streak in his portrayal. And I suppose his shirt-losing days started right from the beginning. The lead actress, Bhagyashree, has a refreshingly modern ‘look’ while wrapped in ye olde traditional norms (loyalty, duty, wifely, etc). The supporting stalwarts, Alok Nath and Reema Lagoo, did their thang beautifully. The soundtrack was a few songs too many for me, they melded into one another after a while. My mom thought it was going to be one of those girl-gets-betrothed-to-someone-else movies, and was tickled when it was otherwise. Well … I guess I just wasn’t overpowered by this movie in any way, it was more like a 3-hour time-pass thing. I suspect it’s mostly because I’m way past the age where teenaged love enraptures (well, bits of Romeo and Juliet can still do the job). Getting creaky with age!