61. Socha Na Tha (2005) — A surprisingly engaging extended ditty on love and life in this confused and convoluted century of ours. Despite some understandably melodramatic turns the plot had to meander into, the refreshingly naturalistic ending made up for them all. There were some scenes that came over beautifully — shot straight and true and smack in the heart. That Abhay Deol really looks amazingly like his uncle, Dharmendra. Female lead Apoorva Jha has such a sweetie-pie face in the mould of Sri Devi, but could have done better with a tad more subtlety, I felt — that’s what further experience and training is for, I guess. What’s up with that “Abhi Abhi Mere Dil” spin on the exquisite “Kabhie Kabhie Mere Dil Mein” from Kabhie Kabhie? Hmm, makes me wanna listen to the original again (loved the way it was used in Gubra). Since this was after an Oprah episode on omnipresent “stupid girls” in the media, I appreciated how the movie dealt with feminine submission to male domination with a deft hand. Well-played. All in all, a nice take on what happens when “love” as verb and “love” as noun become tangled up like crazy, at least by the well-heeled and those who tend to tip-toe around lines.