We’re celebrating Sooraj Barjatya’s birthday today and what better way to celebrate than going down memory lane? The filmmaker has dished out many films and tugged at heartstrings in the past. Sooraj Barjatya is synonymous with Alok Nath. And Prem (regardless of the actor), aaaand Monish Behl, who plays bade bhaiyya, of course!
His movies are to blame for all the sanskaar your parents expect from you – he’s set a bar way too high. Basically, everyone wants their son/son-in-law/brother/husband/friend to #BeLikePrem. While none of us are quite there yet, we can help you with a recipe to becoming the perfect Sooraj Barjatya family member, hehe! Here are the top things that a Sooraj Barjatya movie is incomplete without:
1.A bada bhai aka Monish Behl (ALWAYS)
Yeh toh sach hai ki Monish Behl hai, in all(most) Sooraj Barjatya movies! And it goes beyond me how his character is always innocent swami type ka, (are you Bollywood crazy enough to get that reference?) but I had to rack my brains to remember that one time when the bada bhai transformed into a villain. Ek ladka aur ladki kabhi dost nahi ho sakte, remember?
2.The iconic Bollywood OTT mother – Reema Lagoo
And a special mention to her friends. They taught me how important it is to maintain a firm opinion and never to get easily swayed by others’ opinions. #Lifelessons. On that note, how about another addition since we’re talking family?
One word: BABUJI.
A Sooraj Barjatya film sans Alok Nath is akin to the Harry Potter franchise without Daniel Radcliffe. That’s right, impossible.
4.FOOD, FOOD and did I mention, FOOOD!
And there’s always mithai for any khush khabri, right? Accompanied with a song! Of course, there is an unmissable, unending war of politeness – “Pehle aap mooh meetha karo, nahi pehle aap”!
5.A big happy family – the exact opposite of the Dil Dhadakne Do and Kapoor and Sons type!
The family that plays cricket together stays together! Of course, everyone has to own a cap that helps a very intelligent audience identify them, hehe!
6.A fortnight long wedding ceremony and an endless line of rituals
In short, joote dedo paise lelo!
7.Some 100 songs, which are remembered till some 100 years
This one’s my favourite!
8.PETS, of course!
You can’t not remember Tuffy and call yourself a Sooraj Barjatya fan! Tuffy carried Hum Aapke Hai Kaun on its shoulders, and played cupid to Prem and Nisha in the climax of the film. Turns out, Karan Johar is a fan – he’s watched the movie 16 times and he remembers the “Radhe Krishna Gopal Krishna” that plays in the background, to highlight Tuffy’s heroic attempts.
And of course, before Facebook inbox and WhatsApp and even Gmail, there was K-mail (Kabootar mail)!
Manners maketh a man? Wrong! Hum Aapke Hai Kaun maketh a man 😛 Sanskaar, sweetness, kindness, affection and courage level: 100!
-Disha (Project Intern)