Anjaana Anjaani

The Seattle library had this 2010 DVD which brought me Bollywood at its most colorfully clichéd best! (With closed captions in English.) Two would- be suicides meet on the Washington bridge in New York City where their hastily laid plans go awry: hers because of a failed love affair, and his because of the recent stock market crash. After numerous failed attempts, they grant themselves twenty days to do their own version of a Bucket List before their final exit on New Year's Eve.

This combines a coast-to-coast road trip from New York to San Francisco in a red Ford Falcon convertible, with delightfully absurd Bollywood-type production numbers in New York, Las Vegas and various points in between.

I enjoyed:
  • Priyanka Chopra ("Dostana" and dozens of other films in the past nine years) who joins ranks with Ashwarya Rai and Freida Pinto as yet another gorgeous Bollywood actress.
  • Ranbir Kapoor ("Raajneeti") who, BTW, does some of his finest work with his shirt off. Fourth-generation Bollywood royality, this hard-working professional also directs.
There is great humor, a chaste love story (they hardly even KISS in Bollywood films!), and a sweet, funny (non) love affair. It's gaudy, light-hearted and just a tad worldly. Plus it includes the most absurd marriage proposal I've ever seen.

Yeah, I liked it.