World Cup – SRK THE FINAL (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge defeats Swades)

  1. RULES OF THE TOURNAMENT


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8 GROUPS OF RANDOMLY CHOSEN FILMS THAT STAR SRK – 4 FILMS IN EACH GROUP
2 MATCHES EACH DAY FROM EACH GROUP – votes equal points
BLOGGERS TO VOTE ON WHICH FILM WINS – only need the winning film and if you like a reason for victory. No essays!
TOP 2 FROM EACH GROUP TO GO THROUGH TO FINAL 16 – matches there on are randomly picked by me.
In the event of a tie score at the end of group stages – the head to head match will determine the victor. In the event of a tie head to head my vote will determine the victor.

Final 16 and knockouts – in the event of a tie score the highest voted film overall will go through.

Honourable mentions to Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, Anjaam, Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India, Koyla, Yes Boss, Duplicate, Baadshah, Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, Hey Ram, Josh, One 2 Ka 4, Asoka, Hum Tumhari Hai Sanam, Paheli, Billu, Happy New Year & Jab Harry Met Sejal that failed to make the World Cup along with some other unmentionable films.
Here are the groups and results (already voted by you)

Group Stage Results

(Note Chalte Chalte qualifies ahead of Om Shanti Om due to superior head to head result winning 7-3)

Group 1
Dil Se 32
Veer Zaara 19
Deewana 16
Ra.One 1
Group 2
Swades 30
Baazigar 21
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai 16
Don 2 1
Group 3
Darr 27
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna 21
Mohabbatein 16
Jab Tak Hai Jaan 4
Group 4
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa 31
Chennai Express 17
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham 14
Don – The Chase Begins Again 6
Group 5
Chak De! India 34
Devdas 17
Karan Arjun 16
Dilwale 1
Group 6
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge 32
Chalte Chalte 15
Om Shanti Om 15
Fan 6
Group 7
Pardes 21
Kal Ho Naa Ho 20
Dear Zindagi 16
Rab Ne Bana De Jodi 11
Group 8
Dil To Pagal Hai 24
Main Hoon Na 21
Raees 19
My Name Is Khan 4

 

Round of 16 match results

Swades Vs Kal Ho Naa Ho, Swades wins 11-1

Chak De! India Vs Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa advances 8-4

Dil Se Vs Chennai Express, Dil Se advances 8-4

Dil To Pagal Hai Vs Darr, Darr advances 11-1

Main Hoon Na Vs Chalte Chalte, Chalte Chalte advances 7-5

Devdas Vs Baazigar, Baazigar advances 10-2

Veer Zaara Vs Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna advances 7-5

Pardes Vs Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge advances 10-2

 

Quarter Finals – results 

Dil Se Vs Baazigar, Dil Se wins 10-5

Chalte Chalte Vs Swades, Swades wins 14-1

Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna Vs Darr, Darr wins 13-2

Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge Vs Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge wins 10-5

 

Semi Finalsresults

Swades Vs Dil Se, Swades wins 13-6

Darr Vs Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge wins 14-5

 

Final –

Swades Vs Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge wins 14-11

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546 Responses to “World Cup – SRK THE FINAL (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge defeats Swades)”

  1. Dil Se
    Veer Zaara
    Baazigar
    Swades
    Mohabbatein
    Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
    Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
    Chennai Express
    Devdas
    Chak De! India
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
    Om Shanti Om
    Pardes
    Dear Zindagi
    Dil To Pagal Hai
    Raees

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  2. Cut off for votes is GMT Sunday night. And Monday morning next round shall commence! Slightly longer time for votes as I’m busy over weekend.

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  3. Dil Se
    Veer Zaara
    Baazigar
    Swades
    Mohabbatein
    Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
    Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naan*
    Chennai Express
    Devdas
    Chak De! India
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
    Om Shanti Om
    Pardes
    Dear Zindagi
    Dil To Pagal Hai
    Raees

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  4. Confusing.

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    • All films will play each other in each of their respective groups, once this is over the top 2 will progress from each group.

      Eg Deewane Vs Dil Se then on Monday Deewane Vs Veer Zaara etc

      Your vote equals 1 point. By the end of the group stage I’ll tally the points. Right now Dil Se and Veer Zaara are leading Group 1!

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  5. Amit Pandey Says:

    Deewana
    VeerZaara
    Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
    Swades
    Mohabbatein
    Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
    Kabhi Haa Kabhi Na
    Chennai Express
    Karan Arjun
    Chak De!
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
    Om Shanti Om
    Kal Ho Naa Ho
    Rab Ne Bana De Jodi
    Dil to pagal hai
    My Name Is Khan

    PS : Few movies i haven’t not seen yet or not in entirety…. so the other ones were the natural or only choice i had to pick from…

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  6. I liked only DDLJ, Deewana, Josh, Paheli, Baadshah.and Baazigar. I just cant pretend to like the other movies. so I will watch the fun and results. Even with other stars, I like very few movies of them. Perhaps below 5.

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    • Wow I found it hard to set this up. Neutrally speaking SRK has more than 32 films that could make this tournament work.

      Will it be DDLJ VS DIL SE in the final….hmmm. Or will Swades spring a shock win! Or will Chak De hit the winning score! I’m very excited in this tournament. Group 2 is probably the Group of Death. Wouldn’t want to be Don 2!!!!! Easily Paheli or Baadshah could have made the World Cup but they had a very poor qualification round unfortunately. Jab Harry Met Sejal got walloped around.

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  7. So at this point one can list any number of films?

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    • No no. The matches are in the post. The 32 films I have selected already -they don’t change. You have to name your winner. It’s like every teams first match of the World Cup. Then we will have the 2nd and the final third match. Then tally up the 8 tables. Top 2 proceed where I will randomly pick the 8 2nd round matches, then commence to QF, then SF then F.

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      • Wikipedia has 90 films listed as starring SRK. I have narrowed it down to 32. I figure not many fans of Maya Memsaab and obviously there may be fans of Hey Raam or Paheli but I’ll be here all day trying to get this going without some intervention. Hence a pre determined list of 32 films split into 8 GROUPS of 4.

        The allocation of groups was random but highly sophisticated!

        I think Jeeves and Amit have got it right.

        Hope it’s clear.

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      • Got it. Thanks

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  8. Example as of 3 voters (Jeeves, Amit and I)
    Group 1 standings after 1 match;
    Veer Zaara = 3
    Dil Se = 2
    Deewana = 1
    Ra.One = 0

    So Veer Zaara & Dil Se would progress and Deewana & Ra.One would be eliminated. Hence voting is crucial if you like Deewana & Ra.One over Dil Se & Veer Zaara respectively. Obviously Veer Zaara still has a match with Dil Se & Ra.One to come so things can change, the more voters the more interesting (I hope).

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    • I would have included Koyla and Josh from the longer list! admittedly most people don’t think about these anymore.

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      • Unfortunately I tried my best to eliminate my personal preferences. Josh could have replaced any number of films. I could be here all day selecting 32 with everyone’s input!

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  9. This is a bakwaas cup with bakwaas films from a bakwaas star. Period.

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    • Even if the star is credible this world cup wont take off. The films span over many years. And the initial enthusiasm wears off. We all have very strong likes and dislikes.

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  10. Where are Srk fans? Or the ones who watch all the films?

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  11. Dil se
    Veer Zara
    Baazigar
    Swades
    Darr
    KANK
    KHKN
    CE
    KA
    Chak De
    DDLJ
    OSO
    KHNH
    DZ
    MHN
    Raees

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  12. Dil Se
    Veer Zaara
    Baazigar
    Swades
    Darr
    KANK (though this is a sick choice!)
    Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
    Chennai Express
    Karan Arjun
    Chak de India
    DDLJ
    Om Shanti Om
    Pardes
    Dear Zindagi
    Dil to paagal hai
    Raees

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  13. Dil Se
    Veer Zaara
    Baazigar
    Swades
    Darr
    Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
    Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa
    Chennai Express
    Karan Arjun
    Chak De! India
    Chalte Chalte
    Om Shanti On
    Pardes
    Rab Ne Bana De Jodi
    Dil To Pagal Hai
    Raees

    ps: many movies I don’ like but listed it out to keep the count and many not seen also.

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  14. thecooldude Says:

    some of these are really one sided affairs….Don 2 vs Swades? CDI vs Dilwale?

    Dil Se
    VZ
    KKHH
    Swades
    Mohabbatein
    KANK
    KHKN
    Chennai Express
    Devdas
    CDI
    DDLJ
    OSO
    KHNH
    Dear Zindagi
    MHN
    Raees

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    • just like in the opening stages of a WC you have many weak teams!

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      • Exactly. The group stages ‘should’ be a formality but an odd shock is possible. Defining the odd shock here might be tough but maybe a big blockbuster like KKHH not getting through or something like Chalte Chalte creeping through might be a shock!

        It’s just fun and games! The real fun is the knockouts! If you play fair you will consider all aspects of the film – I’ve seen this played in other formats i.e sports and a ‘particular’ matchup ‘can’ cause an upset.

        So if you did this with tennis you might find Djokovic knocking out Federer or in cricket Dravid knocking out Tendulkar.

        But playing fair is important. I guess here it might be a bit more black and white. SRK’s fans have yet to speak. So let’s see.

        We already have advocates for Josh but seriously is that film winning ‘this’ World Cup?!?!?!?

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  15. Do you plan to do this with other actors/actresses as well? I hope you do. Cuz as a beginning it is kinda sadistic to start with SRK!

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  16. Dil Se
    Veer Zaara
    Baazigar
    Swades
    Darr
    KANK
    KHKN
    Chennai Express
    Karan Arjun
    Chak De India
    DDLJ
    Om Shanti Om
    Pardes
    RNBDJ
    DTPH
    MNIK (I really didn’t wanna pick either here)

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  17. thecooldude Says:

    This ‘world cup’ is def more fun than the borefest on display in UAE today!

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  18. So far Veer Zaara, Swades, KANK, Chennai Express, CDI, OSO have a 100% record from voters. Some of these might be due to opposition faced being very weak. Good start for these films.

    The Don franchise has not scored yet, nor Ra.One, Fan, JTHJ or Dilwale.

    Some close battles too. Mohabbatein/Darr 4-4. A few 5-3’s floating around. Mohabbatein and Darr – good match (like the pre DDLJ Vs post DDLJ battle of star).

    I think I will have a lot of circumstantial evidence to prosecute a lot of you.

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  19. FC hangover!

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  20. tonymontana Says:

    Dil Se
    Veer Zaara
    Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
    Swades
    Darr
    Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
    Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa
    Chennai Express
    Karan Arjun
    Chak De! India
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
    Om Shanti Om
    Kal Ho Naa Ho
    Dear Zindagi
    Dil To Pagal Hai
    My Name Is Khan

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  21. Dil Se
    Veer Zaara
    Baazigar
    Swades
    Darr
    Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
    Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na
    Chennai Express
    Devdas
    Chak De India
    DDLJ
    Fan
    Kal Ho Na Ho
    Dear Zindagi
    Main Hoon Na
    Raees

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  22. This is such a fun idea…I love it! I hope there will be other actors, directors and maybe couple hollywood actors involved too. Here are my choices:

    Dil Se
    Veer Zaara
    Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (as much I as I abhor KJo’s films, they are somewhat guilty pleasures)
    Swades
    Darr
    Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
    Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa
    Don – The Chase Begins Again
    Karan Arjun
    Chak De! India
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
    Fan
    Kal Ho Naa Ho
    Dear Zindagi
    Dil Toh Pagal Hai
    Raees

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  23. Dil Se
    Veer Zaara

    Baazigar
    Swades

    Darr

    Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna

    KHKN
    Don

    Devdas
    CDI

    DDLJ
    OSO

    KHNH
    RNBDJ

    MHN
    Raaes

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  24. Dil Se
    Veer Zaara
    Baazigar
    Swades
    Darr
    Jab Tak Hai Jaan (Samar Pratap)
    Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa
    Don – The Chase Begins
    Devdas
    Chak De! India
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
    Fan
    Kal Ho Naa Ho
    Rab Ne Bana De Jodi (Surender Suri)
    Dil To Pagal Hai
    Raees

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  25. SF

    Swades Vs Kabhi Haa Kabhi na
    CDI Vs Bazigar

    Final

    Swades Vs Bazigar

    And the winner is

    Swades

    Let’s See.

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  26. Something more interesting …

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  27. 24 hours left to vote!

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  28. Ok – this post is UPDATED, the latest standings are included after Round 1 of Group Stages.
    Veer Zaara, Swades, Chak De! India – 100% record
    Ra.One, Don 2, Dilwale – no points…
    Group 7 is a tight battle…where Kal Ho Naa Ho, Dear Zindagi, Pardes and Rab Ne Bana De Jodi are going at it

    Late comers can join but must vote on the Round 1 Group matches (included in the post). Voting for Round 2 ends Monday evening GMT and the final set of group matches will be released for voting. (So you would have 2 sets of rounds to vote for if joining NOW)

    Round 2 Group matches are now in the post.

    They are to confirm here in comments section;

    GROUP 1
    Deewana vs Veer Zaara
    Dil Se vs Ra.One

    GROUP 2
    Baazigar vs Swades
    Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Vs Don 2

    GROUP 3
    Darr Vs Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
    Mohabbatein Vs Jab Tak Hai Jaan

    GROUP 4
    Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa Vs Don – The Chase Begins Again
    Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham Vs Chennai Express

    GROUP 5
    Karan Arjun Vs Chak De! India
    Devdas Vs Dilwale

    GROUP 6
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge Vs Om Shanti Om
    Chalte Chalte Vs Fan

    GROUP 7
    Pardes Vs Rab Ne Bana De Jodi
    Kal Ho Naa Ho Vs Dear Zindagi

    GROUP 8
    Dil To Pagal Hai Vs My Name Is Khan
    Main Hoon Na Vs Raees

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  29. Round 2 Group Stage
    Veer Zaara
    Dil Se
    Swades
    Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
    Darr
    Mohabbatein
    Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa
    Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
    Chak De! India
    Devdas
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
    Chalte Chalte
    Pardes
    Dear Zindagi
    Dil To Pagal Hai
    Main Hoon Na

    Baazigar vs Swades – what a match up! Early contender for game of the tournament!

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  30. Deewana
    Dil Se
    Swades
    KKHH
    Darr
    Mohabbatein
    KHKN
    K3G
    CDI
    Devdas
    DDLJ
    Chalte CHalte
    Pardes
    Dear Zindagi
    Dil to Paagal Hai
    Raees

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  31. tonymontana Says:

    Veer Zaara
    Dil Se
    Baazigar
    Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
    Darr
    Mohabbatein
    Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa
    Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
    Chak De! India
    Dilwale
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
    Fan
    Pardes
    Dear Zindagi
    Dil To Pagal Hai
    Main Hoon Na

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  32. Calling out Jeeves, Amit, Latha, Bliss, cooldude, Abzee, Shalini, AamirsFan, Munna, Bob Cristo and any new voters to help SRK asap. Where are Z, Master and dwarf?

    I’m eagerly waiting to kick off Salman soon!

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  33. Sorry. did not notice round 2 was up. So here goes
    VZ
    Dil Se
    Baazigar
    KKHH
    KANK
    JTHJ
    KHKN
    CE
    chak de
    Devdas
    OSO
    Fan
    RNBDJ
    DZ
    DTPH
    MHN

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  34. Deewana
    Dil Se
    Swades
    Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
    Darr
    Mohabbatein
    Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa
    Chennai Express
    Chak De! India
    Devdas
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
    Chalte Chalte
    Pardes
    Kal Ho Naa Ho
    Dil To Pagal Hai
    Main Hoon Na

    *Disclaimer continues 🙂

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  35. Amit Pandey Says:

    Round 2 voting list :

    Veer Zaara
    Dil se
    Swades
    Kuch kuch hota hai
    Kabhi alvida naa kehna
    Mohabbatein
    Kabhi haa kabhi naa
    Kabhi khushi kabhi gham
    Chak de! India
    Devdas
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
    Chalte chalte
    Pardes
    Kal ho naa ho
    Dil to pagal hai
    Mai hoon na

    PS : while voting for round 2, I realized few films which i liked then that i have not revisited or not interested to revisit them in near future. However what is astonishing is I now like them or might watch them purely because they have good songs!!!!!! And not for movie as such or acting wise!!!! Ohh God!!!

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  36. Again this tournament is purely about which film you prefer over the other and seeing where that ends up. You don’t have to ‘like’ the movie at all and picking the lesser of two evils is fine.

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  37. There are only 2 srk films that i can sit thru in one seating. Swades and Chak De India. Good enough films to tolerate srk’s overacting. Out of these two, my vote will anyday go to CDI – not only because it has less of him but also because Swades is extremely slow paced to the point of being a fault.

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    • Sorry jay, cant and wont vote for any other srk film. 👅

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    • Dil Se is easily the best film SRK has done. Nothing else is even close. Also the best Ratnam has done in Hindi probably along with Raavan. But my vote would go to Dil Se.

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      • Agree. Dil Se is probably the only SRK film that I can think about watching again.

        Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa is another one.

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        • I’ve always felt that SRK was very suited for the KHKN part and could have explored that terrain a bit more. Unfortunately once he became big that was never too likely to happen, and in fairness the audience also doesn’t like downsized stars too much. But this film has retained its appeal.

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      • I have fond memories of watching Roja/Bombay in dubbed versions. Dont remember much about Dil Se except for the songs. Maybe because it was with Srk during his horrendous Ddlj/Dtph/Kkhh phase. Will revisit it sometime. But I will any day spend my time watching Guru than revisit an Srk film from nineties (even if it was by ratnam)!

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    • lol I don’t get the extreme view on SRK’s acting. It isn’t like he is sallu or suniel shetty in this department! I agree he can ham his way thru a lot of emotional scenes but for the most part his acting isn’t the weak link (although recently I can’t say that to be true) in his movies.

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  38. OK here we go for round 2:

    Deewana
    Dil Se
    Swades
    Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
    Darr
    Mohabbatein (beta won this match against baap!..it doesnt help that it was baap’s worst film)
    Don – The Chase Begins Again
    Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
    Chak De! India
    Devdas
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
    Fan
    Pardes
    Dear Zindagi
    Dil To Pagal Hai
    Raees

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  39. round 2:

    Deewana
    Dil Se

    Swades
    Don2

    Darr
    Mohabbatein

    KHKN
    CE

    CDI
    Devdas

    DDLJ
    CC

    RNBDJ
    KHNH

    MNIK
    Raees

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  40. FINAL GROUP MATCHES BELOW – UPDATED STANDINGS IN POST.
    Group 2 – Kuch Kuch Hota Hai & Baazigar are fighting it out.
    Group 3 – 3 way battle for top 2 spots
    Group 7 – every film has a chance.
    Ra.One is still yet to score a vote, Don 2 and Dilwale have scored…

    You have 48 hours to;
    – Join (submit 3 rounds of votes)
    – Finish Round 2 (if you have not yet Jeeves, cooldude, Abzee, Shalini, Bob Cristo) – I think
    – Submit the Final Round

    Wednesday Evening – GROUP STAGE IS OVER.

    Then we are in knockouts – 8 matches will be shared on Wednesday evening GMT.

    Group Stage Round 3

    GROUP 1
    Deewana vs Ra.One
    Dil Se vs Veer Zaara

    GROUP 2
    Baazigar vs Don 2
    Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Vs Swades

    GROUP 3
    Darr Vs Jab Tak Hain Jaan
    Mohabbatein Vs Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

    GROUP 4
    Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa Vs Chennai Express
    Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham Vs Don – The Chase Begins Again

    GROUP 5
    Karan Arjun Vs Dilwale
    Devdas Vs Chak De! India

    GROUP 6
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge Vs Fan
    Chalte Chalte Vs Om Shanti Om

    GROUP 7
    Pardes Vs Dear Zindagi
    Kal Ho Naa Ho Vs Rab Ne Bana De Jodi

    GROUP 8
    Dil To Pagal Hai Vs Raees
    Main Hoon Na Vs My Name Is Khan

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  41. Round 3
    Deewana
    Dil Se
    Baazigar
    Swades
    Darr
    Mohabbatein
    Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa
    Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
    Karan Arjun
    Chak De! India
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
    Chalte Chalte
    Pardes
    Rab Ne Bana De Jodi
    Dil To Pagal Hai
    Main Hoon Na

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  42. Round 3:

    Deewana
    Dil Se
    Baazigar
    Swades
    Darr
    Mohabbatein
    KHKN
    K3G
    Karan Arjun
    CDI
    DDLJ
    Chalte CHalte
    Pardes
    KHNH (man this was tough!)
    Dil to Paagal hai
    MHN

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  43. Round 3:

    Deewana
    Dil Se

    Baazigar
    Swades

    Darr
    KANK

    KHKN
    Don

    KA
    CDI

    DDLJ
    OSO

    Pardes
    RNBDJ

    Raees
    MHN

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  44. tonymontana Says:

    Group 3:

    Ra.One
    Dil Se
    Baazigar
    Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
    Darr
    Mohabbatein
    Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa
    Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
    Karan Arjun
    Chak De! India
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge V
    Om Shanti Om
    Dear Zindagi
    Kal Ho Naa Ho
    Dil To Pagal Hai
    Main Hoon Na

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  45. Round 3

    Deewana
    Dil Se
    Baazigar
    Swades
    Darr
    Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
    Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa
    Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
    Karan Arjun
    Chak De! India
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
    Chalte Chalte
    Pardes
    Kal Ho Naa Ho
    Dil To Pagal Hai
    Main Hoon Na

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  46. Amit Pandey Says:

    Round 3:

    Deewana
    Veer Zaara
    Baazigar
    Swades
    Darr
    Mohabbatein
    Kabhi haa kabhi naa
    Kabhi khushi kabhi gham
    Karan arjun
    Chak de! India
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
    Chalte chalte
    Pardes
    Kal ho na ho
    Dil to pagal hai
    Main hoon na

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  47. Once SRK is over – I will start the Aamir Khan tournament.
    Aamir was present with me during the live draw for his World Cup and the following 8 groups were drawn.

    Group 1
    Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
    Baazi
    Mann
    Ghajini

    Group 2
    Raakh
    Rangeela
    Mela
    3 Idiots

    Group 3
    Dil
    Akele Hum Akele Tum
    Lagaan
    Dhobi Ghat

    Group 4
    Afsana Pyar Ka
    Raja Hindustani
    Dil Chahta Hai
    Talaash

    Group 5
    Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin
    Ishq
    Mangal Pandey
    Dhoom 3

    Group 6
    Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander
    Ghulam
    Rang De Basanti
    PK

    Group 7
    Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke
    Earth
    Fanaa
    Dangal

    Group 8
    Andaz Apna Apna
    Sarfarosh
    Taare Zameen Par
    Secret Superstar

    The crowd roared when Group 6 and 8 were announced. It is still unclear how Mela got to this stage – Filmfare are investigating allegations that Aamir Khan sent the required nomination form to them for Mela. They found forms with his signature on them for Love Love Love & Awwal Number but it appears these were forged by Salman Khan. The case continues…

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  48. Group 3
    Deewana
    Dil se
    Baazigar
    KKHH
    JTHJ
    KANK
    CE
    KKKG
    KA
    CDI
    DDLJ
    OSO
    DZ
    RNBDJ
    Raees
    MHN

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  49. Round 3:

    Deewana
    Dil Se
    Baazigar
    Swades (lol at long last I couldn’t pick KKHH)
    Darr
    Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
    Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa
    Don – The Chase Begins Again
    Karan Arjun
    Chak De! India
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
    Chalte Chalte (this choice was hell)
    Pardes
    Kal Ho Naa Ho
    Raees
    Main Hoon Na Vs My Name Is Khan (match ended in a 0-0 draw)

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  50. Latest Standings updated in the post after votes from today…
    Jeeves, cooldude, Abzee, Shalini, Bob Cristo – missing your round 2 and 3 votes.

    Voting closing tomorrow at 8PM GMT and Round of 16 will be confirmed for voting! New voters still welcome 🙂

    As things stand;

    Group 1- Dil Se looks a clear winner. Deewana is chasing Veer Zaara for 2nd
    Group 2 – Swades is in the clear. KKHH one of SRK’s biggest blockbusters is being put to the sword by Baazigar
    Group 3 – Darr, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna and Mohabbatein in that order are all in with a shout of qualification
    Group 4 – Another big blockbuster K3G is struggling and is facing an early exit. Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa coasting through with Chennai Express
    Group 5 – Chak De! India is through. Devdas is 1 vote ahead of Karan Arjun! Too close to call!
    Group 6 – Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge is sailing through while Chalte Chalte attempts to shock Om Shanti Om
    Group 7 – A very tough group, looks like Rab Ne Bana De Jodi is heading out. Pardes, Kal Ho Naa Ho and Dear Zindagi all fighting hard for 2 spots
    Group 8 – My Name Is Khan is out. Dil To Pagal Hai. Raees & Main Hoo Naa fighting it out till death!(aamirsfan vote is crucial for Main Hoo Naa’s hopes!)

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      • Not a surprise that only 2 films currently in qualifying positions are from the last 10 years – Raees & Chennai Express. 6/8 group leaders are 90’s film’s!

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        • Also that other point is being made so far (and I expect more of this in future voting) — ultimately the better films survive because these can be revisited. The regular stuff unless it’s exceptionally entertaining comes with an expiry date. So here we see some better films that SRK has done either keeping up with or beating more successful ones.

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          • Of SRK’s regular stuff only DDLJ stands a chance here. Stuff like KKHH, K3G, KANK, MNIK, RNBDJ, Mohabbatein have expired. Stuff like Darr & Baazigar have more shell life.

            He’s had a very split career. His peak phase 95-07 is being dominated by his early phase & his experimental films like Dil Se, Swades & CDI. Vast majority of things post CDI are a mess. Ra.One, JTHJ, Dilwale, Fan & My Name Is Khan are duds obviously according to a very small sample of votes here. The Don’s haven’t clicked.

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        • And this is true for every actor. Would Fanaa beat Talaash in a vote or the other way around? I think we know the answer. Dil was such a blockbuster when it released but it probably wouldn’t beat AAA in a vote, let alone Sarfarosh. This is why the actor that has a better body of work always does better in historical terms. if the same actor can also get great success in the present like Aamir that’s the best of both worlds.

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    • I see likely winners in CDI or Swades…If there were more SRK commentators then DDLJ could have been in contention..

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      • Everything depends on the draw! It will be random…

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      • Dil Se might win it all!

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        • Dil Se was a disaster in 98 in India but in UK it was hugely popular. Of course it was quickly followed by KKHH which ran for 6 months in places. From that point till the late 00’s, SRK dominated UK. Even his ‘average’ India successes would dominate the UK market. He still has a huge fan club here but it’s shrunk.

          Dil Se was the first Indian movie to be in the Top 10 opening weekend list in UK such was it’s popularity. From Wikipedia
          The film became the first Indian film to enter the top 10 in the United Kingdom box office charts.[6] Even two months after its release in September 1998 the film was still screened on five screens, five times per day with an average of 3000 spectators across all screens in the Cineworld complex in Feltham, West London.[18]

          That was my local theatre at the time so it was doing huge business. This complex is just full of Indian films now. If anyone is in London traveling and wants to experience the craze of Indian films here go to this complex – though not the same as 2 decades ago.

          I watched KKHH twice in 1 week in the cinema in 98. I can’t stand it now, except for music. I might pick it over Dil Se if they meet though! I found Dil Se boring back in 98. But I’ve never revisited it. So it would be unfair of me to pick a film I watched once & disliked over one I watched a few times, can’t stand now but could tolerate.

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          • You should definitely revisit Dil Se. It’s on Netflix too! The thing though is that this is a first generation DVD and it’s very inadequate, doesn’t do justice to its visuals. but still you should check it out. On the rest yeah I remember it did very well in the UK, it did well enough here too. And you’re quite right. SRK in those days was Bachchanesque in the overseas territories, certainly in the US even the average films would still outgross everyone else’s. I saw Dil Se 3 times when it released! But even in India it was stable in some metros at the rather low end. Not enough to make a difference but there was a certain segment of the audience that liked it.

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          • tonymontana Says:

            Even the so called “best judges of quality” Filmfare and National Film Awards ignored it completely that year. it was rightfully noiminated in all music categories, winning quite a few but was largely ignored from a filmmaking point of view.

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          • It was up against the ‘mighty’ KKHH! Stood no chance…

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    • lol…oops I didn’t realize it was going to be that crucial…OK MHN gets my vote…sorry KJo!

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  51. My own roll call, not quite as exciting as TOH scroll!

    Last chance to vote – 8 hours or so left now. Otherwise as things stand it is Dil Se, Veer Zaara, Swades, Baazigar, Darr, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, Chennai Express, Chak De! India, Devdas, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Om Shanti Om, Pardes, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Dil To Pagal Hai & Raees going through…any matches are random from here on.

    It could be heartbreak for Deewana, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Mohabbatein, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Karan Arjun, Chalte Chalte, Dear Zindagi & Main Hoon Na fans. Some big hits are on the ropes and on the verge of being knocked out. Kajol is about to be KO’d thrice!

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  52. Sorry for the late submission but here are my selections:

    Round 2

    Deewana
    Dil Se
    Swades
    Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
    Darr
    JTHJ
    Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
    KKKG
    CDI
    Devdas
    DDLJ
    Chalte Chalte
    Pardes
    Kal Ho Na Ho
    Dil toh Pagal Hai
    Main Hoon Na

    Round 3

    Deewana
    Dil Se
    Baazigar
    Swades
    Darr
    Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
    Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
    Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham
    Karan Arjun
    CDI
    DDLJ
    Chalte Chalte
    Dear Zindagi
    Kal Ho Na Ho
    DTPH
    Main Hoon Na

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  53. Voting CLOSED

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  54. The Round of 16 matches are as follows;
    Swades Vs Kal Ho Naa Ho
    Chak De! India Vs Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
    Dil Se Vs Chennai Express
    Dil To Pagal Hai Vs Darr
    Main Hoo Naa Vs Chalte Chalte
    Devdas Vs Baazigar
    Veer Zaara Vs Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
    Pardes Vs Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

    All randomly picked with some sophisticated excel wizardry

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  55. Round of 16 – My Vote
    Swades
    Chak De! India
    Dil Se
    Darr
    Chalte Chalte
    Baazigar
    Veer Zaara
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

    Ouch at this draw! Some unfortunate films are going to the QF’s!

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    • yes I would have chosen Pardes over a number of films here, just not DDLJ!

      Darr/DTPH was also a tough one for me. The former is a better film but Madhuri almost tilted it!

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      • Totally. I had to go for Darr despite Madhuri in DTPH and a stronger soundtrack for the latter. The big match up here is Chak De! India Vs Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa. And some unwatchable ones like Veer Zaara Vs Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna and Main Hoo Naa Vs Chalte Chalte.

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  56. Round of 16:

    Swades
    KHKN
    Dil Se
    Darr
    Chalte Chalte
    Baazigar
    Veer Zaara
    DDLJ

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  57. Round 16 :
    Swades
    Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
    Dil Se
    Darr
    Chalte Chalte
    Baazigar
    Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

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  58. Barring DDLJ some ‘traditional’ or ‘popular’ big hits (that is the quintessential SRK film) went out in the groups like KKHH, K3G, Mohabbatein, Karan Arjun, OSO and RNBDJ. Maybe we missed the traditional SRK vote here!

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    • Actually I think the results would not vary much even with the traditional SRK fan. Unless it was an anonymous thing. Because all those SRK fans were the first to call Swades the greatest film ever (alright I’m exaggerating a little) the moment SRK did it. The same for some other half-sensible attempts. Once the conversation changed and the prestige film became important it was no longer enough to say that SRK had the biggest grossers. The same thing happened much more with CDI. Nothing wrong with the film but it was horribly overrated. And of course this happens elsewhere too. So the Aamir fans have always been absurdly unkind on Fanaa and presented it as the worst kind of commercial deal. I actually think Fanaa is way better than almost most of SRK’s key Yashraj/Johar films. Even otherwise it’s a perfectly solid effort. But yes it’s not Lagaan or DCH or RDB or TZP or whatever. In the same sense Ghajini gets a rough ride (though the box office story makes up for it somewhat since even Aamir fans are quite happy to beat others with the same cudgels that certainly the SRK fans used against them). But to get back to the original point it would be hard to defend many of SRK’s iconic (at the time) films publicly today! Secret voting is another matter.

      On a related note things have come indeed full circle with TOH. The biggest film since K3G (incidentally a problem for the anti-Bachchan folks as well, if he’s nobody why does he keep showing up in these ‘biggest’ efforts?!) capping off a whole sequence that begins with Lagaan. The big prestige moment (Oscar buzz et al), then all the other films in the same sense. For a while one could still make the claim that he didn’t have the biggest ones. But then with Ghajini and 3I everything changed and now it’s at the point where even a subject like Dangal beats everything in sight. The lesson to be drawn is the obvious one.. you can never tell, things change dramatically sometimes. What SRK fan in the 90s or even a bit beyond expect this kind of Aamir career (or for that matter the one Salman has had for almost a decade now)? No one else did either. Which is why some humility is not a bad thing!

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      • Tastes and preferences change. I didn’t find KKHH offensive when I first watched it. It was a perfectly fine romantic film but being a teenager made a big difference in liking it. Come K3G time I could not bare that kind of film but I didn’t mind Mohabbatein. Then that truly horrible phase of Devdas, KHNH & KANK. Swades & CDI were like welcome relief.

        Now I can’t stand KKHH. At least with these films like KKHH, K3G, DTPH etc, music still is fine. I’d listen to that over most if not all albums this year! Mainly because music probably leaves a bigger shell life overall. Most of my music listening is still mainly 90’s/00’s – very little from current decade.

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      • I probably wouldn’t have guessed it before Lagaan but I still think Aamir was doing much the better films through the 90’s than SRK and Salman. He just wasn’t getting the box office reward. It’s hardly even a debate now which films have a greater shell life.

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      • Agree that Fanaa is a lot better than any of srk’s cringeworthy romantic chick-flicks. Also agree that Ghaijini is a lot better than all those inane southern remakes by salman.

        BUT thats very low standards to compare with, aint it?

        Once you deliver Lagaan and TZP and Dangal and whatever, you cant compare with some shitty stuff (which may be temporarily popular) and feel good about it.

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  59. Swades
    Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
    Chennai Express
    Darr
    Main Hoon Na
    Baazigar
    Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

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  60. tonymontana Says:

    Swades
    Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
    Dil Se
    Darr
    Main Hoo Naa
    Baazigar
    Veer Zaara
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

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  61. tonymontana Says:

    On another note I wouldve wanted OSO to be there in this round instead of Chalte Chalte. I found the former a rather enjoyable film

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  62. Swades
    Chakde India
    Chennai Express
    Darr
    MHN
    Baazigar
    KANK
    DDLJ

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    • How the hell did KANK get in quarters? 😮 Its one of the worst as far as Amitabh’s act is concerned, not so for Abhishek.

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      • Not quarters, this is last 16. But if people vote for it against Veer Zaara it will get to quarters. It did knock out Mohabbatein – I was a little upset by that. Think a bunch of Abhishek fans voted it in.

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        • Hey, Mohabatein was killed by the three “younger couples”, and the fact that the two older gentlemen were clearly psychotic… heck apart from Ash and those amazing saris and That Bachchan Look/stare/delivery, this film was such a turkey fest we Americans thought Thanksgiving came early.

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          • I didn’t mind it. Bachchan made it worthwhile for me. The flashback was well done. Admittedly for that story the film didn’t need to be epic length!

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          • True, I am being a bit unfair to the film: but yes the younger couples were experienced by me as a loss every time they showed up on screen (I still find those stretches unbearable and can’t watch the film end to end). But even in the other part SRK was so pathetic and inadequate it just spoiled the film’s balance.

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          • Mohabbatein is pretty good IMO. Love the backstory here. I prefer this film to K3G. The length in proceedings is created by the 3 love stories. The Uday/Shamita track is worthy of chopping off. The other 2 are fine, better acted.

            The Bachchan/SRK scenes are neat. This is one of SRK’s films I could easily watch – even for him! The only perverse thing is his wardrobe for Humko Humise Chura Lo. I didn’t like that and the ridiculous way Aishwarya tops herself off! Barring that song I don’t care much else for the soundtrack. I love the way he ‘informs’ Big B why he’s the loser in this battle!

            I’m a fan! No sarcasm!

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          • I guess if I had to survive I would rather on Aditya Chopra’s 3 SRK films than Kjo’s 4/5. Obviously watching 3 instead of 5 is another perk! But Chopra’s settings are homely and not this jet setting fake NRI world! Even London home in DDLJ is very realistic, a small terraced home with wooden fire – very simple and reality. With Johar that would be some huge Buckingham Palace with gazillions of fire places with pictures of parents shrouded above diamond mantle’s! And people go to Starbucks on the way back home – buy their coffee then jump in a plane to arrive back to a grand open gathering of family to say congratulations for making it through one more day at work!

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          • I have many graduate students being professionally moulded by the internships they do during their college days. Kjo’s unfortunate internship was with yrf’s ddlj. So we get it magnified to nth degrees in all his films. Aamir on the other hand did his internship with qsqt, hence the big gap.

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          • Hahahaha

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          • tonymontana Says:

            I liked SRK in Mohabbatein. the fanboy in me watched it 3 times then (it was a rage for teens back then), and Raj Aryan’s glasses and sweater hung from shoulders became a style statement of sort.

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          • That same sweater in Humko Humise Chura Lo? The hideous polo neck sweater with suit and red lips became a rage with the male population?

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  63. Wow, didn’t know the other rounds happened so quick. Regret to have missed out. Weekend was crazy with Ganpati visarjan. Anyways, here goes Round of 16

    Swades
    KHKN
    Dil Se
    Darr
    Chalte Chalte
    Baazigar
    Veer Zaara
    Pardes

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  64. Swades
    CDI
    Dil Se
    Darr
    MHN
    Baazigar
    KANK
    DDLJ

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  65. Current Quarter finalists;
    Swades 10/10
    Dil Se 7/10
    Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna 6/10
    Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na 6/10
    Darr 10/10
    Chalte Chalte 6/10
    Baazigar 8/10
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge 8/10

    Landslides for Swades & Darr. KANK, KHKN, Chalte Chalte in tight leads…
    The shock casualty might be Chak De! India…

    30 hours to go…

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  66. tonymontana Says:

    btw jayshah i wish you had included Baadshah in the contest instead of films such as chalte chalte and KANK. that is a film i watch repeatedly.

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  67. This is fun! Thanks for getting this going, Jayshah.

    Round of 16:

    Swades
    Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na
    Dil Se
    Darr
    Main Hoon Na
    Baazigar
    Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
    DDLJ

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  68. Current Quarter finalists;
    Swades 11/12
    Dil Se 8/12
    Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna 7/12
    Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na 8/12
    Darr 11/12
    Chalte Chalte 7/12
    Baazigar 10/12
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge 10/12

    22 hours or so left! Looks like these will be our quarter finalists barring any major turnaround! If Veer Zaara ties (it needs 2 votes) it will go through ahead of KANK. Same for MHN, it needs 2 votes against Chalte Chalte.

    Sexy Sam is alive and well!

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  69. Swades
    CDI
    Darr
    Baazigar
    DDLJ
    KHKN
    DTPH
    Dil Se

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    • Bob you’ve just picked 8 SRK films! You have to pick a winner from the 8 matches! Not your 8 favourite films from 16. This is a void vote unless corrected!

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      • Jay – Please wrap this up fast. Lets have a world cup between aamir and amitabh films over next 6 weeks till Nov 7. And satyam please pin that thread!

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        • LOL – Next up is Aamir Khan tournament.

          Maybe by the end of a few actors we’ll have the semi finalists enter a grand tournament.

          I’m in no hurry to wrap up SRK. He’s the third biggest superstar of the current generation and deserves some kudos for winning bronze. He was my starter. Aamir will be main course. You can skip dessert if you want as it’s Salman. This is done in standing order at the Olympic ceremony!

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          • Hmmm … I will have only the main course. Not hungry enough for starters and cant indulge in desserts when in diet.

            Aamir vs Amitabh films would have been a grand world cup though.

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  70. continuing this discussion (scroll up and down!) here. Jay can add the groups once more here if he wants too…

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  71. No status change since yesterday. Bob’s vote is void till it’s corrected. 5 hours to go for voting. Otherwise the following 8 films go through!

    Swades 11/12
    Dil Se 8/12
    Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna 7/12
    Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na 8/12
    Darr 11/12
    Chalte Chalte 7/12
    Baazigar 10/12
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge 10/12

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  72. No more voting

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  73. Quarter Finals! Voting ends Sunday 8Pm GMT
    Dil Se Vs Baazigar
    Chalte Chalte Vs Swades
    Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna Vs Darr
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge Vs Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na

    Results of Round of 16 in post

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  74. Quarter Final vote
    Baazigar – I love this film and songs, sorry Dil Se haven’t found the energy to revisit you but love the songs!
    Swades – one of his best performances, lovely album, Chalte Chalte ok film not in Swades’ league
    Darr – special personal meaning, I fancied a girl called Kiran 🙂 (desperate for KANK to be eliminated), KANK needs to go simple as that, trash has got too far IMHO!
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge – cannot ignore the history, blockbuster songs, KHKN unlucky seen it once liked it but not again unlike DDLJ

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  75. Quarter-finals:

    Dil Se
    Swades
    Darr
    DDLJ

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  76. Dil Se
    Swades
    Darr
    DDLJ

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  77. thecooldude Says:

    Dil Se
    Swades
    KANK
    DDLJ

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  78. Amit Pandey Says:

    Quarter final:
    Baazigar
    Swades
    Darr
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

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  79. Looks like Dil Se Vs Baazigar is the biggie here!

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  80. tonymontana Says:

    Dil se
    Swades
    Darr
    DDLJ

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  81. Baazigar
    Swades
    Darr
    DDLJ

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  82. This thread is spiced by Jay’s running commentary!

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  83. Baazigar
    Swades
    Darr

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  84. Dil Se
    Swades
    Darr
    DDLJ

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  85. Dil Se
    Swades
    Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

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  86. Any possibility for wild card entry or entries as in Bigboss?
    CDI.

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  87. Q/F

    Dil Se ( coz of music)
    Swades
    Darr
    Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na

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  88. Baazigar
    Chalte Chalte
    Darr
    Kabhi haan kabhi na

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  89. OK I am sorry I missed the earlier round…but here we go for the QF:

    Dil Se
    Swades
    Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

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    • I realize KANK is not a popular choice but I think the performances were pretty damn good in that film; so to me despite of KJo, the cast will take this film thru the semis. Darr to me is pretty overrated and SRK’s performance is also overrated. Sunny and Juhi need not be mentioned when it comes to acting…I was never a Sunny fan.

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    • You’ve voted in each round by my count. But sorry to break the news, KANK looks like it’s going out!

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  90. Current scores – 30 hours or so to go, voting has burst into life at QF stage…
    Dil Se (9) Vs Baazigar (5)
    Chalte Chalte (1) Vs Swades (13)
    Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (2) Vs Darr (12)
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (10) Vs Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na (4)

    So currently Dil Se, Swades, Darr & Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge will go through to the SEMI FINALS.

    The closest match up is Dil Se Vs Baazigar. Dil Se has a superior historic vote built by it’s group stage so in the event of a tie it is going through.

    Time left for things to change….

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  91. Quarter Finals picks:

    Dil Se
    Swades
    Darr
    Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na

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  92. Current scores – 10 hours or so to go…
    Dil Se (10) Vs Baazigar (5)
    Chalte Chalte (1) Vs Swades (14)
    Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (2) Vs Darr (13)
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (10) Vs Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na (5)

    Dil Se and DDLJ fending off Baazigar & KHKN with ease.

    Swades & Darr charging into semi’s!

    Get ready for the semi finalists soon… the final 4!

    I think everyone wants Darr here! They won’t be too scared of that draw…

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    • Ideally it should be face-off between Swades and DDLJ in finals. And king khan’s flop swades should be adjudged the winner. Lets not forget that it was a follow-up disappointment from Gowariker after Lagaan and was officially rejected by Aamir as he found the script ‘boring’.

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      • Dil Se fans are going to have something to say about that! They are very vocal. Some turned up only when it mattered like Saket! When the going gets tough who knows even DDLJ fans will turn up. Those that watch it weekly at Mumbai Maratha Mandir theatre may have the final say…

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        • LOL

          If srk fans wake up then it will be DDLJ the champion by a landslide!

          Sad to see CDI chucked out already …

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        • This might surprise a lot of people but I can’t bear to watch DDLJ anymore. The thought makes me gag!

          As for a love story set in Punjab, Manmarziyan is the way to go. I quite liked Jab We Met as well.

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          • Once I loved DDLJ especially for the songs. Even now the songs are likeable. But the presence of Farida Jalaal in srk films makes me to keep away from them1

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          • Her and Alok Nath as parents to SRK and Salman is a missed opportunity if there ever was one…

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          • I don’t mind the songs. But the film is about two characters that are very difficult to like.

            The supposedly lovable rogue who displays a spine when it comes to eloping with his lady-love. Yeah right!

            And the docile maiden whose only wish is to get married and settle down with a prankster who somehow steals her heart. How can anyone love Kajol’s character in this film is beyond me!

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        • Dil Se fans are rooting for MR more than for srk! SRK is collateral beneficiary!

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          • I genuinely think Dil Se is SRK’s best performance to date. Not that he wasn’t a bit hyper in his portrayal, but it actually fit right in with the story and the overall execution. He was displaying ishq ki junooniyat, for lack of a better term in english, and thus his performance becomes perfectly suited for the role.

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          • At this stage of the tournament, it’s time for fighting talk. I couldn’t care less for Dil Se! It needs to go! Even if it’s Darr! LOL! With CDI gone and Baazigar soon to go I’m running out of films I like for the victory. Feels like I’m left with Germany, Italy, Japan & Russia.

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          • I’m disappointed Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa is about to drop off. That is a real tragedy.

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          • It’s tough knocking out CDI and being knocked out by DDLJ! Tough draw.

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  93. QF Results
    Dil Se (10) Vs Baazigar (5) , Dil Se wins
    Chalte Chalte (1) Vs Swades (14), Swades wins
    Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (2) Vs Darr (13), Darr wins
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (10) Vs Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na (5), Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge wins

    SF’s

    Swades Vs Dil Se
    Darr Vs Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

    My wife has picked numbers 1-4 randomly and we arrive here…blame her, I always do 🙂

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  94. For purists this might be a nightmare!
    SF’s my vote
    Swades – I think for me this was a really fine film. Slow but very meaningful
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge – I can’t bet against DDLJ…yet 🙂

    You have till Tuesday 8PM GMT to cast your votes!

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    • Jay – You got just 15 votes in quarters? I was under the impression we have more active members than that. *Edited**

      Anyways, semis:

      Swades
      DDLJ

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      • Yes. I think it’s timing for some folks. Hopefully we can get 20 votes here, more than half way there! 36 hours to go!

        Dil Se on the ropes!

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  95. Semis:

    Dil Se
    DDLJ

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  96. Semis:
    Swades
    Darr

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  97. tonymontana Says:

    Dil se
    Ddlj

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  98. Amit Pandey Says:

    Semifinal :
    Swades
    Ddlj

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  99. Swades
    DDLJ

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  100. thecooldude Says:

    Swades
    DDLJ

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  101. Swades
    DDLJ

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  102. Swades
    Darr

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  103. Current scores…

    Swades leads Dil Se 8-4
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge leads Darr 10-2

    Swades is about to upset fans of Dil Se with a big scalp here!

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    • Oh well, at least it got to the semis.. not bad for a box office failure.. and it’s being upended by another box office disappointment.. one of the things your ‘tournament’ has established is precisely some of the stuff we often discuss here. Over time the better stuff survives. Of SRK’s most iconic films only the absolute DDLJ made it to the final 4. The final should be interesting. If Swades were to win it would underline the point even more.

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      • I wouldn’t rule out Dil Se yet. I’m sure Saket is going to vote for it. Then it’s game on.

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      • For me Swades is one of the high points of SRK’s body of work, but — leaving the question of ideology aside — it would be hard for me to pick it over DDLJ: the film is very well made, and while the genre is a pathetic one, it’s kinda flawless. Hard for me to vote against it in favor of the well-meaning but kinda “flat” Swades.

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        • Agree.

          I think we’ve shown our hand for the potential final now.

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        • fair point.. but then even the best film relative to genre is not necessarily the ‘better’ film. Having said that I did use this logic a couple of times when I voted for DDLJ. But I wouldn’t be able to apply it with respect to Dil Se. Yes DDLJ-Swades is a bit tougher, I grant you that.

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          • Yeah I too would not be able to apply it to Dil Se. But then again, if I use the logic of which one I saw in the cinema the most times, Dil Se > DDLJ > Swades. Actually the first two were tied at 5 but only because Dil Se didn’t last that long in the cinemas here (plus with DDLJ several of those were part of family trips to the cinema; with Dil Se it was all me wanting to go). 😊

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          • If I applied the logic of which I’ve seen most I’d be embarrassed to declare my winner. So I’m not using this logic.

            With this final 4, DDLJ was my winner any combination. Unfortunately Baazigar & CDI are out – one of those 2 would be my overall winner.

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        • On the contrary, I have extreme ideological issues with DDLJ. Sucking up to a dissenting father-in-law and his entire weird extended family is not everyone’s cup of tea! QSQT’s runaway solution has more guts at display.

          Swades is at a different level ideologically. I would any day watch Swades than catch up with DDLJ.

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          • Yes for sure: QSQT is one of the all time great Hindi love stories, and MUCH less dated, and as you note non-conformist, than DDLJ. Not just sucking up, the film valorises the hero’s deceit, and “cheats” by making the fiancé an asshole. Parades later on did this as well, and an attempted rapist to boot.

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          • On DDLJ I would pick Ho Gaya Hai Tujhko To Pyar Sajna as my favourite song by a distance in a great romantic album. The picturisation is lovely too. I’m not as big a fan of the more popular Tujhe Dekha To and Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna. I’ll probably be a minority here but Ho Gaya I think is amongst my top 5 romantic tracks from the last 30 years.

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          • Oh shit. Man even if ARR is out of it I might have to think about “Tose Naina Laage Piya Saanvre” from Anwar (I wish Mithoon had done more in his career!). On DDLJ I think the QSQT songs have retained their freshness to a greater extent — also Anand Milind’s “Pehla Nasha” from JJWS.

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          • Every song in QSQT I cherish, my favourite is Ghazab Ka Hai Din. JJWS I only really like Pehla Nasha. The rest of the album I find par the course. QSQT > DDLJ > JJWS music wise for me. Though Pehla Nasha is probably my favourite song from all albums combined.

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  104. How the semi-finalists fare @IMDB:

    Swades – 8.3 (71K)
    DDLJ – 8.2 (55K)
    Darr – 7.9 (19K)
    Dil Se – 7.7 (23K)

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  105. Swades
    DDLJ

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  106. Semis:

    Swades
    Darr

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  107. AamirsFan Says:

    Semis:

    Swades
    DDLJ

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  108. SF Picks:

    Dil Se
    DDLJ

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  109. Time to watch Dil Se NOW. Already better in the first 10 mins than I recall!

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    • still time to change your vote!

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      • One line has floored me already. SRK saying how can I fall in love with a married woman? Hahahaha, such irony!

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          • Well it’s intermission time, will watch rest tomorrow. I like it now a lot more than I did back in 98. But I always remember this film thinking it’s quite offbeat, now when I watch it, it is quite commercial but still quite uncomfortable at points. Manisha Koirala lights this film up, the camera is very clever in capturing her fair features. I love Priety Zinta too, so intrusive & spunky. SRK has that Rahul element but it’s more in the Pardes level, it’s bearable & much more endearing.

            It’s not going to swing my vote though. Easily Ratnam’s best Hindi film. The soundtrack, each song with a different voice is amongst the best. The film has repeat value, watching it now I’m surprised it didn’t do well. Considering KKHH follows 2 months later this is quite a year for SRK.

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          • great to read this note from you..

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          • Incidentally one other thing that’s structurally important for the film (and Ratnam talked about this at the time) is that it’s partially modeled on the seven stages of love in Sufi lore. These run from interest/attraction to love to worship and eventual annihilation (of the self). As in most mystical traditions divine love or the pursuit of the same is often present in a highly charged, erotic language. In a lot of these same sufi traditions the erotic love interest offers a pathway to that greater divine love. Even as ratnam tracks some of this he of course subverts it a great deal too. Incidentally the song Satrangi also follows in its own way this very same structure.

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          • I think there are so many scenes that are memorable. Little things he does.
            1) Koirala at the radio station having to answer why she left SRK. The door is swinging back and forth letting light shine on her face and she looks amazing for it
            2) There is a scene in Ladakh where she drinks water and you can see SRK looking at through her space carefully filmed by the angle in her elbow bend
            3) SRK looking at her while she showers
            4) They secretly meet upstairs and hide behind the door while SRK plays her a scene from earlier in the film wrt to him courting her
            5) Zinta asking SRK point blank are you a virgin and his reaction

            The film flows really well. Songs are cleverly used everywhere.

            I am just wondering knowing the ending but not remembering what is to come and why they decide to commit suicide, the ending right now doesn’t make sense to me. But I’ll follow through tonight.

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          • Those are all wonderful scenes, specially the first one you mention here. About the second half it must also be said that here the film starts running into some trouble. The first half is perfect. the second a bit messy. Part of the problem possibly is that Ratnam can keep things somewhat abstract in the first part of the film. The girl is a mystery, the physical sites are not named precisely (it seems to be a bit of a mixture of kashmir and the northeast), the same for the insurgent/terrorist group. And again the SRK character is still finding his bearings so the abstraction works. In the second half you have a precise city, Delhi. Even if Ratnam wonderfully inverts things so that Delhi becomes at least as unsettling a place as the one SRK has just visited (in fact moreso in some ways), the fact that now the film is a bit of a police procedural and depends on ‘specifics’, the abstract strokes of the film start conflicting a bit with this. Perhaps the film might have been better off restricting itself to the locales of the first half. Or keeping things more ‘local’. it is undoubtedly a powerful polemical move to shift the action to Delhi but this is achieved at a certain aesthetic cost.

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          • The reason I prefer Dil Se over Swades is that I can remember more scenes from Dil Se, even when Swades is more recent movie of SRK I’ve seen.

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          • I have a weakness for Swades too but I concede the point that it’s not a dynamic film at all. It has some real moments of empathy but it also has a great deal that’s confused and ideologically problematic (the imagining of Indian rural space as a ind of a ‘bozo land’.. with nice, well-meaning people who need to be ‘educated’ a bit.. even if the SRK character here himself undergoes a transformation — and I love the scene where he visits the hut and later the moment in the train — there’s an issue when the heartland/hinterland or what have you always comes across as a bit of a circus; the difference in Lagaan is that Bhuvan is part of this crowd.. and you have the British on the other side.. there is no other option and as an audience we are ‘with’ the Indians here whereas in Swades we are really with SRK’s character and have that sense of condescension.. leaving this aside the film should have been either a ‘nostalgia’ effort for the NRI or about its more essential subject..Gowariker tries to do different things thematically at different points..). In terms of craft there is not even a comparison between this film and Dil Se (but one could say this for many other films too). Again I’ve always been a fan of Swades but with these serious reservations. On the other hand with Dil Se I again might have some reservations but I see these as the problems sometimes generated by the authentic film. In other words with a certain kind of premise it’s hard to do justice to both the script and also indulge in commercial compromises. This has been the great struggle of Ratnam’s career over the last 20 years or so. But yes to get to your point even if one doesn’t like Dil Se as a whole there are tons of memorable moments.

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  110. I am not sure, I am clear; Is the vote for best SRK movie or performance?

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    • It looks like for movie.

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    • More like favourite film…

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    • Movie. If we were voting for performance Jay might have posed the question in terms of which are the greatest comedies.

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      • On a serious note this whole thread has been very instructive — scanning through the names and thinking of the films, my intuition years ago, that srk’s oeuvre would end up like Rajendra Kumar’s, seems borne out: very little of much note, and certainly very little that was commercially successful of much note. This is a huge contrast from the careers of contemporaries like Aamir (remember we are already almost two decades removed from Lagan and well over a decade from RDB or what have you — heck as films like the very contemporary love stories we see these days underscore, something like QSQT seems more relevant to us today than DDLJ); not to mention the work of greater star-actors.

        Anil Kapoor is another fellow who comes to mind: very very few of his films have survived the test of time (in fact even fewer than in the case of SRK).

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  111. Performancewise Srk is the same from Raju bangaya gentleman to Jab tak hain jaan. He maintained uniformity. He gave what was expected of him. So one can only chose his films.

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  112. Swades leads Dil Se 12-6
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge leads Darr 14-4

    Seems with half a day to go Swades and DDLJ will meet in the final (seems like quite convincing results) and fight for the title of Satyamshot’s overall favourite SRK film.

    Will wait for 10 hours or so…

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  113. Baazigar was a very well made thriller with lovely songs. And Srk’s acting was more than adequate and stylish. It might have lost but it is a true winner.

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    • Ye Kaali Kaali Aankhen and the title track are my 2 favourites here. Ae mere humsafer is ok but is nowhere near its namesake from QSQT.

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    • thecooldude Says:

      Baazingar is one of those movies that was a decnet watch when it came out but hasn’t aged well at all. Same with Darr.

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  114. aamirsaurabh Says:

    My vote for Swades whatever it is against.

    My vote for opposing movie against DDLJ means my vote at any stage now against crap DDLJ.

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  115. I’m closing voting. No chance of Dil Se or Darr catching up with the finalists.

    Swades wins 13-6 against Dil Se
    DDLJ wins 14-5 against Darr.

    So our final is Swades Vs Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. Voting ends Thursday 5pm GMT.

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    • Cool – 19 votes counted in semis. My official final vote is for Swades.

      Can Swades win by a margin?

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      • Officially it’s 1-1 but I think Swades is slight favourite here. Don’t be surprised if SRK fans turn up to vote for his biggest blockbuster ever!

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  116. Final my vote
    Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

    Too iconic to turn down. Repeat watches is the key for me here.

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  117. DDLJ

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  118. tonymontana Says:

    DDLJ, hands down. No matter what many pseudos think about it, it is for me an iconic film and one of the best in commercial Hindi cinema

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  119. In the event of a tie, Swades wins as till now it’s had 68 votes to Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’s 66.

    House edge for Swades, so DDLJ needs to win outright!

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    • Let me fix it a little bit. DDLJ over Swades.

      Too much hyperbole around Swades here. The movie is an honest attempt but lacks good screenplay, definitely not a great movie. I am calorie conscious and not into too much sugar but DDLJ was what made SRK. A well made movie for that time even though cliched in some parts. Most of the parts actually work 😀

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    • Good that you have a tie scenario covered …

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  120. I’m going to surprise people here…

    DDLJ

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    • What! I need an essay for this justification!

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      • Blame Qalandar! He made me rethink my position yesterday. There are many films I’d easily pick over DDLJ including Dil Se. I like Swades a fair bit but what it gets right is perhaps not good enough for me to trounce DDLJ (incidentally I wouldn’t have chosen CDI over DDLJ either though I would have chosen quite a few Aamir films over it including Talaash). Put differently if a film is aspiring to be something more meaningful then it also has to live up to a higher bar. Now having said that DDLJ is the exception here. I would have picked Swades over DTPH, KKHH and so on. But Q is correct, DDLJ does get everything right. And ultimately this is about favorite films!

        On that note fantastic work on this whole tournament. Can’t wait for the next one.

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        • I would pick Baazigar and CDI over DDLJ. But others have spoken!

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        • Lets have winner for some leading actors and then have UEFA cup 🙂

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        • My vote, for these reasons, and with regret: DDLJ

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          • You guys are ruing favorable draw 🙂

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          • Fortunately Satyam and Qalander haven’t displayed sour grapes though I half expected some ‘new’ bloggers to enter the forum voting for Dil Se and to suddenly disappear!

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          • I like the format because it is fun but I prefer where people vote preferential votes; That way favorable draw charge could be eliminated. But other method could have a winner with lots of second preferential votes. You possibly can attach weights to position to take care of that first vote as 3.5, second vote as 2.25 third vote as 1.10 (or 1.0).

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          • Example?

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          • We could have round robin till quarters.
            Then you have 4 teams in two groups. You can have round robin (takes time but fun) or preferential votes (relatively quick). Top two from each group go to final.
            In final, you have 4 teams and people vote preferentially. One with most preferential vote will win.

            You may put weights to positions
            1st – 5
            2nd – 3.75
            3rd – 2.40
            4 – 1.0

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          • I haven’t given much thought but other people can chime in if it has flaws. One model cannot be perfect for everything. If rules are stated before game then it is fair for most part.

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          • Then Jay has to devote more time and energy. He will have less time to peep into other threads!

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          • Jay gets his bread and butter doing this 🙂

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          • I think it will create a convergence to a more obvious outcome. It’s like a long league season. The element of surprise like CDI being knocked out early probably wouldn’t happen. Plus I’ll have to work harder!

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    • If DDLJ wins, ss will become another filmfare and boi which shuns European cinema.

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  121. thecooldude Says:

    Was hoping a DDLJ vs CDI final in which case I would have voted for CDI…oh well Le Jayenge Le Jayenge Dil Wale Dulhaniya Lejaynge

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  122. Amit Pandey Says:

    Final:
    DDLJ

    ps: badly missed khkn n ch I!
    Some how asutosh gowarikar never excites me as a filmmaker. his take on his movies are bit boring uninspiring except Lagaan for obvious reasons(read Aamir)

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    • Lagaan is also very well shot and dynamic in every sense. Gowariker has never been a craftsman like this elsewhere in his career. Actually I think his best work cinematically after Lagaan is probably the second half (or many portions of it) of KHJJS.

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      • thecooldude Says:

        Lagaan to me (amongst many other things) represents perhaps the biggest turnaround in a director’s filmography. I mean look at Baazi and then look at Lagaan and give me another example of a director upping his game like this…

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  123. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge has launched into a 7-2 lead… Marcus is doing Manikarnika moves on everything that moves & Sanjana is preparing her best Farida Jalaal impression to get ready to pick up the Filmfare Award!

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  124. Final:
    Swades.

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  125. Final:

    This one is easy for me – Swades. Can’t stand DDLJ.

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  126. Swades.

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  127. Voted for DDLJ but my favourite movie of SRK is Baazigar.

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  128. AamirsFan Says:

    Its going to be DDLJ for me…one of my fave childhood memories was watching this movie in the theater in India and the crowd was going crazy in every song…amazing atmosphere…we were dancing in the isles…only watching Lagaan years later in the US topped that kind of atmosphere in a movie theater.

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  129. Jay, did you watch Dil Se on netflix? How was the transfer? The first generation Eros (I think) DVD on this has always been poor. Then Moserbaer did it as well though I’ve heard it’s not much of an improvement. I just checked out the Netflix transfer and it seems to be much better than what I remember from the original DVD. Prime doesn’t have it currently. Also notice they have an HD version available as a rental on youtube but I don’t know what the source is.

    I will be revisiting Dil Se myself and probably DDLJ!

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  130. Back to Dil Se. After Jiya Jale the film’s a complete trainwreck for me. Didn’t like it and was not convinced. SRK returns to DDLJ mode when he’s fighting the bad guys and the film’s early touches are completely lost. I think Ratnam could have bypassed the whole sequence where SRK is kidnapped and just created a longer dialogue sequence on the day of the bombing between SRK and Manisha leading to their death. All the sequences in the hideout and hospital are kind of odd in the film. It’s a different film after that song & very quickly the pace is quicker. Didn’t suit the near flawless first half and a bit.

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    • tonymontana Says:

      I know what you’re talking about but the final insane 20 minutes or so gave the movie its true character

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      • It’s very insane – till this day I still remained shocked by the abruptness of the end. That is still a great end. Just one warm embrace and boom!

        Manisha Koirala got some genuinely strong roles in the 90’s. Even Priety Zinta is not YRF/Kjofied here and is so good.

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  131. 10-7 to DDLJ. I’ll recount tomorrow to make sure. 40 odd hours to go!

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  132. Final-My vote goes to SWADES.

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  133. DDLJ

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  134. Final vote – DDLJ

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  135. tonymontana Says:

    many people are voting for DDLJ. My premature conclusion is this.

    yes there are movies that are not commercial hits at the time of their release but develop a following over the years. But ultimately the winner is a movie that resonates with everyone, beyond class, boundaries and sections of the trade (critics and audience alike). In Hindi cinema, Sholay, Mughal e Azam and Mother India still rule the roost when we talk about the best. And DDLJ falls in the category too!

    I know many people are biased against the movie because of the genre. Blame SRK that he created a brand out of it and followed it up with vastly inferior works. Yashraj are equally responsible for giving DDLJ references in many movies that followed, which became rather irritating after a while. however, it its entirety, DDLJ is commercial Hindi cinema at its best and a film for the ages. Aditya Chopra really struck gold there, and he and his cronies like Johar are simply incapable of making something like that ever again

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    • Very much agree, I think it’s a trade off happening here. If CDI was in final it might have won!

      And there is no point trying to recreate it.

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  136. DDLJ has a solid but not unsurmountable lead of 12-8 here…Swades needs to only tie to win!

    Le Jayenge, Le Jayenge, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge!

    1. Bade bade desho mein aisi chhoti chhoti baatein hoti rehti hai
    2. Raj, agar yeh tujhe pyaar karti hai, toh yeh palat ke dekhegi. Palat… Palat… Palat…
    3. Jaa, Simran, jaa. Jee le apni zindagi
    4. Main aa raha hoon, Simran
    5. Aao aao

    Dialogues courtesy any YRF/Kjo love story from last 2 decades…

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    • DDLJ winning on Satyam is ‘black swan event’ 🙂
      Kalyug.

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      • We are establishing a new milestone for pseudo-intellectualism here. Its once in a lifetime event.

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        • tbh, good to see masks are off 🙂

          Kehte hai na, “tota kitna be nakal kare, jab gardan pakdo toh quack quack he karega”

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          • Ha!

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          • Its amusing to see die-hard fans of angry-young man persona of bachchan voting for ddlj which is unpretentiously a film for suckers. Irony is bachchan’s onscreen image was as fake as his fans ideological integrity. Shame.

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          • yaha Ganga jumna sarswati, kohram, Jadugar, toofan….. etc main subversion aur deep philosophical truths doonde jaate hain, DDLJ toh sweet pill hain 🙂

            Baaki…. sab golmal hain bhai golmal.

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  137. Final vote – Swades

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  138. 12-9 i think ATM.Cmon vote for Swades.

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  139. Coz i believe popcorn fluffy crap shld be discarded.

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  140. TonyMontana:

    so a fan of angry young man cant vote for DDLJ because its a romantic genre?

    Wow! amazed at some people’s definitions of masculinity! and an action film showing “masculinity” is supposedly a better one?

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  141. Bliss & Marcus: You guys seem upset, even violently so (!), that I voted for DDLJ. I’ve already indicated the reasons, these shouldn’t be so hard to understand. But you guys should be more ‘open’ about what you’re insinuating (especially Bliss!). I can guess of course! Marcus, sorry you had to put up with so much ‘pseudo’ stuff here for so long and still have to..

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    • Disappointment is the right word imo. But i believe u just retaliated at the fun we were making of Dil Se.

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      • how many conspiracies can you unearth in a day?!

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      • Actually I’ve always found DDLJ enjoyable. The only such film of that era that I think of in this way. The other stuff is all unwatchable. In fact among romantic films from that period the only other one I still like is HDDCS. It’s a much more messy, indulgent narrative but a number of things here work for me. And to repeat myself I’d easily take QSQT over DDLJ (the only youth romance I like more than QSQT is Bobby, i.e. in Hindi cinema).

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    • No one is upset.
      Simple adage I follow- If you start explaining, you have lost the argument. 🙂

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  142. Jay, I saw the first half of Dil Se last night. Indeed this is a much better transfer than the original DVD. Brightness levels/contrasts are still not where there need to be, the image could be stronger till (LOL, I’m fussy!) but this is a huge improvement on the previous option. Now if we were voting for DVDs Swades could beat this one. Haven’t seen it in a longer time but the UTV DVD on this was excellent. In general some of the UTV releases then were great. Lakshya is another example.

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  143. Swades is Federer and DDLJ is Nadal.

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  144. Haven’t seen DDLJ fully but voting for DDLJ anyway (I’m with Satyam) 🙂

    Should have taken part in this, in a way it’s fun and different from regular boxoffice garbage talk. Would love to see same for some old films, songs, stars.

    Is Dil Se really that good of a movie? I remember not making it past first 20 minutes, but I think I had watched it on some horrible VHS, I don’t think it was DVD.

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  145. Swades is Sachin and DDLJ is Virat kohli.

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  146. No one is taking the results seriously except one or two. As long as Dil se was in the competition, there was some tension. Now the biggest hit of Srk is facing the biggest disappointment bo wise. What an irony!
    Some consolation is that none of Kjo films made it though as an actor he appeared in DDLJ.

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  147. DDLJ 13 – 9 Swades…after zacked and z votes.

    I’ll give it 30 hours or so plenty of time to watch both movies and make a choice.

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  148. tonymontana Says:

    Swades is well-intentioned and overall well made but has a flat narrative. In fact I’d take a few SRK movies over it anyday, including Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, Darr and Chak De India.

    SRK could have easily added some better films in his oeuvre in the past 10 years. That could have made his filmography impressive. i think his desperation over being trumped by Aamir/Salman made him experiment in a lot of roles but in bad films.

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  149. tonymontana Says:

    All things said, this has been a very entertaining contest Jayshah. Kudos!

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    • Thanks I’ve enjoyed it. Childhood memories and all plus if it wasn’t for this I doubt I EVER would have watched Dil Se again.

      If neo1, Abzee, Saket, Bob Cristo vote (and anyone else whom I missed that has voted at anytime) I’ll close this contest earlier than scheduled.

      Still time for an upset!

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  150. Are we coming up with an Aamir thread after this?

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  151. Those who voted from the beginning(feeling sorry for them) and those that came very late like me(lucky ones) are treated equally and thats good. Better late than never! The first rounds were confusing and exhausting while the final round is fun. Relief that it is going to be over and one can move on. Jayshah made it interesting with his energy and witty remarks. And others chipped in to make this thread interesting.

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  152. Woh sab to theek hai par Swades ko jeetao.

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  153. It’s probably the biggest non-SRK movie SRK has ever done or wld do.

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  154. It would b interesting to vote for absolute favourite movie without these matchups.

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  155. Bob Cristo Says:

    Swades…Anyday…

    1-अपनी चौखट का दिया Giving light to Neighbor’s house.
    2- अपने ही पानी में पिघल जाना बर्फ का मुकद्दर होता है
    3- मैं नहीं मानता कि हमारा देश..दुनिया का सबसे महान देश है लेकिन हममें काबिलियत है (How bold this statement is !)
    4- जो कभी नहीं जाती उसको ही जाति कहते हैं
    5-मेरे आंसुओं का स्वाद..मेरे मन का नमक ही समझता है
    6- मन से रावण जो निकाले राम उसके मन में है (Though its a song still what a line)

    As i say…Anand..Bawarchi and Swades is not just films for me. They are expierence. They teaches you something. I dont know how anyone can dislike these movies.

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  156. Bob Cristo Says:

    And that Shehnai ambience in ‘Ye jo desh hai tera’ song. My god! What a haunting song. It is my mobile’s caller tune since 2004. Just watch or listen this song once..It would be better if you watch it. The song will blow you away.

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  157. Bob Cristo Says:

    I dont know fine nuisance of acting and if SRK acting in Swades is not one of the most honest and fine act of an actor i dont then what is acting ? And waht is this bullshit of Swades is a slow film. For me a film is Good or bad. If the film keeps me invested in the narrative then it is good film for me. That is why “Lootera” is also one of my most fav film. Is it slow ? Yes. but hell with slowness it hits you right in your heart. First and only time i liked Sonakshi and Ranveer as always in fine form.

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  158. It’s not really a big shock picking DDLJ over Swades. Tony has explained it well enough. It’s a massive triumph at the box office and influenced many films in the genre. It’s an iconic film and the flag bearer of SRK’s career. Not embarrassing to pick it. I’d certainly have picked a couple of other films over it but overall it’s no shock it’s winning here. Possibly a populist point of view but it kind of ticks most boxes. I don’t recall reviews but I’d assume it was fine enough, the box office is huge and it led the charge on the NRI front. It’s influenced many spin-offs and when SRK hangs up his boots it’ll be his most remembered film by a distance and it is his career defining moment.

    To me it would be like choosing Maradona’s amazing season at Napoli (a slog of sorts & much more effort) to win a title over his goal in 86 World Cup against England. That latter moment is quite unforgettable, the former sequence quite remarkable too. But you’ll see THAT goal every single time the World Cup is around. It’s unforgettable and hard to ignore.

    Also the DDLJ moment is incredibly larger than every other time SRK has gone down this oeurve. He’s never hit that peak again…such that consequent efforts mimick this film terribly.

    Swades is a good film. I won’t bash it to justify DDLJ choice.

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    • PLus, as munna said it is also about the DRAW — I certainly wouldn’t have picked DDLJ on day 1 of the tournament (as my choice; I might have picked it as a likely winner), but the films I preferred were eliminated based on the draw.

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      • Josh is another SRK film I would have picked over many others but it wasn’t part of the proceedings. But this happens in sports also. Do you always get the World Cup draw that ‘ought’ to be there. One doesn’t have to look beyond the most recent WC (football). Italy didn’t even qualify. Nor Holland. Then there were all those crazy eliminations on one side. So even in sports you hardly ever get ideal choices at every stage. To repeat the point Jay has done a wonderful job here and it was interesting at all points.

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        • Please make a section in side bar and links to these polls.

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        • Paheli anyone??

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        • True: If I absolutely had to pick a top 10 I think I would pick Deewana, Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, Dil Se, Josh, DDLJ, Swades, CDI, Raees, Chennai Express — man that is not a contribution for the ages; I have been told I should re-visit PBDHH (I remember disliking it at the time), and I don’t remember English Babu Desi Mem at all (I haven’t seen several from the last decade: Ra-One, Happy New Year, Fan).

          By contrast, even PRE-Lagaan I think I ‘d have a better list for Aamir: QSQT, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Hum Hain Rahee Pyar Ke, Dil Hai Ke Maanta Nahin (admittedly a poor second to Chori Chori), Rangeela, Sarfarosh, Ghulam, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Mann, Raakh. An uneven list, and in totality not a list for the ages either, but it gives me a stronger top ten even before Lagaan, and certainly a stronger top 5 (bolded). Once we are in Lagaan-and-after territory, it would be embarrassing to draw up a comparative list — but yes, Jay we need to do more such “tournaments.”

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    • This is a good summation. I’d just add this, for me the huge blockbuster that’s been iconic as well is not necessarily an automatic choice. In fact I thought when the poll started out that I probably wouldn’t vote for DDLJ against a number of films, certainly not Swades, but then changed my mind. But I wouldn’t have with Dil Se in the mix. Are there other SRK films that I could have picked over DDLJ? No. Swades is the closest it gets. It’s then of course about liking a film at a personal level in the first place. Beyond this however I think, and here I’m going to say this provocatively, Swades is an overrated film. This makes sense in a way only because it’s a SRK film and the rest of his oeuvre is mostly not even at DDLJ level (in the genre sense). for instance the same film for Aamir wouldn’t make a top 5, maybe not even a top 10. Now I’m not saying anything different from what I said on NG when the film first released. I like it, it’s certainly one of the better major commercial films over this entire period, but it’s not some sort of ‘ultimate’ film that many make it out to be. It’s ‘meaning’ is too easy (yes a lot of emotional, even heart-tugging moments but that’s a somewhat different discussion), it’s craft just not interesting enough (one just has to compare it with Lagaan even here), the storytelling similarly is a bit uninspiring. Nonetheless it works because of a certain sincerity. I like it despite all its faults (as I see them). Dil Se on the other hand is a vastly superior film on all of these levels. Now one could certainly criticize this film too for having a messy narrative at points or one could question it in other ways but it just attempts to say something much deeper than Swades and it also says in a language (visual, sound cues etc) that is much more sophisticated than that of Swades. Of course it doesn’t have the obvious emotional hooks of Swades (this kind of immediate identification might be a box office virtue but it’s definitely not a cinematic one in some absolute sense). Also it must be said that DDLJ was relatively cutting edge in the major commercial film sense at the time. Yes standards have greatly changed since then. But other than RGV at a smaller level with Satya or Rangeela no one in Hindi was really making more refined films. Again in the very commercial sense. So it’s not as if one is choosing Raja Hindustani over Swades! For that matter I wouldn’t dream of choosing even KKHH over Swades. Also DDLJ is in its own way a spontaneous film and not quite a product the way KKHH is. Incidentally I would have chosen Pardes over every other SRK love story other than DDLJ as well. Ghai is rather old school with his message here (bad NRIs/Americans and so on..!) but the central relationship is well-handled. So it’s really a number of things. But the DDLJ choice does not quite need defending. And again despite liking it I consider Swades overrated.

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  159. When the thread started I had many questions from time to time.

    Why this thread and why Srk?

    Is it to dispel the feeling that SS and the author himself is becoming too pro aamir?

    Is it to attract Srk fans to come and make the blog more diverse?

    Is it to revive Srk mania with some timely oxygen?

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  160. When BR suddenly became too harsh on CCV. I felt that he was somehow hurt by allegations that he is too favourable to MR and show his detractors that he can be critical too in a straightforward way.
    It is not excactly conspiracy theory. It is reading and thinking logically or over logically!

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  161. I voted for films based on what I would like to watch again. Based on my current sensibilities, of course. I can’t suddenly become Doctor Strange and go back to my old viewing habits. So yeah, films need to be judged according to contemporary standards and one’s own (current) cinematic knowledge. It doesn’t mean one shouldn’t acknowledge a film’s eminent status or its historical impact but at the end of the day liking or disliking a film is a personal choice. Based on a number of factors, yes, but hopefully one matures over the years and chooses wisely in the end.

    A film can be historically important in many ways and also be insufferable at a personal level. I don’t see any contradiction in this. For example, Mughal-E-Azam is a bonafide classic but I wouldn’t watch it again. The same goes for Paakeezah and some other Meena Kumari classics as well. Bhansali is greatly inspired by the aesthetics of Mughal-E-Azam and so it’s not an irrelevant film either. Thankfully (for me) he’s also a great fan of Guru Dutt’s cinema — something that is truly timeless. I could watch Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool & Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam again and again and marvel at not just the story but also the film-making!

    Coming back to the topic at hand, I didn’t vote for the final because both films that remain at the end don’t work for me. At all. DDLJ, looking back, is one heck of a bore. Right from the uninspired title to its whole dynamics of love, the characters who I can’t identify with at any level, and finally, the plot inconsistencies. It’s a superficial film at every level — a film that I quite liked when it first released but what did I know back then?! At one point of time I used to watch films like Watan Ke Rakhwale and feel good about it. I also loved lollipops back then.

    Swades is a movie made with good intentions but Gowarikar is a very uninteresting filmmaker. I still enjoy the film’s soundtrack (Yun Hi Chala Chal in particular) and coming from a non-SRK fan, I’ll admit that he looked great during this period, and particularly in this film (as opposed to how he looks today). But that’s about it. Having said that I might still watch it sometime just to see if my initial impressions still hold true. So, without voting, I’d still say Swades over DDLJ. But it’s hardly an endorsement.

    I will end by saying that all the extraneous factors like IMDB ratings (which can be manipulated, or at best they just indicate an average of opinions — a democratic vote for art, which is dangerous), historical significance etc are meaningless for me at a personal level. I am interested in a critical discourse by serious film critics who could offer some insight that I might have missed or an alternate point of view, which being me and having lived my own life in a certain way with certain influences, makes me sit up and take notice. That is where a real, meaningful conversation starts. Indian cinema (and world cinema!) needs film critics like Pauline Kael and Truffaut. Kael used to rip apart movies made by Kubrick and I would still read those reviews because they were always full of insight. I might not have agreed with her but reading those reviews was a pleasure. That is, for me, the true purpose of cinema — to open one’s eyes to alternate viewpoints, your truth against mine. And this can only happen when a film deserves such a discourse to begin with.

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  162. I think choosing life partners is more easy than choosing films!

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    • Not if you happen to be Simran. In that case, the guy who annoys you the most, seems to be completely irresponsible, has to be your only life partner.

      Sorry, but I can’t help taking digs at the classic love story of the 90s!

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    • You’ve chosen a few films here!

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      • Yes. My final vote would have gone to Paheli or Baazigar if they were in the running. As it is Swades is my majboori final choice. If it is remade with some slickness thrown in it may click better.

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        • Baazigar – with all that violence & bloodshed? I’ve not seen Paheli.

          Anyway recruit away – this is ending in 10 hours or so. I didn’t realize so much passion would come pouring out at this late stage!

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          • Violence was part of the film there.
            And it is a thriller with good songs. Like Ghazini. Unlike films like Black Friday where in every scene we are treated to raw violence.

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          • But in Black Friday and in Ghajini the violence was part of the story the film was trying to tell — in Baazigar as well, but there the violence against the first female lead was excused and confined by the end, it was highly problematic…

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          • As a story I may read it but graphic violence on screen is difficult for me to watch. I avoid lots of hollywood films due to this fear factor! That Shilpa Shetty murder scene was cold blooded and shocked the audience in Baazigar. No amount of back story can justify killing someone who was innocent and trustful.

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  163. 13-11 right now I think.

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  164. Saket – great comment.
    As Salman would say…just chill chill chill chill! Choice was not life threatening!

    13-11 it is. Swades needs 2 votes to win this and leave Satyam & Qalander red faced! The ONE time they vote for DDLJ they might lose!

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  165. Firangi Mallah.

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  166. Congrats to the winner in advance! Also to the runner up.

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  167. wow, its running much closer than I expected. My vote goes to DDLJ!

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  168. I confirm voting is closed now. And the winner is Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge 14-11. I will update the post later and hopefully kick off a contest for Aamir Khan films later on today.

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  169. Just for fun, I’d like to know how many people will actually prefer Jab We Met over DDLJ?

    Manmarziyan is a bridge too far, but surely, JWM might be one of the few films to usurp DDLJ’s crown?

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    • Still DDLJ.

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    • Thecooldude Says:

      Close…I take JWM over DDLJ. No contest when it comes to QSQT vs DDLJ….QSQT all the way

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    • Firstly Shahid has aped SRK in these types of films. And secondly Kareena is even more irritating than Kajol. Thirdly DDLJ music is way better than JWM. JWM is much more dance music than romantic music.

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      • But what about the story? It’s not a simple rom-com. There are consequences to Geet’s (Kareena Kapoor) naivety. A girl who’s full of life, impulsive and madly in love, ends up being a broken person. Damaged goods as one might say.

        In a way the story is about role-reversal. Shahid Kapoor’s character is suicidal in the beginning, finds solace in Geet’s exuberance and stages a recovery… while Geet finds out the (harsh) truth about her unbridled optimism. The sense of loss, when it hits, makes a telling statement.

        The end is a cop-out, sure, but by that point, the film has already achieved its goal.

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        • For me it is JWM and its music superior to popular DDLJ one. Kareena looked sweet and Shahid subdued and wise. I liked the indian feel and its tourist spots.

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      • tonymontana Says:

        with Pritam weaving his Control C Control V magic!

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      • Disagree on Shahid and Kareena. I think both acted quite well in JWM.

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        • Probably but I dislike Kareena with passion…only 2nd to her sister! Her Diva act is off-putting. Fine in JWM it’s good but like munna I’ve not cared to revisit it. I probably prefer Tamasha as an Imtiaz Ali film.

          DDLJ one-upmanship must stop. It’s won the World Cup! QSQT fans can vote for it later on! Salman fans will be in for a treat in a month’s time… he’ll get a different contest. One hopefully that will engage rather than Hello Brother Vs Marigold type matches…

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          • So much bias against Kareena! She was very good in her debut film Refugee. She was great in Talaash. In JWM she made Geet memorable. In Bodyguard and Bajrangi she was adequate. She even floored BR in VDW. She was fun in 3 Idiots.

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          • All the films you have named are the only one’s I like her in. And then something like K3G ruins it. Not to forget Yaadein, MPKDH, MDK and countless other ones. Still think she is best in Refugee.

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          • Omkara, Udta Punjab.

            Every one cant be choosy. They have to act in umpteen bad films and they get few memorable ones.

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          • I’m not saying she is a bad actor, just very irritating.

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    • I have seen only once when it released..it has decent first half and below average second half.

      ps – IMO Imitiaz Ali graph has been downward slope since his first movie. Socha Na tha was his best movie.

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      • AamirsFan Says:

        I respectfully disagree on the Imtiaz Ali comment. Perhaps box office wise his movies have gone downwards but films like Rockstar, Highway and the very very underrated Tamasha have proved he’s still capable of making very good films. Hell, I even thought JHMS was a watchable movie.

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        • Imtiaz’s recent one as producer Laila Majnu was well appreciated by critics who matter like BR and others for being different.

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  170. AamirsFan Says:

    Let’s get the Aamir thread going….I’m ready for it!!

    Congrats to DDLJ…makes sense.

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  171. tonymontana Says:

    Well deserved win for D D LJ

    Although i wonder how the results would be different if it was a best SRKperformance event. Guess Swades might have won that easily

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  172. I wonder if the DDLJ fans here have seen this.

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  173. post up in the sidebar..

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  174. For the 16 votes…

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