Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi--a Match Made by God: a Film in Review
By Onna Carr
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi is a Bollywood film I discovered four years ago while creating some mood boards for an interior design mood boards with a color scheme inspired by Bride and Prejudice, which led me to some stills from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, which led me to the full movie on Einthusan.com. The rest is history.
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi is one of those movies that has the ability to forever change your perspective on one hand, and solidify your beliefs on the other. This three hour long film made me think about traditional Indian arranged marriages in a positive way as it shows a young woman at her love marriage who is left alone in the world when her fiance ends up dead in a car crash and her father dies from a heart attack.
Before passing, the girl's father asks his most trusted student to marry his daughter to insure she is not left alone in India where she could end up on the streets and very few would marry her as if your fiancé dies you are considered cursed and unable to marry. The favorite student, Suri, marries the young woman, Tahnni, and quietly does his best to insure she I see comfortable but is unable to not be his usual, serious self, so he creates an alter-ego that attends dancing class with her and helps her learn to laugh again.
Though the plot line sounds rather ridiculous, it brings home the fact that love given without motivation for oneself's gain is truly a great characteristic to have. Suri gives laughter as well as love in his alter-ego that he knows may never come back to him. He knows that Tahnni may always want a flashier guy with terrible fashion sense over a quiet fellow who works for Punjab Power and quietly "lights up your life" but it doesn't deter him from doing what he can to make life less difficult and when the final dance is played and the choice s are made, "the bold-hearted carries away the bride."
The point is though that Suri would have still acted selflessly even if he had never won the heart of his wife and that is why his character is my second favorite in cinematographic history.
The point is not to win, but to do well and trust the one who created you that all will work out for the best--whatever the best may be.
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