Bollywood ages but its films don’t. As we celebrate a decade of Jab We Met today, the actors may have aged but its characters and roles never did on reel and in our hearts. As Imtiaz Ali’s Jab We Met enjoys the fate of an evergreen tree, it should be noted the a film succeeds not only because of its or support characters but also its side characters who act as drizzles of spice showered to perfect the taste of the a film.
Undoubtedly one of the best rom-comedy created in Bollywood, Jab We Met showed incredible characters brought alive by ingenious acting. And I don’t mean just Geet (played by Kareena Kapoor) and Aditya (played by Shahid Kapoor). The film crafted its side characters with equal care and humour. So here is a list of our favourite side characters.
As Geet and Aditya strolled through the streets of Ratlam, with Geet’s banter in the background, they finally come across, a sarcastically named, Hotel Decent. And its receptionist won our hearts with his, 'Train mein bhi' and 'Ek dum karak'. The shady character played by art director Teddy Maurya was a last minute decision as most actors cancelled on the part due to its small screen time. But Teddy’s theatre background payed off on screen as the character still manages to give the creeps 10 years on.
When Geet misses her train while playing a concerned fellow passenger for an emotionally lost Aditya, we are introduced to a cabbie who pushes our patience beyond the permissible limit. Played by actor Bijendra Kala, the complacent yet slow cabbie seems indifferent to the Geet's urgency to catch her train. The one hand over chest while tinkling a tiny bell before he presses the pedestal still makes us shout ‘jaldi’ in unison with Geet.
‘Akeli ladki khuli huyi tijori ke jaisa hai’ said by Kishore Pradhan playing the good for nothing station master in the film, emulated every vernacular oldie you may come across on Indian roads. As much as those words peeved us to our core, he bringing together his two forefingers to explain how much of a difference one inch in track laying can make was the ultimate glitter of the scene.
An air of sublime fear mixed with silence, shot with a low angle tilt-up introduced us to Dadaji or Geet’s grandfather, the final authority in the Bhatinda household. Played by superstar of his day, Dara Singh, Dadaji is a much loved yet feared character. His silent eye roll at Geet’s corset top without twitching another muscle was all it took for us to realize his aged power over every being in the house.The small screen time granted to these characters made us laugh and yearn for more but then that again has ideally been the essence of Jab We Met. The trains need to be missed.