This Friday will see the return of one of Bollywood fan’s favorite jodis when Guzaarish, starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan opens in theaters. The early buzz is that the duo has created magic on screen in their roles of Ethan and Sofia in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed film. We thought in honor of the film’s release we would take a look at some of the best scenes between the reel couple and then because we wanted to, and knew you, our dear readers, would enjoy it, we also decided to list some of the highlights from their separate films.
Hrithik and Aishwarya’s Magical Jodi
Before Guzaarish, the Aishwarya and Hrithik jodi has made jadoo on screen in two films, and they could not be any more polar opposite. First there was Dhoom 2 in 2006, Hrithik and Aishwarya were in their modern avatars as Mr. A and ‘are you like checkin me out’ Sunheri. Though there were many great moments between the two in the action film, we thought of two we just had to mention. Audiences could not wait to see the gorgeous duo dancing together and they lit the screen on fire in the ‘Dil Laga Na’ number. Doing one of the things they both do best, both Hrithik and Aishwarya looked hot and completely cool at the same time. Then there is the infamous KISS! You have the handsome Hrithik and the beautiful Aishwarya in a scene filled with tension and it ends in a very hot kiss. Of course, being Bollywood, there was an uproar. It was rumored that the Bachchan family objected to the kiss, there was rumbling among fans and even a court case, but in the end, it is the kiss that is one of the best and most remembered scenes from the hit film.
The actor and actress went in a completely opposite direction for their second film together when they starred in the period epic Jodhaa Akbar. We had a hard time picking moments from the film because every scene with the two is done brilliantly, but here are three scenes that we feel really define their jodi in this film. One of the first is when Akbar sees Jodhaa for the first time. She is praying, the song ‘Mann Mohanaa’ is playing… he walks around, sees her face and is stunned. Then there is the scene after the wedding, they are in the bedroom and she lowers the curtain between them, the look on his and her face is priceless. The scene at the gate when he sends her away in his jealousy, both acted the feelings of betrayal wonderfully. Oh wait, it must be four scenes because, we have to mention the sword-fighting scene as well, so much passion, so much desire and not a word spoken.
Yes, we could go on and on and on, but now we will go on to some of the highlights that they have brought separately to the silver screen.
One of Aishwarya’s best performances is in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. She is terrific as Nandini and her portrayal of the path from spoiled lovesick girl to mature woman who loves her husband is wonderful. In a movie filled with great moments two of the best are the last scenes of the film, one with Salman and one with Ajay. Of course while talking of HDDCS, we must mention ‘Nimbooda’. Combine Aishwarya’s great skill as a dancer and the art of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films and you have a dance sequence full of beauty.
It was and still is considered one of the best item numbers ever. We are talking about the sultry Aish in ‘Kajra Re’ from Bunty Aur Babli. ‘Hai Hai’, as Big B said!
One of Aishwarya’s more unusual films is Leena Yadav’s Shabd. Most people first of all think about her bed scene ‘Chahaton Ka Silsila’ with a soft and very tender Sanjay Dutt – but the scene which leaves you really speechless is in the end when Sanjay, torn by schizophrenia, is losing his mind and Aishwarya desperately tries to convince him that nothing has happened, that he didn’t kill anyone and that she loves him and no one else. Goosebumps!
More recently Aishwarya was seen in Mani Ratman’s Raavan. She was great in the song ‘Khili Re’, but it was her eyes that did the acting in this film. Our reviewer said, “In a nuanced, quite brilliant performance, Aishwarya delivers perhaps her finest work to date and Raavan is her film.”
Devdas began her work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and her performance as Paro is probably what really made people know Aish as an Actress with a capital A. She had a lot to live up too, a classic novel, and a star like Shah Rukh Khan and she shined. There are so many great scenes of hers in the film, but the two we want to highlight are in the song ‘Hamesha Tumko Chaha’, she literally spoke with her eyes, beautiful. Of course, you can’t write about Aish and Devdas and not talk about the ‘Dola Re Dola’ dance with Madhuri Dixit. Two of the best dancers in Bollywood, dancing together, in gorgeous costumes to a great song… need I say more?
Have to sneak in one more Jodhaa Akbar moment; there is the scene were she watches from behind a curtain as he practices with his sword, no shirt. So much was said in that scene with her eyes… and we quite agreed with everything she said though she spoke not a word.
For Guru, it was really impossible for us to pick one scene because she was so good. So, we will just say watch Guru!
His debut performance in Kaho Na Pyaar Hai created such a huge sensation that has not been seen since. He recently said that at the first screening, on the way in, a few people said, ‘oh you are the boy in the movie’, but then three hours later I could not leave the theater because of the mob of fans wanting to get close to me. Besides looking so fine and acting so well, it was his dancing that got the fans swooning. Have a look at the scene with Ameesha Patel, a club and Hrithik’s moves in ‘Ek Pal Ka Jeena’ and you can see why he needed a police escort.
When talking about Hrithik’s best performances or scenes we have to talk about Koi Mil Gaya. I remember watching the film and it wasn’t until he was walking down the street in the village that all of a sudden I realised that Rohit was the hunky Hrithik Roshan. He got so inside the character as the child like Rohit that I did not even recognize him. I actually fast-forwarded to the credits to make sure I was right. That tour de force performance is out of this world (pun intended).
Another film that showed Hrithik’s talent of becoming so lost in a character you really don’t see him is Lakshya. His change between the lazy boy to the military man is phenomenal. The scene where he points to the mountain peak, his lakshya, was full of power in all its quietness. We also have to mention the slightly odd but totally cool choreography for ‘Main Aisa Kyun Hoon’ in Lakshya, this sequence firmly established Hrithik as one of the best dancers in any wood.
An unforgettable scene is Hrithik’s showdown with Sanjay Dutt at the end of Mission Kashmir – the merciless fight between them and then the crucial moment when Hrithik realizes that his father (Sanjay) had been right and he had been deceived and misled by the terrorists. Intense and fraught with tension.
Though not as popular a film, there is a scene in Yaadein that showed off Hrithik’s talent as an actor. She…Kareena… just broke his heart and his monologue outside, the way he says ‘theek hai’ and his hand shaking was brill, it broke the audiences heart too to watch him. I also have to mention the dance sequence in the rain, which comes in the middle of the song ‘Aye Dil Dil Ki Duniya’. It is only 44 seconds, but it is a full of feeling, pain and fabulous choreography and is one of my favorite Hrithik dance sequences, ever.
We mentioned Dhoom 2 before but we have to single out Hrithik’s performance in the film. Nobody could play a thief as cool as Hrithik. He was perfect in every caper and every second playing Mr. A, even dressed as the Queen!
Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham is full of great Hrithik-ness but the scene when he enters SRK’s house in London after so many years being apart – the look, the wiping of the tear…VAH!
This was really fun to write and we hope you enjoyed reading it as well! It will be interesting to see if any of the scenes be it together or separate from Guzaarish will be included on a list like this in the future! From the promos we have a feeling it will. Guzaarish opens on November 19th!