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When I First Watched Jab We Met I Cursed Anshuman; Now 15 Yrs Later I Understand Him 

When I saw the movie for the very first time, I saw from Geet’s (Kareena Kapoor) perspective, but I have lived and experienced life since then.

There are some movies which are forever entertaining; you can’t get bored of them ever. On one hand, there is this new trend of web series but on the other hand, there was this another era that had movies like Jab We Met, Zindagi Na Mile Dobara, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Dil Chahta Hai, that are forever a treat to the soul.

Sunday is always a Netflix day for me and my husband. We can be called the “Netflix couple” as our daily conversations are based on the series or movies we watch on Netflix. Post dinner, the important questions popped up, aaj kya dekhein Netflix par (what should we watch on Netflix)? As usual, he was scrolling the screen and coincidentally we together saw Jab We Met and immediately we made up our minds.

I, personally have seen Jab We Met several times but every time I watch I get a new perspective towards life.

When I saw the movie for the very first time, I saw from Geet’s (Kareena Kapoor) perspective; a crazy girl who believed about living in the moment, a girl who knew to take responsibility of her actions, a girl who trusted her love blindly and was ready to take all the risks just to be with him. She never took life seriously, everything was fun for her. In the past, I was actually the same person with no tensions and no regrets.

I feel that the character you connect to depends on the current situations in life. For example, some 2-3 years ago when I watched the movie again, I understood it from Aditya’s (Shahid Kapoor) perspective. A depressed man who experienced failure in business, his girlfriend getting married to someone else and his mother in love with another man. I could relate to him maybe because I was going through a similar kind of phase. I was struggling in my professional as well as personal life. I saw a steep downfall in both and I even thought of leaving Delhi or ending my life just like he did.

Lately when I watched the movie, honestly I related to Anshuman’s (Tarun Arora) character. What was shown then is the true reality. Again, I am saying it through experience. I actually felt the fear Anshuman had. The fear of confronting your love and parents. The task becomes more difficult if there is a difference in caste, religion or financial status. When I saw the movie for the first time, I cursed Anshuman, today I understand him.

Jab We Met is a movie that takes you on a roller coaster of sentiments. Every time I watch this movie, it refreshes my mood and spirits both.

Three cheers to Jab we met…. Hip hip hurray. Hip hip hurray, hip hip hurray…

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Smriti Malhotra

Smriti Malhotra is a Delhi girl and an avid dreamer. She works at the Embassy of the Republic of Congo by profession but is a writer by passion. She began writing while at school and read more...

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