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Holy Trinity

Each in his own inimitable way defined the Masala Hindi Film. Reeling in the years...

Holy Trinity
Holy Trinity
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What would life be without the three Khans? For most ’90s kids like myself, our childhood and teenage would definitely have been robbed of a few milestones. Like the first time we heard someone in our Montessori school bus sing Papa kehte hain. Or when we saw Abhi from Fauji turn into that guy who cartwheels into the frame with Aisi deewanagi dekhi nahin kabhi and opens his arms out wide for the heroine. Salman was our first introduction to the roads of Bombay—Kabhi Linking Road, kabhi Warden Road, kabhi Peddar Road—SRK gave us all a romantic contagion called Loveria and we had never seen a song that looked and sounded as fresh as Aamir’s Pehla nasha....

Point being, we have first rights over the troika. After all, we have ridden the wave with them when films were still running into weeks and not into hundreds of crores. Except that DDLJ is still running. And that’s the thing about the Khans. They are the last bastion of Bollywood as we know it and we aren’t ready to let go of them so easily. For letting go of them is to let go of who we are and where we came from. A time before social media made it easy to reach for the stars. A time before Hindi cinema bec­ame cool. When you still had films like Tum Mere Ho (a love story between snake charmers) or Suryavanshi (Norse God meets Indian Reincarnation Fable). The Khan trio, in fact, is the very harbinger of coolness in Indian cinema. Aamir’s Dil Chahta Hai is that watershed moment in film history when it suddenly became cool for us to watch Hindi movies. Sal­man continues to redefine cool by wea­ring his shades ulta; and I don’t even want to get into the Cool Q of DDLJ’s Raj Malhotra, because he is singularly res­ponsible for how an entire generation typifies an ideal lover.

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