Last week saw the release of Zoya Akhtar’s ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’, a family drama that boasted of an ensemble star-cast. The movie was deeply rooted with Indian family values but modern style of living and expressing love. We are sure the story line wouldn’t have changed much except for the changes in the way people lived and spoke in the movies of that era (or as we would rather say- in a melodramatic way).
Wondering what would have been the star cast back then? Well let’s have a look at that..
1.Kamal Mehra- Amrish Puri:
Royal, business minded and a man with many layers of personality- that’s Kamal Mehra! And no one could have played this important role better than Amrish Puri. Be it scolding his son regarding his (Kabir’s) career, standing up for his daughter, or expressing love to his wife in a shy and subtle manner, no one else could have fit into the shoes of Anil Kapoor and make the role believable. After all, Amrish Puri was the only actor who played both positive and negative roles with grace and conviction..
2.Neelam Mehra- Reema Lagoo:
Seen ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’? Well, then you know she would have been the apt choice for playing the mother who has her own set of gossiping friends and who pampers her children but also knows how to be strict with them when needed..
3.Kabir Mehra- Salman Khan:
Gone are the days when Salman wasn’t the beefed up action hero. His persona was of the chilled-out energetic romantic hero with much of pain and desires boiling deep within. No one else could have played the spoilt rich brat with a charm and lovable persona to make the audience laugh and carry the movie alone on his shoulders. Plus, given the number of times Ranveer goes shirtless in the movie, only Salman could have managed to do better than that!!.
4.Farah Ali- Madhuri Dixit:
A bubbly dancer who knows how to live her life on her own terms without any sorrows. Only Madhuri could have pulled off the role with the much-needed attitude and confidence. After all, no one else in the 90s danced the way Madhuri did..
5.Ayesha Mehra- Juhi Chawla:
Strong, bold and confident with hidden pain and secrets. A woman who has the ability to fly high and achieve a lot but is let down by her in-laws, husband and family all the time. No one else other than Juhi could have expressed her irritation, reservations and love while looking stunning at the same time..
6.Manav- Sunny Deol:
Sunny Deol is perhaps the only man who could have shown those large ‘stay-in-your-limits’ eyes. Dominating and authoritative, a strict man with his own principles and ego, who has always come across as a doting husband trying his best to be with his wife, is a role that is tailor made for Sunny Deol..
7.Manav’s mother- Farida Jalal:
Only and only Farida Jalal is capable of making the nagging mother-in-law role look funny by delivering the dialogues about her various illness’ in her funny and impeccable style..
8.Sunny Gill- Govinda:
What do we know Farhan Akhtar for? Intense acting as well as perfect comic timing. And that is exactly what Govinda did in the 90s. The audiences surely would have been in for a treat at watching their star in a small but charming and funny role..
9.Noorie- Neelam Kothari:
Drop-dead gorgeous looks along with a pinch of weirdness. Well, looks like only Neelam could have done justice to this role..
10.Rana- Chunky Pandey:
Not many dialogues but charming and flirty young-boy persona. Chunkey Pandey fits the bill perfectly as those were the days when he wasn’t “joooking”!.
11.Pluto Mehra’s voiceover- Amitabh Bachchan:
It’s the 90s! The audiences worshipped just one man- Amitabh Bachchan! Perhaps the only voice that could sound sarcastic as well as philosophical at the same time. Lending his voice for narration through a dog would have been all the more new and innovative back in the 90s!.
On the other hand, the dog could have been replaced by that dog who was much in demand after the movie ‘Teri Meherbaniyan’..
And with a star cast as huge as that, the movie would have created history! .
Alas! None of it is going to come true. But we hope you had a good time watching the family drama. Let us know your views about the movie by reviewing it!.