By Pankaj Sachdeva
There was the story of Percy (Rajeev Punjabi) and Sanjana (Amrita Rao) in Farah Khan’s Main Hoon Na. So, her husband Shirish Kunder made a whole film on the story of Percy and Sanju with Agastya (Akshay Kumar) and Priya (Preity Zinta) in Jaan-E-Mann.
2. Anurag Kashyap’s DevD completed ten years recently. He has made a special appearance in the film.
3. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas in DevD.
4. Chanda’s books in DevD:
Contempt by Alberto Moravia
The Girl With the Long Green Heart by Lawrence Block
Pain Management by Andrew Vachss
5. Shena Gamat who was Chanda Ma’am in Band Baaja Baaraat aslo makes an appearance in DevD.
6. Karan watches Commando in Farhan Akhtar’s Lakshya. Akash watches Speed in Farhan Akhtar’s Dil Chahta Hai.
7. Yash Chopra’s heroines dancing in white in his films—Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Lamhe, Darr, Chandni, Waqt, Veer Zaara, Kabhi Kabhie, and Silsila.
8. Aamir Khan dressed up and laughed at in similar situations in Ram Gopal Verma’s Rangeela and Dharmesh Darshan’s Raja Hindustani.
9. Sadhana’s real wedding pictures in Raj Khosla’s Mera Saaya.
10. The opening credits of Bhappie Sonie’s Pyar Hi Pyar
11. There is a scene in Amit Sharma’s Badhaai Ho where Nakul (Ayushmann Khurana) is drinking at the banks of a river and is surrounded by a lot of birds. The screeching of the birds is really loud as if it is mirroring the internal chaos in his mind. It also resembles wailing of a baby. In an interview, the film’s cinematographer elaborated on the scene. He says, “The effort was to find a subtle approach. For example, there is a scene where the sons meet immediately after the pregnancy news is broken to them. It opens on a close up of Nakul. Then it cuts wider and you realise they are sitting on the ledge of the roof. It looks like they are going to jump down any moment to death. We composed the shot with a lot of space below them than above them. It brings in a smile, without being ‘in-your-face’. There is another scene where Nakul is trying to digest the news with the aid of alcohol. It starts with a riot of seagulls flying ominously. Then you realise that he is sitting drinking at the Yamuna ghats in the middle of this cacophony of birds. You can’t miss the connection it makes with Nakul’s inner voices.” And, then, later, when Nakul finally accepts reality of his mother’s pregnancy after which he starts talking to her, the birds appear again and fly away.
12. Opening quotes in Sriram Raghavan’s films—AndhaDhun, Agent Vinod, and Badlapur.
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