1) A beautiful frame from Imtiaz Ali’s Socha Na Tha.
2. In an interview, Amit Masurkar mentioned that Vidya Vincent (Vidya Balan) in Sherni was named after Vincent Van Gogh. Therefore, we also see Starry Nights by the painter in one scene in the film. Also, check out my Twitter thread on #ArtInMovies.
3. Dil Hoom Hoom Kare in Kalpana Lajmi’s Rudaali shows Shanichari (Dimple Kapadia) chasing the shadows.
4. Bridges as a motif in Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal. Most of the conversations of Veer (Rishi kapoor) and Jai (Saif Ali Khan) happen near a bridge. Most of the film’s scenes are shot near a bridge. Even the iconic poster of the movie shows the Golden Gate bridge. The bridge was connecting the love of the aaj and the kal, the present and the past. Howrah bridge was shown for the love kal as it is located in the East, and the Golden Gate bridge was shown for the love aaj as it is located in the West—symbolizing that old love was more traditional and oriental, and the modern-day love has more of Western influences.
5. The red muffler in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider. Arshia (Shraddha Kapoor) knits it and gives it as a gift to her father. Her father uses it to tie Haider (Shahid Kapoor). Towards the end, Arshia starts unknitting it. When the muffler is fully unwoven, Arshia also unties her from all the worldly relationships and chooses to go away from the world.
6. The woman is symbolically represented by the flower in Mehboob Khan’s Andaz.
7. Shadows in Bimal Roy’s Madhumati.
8. The sparks of the impending romance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Nandini (Aishwarya Rai) falls from the bed because of a firecracker. In the next moment, Sameer (Salman Khan) falls into the water.
9. Dupatta in Karan Johar’s Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Nikkhil Advani’s Kal Ho Naa Ho. Anjali (Kajol) gives it to someone else. Aman (Shah Rukh Khan) tries to hold it but life has other plans.
10. Dubey Ji (Vijay Raaz) and his heart of (mari)gold in Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding.
11. Roses in Vinil Matthew’s Hasee Toh Phasee.
12. The play of lights in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black.
13. The play of lights in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish and Devdas.
14. A beautiful dialogue from Karan Johar’s Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna.
15. Cartoonist R.K. Laxman in films: a) The opening credits of Gulzar’s Hu Tu Tu b) Guru Dutt’s Mr & Mrs ’55 c) Suresh Triveni’s Tumhari Sulu.
16. Suhasini Mulay in Mrinal Sen’s Bhuvan Shome.
17. I love this scene from Mansoor Khan’s Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander when Sanju (Aamir Khan) sees his father crying.
18. A gorgeous frame from Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s 1942: A Love Story.
19. Laddoos in Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish.
20. All the things that Abhimanyu Roy (Ayushmann Khurrana) mentioned while talking about Bindu (Parineeti Chopra) in the end in Akshay Roy’s Meri Pyaari Bindu.
21. Sons coming back to Naseeruddin Shah’s life in Gulzar’s Masoom and Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
22. There are two reflection scenes of Akash (Aamir Khan) and Shalini (Preity Zinta) in similar situations in Farhan Akhtar’s Dil Chahta Hai. They are almost like mirror images. In the first one, Akash’s reflection is seen while in the second one, Shalini’s is seen. However, the thing to note is that the first one happens in reality while the second one happens in imagination. Excerpt from my book on Dil Chahta Hai. Available to read here.
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