By Pankaj Sachdeva
1. In Reema Kagti’s Talaash, Rosie (Kareena Kapoor) helps Surjan (Aamir Khan) come out from the sea of grief.
2. Bridges in Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal. The East (Kolkata) is connected midway (London) to the West (San Francisco).
3. Smita Patil in Sachin Kundalkar’s Gandha and Cobalt Blue. It is the same picture.
4. In Mani Ratnam’s Raavan, jealousy makes Beera (Abhishek Bachchan) feel powerful, where he feels equal to Ragini’s (Aishwarya Rai) God-like husband. Beera is standing next to the statue of God.
5. Deepika Padukone feeling sad in cars: Danish Aslam’s Break Ke Baad, Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal, Homi Adajania’s Finding Fanny, and Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha.
6. Anurag Kashyap in a cameo in his films—Dev.D and No Smoking.
7. A lovely line from Raj Kumar Gupta’s Aamir.
8. Shadows in Itna Na Mujhse Tu Pyaar Badha from Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Chhaya, and Rabba Mein Toh Mar Gaya Oye from Pankaj Kapur’s Mausam.
9. On strangers in Revathi’s Mitr: My Friend, Karan Johar’s Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, and Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s Antaheen.
10. Roshan (Abhishek Bachchan) reads Ashok Kumar Banker’s Demons of Chitrakut, a book based on the Ramayana, in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Ramayana-themed film Delhi-6.
11. Shruti (Anushka Sharma) and the mirrors in Maneesh Sharma’s Band Baaja Baaraat.
12. Shekhar Kapur’s Mr. India and Sridevi in Ayan Mukerji’s Wake Up Sid, and Suresh Triveni’s Tumhari Sulu.
13. The colors of the pride in his sehra, her chunni, and her eye makeup in the poster of Harshvardhan Kulkarni’s Badhaai Do.
14. Rajkummar Rao in queer-themed films: He played a journalist in Hansal Mehta’s Aligarh, a play director in Shelly Chopra Dhar’s Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, and a cop in Harshvardhan Kulkarni’s Badhaai Do.
15. Character placement in this scene from Badhaai Do. The family members sit opposite Shardul (Rajkummar Rao) him while only his mother sits behind him.
16. Women and guns in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Maqbool and Omkara.
17. “Mitti pe kheenchi lakeerein, Rab ne to yeh tasveer bani, aag, hawa, paani ko milaya, toh phir yeh tasveer saji.” This is a beautiful way to describe Nandini (Aishwarya Rai) in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. She has earth, she has fire, she has wind, she has water, and she has all the four elements of nature.
18. The title of Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was suggested by Kiron Kher.
19. Alphonse Puthren, the director of Premam, thanked his foes and his ex-girlfriends in his film’s opening credits.
20. Varun Badola, one of the famous actors on television, is also a writer. Most recently, he has written Sidharth Sengupta’s Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhein. His father is VM Badola (seen here in Ashutosh Gowariker’s Swades). His sister is Alka Kaushal (also an actor).
21. People on their cash—Akash Bhatia’s Loop Lapeta, Varun V. Sharma’s Bunty Aur Babli 2, and Raj Kanwar’s Judaai.
22. Laurent (Mehdi Nebbou) offering food to Shashi (Sridevi) in Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish.
23. Playing with the lights and the shadows in Anurag Basu’s films—Kites and Barfi.
24. Broken glasses in Rajkumar Santoshi’s Damini, Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s 1942: A Love Story, and Shaad Ali’s Bunty Aur Babli.
25. In Ram Madhvani’s Neerja, when Neerja (Sonam Kapoor) is on the hijacked plane, the TV plays the ‘Rukawat ke liye khed hai.’
26. Hindi songs that mention the color of the eyes.
27. The script of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Rang De Basanti also has the storyboard of its scenes. I am putting the ones about the train robbery sequence, and the film’s ending.
28. Another lovely dialogue from Abhishek Roy’s Meri Pyaari Bindu.
29. In Zoya Akhtar’s Luck By Chance, Sona (Konkona Sensharma) could not become a film star but found good work in TV shows, just like Ronit Roy, who found fame on TV. In another meta moment from the film, they both are shown together.
30. Farah Khan and Zoya Akhtar, two women cousins, have made two of the most fascinating meta films on the Hindi film industry. Films about outsiders while being insiders—Om Shanti Om and Luck By Chance.
31. The class divides in the car in Zoya Akhtar’s films—Gully Boy and Luck By Chance.
32. Master Alankar is the brother of Pallavi Joshi.
33. A Wordle-themed trivia.
34. “Apni hi dhun me mast rehne vali.” — Mastani, Bajirao Mastani, or maybe Tara, Tamasha.
35. A lovely frame from Konkona Sensharma’s A Death in the Gunj.
36. Pigeons as a representation of immigrants in Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhanie Le Jayenge.
37. Siddharth P. Malhotra’s Hichki is a reversal of sorts for Rani Mukerji. In Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black, she played Michelle McNally, who is blind and mute. Her teacher Debraj Sahai (Amitabh Bachchan), becomes the guiding light in her life. In one particular scene, when she is being interviewed for admission to the university, she is asked, “What is knowledge?” She says, “Knowledge is everything. It is spirit, wisdom, courage, light, and sound. Knowledge is my Bible, God. Knowledge is my teacher.” She graduates after twelve years and wears the graduation robe only in front of her teacher. In Hichki, Rani Mukerji as Naina becomes that teacher. She is the pole star for her students and guides them in the right direction. Michelle and Naina overcome their disabilities with patience and persistence. They never give up.
38. In Shashanka Ghosh’s Khoobsurat, the colorful Mili (Sonam Kapoor) brings colors to the dull Vikram (Fawad Khan).
39. Fire and water in Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar.
40. Karan Johar’s Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is referred to in the script of Neeraj Ghaywan’s Geeli Pucchi.
41. Mothers and daughters in the same role. Shaukat Azmi and Shabana Azmi in Umrao Jaan
, and Dina Pathak and Ratna Pathak in Khoobsurat
. My tweet on this trivia was put out as an article
42. The making of a song described beautifully in Ye Tumhari Meri Baatein from Abhishek Kapoor’s Rock On!!.