I love a good orphan film, and there’s not much more I can say about Ram Jaane than hasn’t already been said so well by Fortune City and Post Punk Cinema Club, but I can show you some of the parts that I really enjoyed. Just look at the cool movie poster from the film with bloody fisted, red headband wearing SRK and I think there’s ample evidence that this is a good film.
Ram Jaane (1995) translation: “Ram Knows” or “God Knows”) is a 1995 Indian Bollywood movie directed by Rajiv Mehra about an unnamed kid (portrayed by Shahrukh Khan) who grows up to become a gangster. He uses the name Ram Jaane after meeting with a priest who in response to the kid asking about his name said “Ram Jaane” (God knows). The movie ranks the 8th highest grossing Hindi movie of 1995 and is also the fourth time Shahrukh Khan is playing a negative role after Baazigar, Darr and Anjaam. (source)
So here we start with a feisty young street lad, Ram, who meets his childhood companions who he continues to befriend into adulthood. Prior to being named Ram, short for Ram Jaane, he was known as Footpath.
Eventually he becomes officially known as Ram Jaane.
He’s a small time hustler with lots of style, the bad boy you can’t help but love.
Sometimes his goonda living and dacoitery catches up with him and he lands in the clinker, and he suffers and bleeds from the mouth, which is something that I firmly belive King Khan does better than any actor! Dekh:
One day I’ll do a post on a collection of SRK screen captures from various films where he bleeds from the mouth. Devdas would have some good mouth bleeding material, na? The story has the love triangle plot between the 3 life long friends. After a bit of jail time, Ram reunites with his childhood pals Murli (Vivek Mushram) who helps the street kids, and Bela (Juhi Chawla).
Ram falls for Bela, but realizes that his pal Murli also loves Bela, or is it Bela who loves Murli, details. Either way, Ram Jaane becomes a tad jealous and insecure as a result of this situation. He begins to question his self worth.
Ram eventually is overtaken by what the viewer may think is blind rage and he roughs up Bela, and eventually gives her a tight slap to the face, which he immediately regrets.
BUT, but, but did he hit her out of a jealous rage? Did he hit her because of his inability to soothe his own psyche independently of his love object? Nahin! As it turns out he hit her out of love, because he knew his friend loved her and by hitting Bela she would turn to Murli for love. Problem solved! Hey, I’m not saying it’s a good idea, but it worked. Now clear your mind from the disturbing image of SRK’s character being violent with his love interest, and enjoy the title track from the film Ram Jaane with playback singers, Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam, Udit Narayan, and music by Anu Malik.
A while back I did a post on B.Rohrer’s SRK Fantasies in which the artist pays tribute to SRK in a series of creative pieces. Recently I was lucky to run across another such creative fan on youtube and Breaking Free of the Box has taken things to a whole new level with this video tribute to Ram Jaane. How can my humble collection of screen captures from the films measure up to the devotional nature of Breaking Free of the Box‘s work? It can’t, so now, I’ve saved the best for last so sit down and get ready to be entertained. In the words of Breaking Free of the Box:
Here’s a miniature tribute to Shahrukh and Juhi . . . Let’s hope that someday they make another romantic film as intense as their earlier ones. . . Enjoy!! (source)
Did you notice the Central Jail on the mini set?
To wrap things up neatly as Bollywood so often does, let’s take a moment to empathize with our film’s orphan:
Let’s now go on to be uplifted by the orphan, who has been enlightened through his suffering, only to go on to inspire us all! Jai Bollywood wisdom:
P. S. Due to heavy international pressure from the blogging community, and to avoid further mutiny from blog commenters, I must make mention of SRK’s style of wearing a suit jacket without any shirt underneath (think of the ring around the collar!) in the film and link in the song Pump Up the Bhangra. Thanks readers for keeping me on my toes! Now pump up some bhangra!