Kuch Kuch What Was It Again?

The genres of Hindi cinema are very loosely defined, with almost all films having a central romantic theme. Be it action, comedy, even horror. And they often lasts for three hours.

Frankly, I don’t mind sitting there for over three hours if I like the film. I’m used to it.

Anyways, if you’ve seen Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, despite the heartbreaks that motivated the plot, the idea of dancing in the rain became the most romantic proposition in our minds. And then there is the love triangle.

A couple of weeks ago, since I have no new Hindi films to catch up on, I decided to rewatch Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. I must say, the heartwarming megahit was a solid kick to my childhood. If you ask me then what I think of the film, I would say that it was fun and sad. It broke into the cinemas around the world in 1998. I was 11. I can’t really describe anything in depth.

What do I think of it now – 18 years later? After watching it again and again? Is the dancing in the rain scene still the most romantic proposition ever? Well, I’ve seen a lot of Hindi films. The romantic scenes have gone into a whole new level.

I’ve been watching Hindi films since I was a toddler. To date, I have probably seen over a thousand of them – of course of different genres.

As for the romantic ones, many would end with the promise of happily ever after. And I’m still amazed by how the actors can still weep beautifully very often in the films.

I’m going to write a review on all the Hindi films I have seen. But in this post, I’d just like to list down the 10 best romance films from the 2000s according to yours truly.

Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) – Directors: Nikhil Advani and Ron Reid Jr. Stars Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan. The veteran Jaya Bachchan is also in it, playing Preity’s mother. The film was declared a “Blockbuster” in India and an “All Time Blockbuster” overseas by Box Office India. Why not?

Veer-Zaara (2004) – Director: Yash Chopra. Stars Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta. It’s SRK. Everyone will watch it.

Jab We Met (2007) – Director: Imtiaz Ali. Stars Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan. Fun fact – they used to date each other in real life and the romance first sparked at the film set.

Love Aaj Kal (2009) – Director: Imtiaz Ali. Stars Saif Ali Khan and today’s biggest Bollywood star Deepika Padukone. The veteran Rishi Kapoor is also in the film.

Anjaana Anjaani (2010) – Director: Siddharth Anand. Stars Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. Imagine riding on a big bike wearing your wedding sari.

Barfi! (2012) – Director: Anurag Basu. Stars Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, and Ileana D’Cruz. Is it a love triangle? Well, the film depicts the story of a mute and deaf Nepali and his relationships with two women, Shruti, and Jhilmil (who is autistic). It’s a must-watch!

Lootera (2013) – Director: Vikramaditya Motwane. Stars then newcomers Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha. This is a pretty heavy movie. Fans of the mainstream films may not enjoy this. It’s based on the 1907 short story ‘The Last Leaf’ by O. Henry.

Aashiqui 2 (2013) – Director: Mohit Suri. Stars newcomers Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) – Director: Ayan Mukerji. Stars Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapur. Madhuri Dixit appears in one of the song – I forgot what it’s called.

Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013) – Director: THE Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Stars today’s most successful and talented actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. It’s a romantic-action film loosely based on Romeo and Juliet. Though it ended perfectly, many don’t quite like the ending.

There you go. I have so much more to add but since these are the first ones I’d want to write a review on, we’ll leave it at 10 for now.

P/S: One interesting fact about Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is, it was based on Archie Comics!

In case you didn’t realise it already, Shah Rukh Khan was Archie, Kajol was Betty and Rani Mukherjee was Veronica! Not only that, even Anupam Kher‘s character was based on Mr Weatherbee!

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Check out SRK and Kajol’s swag!

Doughnut-filled Sunday

My typical Sunday brunch consists of either Pork Noodles or Chicken Rice or random fritters, fruits and Iced Herbal Tea if not Iced Lemon Tea.

Today I decided to reward myself. I got myself half a dozen of doughnuts from J.Co Donuts and a grande Java Chip from Starbucks.

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From top left : Avocado DiCaprio, White Dessert and Al Capone. From bottom left : Mr Green Tea, Oreology and Forest Glam.

I’m not a fan of any of these. But I thought, hey, let’s see what’s the hype all about. Of course, I’ve had them before but not with the intention to indulge, especially on Sundays.

So, how crazy are Malaysians about doughnuts?

I remember it began to warm up to the citizens of Malaysia perhaps between 2007 and 2009. And in Malaysia, things grow like mushrooms on the ground. I have no statistic reports to refer to but based on my observation when I first moved to the Peninsula, the number of outlets and food kiosks selling doughnuts has sprouted like mushrooms. Shall I add, especially in shopping malls and also at fuel stations.

Forgive me, I don’t know how it is in my hometown but I believe my people love the local specialities more than any foreign or commercialised F&B. I could be wrong – who knows. But more generally, Sarawakian families prefer to have breakfast together – in their homes or at any hawker stalls.

And instead of doughnuts, Malaysians also prefer to grab a quick Nasi Lemak or Pisang Goreng on their way to work.

Among the first doughnut-selling kiosks in the country were the Dunkin’ Donuts outlets. However, the Massachusetts-chain outlets are no longer the only doughnut brand in the local market. And frankly, I don’t remember if I’ve had them.

And in 2009, the American global doughnut company Krispy Kreme made its way into the Malaysian market, making the country its 17th stop among Asian nations. I’ve had them, yes. And I’m okay with them. I have no favourites and please note that I’m not a pastry person.

These doughnut giants have brought a revolution to the food culture in Malaysia. And no doubt, this is one of the distinctive features of globalisation. The plain round dough fried or baked to golden brown pastry – filled with hundred kinds of sweet filling – believed to have originated from the shores of America booming in Malaysia is part of globalisation.

There are of course other players in the Malaysian doughnut market. One is J.Co Donuts from Indonesia and the other one is a local brand Big Apple Donut. I’m having J.Co today and I’m liking ‘Mr Green Tea’, ‘White Desert’ and ‘Avocado DiCaprio’. I’m pretty sure I have not tried the latter. But with its slogan ‘Every Piece is a Masterpiece’, I should give it a try.

Since I’m blogging about this randomly, perhaps I should conduct a survey and see how crazy Malaysians are over doughnuts and how it fulfils the taste bud expectations of the multi-racial Malaysia society. I’m very certain Malaysians are consuming more doughnuts today compared to years ago. I mean, what would have prompted the doughnut giants to set up their business in the country?

And if they are not doing well, will they tweak their menus to suit the culture and the taste bud of the country they’ve broken into?

Will there ever be a Nasi Lemak filled doughnuts?

P/S: If I’m in Kuching, my family and I would be pigging out at 10th Mile indulging on local specialities such as Kolok Mee, Kueh Chap, Bihun Belacan, Tomato Mee, Siaw Bee, etc. The list could go on. If you’re a Kuchingite or a Sarawakian, you’ll know what I’m talking about. If you’re not, please do visit Kuching some day.

If I’m with my best friend Fara and her husband, we will be having banana leaf at Maulana Daun Pisang in Seri Kembangan. Or, they’ll cook. Hmm.. I can hear their pasta calling me!

If I’m with my two best bitches I’d see once a month (on Sunday), we’d be at some cool cafe – usually picked by Derick – stuffing our faces with pork dishes, excellent dessert, and good coffee. Of course, accompanied by bitchy and deep conversations. One of our usual spots would be at Tom, Dick and Harry’s in TTDI.

Below are the photos from our last brunch last month. I forgot the name of the cafe. My bad.

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That’s Geetha – she pushed me to see a different world.

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That’s me and Derick – he’s a brother from another mother.

Back to Blogging

I used to run a blog that covers gazillion of random things since 2008. I used to document all my thoughts in it, from my latest kitchen discovery, new detergent brand, another religious freak I bumped into, car accidents to political issues (of my own country’s of course). Sometimes I write poems in it too.

One fine day I just deleted the blog and archived none of my posts. But I continued posting my poems in a new blog since 2013 which still exists today.

Here’s the link to that, if you’re interested in reading them. I’m not that good. None of them were published before either. I’m too lazy to go through all that process. I just enjoy writing them for fun, for my own satisfaction. After all, there’s no one out there you need to match with but yourself. You’re already born the best in your field. You just need to believe that you are.

For a while now I’ve been wanting to be that kind of writer/blogger again but due to work which I find taking over too much of my time, I never really could find and make time to properly sit down and type out my thoughts. I’m getting a little rusty too, I believe. Let’s hope none of my posts sounds anything like a press release or a news article.

Many often assume they know me. From my appearance mostly. Until they found out they were wrong. I’m not an open book but I don’t think I’m that secretive. I supposed, if you’re interested, you just need to dig deep. You (if you follow my blog) will soon find out why.

But here is a little introduction.

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My name is Pleant Rovella Kapple. I was born and raised in Kuching, Sarawak.

I’m a Bidayuh and I’m from a family with a musical background – no, nothing like the Trapp family. But we all sing and here’s where you can check out my work. I’ll talk about this more next time.

I have 10 tattoos. I got my first one when I was 22.

According to some people, I am born to be a mother. Heh, we will see.

See you in the next post. You might be intrigued to be a regular reader.