Pataakha Review: What Vishal Bhardwaj Gets Right About Sisterly Love

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Pataakha Review: What Vishal Bhardwaj Gets Right About Sisterly Love

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

M

y younger sister and I are four years apart. Right now, as we both chart our identities as young adults in different cities, our age gap feels like an expanse. But back when our ages were in single digits and we shared a room and regular scoldings – there was no one who felt closer to me. As people who liked being left to ourselves, my sister and I spent a lot of weekends cooped up watching Hindi films on TV and fighting over who would be in charge of the remote. And it was one of those routine Sunday afternoon viewings that introduced us to Raj Kanwar’s Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega.

We took to the film instantly. Its calling card, that turned us into breathless fans, was the song: “Piya Piya”. Our favourite part of the song had the two almost-sisters (they’re actually best friends), doing their signature move on a bed wearing nothing but a towel. My sister and I were so taken by it that it became a daily ritual to recreate it in the confines of our rooms. I suppose, we were mesmerised by the halo of sisterly affection the song emanated, and dancing to it, we believed, was the perfect way to articulate our closeness.

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