Yesterday, while in town wandering through the narrow streets of Fort, I picked up a DVD copy of Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na (“You either know or you don’t”), a feel-good romantic comedy. I saw this film with a group of friends in Jaipur and I (like most people, it seems) really enjoyed it. I missed a bit of the story while struggling with hindi, but for the most part I got it.
Or so I thought…
At the time, my favorite character was not the bubby energetic heroine, Aditi, but her sassy sidekick, Shaleen. Shaleen dressed well, wore kick-ass boots, played the guitar, and had neon red hair (like I used to). Obviously she was the best character, aside from the fact that she was missing…well, a personality. The film wasn’t really about her, after all.
So I decided to watch the film again this afternoon – with subtitles – to see how much of the plot I managed to glean while flying solo in Jaipur.
And shit – I missed a lot.
Shaleen is a LESBIAN!
Yup: it’s in there, and I don’t think it can be disputed. Aside from the fact that every other character ends up with a love interest in the end and Shaleen is, well, disappointingly single, she does have a moment in one scene where she reveals her girl-on-girl proclivities. In the song and dance number “Pappu Can’t Dance” she gets a little friendly with a hot stranger, and this isn’t just “girl-dirty-dances-with-girl-for-shits-and-giggles” straight-girl stuff. If you watch carefully, you’ll notice the look she gives her dance partner: it’s the “I-want-to-rip-your-clothes-off-and-do-nasty-things-to-you” look.
Check it out:
Total dyke…If only she ended up with a special someone, too…
(ps: a good friend of mine – who also happens to be a queer activist and journalist – responded to my amazement by saying “Of course – and intentionally,” so apparently I’m really slow and everyone “got” this last summer…)