Subject: Mera Pyaara Bubla
Abhimanyu is a writer of pulp fiction novels with titles, such as Guitarphobia, Chudail Ki Choli, Dracula's Lover, and Awaara Dhoban. His books contain ample amount of horror and sex, like the films of Ramsay Brothers. It has been three years since his last book and he is struggling to write his next one. He decides to write a love story, and finds inspiration in his childhood friend, his crush, his ex-girlfriend, his one and only pyaari Bindu. He travels to his home in Kolkata, where he sneaks into Bindu's house, and finds some old belongings of hers, and starts penning a story on her.
There is an early point in the film when Abhi carries Bindu on his back. This literal aspect of carrying Bindu like a baggage portended the figurative aspect of Abhi carrying Bindu in different forms all his life. He remembers every little detail about her, not just because he is a writer as writers have to focus on the details for their characters, but also because he still has some feelings for her. It has been many years since he has heard anything from her, but he has still not completely moved on though he has been in relationships with other women.
In the past, as it was in Rockstar, Jordan learnt that a broken heart is the inspiration for creating music. Toote hue dil se hi sangeet nikalta hai. In Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Ayan becomes a famous singer when he channels his pain of heartbreak of his unrequited love to creating music. Abhi's art creation feels different from Jordan's and Ayan's (or for that matter Noor's in Fitoor) in the way that though he might be heartbroken, too, there is no feeling of bitterness and pain in him. He might create women characters in his books that feminists would not approve of, but it does not feel that they are his way of getting back at Bindu. Also, as we often see, Bindu does not bring any major change in Abhi, and she really does not help him 'find himself'. He had always wanted to write, and he writes a story, perhaps, his best one, on and for Bindu. In this aspect, Abhi's art felt closer to Sid's from Dil Chahta Hai. After Tara reads Sid's closed personality so beautifully, she asks him about his favorite painting. He says he has not yet made one. Later, he creates his finest painting on and for Tara, which he later gives it to her. In that way, Sid expressed his love for the woman he dreams about, and gets the closest he could get to touch her. Abhi expressed his love for his pyaari Bindu by writing a story on the two of them, where the character Abhi gets to be with the character Bindu in the end, something that could not happen to him in his real life. He gets to create his own story and he shared it only with her, not with anybody else.
My favorite scene in Dil To Pagal Hai is the one where Pooja makes a recording for Ajay in which she pours her heart out for Rahul. Somewhere in the recording, she says, "Rahul ke baare me main tumhe kya bataun. Kahan se shuru karun. Bas itna samajh lo ke us jaisa maine aaj tak koi dekha hi nahi." Since cassettes play an important part in this film as well, I could hear Pooja's voice when I was thinking about this film. Meri Pyaari Bindu is Abhi's recording for Bindu. In Dil To Pagal Hai, Rahul changes the ending of his play to get the answer he wanted, and also Nisha had told him that a love story should always have a happy ending. Here, too, Abhi changes the ending of his story, to get the end that he wants, and also because happy endings sell better.
Teri Pyaari Bindu
Books In Movies:Abhi's father reads Leon Uris' Mila 18
Chudail Ki Choli
Dialogue of the Day:
"Pyaar karna bahut log sikhate hai, par afsos us pyaar ko bhulaate kaise hain, yeh koi nahi sikhata."
—Abhi, Meri Pyaari Bindu