Meet our bollytrio: 2/3 hot and gorgeous + 1/3 dowdy and traditional
Our trio has been friends since childhood. The nerdy lil Pooja had a major crush on lil Raj. And why not? Look at the kid
Too bad lil Raj doesn’t feel the same. The beautiful Tina is all he wants
Oh lil Raj … so little, but already thinking like a
When Raj’s family moves away, he asks Tina to write to him. But Tina quickly forgets about Raj, so Pooja writes to him. As Tina. For the next 10 years …
So what do these kiddos write about? Just the usual … romance novels, humming tunes at church, and this amazing thing:
Gobi paratha: a soft bread stuffed with spicy cauliflower, and the embodiment of Raj’s every desire … yep, just your average 10-year old chitchat
Raj continues chatting with Pooja without once realizing her real identity, until the trio finally grows up. So how did the neighborhood hunk, lil Raj, turn out?
We are left in utter suspense!
Oh, director - such a tease!
Raj lives in London (where else?), and still goes to hum tunes at church. As does Pooja. In fact, we find the entire trio praying to God in their own ways …
Everything’s pretty smooth sailing until Raj decides to visit India again
Oops! Game over, Pooja. Tina’s not happy to discover Pooja’s been writing to Raj. As Tina.
Pooja begs her to go along with the ruse, until Raj’s soul naturally recognizes Pooja as his one true love … ookay
So the girls wait at the train station, where Pooja is sure Raj will soul-connect with her
Unfortunately (and shockingly) Raj does not soul-connect with Pooja, and is immediately drawn to Tina
After all, Tina is just as beautiful and attractive as ever
Poor Pooja keeps hoping Raj will notice her
But he only has eyes for Tina. To make matters worse, he rubs it in Pooja’s face
Slowly, but surely, Raj and Pooja rekindle their friendship
They even share some sizzling moments
Until the gorgeous Tina pops back in
Raj is too besotted with Tina to see the signs, and proposes to her. Raj then returns to London for a short while, where Pooja visits … sneaky, sneaky
He takes Pooja to his church, where something unexpected happens …
Pooja is caught humming Raj’s super secret church tune, which only Tina is supposed to know
Instantly, Raj realizes Pooja was the one writing to him all these years, and begs her to be with him
Somehow that isn’t persuasive enough for Pooja
Pooja gives in (how could she not?) and they get together … which calls for …
A hillside dream-sequence!
Could Pooja’s dreams finally be coming true??
It’s only the intermission. The drama has just begun
Raj and Pooja return to India to discover that Tina’s only family - her father - has passed away
Naturally, being a true bollywood heroine, Pooja decides to sacrifice her own happiness … along with Raj’s
Raj gets a tad upset with Pooja, resulting in some spectacular mood swings
In the end, Pooja ends up avoiding Raj. But he isn’t going down without a fight
Cue Save RaPoo Plan #1: Fugly Guy
Raj says he’ll marry Tina on one condition — if Pooja marries this guy
Did I mention all this is happening during Raj and Tina’s engagement party?
Keep it classy, Raj
The plan seems to be working. Pooja is clearly not attracted to the new guy. But he turns out to be rather persuasive
Pooja agrees to marry the new guy … much to Raj’s delight
He tries hard to dissuade Pooja
But Plan #1 is a bust. Not only is Pooja angry, she is now engaged
So Raj ups the ante at the next party
Cue Save RaPoo Plan #2: Public Humiliation
Raj throws away all shame and woos Pooja. In front of everyone
Thought that was blatant? Think again
It’s raining — bollyspeak for sexy time
Everyone - especially Tina - accepts their excuse, totally ignoring the sexy rain scene seconds before … oh Tina, will you ever recover that last brain cell?
Poor Raj. Even Plan #2 is a fail, and it’s already time for the wedding!
While getting ready, Tina notices the special wedding bracelet Raj gave her only fits Pooja. Hmm …
But she dismisses the thought and continues getting dressed
Uh oh! The wedding’s starting. How will you fix this mess, director?
Not to worry! Raj has one last and final Plan up his sleeve
Raj spills the sindoor (red powder a husband applies to his wife’s forehead) until it magically lands …
On Pooja’s forehead
Powder? Brilliant, Raj. No one can wipe that o-
Just when Save RaPoo Plan #3: Flying Red Power — is about to sink, Tina pops in
Her last brain cell finally regrew and she’s put together the clues — congratulations Tina, you can graduate to 4th grade now!
Tina tells Raj & Pooja to marry each other, which they quickly do … and none of the wedding guests even bats an eyelash
Raj, the poor man, finally gets his gobi parathas & they live happily ever after!