If Raj Kapoor was alive today he would indeed be chuckling with glee that the name Prem which he had used as an utterance of dread has come to symbolize romance in Hindi cinema and its iconic manifestation is Salman Khan who with his latest offering PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO could indeed trigger a wave for naming the new born children by the same name, as the frenzy that he is generating for the film indeed would converge into monumental records at the box office for sure. Salman Khan as a matter of fact has been so much enamored by the screen name Prem that he has used it in 13 of his films in which he has acted so far and PRDP would be the 14th such film. It indeed is ironic or rather surreal for Salman Khan that though he epitomises Prem name and what love is all about on the silver screen in the reel life, PREM in real life continues to be delusionary for him. Would a PRDP do the trick for him?
In heart of hearts a Prem Chopra would also be feeling happy that a Salman Khan by choosing the screen name exorcised the element of dread associated with the screen name Prem- as the iconic dialogue प्रेम नाम है मेरा प्रेम चोपड़ा- was a sine quo non for dread and chill down the spine of the female of the species after it was used by Prem Chopra in the iconic film BOBBY.
The fans of cinema might have forgotten that as a screen name epitomising romance PREM was used in the past by Anil Kapoor in his debut making film WOH 7 DIN where his character name in the film was Prem Pratap Paltiale Waale, but it could not stick with Anil Kapoor perhaps owing to the addition of the adage - Patiale Waale which sort of diffused the element of romance associated with the name.
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It is not that Sooraj Barjatya, the director of PRDP has exclusively reserved the name PREM for Salman Khan for the films which were directed by him, but for him the name PREM was used to symbolise romance. Therefore he used it for the characters enacted by Hrithik Roshan and Abhishek Bachchan in Sooraj Barjatya's film MAIN PREM KI DIWANI HOON and even gave the screen name Prem to Shahid Kapoor for his film VIVAH as also to Sonu Sood for EK VIVAAH AISA BHI.
While Sooraj Barjatya may have taken a decision to name all his male leads as PREM for all the films that he would make and has made so far, whenever the name Prem is conjured with reference to the world of Hindi cinema it is the name of Salman Khan that pops up in the mind. Prem and Salman Khan have become two sides of the same coin and a new manifestation to the name Prem could find expression through PRDP.
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