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Days in the sun

Beauty and the Beast

I could sing of the pain these dark days bring
The spell we’re under
Still it’s the wonder of us I sing of tonight

Days in the sun will return
We must believe, as lovers do
That days in the sun will come shining through

Like most people my age, I watched the live-action Beauty and the Beast during its opening weekend in my country. Even though it premiered here a good two weeks after the worldwide release, for reasons so insignificant you wouldn’t know it until they had passed, Eza and I caught it on the second day of screenings (mainly because I couldn’t make it on the first day).

Going by the assumption that most of my readers would either have seen it or not be interested in seeing it, I won’t attempt to review the film here (not that it needs it). Suffice to say, I’ve watched it twice in the theaters, many times online — because I’m Asian and I know that there is nothing that can’t be bootlegged these days — and listened to the (legally downloaded) soundtrack every single moment that I’ve been alone, and all in just the last 10 days.

Also like most people my age, I’ve watched the animated Beauty and the Beast more times than I can remember since its release back in 1991, and as recently as this February, after learning of the live-action remake’s release date. The animated film has always stuck with me because it came out when I was old enough to have read the original Villeneuve fairy tale, understand the story and appreciate the music. But watching the live-action film has struck a new chord in my being, and almost obliterated every feeling I’ve ever had for the 1991 cartoon.

I think what made this new version resonate in me is one of the new songs written for the film, Days In The Sun. Its lyrics on keeping the faith and staying hopeful amidst all the sadness and despair have stayed with me ever since I heard it the first time, and it is this song alone that epitomizes the spirit of the entire film. It also makes me think of the times we live in now, and how important, no matter how difficult, it is to remain hopeful that one day, we will find our way out of these dark times, and stand in the sun again.

Two bodies, one heart

Having failed to keep up with the alarmingly fast-paced Bollywood industry over the past decade or so, I’ve been reduced to watching mostly Shahrukh Khan’s movies because the man is an indisputably good actor, and he does not age like mere mortals. So were it not for the fact that I actually do speak and understand Hindi, and that I will never outgrow the Shahrukh Khan-Kajol collaborations — she being another one who simply does not age — I would probably have missed the release of Dilwale.

Seeing as I had nothing to do over the holidays, I decided to watch it the week after Christmas — and was sorely reminded of why I’ve always preferred to download and watch movies at home. It was almost impossible to concentrate on the movie in the cinema because I was surrounded by giggling, sighing, swooning girls who must have damned near wet themselves every time Shahrukh Khan and Kajol appeared in the same frame. So when I got home I downloaded the movie’s soundtrack and fell in love with the song Janam Janam.

It’s been a very long time since I actually liked any song from a Hindi movie (the last one being Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi). This one struck a chord with me because it’s almost like a mantra that I’ll probably be chanting to myself every day for the next few years.

We’re not promised tomorrow

I found myself dreaming in silver and gold
Like a scene from a movie that every broken heart knows
We were walking on moonlight and you pulled me close
Split second and you disappeared, and then I was all alone

I woke up in tears, with you by my side
A breath of relief, and I realized
No, we’re not promised tomorrow

In the blink of an eye
Just a whisper of smoke
You could lose everything
The truth is you never know
So I’ll kiss you longer baby
Any chance that I get
I’ll make the most of the minutes and love with no regrets

Let’s take our time to say what we want
Use what we got before it’s all gone
‘Cause no, we’re not promised tomorrow

So I’m gonna love you like I’m gonna lose you
I’m gonna hold you like I’m saying goodbye
Wherever we’re standing, I won’t take you for granted
‘Cause we’ll never know when
When we’ll run out of time
So I’m gonna love you like I’m gonna lose you
I’m gonna love you like I’m gonna lose you

– Meghan Trainor & John Legend, Like I’m Gonna Lose You