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Every Indian worth his salt knows three movies verbatim, and will be able to make them out even from hearing three seconds of their opening theme:
- 3 Idiots
- Hum Saath Saath Hain, and
- Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham
It doesn’t matter if you love or hate these films. You, at some point, must have seen them, and whether you respond with a groan or an excited jump (followed by sing-along) every time “A B C D E F G H I..J K L M” from Hum Saath Saath Hain starts playing, you will still recognize the song!
Thus, it is imperative that you recognize the characters from these movies as well. Be it Mohnish Behl’s adarsh Vinod Babu or Salman Khan’s endearing Prem; Amitabh Bachchan’s foreboding Yash Raichand, or even Kajol’s bubbly Anjali; Aamir Khan’s Rancho or R. Madhavan’s Farhan, you know these characters by heart and, if you’re a fan of these films, you swoon at the sight of them, and probably can recite all their dialogues by heart. (Everyone remembers “Gamla nahi vase!”)
What makes these characters so special? Is it because on some subconscious level, we can relate to them, or because they remind us of someone we know, or perhaps because these characters are absolutely new to us and we are entranced by their uniqueness? There is no clear and definite way to answer this, but the gist remains in the fact that such movies have given us many memorable characters, and there is some way to remember all of them.
This may very well include comparing one character to a puppy, because he’s just as smol and cute, or one to a bulldog because he’s just as tough-but-adorable, and for this reason, today we compare one of the characters of these national favourites to a breed of dog which is every dog lover’s favourite.
Rohan Raichand is a golden retriever.
There are not enough words in the universe that could help us enlist the reasons this statement is true. You just need to take one look at Hrithik Roshan as Rohan in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and then take one hard look at your golden retriever, and you shall know.
See what we’re talking about?
However, if you can’t see the resemblance, let us give you a rundown of all the reasons Rohan Raichand is the perfect golden retreiver of the Raichand family.
To begin with, golden retrievers are known to be great with kids. Remember how Rohan helped out his brother Rahul’s son Krish in his school recital? And remember Rohan helping Krish prepare with his classmates for this recital? Well, how good with kids could someone be if he is able to make them sing a song without the exercise turning into chaos?
Golden retrievers are known to be kind, friendly and confident. Let’s break these down to Rohan’s life. Rohan has always been kind, be it to his classmates and his roommates, his ageing Dadi and Nani, his DJ, or even to Haldiram and his wife when they were clearly grating him with tangential answers. He’s patient, and while he may get visibly frustrated, he never acts out in anger, even to his father. Rohan is also obviously friendly, however he wasn’t born into this trait but grew into it. He may have been mean to Pooja at first, but seeing as how he hurt her, he was brave enough to apologise and sweet enough to ask for a do-over, which shows that Pooja helped him grow into a friendly man. Lastly, Rohan is extremely confident, as is shown by the sequence when he gives Poo, who is rating men according to their appearance, a two-point rating!
Golden retrievers have a trusting disposition, thus making them bad guard dogs, and unfortunately, so does Rohan, for he does not realise something is awry in his family until it is all revealed to him in a rather dramatic eavesdropping sequence. Rohan is far too pure to believe that there could be anything wrong with his family, and so are golden retrievers, which is why golden retriever theft is a common phenomenon to this day and it is widely recommended that these dogs be chipped or at least tagged.
However, don’t let this dissuade you from getting these adorable beasts home, for golden retrievers are not only cute but the ultimate choice for a familial environment. They are calm, intelligent, and have an eagerness to please, a trait Rohan displays easily in the things he does to please his father (going to boarding school, then London), and then his brother (doing the morning aarti, helping out Anjali).
Golden retrievers are also active, competitive and rarely need harsh training sessions. Need we remind you of the first scene of the movie itself, where Rohan defeats another school’s team in a cricket match?
Thus, there is no better character suited to the ever loving and unbearably cute golden retrievers than the golden-boy of the Raichand household, and if you would still like to argue this, here, take this picture of a golden retriever pup and consider your argument invalid: