One of the funniest scenes in Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) is when the characters Naina Catherine Kapur (Preity Zinta) and Sweetu (Delnaaz Paul) are on a ferry. Sweetu has noticed a young man that she is quite taken with. Suddently Aman Mathur (Shah Rukh Khan) appears behind them asking them to speak louder so he can hear the conversation.
Soon Aman pushes his way into the same seat and begins focusing on Sweetu's dilemma - that she likes a boy she hasn't met. Aman Mathur decides to introduce them and has decided to call the young man "Ramdayal".
Aman: (to Sweetu) Tell me something ... Is there a guy here whom you like?
Sweetu: That one.
Aman: Yes? I mean Yes! Oh very good! Ramdayal? (Calling out) Ramdayal! Ramdayal! Ffffssst! Ramdayal!
Sweetu: His name is Ramdayal? You know him?
Aman: No... but he looks the Ramdayal type. Ramdayal! RAMDAYAL! RAMDAYAL!
Frankie: You talkin' to me?
Aman: Yeah, I am talking to you, Ramdayal.
Frankie: Name's Frankie.
Aman: Ah, Frankie Ramdayal. Frankie Ramdayal, this girlfriend of mine wants to leave me for you... she says you are cool, sexy... she says your hairstyle is wow! (Turning to Sweetu) What do I do Sweetu, if I've not seen Dil Chahta Hai? So what if I don't know much about hairstyles?Are you going to leave me for this... this shriveled mango?
Aman: Sorry, Ramdayal. How would you feel if I left you for this... specsy? You are a lucky dog, Ramdayal! Go Sweetu... Go live your life... be happy... be prosperous... be happy with Ramdayal... (turns head into Sweetu's shoulder, muffling sobs, and motions for Frankie to come over) ... Is he coming? Come on... come on...
Frankie: (coming over, extending hand) Hi! Frankie here.
Sweetu: (taking hand) Hi! I'm Jaspreet.
Frankie: Jas... what?
Sweetu: Uh, Sweetu.
Frankie: Sweetu, sweet name, sweet name. I DJ at Club Nirvana. Tonight's the retro night. Why don't you guys come along? And get your mummy along (indicating Naina). Anyways, you take care, man. (pats Aman on shoulder. Aman grabs Frankie's hand) Everything will be alright. Don't worry. Take care. (Frankie leaves.)
Aman: How did you like my performance?
Frankie is played by Deepesh Bhatt. Times of India identifies Deepesh Bhatt as one of Bollywood's body sculptors who works with big stars such as Aamir Khan. But I couldn't verify whether or not it was the same person.
However, the name Ramdayal is a name I wasn't familiar with but appeared to be someone I should know about, so I did a bit of research.
As it turns out, Ram Dayal Munda (1939-2011) was a famous Indian scholar and local music exponent - which fits perfectly, in a humorous way, as a name for the young man rocking out while and listening to music on his headphones. According to The Hindu:
Dr. Munda will be particularly remembered for building a troupe of dancers and musicians, whether as a student in India or in the United States, or later when he was teaching at Ranchi University: he consistently sought to integrate traditional performance culture into modern-day life. His troupe led the Indian cultural contingent in the Festival of India in the USSR in 1987; in 1989, it toured the Philippines, China, and Japan. Thanks to his leadership, village akharas for dance and music were revived across Jharkhand.
Here is the scene from Kal Ho Naa Ho.
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