Friday, March 4

Disappointed or in awe?

I was barely six when i watched 'Yeh vaada raha' for the first time, i probably even didn't know how to pronounce the full name ( I have watched it over 30 times now and personally I thought it was the best Indian story ever made)
Then i grew older...

I was 15 or 16 when I read Danielle Steele's book The promise

After about 80 pages, i could predict how it was gonna end, it all seemed a bit too familiar. Rich guy, Poor girl. Necklace, Promise to be together forever... 
skip more pages, Wicked mother in-law, elopement, accident!!! (With a truck full of BRICKS and Iron Rods) ah, it was too much to handle!
I dropped the book
I was shattered, disappointed that one of the most intriguing Indian movies was a rip off
Was i really shattered?
Or in awe? I guess a bit of both emotions
Well, needless to say i continued reading
And oh yes, nothing was changed
The reconstructive surgery and Karma, yup it all followed!

As you all know, I am a sucker for old romantic movies, i feel like its Christmas when I find an old movie I have never watched, in black and white? Better!
So i stumbled on The Promise, randomly
I say randomly because i wasn't looking  for it, i literally 'stumbled' on a box of old movies in the basement 
And i picked out The Promise starring Kathleen Quinlan Stephen Collins, Beatrice Straight , cos it was the only one i haven't seen

I didn't do the usual research I normally do before i watch a movie: reviews, star ratings, etc
(i do this cos if its not worth watching, i don't bother, too many other worthwhile things to do)
Weellll, if only i did, i might have known that it was actually an adaptation of Danielle Steele's The Promise
Oh Joy!
My day was MADE, it is such a beautiful movie for a 1979 movie, Yeh Vaada raha was made in 1982 by the way ( Imagine! Years before my parents even met LOL)
I'm ashamed to admit that i have watched it more than once
It has one of the best lines ever 'It's good that you can see your money was well spent' Go figure
I found out that there is an ASIAN adaptation!!!!
Jeez! Its also called The Promise

and err... a Spanish version Uma Promessa (When I found it, I realized its only a sub-dubbed version - but still!)
Talk about most repeated story ever. I am patiently waiting for a Nollywood version
Okay I am kidding, calm down!

Just in-case you never read the book, or heard of the story, there's a little summary for you. Enjoy!
'It's good that you can see your money was well spent'
 Oh and Yeh Vaada raha means, 'This is my promise'
Random pictures from the Indian version
The evil mother
before the accident
before the final surgery
Her new face


Myne Whitman said...

LOL...Bollywood is the queen of all remakes. I didn't know that Yah Vada rahah was one, guess I missed Dainelle Steele's Promise or the movie.

I saw and loved Kabhi Khusi Khabi Ghan and recently I saw a Ghanaian remake, no plus or minus, lol..

sweetness said...

Hey Myne Whitman :)
Are you serious? What's the name of the Ghanaian one? I love KKKGham I hope they didn't murder it... I'm sure they did! Lol
So is The Game and The Game reloaded, the one staring Majid Michael and John Dumelo, they didn't copy one but TWO Indian films, Ghajini and Race
But I lover it sha, it's hilarious!

Have a good weekend, and trust me you are as good as someone who has watched and read The Promise, it is yeh Vaada Raha. Complete! Lol

seye said...


sweetness said...

Oh yeah? Niiiice!

leggy said...

did you really just ruin 'sunita' for me?
thats what ive called it for the longest time!! best movie ever!!!

sweetness said...

Lol Leggy no! That was not my intention at all, Sunita! yes that's what i used to call it too! Have a good weekend dearie x

Jaycee said...

I remember watching the Indian version myself and swooning over their love for each other. The romance, the accident, and the re-constructive surgery bring back nostalgic feelings. In fact, now I want to watch an Indian movie.

It's amazing you found the same story in several languages.

sweetness said...

Its on YouTube! Sad thing is that its not translated... When i was a kid, NTA aired it Sunday mornings, LOL Nostalgia x

kitkat said...

lool wait till nollywood learns about this movie, they'll make more than 10 versions of the same story :p
thnks for droppin by

MsNana_ said...

i was doing my preparation for my law presentation and you made me spend 10 minutes of it watching this amazing film
i wanna see i now
btw there is a Ghanaian version, i will search for the name and give it to you,
poor girl, rich boy, a mean girl, the girl pour acid on her face so she can have the boy, paid for her operation to and told her to disappear, but they got back together

MsNana_ said...

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Repressed One said...

Are you sure Nollywood hasnt done this yet? search well we sabi copy copy well well lol. Loved sunita too...cant seem to get into bollywood tho

Lara said...

I must say you just ruined Yeh Vaada raha for my mind it is the only Indian movie that is not a remake.

I saw the Yoruba industry remake some years back and I was disgusted.

I love Danielle Steel and it never crossed my mind that Yeh Vaada raha is an adaptation of her book.

Fierce said...

Soooooo the meaning of the Indian version's title is loosely 'The promise' too huh? Go figure. Lol I was so waiting for that. But I wouldn't suggest a search for the Nollywood version, they'd probably kill the joy for you.


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