From the insanity of handling their parents to confessing their deepest secrets to one another, Ayesha and Kabir from Dil Dhadakne Do will always be the most relatable yet comforting sibling duo for us!
While we're trying our best to smash gender inequality, we cannot neglect the fact that there is a huge disparity between how a daughter is raised in an Indian household compared to a son. Thanks to patriarchy, girls have way more restrictions and judgement from their parents than boys do and Dil Dhadakne Do authentically portrayed that on the big screen 8 years ago and it's still pretty much etched in our hearts. We've watched this movie time and again with our family for a plethora of reasons but mainly because of Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra's phenomenal camaraderie as the Mehra siblings.
Unlike his father and brother in law, Kabir wasn't an accomplice of patriarchy, he often called out both of them for their backward thinking and toxic masculinity. He spoke up when Ayesha's name wasn't on the invitation cards even though she was the one who put together the whole event for their parent's anniversary. He never took credit for what's not his and looked upto Ayesha for the life she has created for herself from scratch. He wanted her to be seen, appreciated and shine like the true diamond that she is.
In the scene where Kamal (Anil Kapoor) is admitted in the hospital due to a 'heart attack' which actually just turned out to be gas, the Mehras are forced to face each other when they're together under one roof. Kabir takes this as an opportunity to vent out to his parents about what he has been suppressing for far too long and call them out for their blatant hypocrisy. They constantly ask Ayesha to compromise in her marriage even though they clearly know that she is quite unhappy. And Kabir highlighted the fact that his parents' marriage was never an ideal one to begin with for them to give this advice to her. He was in support of her divorce and getting out of her toxic marriage. He truly stood by her and put his foot down when it came to protecting his sister from being mistreated by everyone.
He also accepts he wants no part to play in his dad’s world of business and it would be much wiser to give his company in the hands of his sister who clearly has the knack for it. Ayka, as the name suggests, is supposed to be a mixture of Ayesha and Kabir so he rightfully questions why only focus on one aspect of it. Ayesha's also been a great sibling. She always confessed her deepest secrets to Kabir. He was the first one to know that she is on the pill and is really not interested in having kids with Manav. And like any elder sibling, she straightens him up when he makes a mistake or is behaving unlike he usually would. Especially when it came to Farah and his relationship.
Kabir and Ayesha truly feel so relatable to most of us because just like them we too look at our siblings with utmost love and annoyance at the same time. Just like Kabir discovers, ice cream always tastes better from your sibling’s bowl.
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