I love Bollywood (so much for originality?). Bollywood, a portmanteau of “Hollywood” and “Bombay” (now called Mumbai), is home to the Hindi film industry. It regularly churns out hundreds of movies every year spanning drama, action, comedy, thrillers and any genre you can think of. While films are a medium to escape reality, many of them push the limits of rationality.
While I will always remain a fan, there are some things I can never understand no matter how much I try!
- You can fool anyone anytime: Just by dressing up as a woman (Shola aur Shabnam) or adding a mere moustache to your look (referring to Rab ne bana di Jodi) people around can’t recognise you. Never knew camouflage was so easy.
- It is very simple to conceive: Sleeping with a man once or two flowers coming together at the end of a song can get the woman pregnant. All those promoting IVF will be out of business if that were actually true.
- Mother is ultimate: “Mere paas maa hai”, gave all temple priests a run for their money. For a mother can solve all issues and is truly the superhero. A mother can literally sniff you as shown in K3G where Jaya Bachchan realizes her son is around.
- Rich or poor all girls look pretty: This social message is actually the one I love. Irrespective of your economic status, in movies all women dress up well and look good. They may not be able to afford food but they have flawless skin and their pink lipstick is intact.
- Bullet hits and kills a bad man faster than a hero: Bollywood is supplied with special bullets. Whereby a hero can deliver a profound thought provoking message before passing away! But a villain dies instantly.
But the other side of the coin is films are inspiring, evolutionary and breaking stereotypes in many ways–
- Women empowerment is here to stay – From times immemorial; Bollywood has provided many women centric movies and highlighted the theme of women empowerment. Right from Nargis in Mother India; Tabu in Astitiva taking a bold stand on infidelity to more recent movies like Queen, Neerja, Pink, Tumhari Sulu and Mom; women are seen in pivotal roles. They don’t just portray bold characters that are the decision makers and independent thinkers but can also be tagged as the so-called Heroes of the movie!
- Breaking stereotypes in professions – Gone are the days when Businessman, doctor and engineer were the only professions portrayed by men in Bollywood whereas women stayed at home. Nowadays, on one hand
Dangal, Sultan, Mary Kom and Chak de portray women’s growing popularity in sports. On the other, male actors take on unconventional professions as Saif ali khan takes up the role of a Chef and Abhishek Bachchan a male nurse in Dostana. Ki & Ka took it a step further and did away with the typical gender roles.
- Moving away from taboos to addressing many important issues – Dear Zindagi spoke about the issue of mental health. Then Taare Zameen par addressed dyslexia, Phir Milenge AIDS and Ae dil hai mushkil cancer. Bollywood is finally touching upon delicate issues in a mature manner. They are instrumental in creating awareness.
Any messages that I missed and you would like to add? Share in comments below.
This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla, and happily SPONSORED BY RRE Studios and SHOWCASE Events.