There is an urgent need for good writers and creative story-tellers in Bollywood. You ask why? Well, what is common in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Rockstar? Guy falls in love with girl…girl breaks her heart…guy becomes a singing sensation. 😀 And our filmmakers are so creative that they cast the same hero, with the same story line and make a new film with a new title. That’s the genius of Bollywood. Repackage the same old story and sell it like fresh off the oven cake. All the creativity goes into promoting a film, but very little in coming up with original story lines. So, here’s a list of cliches and stereotyped plot lines that our filmmakers and script writers need to get rid off right away. Please take notes.
Love at first sight:
The movies of Bollywood need to be blamed for instilling the thought of falling in love with a person after meeting them. The thought of just ‘love at first sight’ has been deeply imbibed in our minds. For example, in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Shah Rukh Khan’s character Surinder Sahni fell in love with Taani, in just one glance. Leave, RNBDJ, other examples are Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Mere Jeevan Sathi, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Gham and quite recently Half Girlfriend. In all these movies, an eye to eye look was enough to make someone fall in love with them. This notion of finding ‘The One’ in just a meeting doesn’t happen in real life.
IRL, if someone meets us and does try to get friendly, we either term them as a ‘creep’ or run for the hills.
Happily ever after:
Bollywood is O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D with happy endings, no matter how weird they are. In Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, the movie showed an intelligent dog (ya! the four-legged creature), who set things right towards the end. The dog turned a postman and delivered a letter to the Mohnish Behl (Rajesh) when the message was meant for Salman Khan (Prem).
In Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, Tara (Sunny Deol) and Sakina (Ameesha Patel) fight Pakistan (two against the entire country), to come back to India. All the bullets fired at them miss the target, they stay untouched even after so many swords are wielded against them.
Imagine all that unrealistic shit, just to make sure that the girl and the boy have a happily ever after.
Obsession with love stories:
Where there is love, there is Bollywood. The Hindi film industry loves love so much that it adds a tinge of it wherever it can. Makers of films don’t think much before introducing the love angle. In the cult classic, Amar Akbar Anthony, the love story of Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor seemed out of place. The same can be said about Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra’s love story in Agneepath. While the entire movie was a revenge drama, the love story was added just for the sake of it.
Even our war movies are about love — remember Charlie Tango and Rangoon?
Our period films will have so much love –actually a love triangle. Think Lagaan. When a farmer looks like Aamir Khan, a British woman will definitely come swooning in his arms. Mangal Pandey too had a love interest. A petition was filed in the court by the descendants of Mangal Pandey alleging the freedom fighter never married a prostitute and claimed the movie showed him in a bad light. Later the Delhi High Court’s judges ruled that Mangal Pandey wasn’t married.
Dance or item numbers:
Now, Bollywood has a penchant for dancing and it is one of the best parts of it. But, the one thing that is difficult to understand, is how on earth does everyone on the streets know the dance steps by heart? Whether it is Govinda breaking into a dance in the middle of the street, or a club dance in films like Kal Ho Naa Ho and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, everyone knew the steps quite well.
In real life, when people try to match their steps, they look funny and nothing more than that.
For Bollywood, the law has never been a concern. Murdering someone and never getting caught is so common in Bollywood movies that we have grown tired of it. For example, in Ready, our hero Salman Khan went on a spree to break bones of everyone who stopped him from getting married. Why didn’t anyone file an assault case against him?
Leave common people, the law abiding citizens are shown as the ones who break them in our movies. In films, where our actors play police inspectors, they single-handedly destroy the villain’s den and take revenge. Classic examples of this are movies like Mohra, both parts of Dabangg, Singham, Rowdy Rathore, Sholay, and Zanjeer. In all of these aforementioned films, the police officer be it Ajay Devgn, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Sanjeev Kumar or Shashi Kapoor, fight the goons without thinking of the law. Aren’t cops supposed to take the law-breakers to court and let the constitution take its path? No, if you are a Bollywood film.
Since Bollywood is all about looking good (and making common people feel poor), shooting in foreign locations is a habit our movies can’t do without. By filming Chandni in Switzerland, Yash Chopra contributed in enhancing the tourism of the country. Just to make it realistic, Rishi Kapoor and Sridevi went on their honeymoon in this country, a part of the plot.
But, the same cannot be said for other movies. The 1999 movie Rajaji was set in Mumbai and a village, but just to make it look beautiful, the song Sunday Ki Raat Thi, was shot outside India. Kal Ho Naa Ho, Rockstar, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Ek Main Aur Ek Tu, I Hate Luv Storys are another examples of movies shot abroad. Such is the craze of shooting abroad, that sometimes our films don’t seem ours!
Honestly, we are tired!
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