Call us cynics, but this month we
are in an absolutely critiquing mood. With that thought in mind, here is BollyCurry today
with 'Formula 42', a secret formula of tried and tested movie plots used by our
directors when they want a super-hit movie.
Note: This formula is a top secret. We are revealing it at much
risk. You must keep it hidden from any director who doesn't know about this
Salman Khan Movies
Yes it is absolutely true that this
writer is a huge Salman Khan fan, but even she can't help notice that every
Salman Khan movie for the past while has had many of the same factors. Salman Khan
showing off his hot body. Check. Salman Khan beating up 20 or more goons to show
off his macho-ness. Check. An absolutely creepy and vile villain who becomes a bheegi billi (scaredy-cat) at the end.
Check. A new heroine or at least somewhat
new heroine. Check. Sizzling
chemistry. Check. A social message. Check. Despite all these repetitive
elements his movies always work and they
don't just work, they break all records! To prove this you can go back
and look his timeline of recent movies, and see for yourself how many
zeros they earned at the Box Office.
The Famous Shah Rukh Khan Romantic Pose
If there's one thing that people
will flock to the theatres for, it is to see Shah Rukh Khan at his
It seems that in every movie of his, there has to be a song and dance
out in the mountains covered in snow and SRK doing his famous
lean-back-and-spread-my-arms-out pose. Excuse us for not feeling
seeing that pose, but it seems that this pose is enough to get the cash
register ringing. The interesting point to note is that nowadays SRK
only one doing his famous pose. Every new actor from Imran Khan to
Malhotra to Varun Dhawan has copied that pose, therefore making us
ponder that it is one of the essentials for a movie to become a hit,
A Yo Yo Honey Singh Song
Bollywood mein aati roz roz picturein, par superhit picturon mein Yo Yo X-Factor..."
This line above was announced by Yo Yo himself in his
song "Issey Kehte Hain Hip Hop" and who are we to refute that? After all he is
right! Directors just need to have Yo Yo Baby and their movie is bound to
bring in the dough. Really, it's that easy. Well then this writer might just
make a movie and add in a Yo Yo song herself. Who knows? Maybe she'll roll in
the dough as well. Excuse us again for being cynical, but if a song is the
formula to success then that is just plain sad. Plain sad, plain sad, plain sad
(read along the tunes of "Mein Sharabi").
Romeo and Juliet For The Umpteenth Time
What do Ek Duje Ke Liye (1981), Qayamat
Se Qayamat Tak (1988), Ishaqzaade (2012),
and Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-leela (2013)
all have in common? Ah yes! They're all "different" adaptations of Shakespeare's
famous play Romeo and Juliet. The
questions arises is how different are they? They all have a hero and heroine
from different clans, cultures, or family statuses who fall in love with each other,
elope, get married, and then get killed or kill each other so that their family
doesn't kill them. We don't see any difference, do you? Yet each movie did extremely
well at the box office. Well now isn't that amazing?
We don't know what this new trend is
in Bollywood, but it seems that now-a-days every other movie is a remake of a hit from
another film industry or even from Bollywood itself. Surprisingly, these films always
seem to do really well at the box office, less a few obvious exceptions. You
think we're joking? Not at all! Just have a look at some recent releases: Don: The Chase Begins Again (2006), Heyy Babyy (2007), Partner (2007), Dostana (2008),
Ghajini (2009), Agneepath (2012), Bol Bachchan
(2012), Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014),
and Kick (2014). Need we say more? It's
a tried and tested formula that seems to always work. I'm starting to loose my mind!
Another trend that seems to follow
with remakes is sequels. Directors seem to think that if their first movie was
a hit, then a continuation to the "story" will also be a hit and they seem to
be right? When Don: The Chase Begins
Again (2006) became a super-hit, Farhan Akhtar returned in 2011 with Don 2: The King is Back, which also did
well at the box office. When Dhoom (2004)
set cash registers ringing, YRF returned with Dhoom 2 (2006) and Dhoom 3 (2013),
both also becoming massive hits. But we are getting royally annoyed with all
these sequels. It seems that after remakes, the second biggest trend in
Bollywood is sequels, considering that six sequels release in 2014 alone.
Typical Romantic Stories
Before you hate on us for putting
this here, let us explain. A typical romantic story has a diehard romantic
heroine, a bekaar but handsome and
cute hero, two families that don't meet eye-to-eye or a family that
the hero/heroine, and usually another suitor for the heroine. Sound
familiar? We bet it does. These are your typical romantic stories with
all the mirch masala of a Bollywood family drama. You have
song-and-dance routines ion the streets, fight scenes where the hero saves the
heroine's reputation, hate-turned-to-love between the hero and heroine, and
what not! I wonder how this formula always works! Always! You name a movie and you're bound to
find that it has been a semi-hit at the least. We don't know what it is, but it
seems our Indian audience loves these movies and that's why directors are
forever cashing in on this love.
Sell A Story Saying It's "Unique"
Don't get us wrong, but most
directors seem to think that by saying that the story is "unique" people will
flock to the theatres, spend money, and watch the movie. There are certain movies
and stories that are actually unique, but most are not, or at least we don't see
anything unique in them. Please do enlighten us by telling us what is so
different about Yaariyan (2014) or Hasee Toh Phasee (2014) or Heropanti (2014) or even Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014)(also notice how we mention
only 2014 movies). Nothing quitessential if you ask us. They all have more or less a story
that has been seen before. The only difference is ummm... the way it is presented? So
please excuse for not giving these movies the Unique Movie of the Year Award.
sure that after reading the above secrets you've already made a story in your
mind for a movie you want to direct so that you can make some quick cash as
well. But remember our note at the beginning: these formulas are top secret and
should not be at any cost revealed to anyone! Sorry Bollywood, but today
BollyCurry lifted the veil off your famous Formula 42. With that this writer is
off to watch a movie she mentioned above because even she agrees that these formulas
always seem to work...on her too!
Writer: Shreya S.
Editors: Peehu A. and Sonia R.
Graphics: Virina R.
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