Bollywood has a wide variety of film genres, everything from
masala and action-packed movies to historic and biographic movies.
Whatever genre it might
be Bollywood always has something new to showcase; new faces in the
top notch direction and most importantly a fresh storyline - wait who
kidding, Bollywood and fresh? Nah
, that doesn't go hand in hand.
of movies that are produced every year are inspired by the same cliche
concepts which have been conceptualized time and again, with a set of
new actors. Sit back and allow BollyCurry
take you on a ride of the endless Bollywood cliches.
"Pyaar Deewana Hota Hai Mastana Hota Hai, Har Khushi Se Har Gham Se Begana Hota Hai"
From Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
to Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania
have been numerous movies on the same repetitive concept. Here's how the
story goes. A girl and a guy
don't really gel in the beginning, but their love-hate relationship
somehow and somewhere blossoms into love. Just when things are about to
be set right, the
girl's parents reject the guy. This takes the story further to a group
of goons whooping the guy black and blue and the innocent girl treating
the wounds. When the guy has had just enough and decides to leave the
girl to her fate, her family suddenly agrees and out of nowhere they
realize how much the guy they hated till yesterday loves their
Spare me the pain already, someone? Bollywood needs to move out of this circle!
"Hogaya Hai Tujhko To Pyaar Sajna, Laakh Karle Tu Inkaar Sajna"
A melodrama to the core involving two people who meet,
get attracted to each other and eventually fall in love but one of them
is not ready to accept that they're in love with the other for the
of lame reasons a Bollywood mind can think of. However, with the help of
a 3-step plan inclusive of a long separation,
endless tears and a third person igniting a jealous spark, voila!
your movie is a success! After intermission the realization of
love strikes, both lovers run towards each other in a slow motion to finally embrace the love
they were running away from. Kahani
khatam, paisa hazam
. There you have it, an evergreen love saga of the
decade, which will be cherished for years to come. Did I just say "love saga"? If you really
think those are love sagas, you'd like to watch Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
Hate Love Storys
(2010), Hasee Toh Phasee
or even the latest flick Khoobsurat
(2014) while I look for a comfortable spot to hit my head on.
"Dur Jaake Bhi Mujhse, Tum Meri Yaadon Mein Rehna, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna"
Next in line
we have one of the most celebrated plots of silver screen, the
never-let-go concept. This typical
storyline revolves around a situation where the lead couple who were
once deeply in love meet with each other after years and the forgotten
love suddenly wakes up after seeing the hot dude or the beautiful girl.
If they really loved each other, which did they just not get married and
end the story? Nah
, the director needs drama and drama comes from separation! Lambi judaai
and all that stuff. Just the right amount of sad music alongside a star cast is required and
you can make a movie out of a real ghisi pitti
boring storyline. This is probably how Bollywood works, I guess? Because movies like Hum Dil De
(1999), Veer Zaara
(2004), Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
(2006), and Life In A Metro
others garnered a lot of success although they had the cliche concept.
And guess what? Indian Television also follows the same trend! From Kasauti Zindagi Kii
to Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon
"Hum Bhi Hai Josh Mein Baatein Kar Hosh Mein, Yun Na Aankhein Dikha"
One of the evergreen genres of a typical film is an
action-oriented one starring muscular actors who show off their six pack
and muscular biceps to attract female attention. The plot in such
movies revolves around a sweet soft-spoken girl who falls in love with
the playboy or a badboy, who is either
trying to harass her throughout the movie or in some special cases save
from the other goons. In both the cases, the girl will and must (pun
fall for him for being coconut hearted, i.e. hard on the outside yet
soft from inside.
This formula has been implemented several times in the film fraternity
in the past
and even in recent times. Do I even need to highlight such movies? You
know them yourselves! Whether I say Maine Dil Tujhko Diya
(2009), or even Ek Villain
(2014), they're all hailing from the same direction!It's
now time for me to bid adieu to you because frankly speaking, I cannot
tolerate these cliche concepts anymore. My list of movies under this
category will be a never ending one, but my patience level won't let me
get there. Several movies of such nature release in Bollywood each
Friday. I only suggest my respected directors to try something more
fresh and meaty. With time everyone grows up, and maybe it's about time
for Bollywood to do so too.
Author: Shikha A.
Editors: Fatima W. and Sonia R.
Graphics: Shikha A.
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