It all started with this post from Amit
Go on read his post…
This post is nothing really connected to his post….his post was just a start point of the thought process…
and before that I add a disclaimer that I am not a movie buff at all…I hardly watch movies that too when RD insists making me sit through it or books tickets in hall which means I have to go 🙂 also the movies which I usually like are rom coms without any violence, which have happy endings..yaa yaa…I am yet to grow up!
So sometime last month, when MIL was here, she had put Hum Aapke Hain Kaun on TV…
Just got up from sleep in the afternoon, I was wandering around searching for my book, when I came to the scene of the dog with dramatic music giving the letter to Monish Bahl instead of Salman Khan etc etc…
I am thinking, THIS is the movie which changed the face of Indian cinema in the 90s….drove people to theatres and got back the magic of watching movie in cinema halls..wasnt it?
and I must admit, there was a time in life I knew all the songs of the movie by heart…and I look back at myself with a slight amount of amusement…I mean WHAT exactly did I like in the movie???
The fact that it was all about a happy family…or didnt I notice how the evil mami was portrayed to be evil and yet became pregnant and loved in the end of the movie, or that no one in that house saw Madhuri and Salman dance to pehla pehla pyaar hai!! or that Renuka Sahane had the guts to give her child to Madhuri who held the baby IN ONE HAND and danced to Dhiktana..hai bhagwan..thats what I call real guts eh? or that scene where Dushyant falls in love with Shankutala or something like that!
no seriously, while initially Madhuri seemed to be a smart girl giving back to Salman khan, eventually it did turn too sugary for my taste!!
When I saw the movie recently I cringed at so many scenes, that I was wondering what had made me a fan earlier!!
and then this thing about Kuch Kuch Hota hai…like Amit mentioned, about Anjali turning into a bharatiya nari for Shahrukh to fall for her :(…not there is absolutely nothing wrong in being a bharatiya nari, .and people change you know..from wearing jeans for ever to wearing saris for ever..its a very very individual choice and I totally respect it..who knows five years down the line the scaredtowearasareebecauseIwilltrip RM can be willwearonlysareesbecausetheyarecomfortable RM…you cant predict that…I agree…but but…I HATED the scene in which Anjali tries to dress up like Rani Mukherjee and impress Shahrukh…no seriously..I know its only a movie..but still!!!
and then the pallu needed to fall off her blouse for Shahrukh to notice Anjali eh?
Or even in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge…why the hell didnt Kajol just stand up and tell Amrish Puri she loved Shahrukh..things would have been so much easier..and poor Mandira Bedi wouldnt have been heart broken na!
The other day, after so much ho-halla about Dabangg, RD was like lets watch it…I hated the movie (I dont believe in showing violence in movies, I think it affects the human brain in some way or the other and I certainly believe that violence that has increased in our day to day lives is some how connected to that crude horrible violence shown in our movies!, but again, its a personal opinion!)
I hated the song ‘munni badnam’ R was crazy about it though, and I must admit the number is catchy..but I hated the visuals…I hated the fact that there was so much violence, I hated it that Sonakshi Sinha did nothing but smile shyly in the movie! Again, like RD says dont like it dont watch it simple..exactly I agree…if I dont like something, I dont watch it, then I wont crib…
RD has this logic that movies like Dabanng are hits because people go to watch movies to forget the reality, to loosen up, not get worried..which is why intense art movies may not work, you know who wants to see your on screen hero suffer…I would rather have him bash up 20 goons and get his girl than watch him fade away to a normal life….I dont know…I really dont know..is that why people watch movies?
My problem is even worse..after I watch a movie, I keep thinking about it and getting sad for the people who suffer in it (I know its not true!!!) and then keep losing sleep over it…one of the reasons why I dont watch movies at all!
But, I do feel like Amit wrote to the Indian Film Industry, that they realise that what they do often has a very strong effect on the masses in India..we almost look up to our movie stars as ideals and compare them to Gods…I so wish they understand that and are more careful on what they portray on sceen..well if wishes were horses!