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Filmy Series- Part 2

Updated: Sep 8, 2021

Why do films matter?

For some people, that would be like asking: why does food matter? There is simply a need that has to be fulfilled – a need to experience meaningful, life enriching stories unfolding on the screen.

Because we all need to believe in movies, sometimes.

From “Kuttey main tera khoon pi jaunga”, “Pushpa, I hate tears” and “Mere paas maa hai” to when heroes impressed their lady love with dialogues, “I love you Kkk… Kiran”, “Bade bade shehron mein aisi chhoti chhoti baatein hoti rehti hain.” to now “Main apni favourite hoon”, “Goli nahi marenge, kehke lenge uski” and “Mari chhoriyan chhoron se kam hai key” Bollywood has come a long long way. The changing patterns in movies are basically a result of the changing mindsets of the audience as well the bid to attract international audience who have different perspective than the ones for whom movies were made in the 70-80s.

But, that’s a different discussion altogether. For now, we have a few good movies which had a few good scenes which helped a few good posers of our society to recreate a few good movie posters.

Nineteen years and 1,000 weeks run at Mumbai’s Maratha Mandir make Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge an iconic Bollywood film whose title is its biggest spoiler, where the characters portrayed by Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol play the real Chopra game, discovering love in the Swiss Alps and reaffirming their commitment to each other in the mustard fields of Punjab. But the romance, the songs, the sights and the charisma of Khan apart, DDLJ is a fairly old-fashioned regressive film that does nothing to change the society. Despite all its modern appearances, clothes, scenes of characters getting drunk, DDLJ’s message is clear – fall in love, dream for sure (“magar unki poori hone ki umeed mat karo”), never challenge your parents and your elders. And even when they become totally unreasonable do not ever elope or run away. Because after all the parents are still your elders and they deserve respect no matter what may happen. On the surface DDLJ is a story of two NRI families: one a household run by Mogambo, oh sorry…Amrish Puri who focuses on bringing up his two daughters (one of whom is Simran played by Kajol) by strict so-called Indian values – no dating, wearing Indian clothes, and singing bhajans; the other run by Anupam Kher, a hugely wealthy businessman who lets his son Raj (SRK) indulge in every possible vice in London, and rejoices when he fails in college. Raj and his friends, including an unrecognisable Karan Johar, drink, party, lie – you know all those bad things NRI kids do because after all Bollywood wants you to believe that the west is a depraved and dangerous place to raise your children. Raj may fail in his college finals, because that brings comic relief in the film, but the good Indian values in him would not make him run away with the girl he loves.

Yes, it is has a certain kitschness. It has musical interludes that are so cheesy you almost want to laugh, and some of the acting is pretty questionable. But at the same time there’s something sublime about the film. Somehow, the kitschness, the cheesiness and the low-budget production seems to have come together to create a work of art that will live on for decades to come. The story line, whilst at times being predictable, also has some clever little twists and turns, and by the end of it you feel like you’ve watched a movie that will stay with you for many years to come, which I guess answers why Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge has such enduring popularity. Is it perfect? Definitely not. Is it worth watching? If you enjoy a little light-hearted, Bollywood romantic-comedy then that would be a definite yes.

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By: Nixon Rathor Negi


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“Crime Master Gogo naam hai mera! Ankhen nikal ke gotiyaan kheltaan hoon.”

One of the many dialogues that gave Andaz Apna Apna the cult status which it holds today.

For all those who are a sucker for madness on screen. ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ remains one of the few absolutely crazy film rides one has ever taken in mainstream Bollywood. The film is 20 years old, still it effortlessly finds its way into one’s daily life. Till today, people mouth the dialogues.

The biggest reason of the film’s connect is the fantastic characterisation. One doesn’t remember the film as a Salman Khan or an Aamir Khan film, one remembers it because of the memorable characters. Each one is unique and has a quirk. Put Amar, Prem, Teja, Gogo, Anand Akela, Bhalla and Robert in any situation and they will have you rolling on the floor with laughter. This is what ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ does. Simplicity is the most difficult thing to achieve. The film for me is spontaneity par excellence. There are films of various genres and then there is ‘Andaz Apna Apna’, a genre in itself.

Andaz Apna Apna is also a drama with many negative and positive characters and teach us a lot about life and values and ethics. It teaches us about bravery. Andaz Apna Apna is also a tragedy, especially the scenes where Salman is targeted by Aamir and is given overdose of stomach-upsetting pills, the part where Teja reveals his sad feelings regarding why he couldn’t go to London and the part where Gogo is arrested in the ending, without even getting back his 36,000. Andaz Apna Apna is overall a complete package…. sit back and enjoy the ride! Bet there’ll be a second ride after that… and then a third.

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There can be no mention of Andaz Apna Apna without quoting some of its epic dialogues –

“Aayan hoon, kuch to le ke jaoonga! Khandani chor hoon, Mogambo ka bhateeja”

“Aap mahaan hain! Budhimaan hain, shaktimaan hain, balki aaj muje yeh ehsaas hua pita ji, ke aap purush hi nahi! Mahapurush hain Mahapurush.”

It is a fact that Farhan Akhtar wrote Dil Chahta Hai only when his mother warned him to throw him out of the house if he did not figure out his career. Well, God thank his mom. Strip away melodramatic plots which always drag on longer than they are supposed to. Get rid of unbelievable protagonists who have all the answers and can fight off a horde of villains. Have no ‘villains’ to speak of, with the exception of the dude engaged to the girl you fancy, who acts like a bit of a prick. Build a story about the people you spend most of the time with – your friends, your dogs, and ponder how you guys are going to sort out the really important things in your life. Like falling in love. Cracking on your friend who seems to fall for every girl he sees. Or your sensitive friend Sid who is in love with a much older woman – is he crazy? Wince as two of your best friends get into a very heated argument which splits them up and wonder what you will do now that you’re caught in the middle. Hope for love and friendship to find a way through to reconciliation. make reality cool again. Whatever your heroes wear, however they cut their hair, right down to the way they interact has to be believable. Make short hair and a goatee beard the national craze amongst guys.

The film that has had the largest influence of the look and hopefully the story of the biggest Bollywood films to follow it. A film that many people have been able to relate to. It seemed so obvious until Farhan Akhtar did it. Ultimately, what’s great about the film is that it connects to the youth. The depiction of youth is so dead-on and realistic that you would be disgusted at the way youth is treated in other Bollywood films, where every college student aside from the leads are party-goers or nerds. Dil Chahta Hai will forever be a breath of fresh air.

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By: Ghazal Abdullah


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Article by: Sparsh Chandra

Pictures by: Nixon Rathor, Saurabh Arora and Ghazal Abdullah

Editing by: Nixon Rathor

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