“Choti choti chitrayi yaadein,
Bichhi hui hai lamhon ke lawn pe
Nange pair unpar chalte chalte
Itni door aa gaye hai ke
Ab bhool gaye hai
Joote kahaan utaare they”
The Hindi film industry more or less completely based in Mumbai, prevalently known as ‘Bollywood’ has unknowingly become an inseparable part of our daily life and culture. You can love or hate Bollywood but you cannot ignore it.
‘Jumma Chumma de de’ makes our foot tap no matter where we are, we always drop a tear or two witnessing Aman on the death bed towards the end of ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ with Naina sitting beside him, the train journeys are always filled with an expectation of finding an Aditya Kashyap just like Geet did in ‘Jab We Met’ and while boarding a flight we go through a never ending wait for our Jai to stop us from leaving just like it happened in ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’: a relatable account for every middle-class Bollywood loving Indian.
“Namaaz mein wo thi, par aisa laga ki Dua hamari qabool ho gayi”
At times yes, Bollywood crosses the limit of audacity and showed us things unbearable but did we stop watching them?
We do spare a thought of criticism but then it just passes away.
Because in this fast moving, unaffected and ruthless world, we find our movies to be a source of entertainment and sometimes life changing lessons. But most importantly we love our movies because we can relate to them and especially when the flawed and perfectly blemished characters reach a happy ending, we think as if we achieved something.
“Bin puchhe mera naam aur pataa
Rasmo ko rakh ke pare
Chaar kadam bas chaar kadam
Chal do naa saath mere”
The vulnerable, confused and lost character of Rani in Queen was neither showed getting married to someone nor some other ending regarding a happy love life, but the ending made us feel content because she discovered herself in the journey, she found her way to individuality, self love and happiness.
“Zindagi badi honi chahiye, lambi nahi.”
You may run, you may hide but I dare you to escape the charm of Shahrukh Khan’s signature pose where he stands with his arms wide open. People all over India might never agree upon Indo-Pak issue but a smile escapes from our soul while we watch Raj and Simran sharing a hug in the middle of the mustard fields of Punjab in DDLJ.
Sometimes, Bollywood taught us what schools would never assert on, ‘Iss duniya mein sirf do kisam ke insaan hote hai… acche, jo acha kaam karte hai aur bure, jo bura’ said Jarina Wahab playing the character of Rizwan’s Ammi in My Name Is Khan. And if we would have learned this a long time ago we would probably not hate other people based on their nationality and religion.
Ishaan Awasthi’s effort from being a dyslexic kid to becoming a customary 9-year-old kid in a world that cares for those who score well was connected to several daily life struggles that each of us has to go through.
“Raahi manwa dukh ki chinta kyu sataati hai
Dukh toh apna saathi hai”
The heart-wrenching journey of a 17-year-old Rohan in Udaan where he takes away his brother Arjun away from the clutches of their abusive father towards the path of freedom remains my favorite as it was not just a movie but an experience that lingered in our thoughts for a long time.
“Mujhe states ke naam na sunai dete hai na dikhai dete hain…
Sirf ek mulk ka naam sunaai deta hai I-N-D-I-A”
-Chak De India
People tell me that Bollywood gives us illogical movies and unrealistic thoughts about life but a friend of mine taught me that it is always better to see the good in everything, it helps us keep negativity and hatred away and so I believe that if Bollywood has given me movies like, ‘Rang De Basanti’ and ‘Anand’ then an obscene item song or two won’t eradicate my love for the industry.
“Wo kehte hain ye tera desh nahin,
Phir kyun mere desh jaisa lagta hain
Wo kehta hain Main us jaisa nahin
Phir kyun mujh jaisa wo lagta hain”