If you believe that Bollywood movies like Main Hoon Na or Kabhi Khushi Kabhie gham are stupid and illogical then my friend, get ready to read a bunch of more stupid things below.
I feel Watching old school romantic movies gives me some sort of solace. It helps me retain that innocence in my thoughts about love. There is a Nasha in them that even if you watch them like 100 times, you still find a reason to watch them again. There is a different joy in repeating all the dialogues of the actors and thinking I said it better than her/him. I feel these movies make us believe in love at first sight again, make us play that Ankh Micholi game with our crush and get the butterflies in the stomach when they catch us gazing at them.
I feel, that romance still exists. Every person hides those little romantic dreams which they saw in the old romantic movies somewhere inside them, waiting for the right time to express them.
Let us just rewind the time for a while and watch all those cringe clichéd movies again with our friends at night. All of them crushing over Rahul or Anjali. Dancing on those songs with lyrics that every friend remembers by heart. Let us revisit that old school love that our parents talk about.
Those times where a boy expressed his love by singing a song for his lover and suddenly music played in the background and by default he sang like A.R Rahman and all the street people automatically accompanied him to convince his lover. Uffff!
These movies taught us way more things than love.
I remember myself dancing in front of the tv on every song of Main Hoon Na, wrapping myself in my mother’s dupatta, and trying my best to be as gorgeous as Sushmita Sen in that saree. Copying Anjali from K3G to be as funny and as jolly as her. Standing in front of the mirror for an hour straight, telling myself that “Tumhara Koyi Haq Nahi Banta ki Tum Itni Khoobsurat lago, not fair.” Watching my friends cry every time Aman died in Kal Ho Na Ho. Hating Tina for ruining Rahul and Anjali’s friendship. Going crazy watching Anjali dance in that red saree with Rahul in Kuch Kuch Hota hai . Shutting my eyes every time “bheege hoonth tere” played on tv while sitting with my parents.
I feel some things never fade away as these cringe Bollywood movies will always remain our guilty pleasures. Still, Bagban will haunt us our whole lives to become like Prem (Salman khan). Still, we would want to go on a goa trip with friends as Dil Chahta Hai (also because we can’t afford Zoya Akhtar’s movie trips xD). Still, most guys test their love with the “palat theory”. All of us still wait for Emraan Hashmi’s movies so that we could get the best romantic songs of all time.
Can’t deny that the DJ isn’t complete without Kajare and Bedi Jalaile songs. We still hmmm to the music of Pehla Nasha. We believe “ Dosti mein no sorry and no thank you”. Guys always think that “ladki Kyun ladko si Nahi hoti.” Every kid of our generation has once tried to have that “Dhayi Kilo ka Haath”.
Doesn’t it bring out the Filmy Kudi or Munda within you?
Parents said, “love others”. Shah Rukh Khan taught us how to love. Govinda taught us that it’s okay to act silly and dumb. Kajol urf Anjali taught us “Chaddo” and live our life without any worries. Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na taught us what is to fall in love with your best friend. Veer Zara taught us the concept of eternal longing. And the list goes on….
These movies have left a very heavy impact over me. I am quite fascinated by their skills by which they create their own world where they tell various stories containing various emotions and they bring out the correct number of tears and smile on your face. This art of balancing emotions is something which they focus on quite heavily. The spectator cannot decide whether to feel happy or sad, hence you end up feeling overwhelmed. You laugh, get annoyed, feel romantic and maybe shed a tear or two while watching them. They may not be realistic but these movies do become an escape from the reality.
I want to preserve this overwhelming feeling that I get every time I watch these movies because they give me a sense of hope. A hope that whatever life is giving you, hold on to it because eventually there will be a happy ending
In conclusion, I just want to say the famous dialogue which doesn’t fit here but still.
“Agar kisi chiz ko pure dil se chaho to puri kainat use tumse milane ki sazish me lag jati hai” (for the English version, go read the alchemist)
Don’t ever let that Rahul, Anjali, Raj, Jai, Prem, Pooh or Aditi go away. Hold onto them because trust me, they will keep you alive.
This post was written by Nandini Gupta, IInd year