Is Bollywood a catalyst in breeding creeps?
Shah Rukh Khan stands in the middle of a field of ‘Sarson’, with his arms wide open and has a beautiful lady running toward him, charmed. Salman khan holds his buckle with two hands and shakes it to have girls falling in love with him. Aamir khan spills ‘chutney’ on a lady’s fiancé and she falls in love with him ‘Jaise filmon hota hai’. For all the morons inspired by them, love doesn’t work that way.
Bollywood has for the longest time, depicted- love, relationships, family and everything else in an unrealistic, exaggerated form. This, artistically, might be a good way to get your message across, but is often subjected to misinterpretation. Especially with a fanatic audience which is exposed to idol worship before sanitation. Now, one might think that it could do no possible harm but if we look at the rising cases of reported stalking, we’d think otherwise.
I see two obvious problems that arise with exposure to the Indian film industry’s idea of romance. One, the inability to take ‘no’ for an answer and move on. Be it Emraan Hashmi in his cult hit ‘Jannat’ or in what is considered the epitome of romance ‘DDLJ’, the protagonist persists with his ‘romantic’ gimmicks even after being rejected at first. While, stalking might switch the ‘no’ to ‘yes’ in the movies, in real life, it leads to 3 years imprisonment and a fine under the Indian Penal Code – Article 354D.
The second obvious problem that is seen is the belief in the phrase ‘love conquers all’ in a literal context. The films might show 40 odd year olds ‘romancing’ 20 odd year olds, or extremely unfit, unattractive people ‘bagging’ home attractive partners. This again, happens only in the movies. Reality is going to hit you hard if you think any of this could happen in real life.
The motive for cinema has always been to educate, inform and entertain. It has never been to help you make someone fall in love with you. You’re not that important.
P.S. You want to watch a ‘Khan’ movie next time, give Irrfan Khan a try. It just might get you some perspective.