College is a time when all the teenage souls get to be on their own and taste freedom. It is when you’re free from the hardcore school discipline, cribbing school teachers, and yet blissfully unaware of what the deadline-chasing bosses are like. You party, study, dress up for class and mass bunk. College is where you fall in order to learn how to grow up, like you are in a movie.
Alright, not all of you would agree with this but all our Bollywood script writers seem to believe in it since the rise of Ajay Devgn in Phool Aur Kaante (flashback: Ajay Devgan’s split on two bikes). Since Phool Aur Kaante, there have been numerous movies with a college backdrop and many of them are considered to be cult classics (especially for students). All these movies have evolved with time, like the colleges, courses, and technology, but they still have a lot in common when it comes to the plot. There are certain must-have attributes for a Bollywood college movie to make it more "relatable and real". Let’s have a look at some of them:
A love story
"Love is friendship", said Baba Rahul Khanna in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Crushes and love stories in college are concepts as old as the concept of college itself. And in any movie, right from Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar to Yaariyan, you’ll find a pair in the corner of the college campus…studying.
Crush on a hot teacher
While a hot college teacher is now synonymous with Sushmita Sen from Main Hoon Na, the concept of crushing on a hot teacher, in general, was introduced in the movie Mera Naam Joker. It has evolved now, with Chitrangada Singh in Desi Boys.
A college event is a must in such movies, be it the triathlon of Student Of The Year, the Teacher’s Day speech from 3 Idiots or the song Koi Mil Gaya from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. The movies would have been incomplete without these. Agree?
Parties and drinks
The college festival sequence may transit into some footage of the college students drinking and partying, which will last for at least 30 minutes (exaggeration for most but true for many). This is a thing you’ll see more in the recent movies (read Rang De Basanti), as earlier, drinking in movies was all about being an adult.
More night outs
One obviously cannot have heart-to-heart conversations and controversy-creating gossip during classes, hence night outs. As we all agree, life-long friends cannot be made without drinks and crashing at someone’s house/hostel room.
A party song
If there’s a party there has got to be a song. All these movies, without exceptions, have a peppy number to dance along with a pappu who can’t dance, saala.
Being a stud takes a lot in college and to be the boss of all, you got to deal with a lot of wannabe bosses. Rivalries have been there since the inception of friendships, deal with it. Guys will be guys. Also, rivalries make for some good drama and action in the movie, and hence they are compulsory.
Stereotyping something for fun is great, but we all will admit that we can trade anything to be in college again. Do you have anything to add to out list? Let us know in the comments below.