Bollywood from the eyes of a 90s kid

Bollywood has given us moments to rejoice, moments to cry, moments to laugh on, moments to smile and is still continuing to do so. Indian Cinema has already completed its 100 years and Bollywood is maturing as it is opening up to various sorts of experiments. These films are making a mark in the International Film scenario. The films are improving in terms of concepts, scripts and techniques used. 

But being a 90s kid, I definitely miss those simplicities in the films which I used to enjoy back then.
 
I was watching Student of the Year directed by Karan Johar few days back and it somehow made me miss the good old days of Kuch Kuch Hota Hain and how it celebrated the spirit of love and friendship.
 
 
During those days, the concept of Friendship Day was quite new and thanks to the movie Kuch Kuch Hota Hain, this special day of friends came to light. This directorial debut venture of Karan Johar not only made the game, Basketball, a real ‘in thing’ but also made us go gaga over the concept of customized friendship bands. 
 
But when I watched SOTY, I was shocked to find out that this entertaining film celebrated the spirit of friendship and love, by uttering slang. Throughout the film Abhi (Sidharth Malhotra) and Rohan (Varun Dhawan) called each other by spelling out a particular slang, showing off their bromance.
 
I wondered is this all what today’s kids will remember from a KJo film? 
 
In recent years, Bollywood has been experimenting with its scripts and plots and making many romantic films set in the current scenario. But, not a single film yet has been able to create the magic of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. This 90s blockbuster hit film made every single girl want a partner like ‘Raj’ (played by Shahrukh Khan in the film).
 
As a 90s kid, I definitely miss the two epic Indian family dramas – Hum Aapke Hain Koun? and Hum Saath Saath Hain, made under the Rajshri banner. 
 
There is no denying the fact that these two films showed an over-dramatized portrayal of the Indian joint family, but still these were huge hits in 90s. From the songs to the bright costumes to melodramatic scripts to the ‘vampgiri’ of the relatives and friends, we loved it all.
 
And now, when I see my younger cousins and nephews spending their time all alone with video games and electronic gadgets in a nuclear family, I really wish that even in the over-dramatized form, such films are to be made again. These films would have atleast given them the flavor of having a big family and would have made them realize that ‘face-to-face’ chatting with cousins is nothing less interesting than chatting on Facebook.
 
Today’s children are witnessing Sunny Leone dancing to the tune of Yo Yo Honey Singh, but for us, the 90s kid, we know that Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast from Mohra was naughty yet sensual. And much before ‘Munni’ became Badnaam for her Darling, she did ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ on a train. And with Chaiyya Chaiyya, the first-ever item dance number made an entry into Bollywood.
 
During the 90s, the ‘Mozart of Madras’ might not have won Academy Awards, but no one can deny the fact that during this period he made some excellent, soulful compositions, in films like Roja, Bombay, Dil Se, Taal, 1947: Earth. And I can guarantee that for a die-hard Rahman fan songs like Tu Hi Re, Kehna Hi Kya, Dil Se Re, Nahin Samne, Roja Jaaneman still top the charts.
 
90s was not the time when we only witnessed masala flicks, but it was the time when the sensitive-yet-bold topic made an entry to silver screens. It was in the 90s, when Deepa Mehta made films like ‘Fire’ and ‘Earth’. Honestly speaking, at that time, as a kid, I didn’t have the maturity to understand these films. But, now I feel really proud that such a bold footstep was taken in the decade, which paved the path for many modern day films.
 
Nowadays I see many glamorous, well-scripted, well-narrated films but being a 90s kid I really miss the days when celebrating friendship meant gifting customized friendship bands. I really miss the days when songs means Tu hi re, Nahin Samne, Yeh Jo Zindagi Hain. I miss the days when family dramas were also entertaining. I really miss the days when item numbers meant Choli Ke Peeche and Chaiyya Chaiyya.
 
By Shreejata Niyogi
 

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1 Comment

  1. Aps

    September 29, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    90’s not complete without mentioning Sunny Deol.

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