If you were looking for a land without stereotypes, Bollywood certainly isn’t the station you’d halt at. It’s easy to notice the cliches that some of our movies fall back on over and over again. And most of them rank high on the corny meter too. A Bollywood fan cannot possibly ignore some cliched characters sketched in the movies. It is cringeworthy how most of them are far from being subtle either. Only recently, few filmmakers have chosen to break away from overused ideas and are beginning to represent stories and characters more real and relatable. But then again, some old habits die hard.
Here is a glance at Bollywood’s five favorite stereotypes, which it definitely needs to get over with:
Damsel in Distress
Although films like Queen, Mary Kom and Gulab Gang have attempted to break certain norms, Bollywood has rarely given up the urge to put its female leads in a "damsel in distress" mode. A film where the heroine saves the hero from the baddies? Wouldn’t that be something?
It takes little to note how there exists a big difference between the Bollywood cops and their real life counterparts. The filmy cops are always ready for a fight, wear Aviators all the time, deliver cheesy one liners and cannot help but show off a chiseled body. We would love to see a handful of such cops in reality mode.
Munni, Sheila, Pinky and now, Mary – Bollywood can never get enough of them. Considering how an item number by a leading actress is almost a sure shot recipe for success, it is unlikely for things to change anytime soon. There is a new name each time; the item girls serve the very same purpose.
The Funny Gay People
Bollywood has not particularly been kind when it comes to depicting homosexuality either. In most movies, anybody found swinging the non-straight way is made fun of, made to look silly and is only there for the funnies. It is now that certain filmmakers are taking note of the issue but it is still a tricky road for the industry to tread.
This is always the easy way out. Remember Deepika Padukone from Chennai Express? Her heavily accented Hindi was not only annoying, some even found it offensive. The Parsis, Bengalis, Punjabis or the South Indians; they always will be there with an accent that will be far from being believable, will be the bungling kinds and will be there almost always for comic relief.
Who is to blame? We still wait for acche din of Bollywood.