An unexpected dabba on the office desk stirred a middle-aged widower’s life. For the love of cricket, three friends undergo struggle, pain and broken hearts. A man whose family was killed in communal riots turned out to be a national champion and athlete. A roadside Romeo tries to prove his unrequited love and instead sacrifices his life. There is a runaway bride and also a runaway groom. A happily-married professional woman gets the shock of her life when her husband turns out to be gay.
Hearts were broken, revelations were made, love was found and memories were created. This year, Bollywood created some indelible characters which will linger on our minds for quite sometime. Generally speaking, the thing about movies is that it is a sort of a escapism into something which makes us happy and where, for a few minutes we forget our daily lives and indulge in the fictional lives of the characters.
Many years ago, Bollywood movies were all about hero and heroine falling in love, goons trying to separate them, sometimes family poking their noses but ultimately, as love wins they got together and lived happily ever after. In the recent times, the movies are getting more dynamic, progressive and can also be said to be personalized. And the characterization in the movies are given more space and independence. The audience is given the opportunity to side by a character and judge according to their will. Thoughts and opinions are no longer stereotyped and forced.
Noted here are six movies: The Lunchbox, Kai Po Che!, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Raanjhanaa, Shuddh Desi Romance, and Bombay Talkies. The movies mentioned here all deal with different plots and emotions. The characters are vivid in their own way and have their trademark expression and body language.
Here is why we think that the characters in the movies are so special :
Why? Maybe because of the simplicity of the characters. Saajan Fernandez can be anyone who does a 9 to 5 government job, travels in local trains and eats a lonely dinner. And Ila is a housewife who just wants to keep her husband happy, a regular Indian housewife doing her duties. The characters never met in the movie but there was an invisible bond that nurtured between them through the letters and the dabba. Again ‘the dabba‘ and ‘the letters‘ are two very personal aspects of our lives, which we can relate to. The face of Irrfan Khan while opening the dabba reflected sheer bliss and the Ila’s anticipation for the letter was something that touched everyone’s heart which in way was happy as well as nostalgic.
Why? Cricket is something which we Indians are all crazy about and we have bountiful of emotions. The story is about three best friends who dream of making it big in something which they love. But coming from a middle-class family of a small town, with big dreams is something which often clashes unless you know how to convince the family. Those three friends again can be guys from your neighborhood. The movie tracks their friendships, religious differences, communal and political complexities. Aren’t these the regular topics in our lives? Here anyone can be Ishaan, Omkar or Govind.
Why? Why not? It is a biopic about the Indian athlete Milkha Singh. Farhan Akhtar as "the Flying Sikh" simply rocked. He played the character so well that the audience could actually feel it. The scene where he runs with an injured foot, you can actually imagine the pain in every step he takes. Farhan reflected the unstoppable force of a man. It was intimidating as well as emotional. And the heart-touching moment was when he comes in an uniform to meet his sister, Divya Dutta and gifts her a pair of earrings. In the movie, there are mixed emotions of love, sadness, humor and joy just like life itself.
Played by: Dhanush as Kundan Shankar
Why? A story of a man who fell in love at first sight. You can call him roadside Romeo, a obsessed lover or just a plain-lover who just wanted to be loved back. Dhanush as Kundan was just perfect. He was street-smart and had a whimsical sense of humor. Kundan was lovestruck with a Muslim girl in such an intense way that in the end it took his life. It is not an uncommon thing in India where communalism and religious tension exists. Many lovers are born and many lovers die.
Played by: Sushant Singh Rajput as Raghu, Parineeti Chopra as Gayatri
Why? Love and marriage are two very complicated things in the life of an Indian. They just don’t go hand in hand. Shuddh Desi Romance is a movie in which romance undergoes a twist. In the society where live-in relationships are still hush-hush topics, in the movie the characters portray the bold Indian youth who are brave enough to break the rules and follow the freedom of their heart. Though the movie got mixed reviews it definitely did set a different trend in Bollywood.
Played by: Multiple stars… multiple stories
Why? Four stories. Four protagonists. The film had all the good elements of cinema. The stories were short and simple. Based on common things and issues, the directors beautifully carved-out the stories. The characters in the stories were delicately-styled with each having a different attitude and personalities. If a scene is amusing at one point, there is also a tender side to it. It was just the perfect film to celebrate the glorious 100th anniversary of Indian Cinema.