In Bollywood, a family that stays together, laughs and cries together, and sings and dances together will stay happily ever after. Take your regular Karan Johar or Sooraj Barjatya movies and you know this holds true. Meanwhile, filmmakers today are trying to break out of the mold. By portraying families as ‘dysfunctional’, they cash in on the comedic drama that is created. The formula has worked in recent years, since these families seem a lot more engaging and and the audience tend to relate to them, rather than the sanskaari khaandaan. Take a look at some of the dysfunctional families in recent Bollywood films:
Piku (Deepika Padukone) was an unmarried woman who lived with her constantly grumbling father (Amitabh Bachchan). This is not a normal occurrence in most Bollywood family dramas, which are usually focused on someone or the other’s wedding. The relationship between the father-daughter duo in this movie was quite comical, and many adults could relate Bachchan’s character to their own overbearing parents.
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This Mehras easily slipped into the stereotype of being the rich Punjabi family from Delhi. To celebrate their parents’ 30th anniversary, their kids arrange for a cruise with their close friends. While the parents (Anil Kapoor & Shefali Shah) feel bitter resentment towards each other, their daughter (Priyanka Chopra) is struggling with her marriage and their son (Ranveer Singh) has fallen in love with a runaway simpleton. The drama that follows leaves the audience in splits.
Kapoor & Sons
Estranged brothers of the Kapoor family (Fawad Khan & Sidharth Malhotra) return to their hometown when their grandfather (Rishi Kapoor) suffers a heart attack. Their parents (Ratna Pathak Shah & Rajat Kapoor) do not get along and the introduction of Tia (Alia Bhatt) into their lives causes more jealousy between the brothers. This was unlike most Karan Johar movies with one big happy family. The Kapoors fought, threw tantrums and even came to blows!
Notorious for being the most dysfunctional family on TV, the Parekh parivaar took over Bollywood with Khichdi: The Movie. The family was back with more laughter and madness as a comedy of errors followed. This was the first time a movie was made based on a TV series in Bollywood. With a cast of probably some of the most talented actors ever, it is no wonder that the audience wanted to see more of their beloved characters, and their whirlwind of craziness.
Titli is the story of a boy of the same name (Shashank Arora), whose family business involves car-jacking. Unable to deal with his family’s misdeeds, Titli wants out, but he and his brothers (Ranvir Shorey & Amit Sial) are held together by the patriarch that is Daddy (Lalit Behl). Moreover, his wife Neelu (Shivani Raghuvanshi), to whom Titli was forcefully wed, wants to reunite with her lover. The story explores Titli and Neelu’s relationship and how they escape their dysfunctional family.
Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Haidar follows the story of a man of the same name (Shahid Kapoor), who returns to his hometown of Kashmir when his father goes missing. Back there, he learns that his uncle (Kay Kay Menon) and mother (Tabu) hatched an elaborate plan to have his father killed. He decides to exact revenge on them by killing his uncle. Not exactly your normal run-of-the-mill family, is it?