WHY I LOVE BOLLYWOOD ( PT. 1) Even though the western media have basically made up their mind that Bollywood is just about dance,sing,romance repeat,there’s so much more to it than just the glamour of it all. While we have films like ‘Dilwale dulhaniya le jayenge’ which made us fall in love with Shah rukh khan and developed a certain idea of romance in our minds and is basically considered a classic in today’s times, we also have films like ‘Dear Zindagi’ which debunks the entire theory of romance and celebrates life the way it is.Yes we do have films like ‘Kuch Kuch hota hai’ which gave us an idea that ‘Love is friendship’ , ‘Neerja’ which showed us the story of an air hostess who does all she can to stall the terrorists from attacking the passengers on board , ‘Pink’ which stated that “No means No” , ‘Rang de basanti’ which awakens patriotism, ‘Queen ‘ in which the lead character
decides to go on her honeymoon alone when her fiance calls off their wedding, ‘Lagaan’ which portrays british colonialism , ‘Barfi’ which makes us fall in love with a hearing and speech-impaired man and an autistic girl, ‘PK’ whose innocent nature and child-like questions force the country to evaluate the impact of religion on its people. And these are just a few of them..there are still many many bollywood films which are not only entertaining but also prioritise an important issue beneath the entertainment. THIS IS BOLLYWOOD. Not a Zumba class but simply an industry which loves its glamour,culture, dance, action,romance,friendship but beneath all the coating of entertainment is a thought provoking message or simply a few life lessons most of the times.
Every time I think of Iris and Barry as a couple, I think of one of my favourite Bollywood movies, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai where there is a quote said by Shahrukh Khan’s character Rahul that I feel says everything about the importance of the Westallen relationship. In the movie, during a class discussion on Romeo and Juliet and the concept of love, Rahul states “Pyar Dosti Hai” which translates to “Love Is Friendship”. He goes on to say “If she can’t be my best friend, I can’t be in love with her” and I think this fits with the dynamic Iris and Barry have in the show and is the perfect embodiment of the Westallen relationship for me.