5 Bollywood Films That Dared To Break The Social Stereotype
Bollywood films, since time immemorial, have been under the hammer for promoting clichés, well, as an ardent lover of movies, I won’t dare to differ. But, for a person who has a knack for seeing movies beyond what is showcased on the screen, let me tell you before you think Bollywood and stereotypes are synonymous, there is also a flip side to our very own Hindi films. So whether you are a Bollywood fan or not, here is a list of movies that would change your way of thinking and probably compel you to shed the clichés you have (knowingly or unknowingly) held for long:
Release year – 1936
Starring – Ashok Kumar, Devika Rani
Writer/Director – Niranjan Pal/Franz Osten
Made in the pre-independence era, this classic is considered to be one of the best reformist period-piece. The film, which deals with the social position of the Dalit girls, portrays the love story of a Brahmin boy and a girl from a backward caste. At a time when the caste discrimination was at its peak, the film set an example of how every human being is equal. (Basically, it laid emphasis on ‘Love is Blind!’ :P)
Release date – 31st July, 1982
Starring – Rishi Kapoor, Padmini Kolhapure
Writer/Director – Kamna Chandra/Raj Kapoor
Set in a time when most Indians considered widows a societal burden (pardon my blatant honesty) and were oblivious to their miseries, Prem Rog attempted to bring a much-needed change in the mindset and showed that widows are no different from others and they, too, deserve respect.
Release date – 20th April, 2012
Starring – Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam, Annu Kapoor
Writer/Director – Juhi Chaturvedi/Shoojit Sircar
In a country where the very mention of words like ‘sex,’ and ‘sperm,’ is met with how-dare-you-say-that-reaction, the film was a revelation; it opened the minds of Indians to an all-new-profession, a sperm donor. A light-hearted comedy romantic-drama, thwarted the taboo attached to infertility and artificial insemination.
Release date – 27th February, 2015
Starring – Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar
Writer/Director – Sharat Katariya
Blame it on the movies or the TV commercials, an image of a bride is quintessentially that of a slim, fair and coy woman, and a groom is a well-earning man. But, this film changed that perception; it questioned the prejudices of arranged marriages.
Release date – April 1st, 2016
Starring – Arjun Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan
Writer/Director – R. Balki, Rishi Virmani/R. Balki
Kudos to the writer and the director of the film for this revolutionary idea that challenges the stereotypical gender roles in a marriage; it portrays the man (supposedly the stronger gender) as the stay-at-home husband and the woman (they call it the weaker gender) as the breadwinner.
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