Movies and Relationships - perhaps the only two things that have fascinated me most in life. May be because both have been essential components of my growing up years. But the bigger reason that fascinated me, I guess, was perhaps the fact that how the two seemingly very different things were
One is complex, complicated and very tricky to handle. And it could be with anybody - boyfriend, husband, father, brother or girlfriend, wife, mother, sister. Relationships with extended family or even friends - double chaos! Not just the brain, it is important to put in everything - heart, soul, effort etc etc to make it work. The other, is sans any complexity. In most cases, one doesn't even need to put much brain, leave alone anything else to enjoy it. Yet, neither can be without the other.
To begin with the complicated one, each relationship comes with its own set of drama. Everytime a son fights with a mother, the tearful "Maine tujhe apna doodh pila kar iss liye bada kiya tha" rings in my ears. When a boyfriend growls at a random fellow for teasing his girlfriend, "Kutte Main Tera Khoon Peejaoonga" is the emotion that is in full flow. Whenever I hear of a lover's tiff, the lilting but very pointed "Jaane Kyun Log Pyar Karte Hain" starts to hum and every time I hear a mother-in-law troubling the daughter-in-law saga, the very crass "Yeh sab kya apne baap ke ghar se layee hai" starts to drum in. It's a fact that no relationship can exist without it's set of melodrama bordering on tear jerkers.
And that essentially is the perfect ingredient for a great masala flick that we all so love. No Hindi film is ever complete without at least one emotional tangent. None whatsoever. It could be something as superheroic as Ra.One, where the son doesn't think his father is cool enough or as cranky as Baghbaan, where the father is the adopted son's God. Or it could be a heartwarming love story like DDLJ that turns all real lovers into Rajs and Simrans or the very clandestine extra marital affair in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna that makes all married couples shift uncomfortably in their chairs.
No film is ever complete without the relationship drama and no relationship is good enough without the filmi drama. So yes, that is what captivates me so entirely. I love both. Basically I love the drama.
Keep reading and keep telling what, when, where and how did your relationship turn into that cinemascope, Kyunki picture abhi baaki hai!
From HT Brunch, February 26
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