The blanket blame on Bollywood for all things wrong has now reached ridiculous proportions. As if attributing rapes in India on nudity in our films was not preposterous enough, now we have our politicians saying the film industry's to be blamed even for '#lovejihad'.
The most recent example is Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. When asked about Bharatiya Janata Party’s accusation that the Samajwadi Party government was "promoting and patronising love jihad" in the state, Yadav said, "You hear the song of BJP MP's flim Dharmatma -- Jab Se Tumko Dekha Hai, Dekh Ke Khuda Ko Maana Hai, Maan Ke Dil Yeh Kehta Hai, Meri Khushiyon Ka Tu Khazaana Hai ( from the song Tere Chehre Mein Wo Jaadu Hai ), Will it promote love or not?"
Yes, sir. It will promote love. But kindly avoid using Bollywood for any and every excuse you need to duck from responsibilities!
If movies are really such a great influence and actually have an immediate effect on the way the society functions, here's a list of five movies we should watch on loop. Just to understand things like peace, harmony and love.
My Name Is Khan (2010)
Shah Rukh Khan plays a Muslim guy who falls for a Hindu girl (Kajol). They get married, have a kid and neither Kajol nor SRK thinks of converting to another's religion. Some communal harmony lesson that is in this film directed by Karan Johar.
Lesson: Religion does not hinder love.
One of the very interesting points in this movie (directed by Habib Fasisal) is where the lead pair gets married. Since the girl (Parineeti Chopra) is a Muslim and the boy (Arjun Kapoor) is a Hindu, they decide to respect both religions and get married twice -- once the Hindu pheras and then the Muslim nikaah.
Lesson: Again, love unites.
In this Anand L Rai's directorial venture, Kundan Shankar (Dhanush) is a Tamil brahmin who loves a Muslim girl Zoya Haider (Sonam Kapoor) and does not care if he has to play servant in their house in his quest to win her.
Lesson: Love is not a means for hatred.
Veer Zaara (2004)
This Yash Chopra movie has the lead pair -- Zaara Hayat Khan (Preity Zinta) and Veer Pratap Singh (Shah Rukh Khan) who not only hail from different religion but from warring sides of the border -- India and Pakistan. The movie is about the love the duo has for each other despite the differences.
Lesson: Borders cannot stop love.
In this Mani Ratnam film, Shekhar (Arvind Swami) falls in love with Shaila Bano (Manish Koirala) and fights all odds even when the city (Mumbai) witnesses the communal riots of 1992.
Lesson: Riots do not reflect the sentiments of common people.