A few weeks ago, the Health Ministry revealed its plan to add a disclaimer to Hindi films, warning people about the ills of alcohol consumption.
Though the law is yet to be implemented, a report published by Time.com seems to have emerged in the Ministry’s favour. It reveals that the prevalence of alcoholic products in US films has increased, while the placement of tobacco products has gone down. Don’t be surprised if our government takes this as a sign and spruces up its act to ‘protect’ the youth from further exposure to these habits.
Now, hypothetically, let’s assume the youth does indeed get influenced by scenes in Hindi films featuring alcohol. What is it that they learn, we wonder, that the Ministry considers so bad?
Here’s a shot (keep some salt handy) at understanding some lessons that scenes involving the ‘big bad bottle’ supposedly teach us.
Alcohol makes you...
Miss your parents: Sitting in a laundry yard, Sanjay Dutt and Arshad ‘Circuit’ Warsi drink away their sorrows in Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003), when Dutt sees his father. Drunk, he pours his heart out to his dear daddy.
Want to spray champagne around the room: That’s the way it’s best utilised, apparently. Movies like Ishkq In Paris and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani teach kids to throw alcohol, bathe in it, soak others in it, but not drink it.
Want to get married: Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan in Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (2012) decide to take the plunge in Las Vegas under influence. At least that scene gave the institution some celebrity endorsement. Veeru’s dramatic proposal in Sholay (1975) also might have encouraged many to ‘settle down’.
Think twice, as it reduces sperm count: Annu Kapoor drove home a message with Vicky Donor (2012). Many men who watched the film have given it a second thought.
Love the desi girl: Diana Penty downs a few shots and breaks into a dance in Cocktail (2012) and charms the hero. More power to the Indian nari who gets the guy over the hotter short-dress-wearing spoilt chick?
Stand up for yourself: If the kid in Student Of The Year (2012) hadn’t had what he had to drink, would he ever have been able to deliver that clichéd monologue in the end? Probably not.
On a different note, if bad influences like alcohol and smoking deserve disclaimers, should we also expect details about which crime depicted on screen is punishable under which act? Just saying.