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Troll It: Ek Prem Katha, a la Dimple & Sunny

Dimple-Sunny trolling shows Indians need to be more accepting of autumnal love and do a reel-ity check, a la Hollywood’s ‘My Mom’s New Boyfriend’

columns Updated: Sep 30, 2017 21:40 IST
A video of former flames Dimple and Sunny Deol spelt tidings not only of the sweet kind but also tweet kind.
A video of former flames Dimple and Sunny Deol spelt tidings not only of the sweet kind but also tweet kind. (Twitter/video grab)

In this digital age, where videos go viral faster than the projected speed of Narendra Modi’s bullet train, living ‘n’ loving isn’t simple. This may be the hard lesson for Dimple.

In times of 24x7 social media scrutiny, there’s no shore-shot way to live or love in privacy. Not even on a foreign shore. More so, if that shore is London, which made headlines not just for bombs but also bombshells.

Barely had the Ranbir Kapoor-Mahira video, doing a ‘Namastey London’, gone viral that Tweeple were rocked by another blast, this with echoes from the past. A video of former flames Dimple and Sunny Deol in London — capturing his fabled fear-evoking fist in mellower mushy mode, the dhai kilo ka haath inclined to be intertwined in intimacy of the haath-mein-haath kind — spelt tidings not only of the sweet kind but also tweet kind.

Little did Dimple’s actor daughter-turned-novelist anticipate that her mommy “virtually” getting caught on the wrong foot, rather hand, would spell trolling left, write and centre. Bombarded with trolls - a la “@mrsfunnybones it’s easy to comment about #husband#mother…now what about ur mother!” – this Twitter shock over mum’s fingerly interlock took a t(r)oll on her foot, famed for being in the mouth, as Twinkle fell mum.

Trolls being a tribe of thick skin, who spare neither kith nor kin, damaad Akshay Kumar, too, landed at the receiving end. Relatively speaking, scarce did Akshay Kumar foresee that his saas’s outing would raise more stink than his “Toilet” (courtesy the controversies clouding his cinematic outing). Close on the heels of his cinematic crusade for Swachh Bharat’s right to private bowel-ing alleys, which saw him going “loo and bold”, saasu-maa’s video saw him doing a lo and behold! When he turned a target of trolling, it became a case of low and behold, “Akshay Kumar ko naya papa mil gaya baithe bithaye!” Post things defecatory, Akshay grappled with posts defamatory.

After the damaad’s ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, came saasu-maa’s real-life “Troll It: Ek Prem Katha,” smacking of shades of Dimple’s reel outing, ‘Pyaar Mein Twist’, which spotlighted the Indian psyche of frowning upon aged single parents acquiring a love life.

Contrast this with the greater acceptance such relationships enjoy in the West, in reel and real life. Perhaps, Instagram India should take time off trolling to virtually do a reel-ity check, a la Hollywood. ‘My Mom’s New Boyfriend’, the Meg Ryan-Antonio Banderas romcom, gives a hilarious take on a single mom’s tryst with love ‘n’ longing late in life. Many a Hollywood movie has autumnal love running simultaneous to younger love plots, a la ‘The Big Wedding’ or ‘Mama Mia’. That in ‘Mama Mia’ Meryl Streep’s bride-to-be daughter plays Cupid for autumnal love by secretly inviting three men from her mother’s past, reflects the West’s positivism and pro-activism towards autumnal relationships.

That in Bollywood such flicks are few and far between — a la the Nafisa-Dharmendra romance in ‘Life in a…Metro’ — is a telling comment on Indians’ near-zero tolerance to autumnal ardour.

Such is the stigma attached to autumn romance in India that when, hoping to circumvent roadblocks attitudinal with a change latitudinal, Sunny bhaaji and older lady love looked London-wards for tryst, there was ‘Pyaar Mein Twist’. Not of the stroll type, but the troll type:

Dhai kilo ka haath jab kisi ko pakadta hai ...

Toh video sirf uthhta nahi (upload), viral ho jaata hai!

Writer can be contacted at chetnabanerjee@gmail.com