Exception to the rule: Bollywood breaks stereotypes
In an industry where clichés are the norm, we bring you a refreshing list of those who got it right. The list is painfully short though. Read on to know if we caught your favourites.entertainment Updated: Jul 12, 2013 18:49 IST
How delightful it would've been if Saif Ali Khan's character had fallen in love with Deepika Padukone's flawed one in Cocktail or if her character in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani was more rounded than her glasses. Since exceptions prove the rule we list out some sweeping stereotypes that Bollywood just about managed to break.
Free candy for all those who thought of Rohit Shetty's Chennai Express! (Okay, maybe Mysore Paak.) The mother of South Indian stereotypes, the Shahrukh Khan-Deepika Padukone starrer has gained much criticism for getting it painfully wrong. From Deepika's Kerala Kasavu sarees in the song Titli with Kathakali dancers prancing about in the background (still not Tamil Nadu) to her bokwass accent, the trailers have left South Indians and sympathizers seething.
From Bengalis in Bhansali's Devdas to Gujaratis in Karan Johar's Kal Ho Na Ho, the problem is endemic.
Wait, but you were here for the exception to the rule. Both Mani Ratnam and Priyadarshan get it right. But remember, they are recreating South Indian films in Bollywood.
Vikramaditya Motwane nailed the post-partition Bengali zamindar character in his recent film Lootera. Zamindar Roy Chowdhury, (Sonakshi Sinha's father in the film) played by Bengali actor Barun Chanda is every bit the feudal lord who lost everything to Independent India.
Delhi Punjabis and punjabiisms were realistically portrayed in the Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Vicky Donor. The humour, refreshingly, came more from reality than exaggeration. Anu Kapoor as the slimy sperm doctor stole the show.