Today I woke up a little late in the morning and missed my office bus. Believe me friends, it was not my fault! It was all the temptation of Bollywood and its maddening impact on the movie buff in me. Normally I spend half an hour watching TV after meal every night. However, last night while surfing from one channel to another, I came across “Sholey” – the great blockbuster being telecast on one of the channels. It was already 11 pm and I knew that I have an urgent appointment this morning; but how could I miss the movie and go to sleep? It was Bollywood calling and how could I ignore it? I am a devout movie buff and Bollywood movies are a special part of my daily diet. I am a fan of Bollywood movies and Sholey, being one of my all-time favorites did the magic yesterday. There was no question of switching off the TV when Jay and Veeru were fighting against Gabbar.
I love action movies most, though I never say no to any kind of Bollywood movies. I have grown up watching them since my childhood. My mom says that when I was a child, I used to stop crying whenever Jitendra, danced! Even now I stay riveted to my seat watching the car chasing sequence of the film Don. I have watched Dhoom 18 times and you can any day treat me to the movie again just to witness the tussle between John (John Abraham- and Abhishek (Abhishek Bachhan-.
I believe that this is not only my story, rather a sample of the Bollywood hypnotism that runs in most Indian veins. We eat, sleep and drink Bollywood movies and live our life with it. The heroes and heroines of those movies become our idol, our inspiration, our first love and our chronic weakness. No matter where you live, whether in the hills of Western ghats in the south, the desert of Rajasthan in the north or in the mangroves of Sunderbans in the east, Bollywood continues to cast its spell on all. Consciously or in our fantasies, we follow their style, their attitude, their dresses as well as their gestures. Actually we want to be like them, we want our lives to be a ‘happily forever’ Bollywood movie. Bollywood movies in turn capture our love, anger, hopes, frustration, envy and lots of other emotions and dish out slices of growing and changing India.
However, not only in India, but also far in the East and across the Atlantic, Bollywood has made its entry. Bollywood is considered as world’s one of the largest film industries with a huge numbers of artists, technicians and workers. My cousin Sonali lives in New Jersey, she called me last month and told how she went to the premier of Ravan with her American boyfriend. She told me that Jim, her boyfriend was so excited by seeing Kareena Kapoor’s dance in the movie.
For some people these movies are nothing but full of fake promises and some unreal stories, but for me and for millions others these are the dreams that we see every day, this is the life that we want to live. We don’t care whether the hero is doing something unrealistic, or exaggerated, the only thing we look for is entertainment in every Bollywood movie. Be it action movie, a comedy, a romantic potboiler or movies on social issues; if it is from the “B-Town”, entertainment is guaranteed.