HAHK = Hum Aaapke Hain Koun; DDLJ = Dilwale Dulhaniyan Le Jaayenge.
I guess you already know about these two BLOCKBUSTER Bollywood (Hindi) movies. If you don’t – Well, you are lucky!! But then, such movies (and their clones) often become BLOCKBUSTERS in every regional language in India.
When you are just entering your teens, these two movies are a MUST NOT see. I know these two movies *inspired* and *entertained* a whole generation of youngsters, including your’s truly. Actually, I was *so* *excited* that for a long time I thought these two movies were the BEST ever movies made in the WHOLE world. Until KNPH was released.
KNPH = Kaho Naa Pyar Hai. Yeah, I was a gone-case back then 🙂
When I was *so* young and *so* impressionable, I saw Hum Aapke Hain Koun. That was the first Hindi movie that I saw in the theater. When I came out, I was like ‘WWWooooooWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW‘. I was actually smiling throughout the movie (it seems) and I was completely entertained. For many days, many scenes (and songs) were so fresh in my imagination and were playing repeatedly inside my mind!
Then came DDLJ. The cast, the story, the songs, the Swiss locales and everything else charmed me to no end (for your own sake, DON’T WATCH THE ABOVE EMBEDDED TRAILER). When Kajol ran towards the train to catch Shahrukh’s hand in the climax, I (along with numerous youngsters) were actually cheering for them – ‘Go fast, go … go, the Train is LEAVING!!!’ 😀
Thankfully, due to my board exams, I didn’t see KKHH (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai). I am sure this was another plentifully hyped-up movie!! By the time I saw Mohabattein, I was grown up. A bit. Enough to understand hype from reality.
The point of this post is –
Are we allowing the regional language & bollywood movies to influence our youngsters too much? Are we allowing producers, directors & actors to play with the fragile and innocent emotions of youngsters, for their own profit? Isn’t there any difference between entertainment and influencing? Between fun and temptation? Between infotainment and incitement?
I know youngsters often do not realize the differences but the sad thing is, I see many adults influenced by such movies and the concepts propagated by them.
BTW, what movies influenced you the most when you were young? 😉