Bolly Book: The Big Book of Hindi Movie Trivia: From flunked heroes, to older couples, Diptakirti Chaudhuri predicts 'filmi' trends set to become cliches
Chaudhuri presents Bollywood trivia in such a fun, interesting manner, that he out-does most online listicles.
"I am only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then, finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of Bollywood lay all undiscovered before me."
- With apologies to Isaac Newton
A self-confessed "salesman by day and a writer by night", author Diptakirti Chaudhuri's latest book presents Bollywood trivia in such a fun, interesting manner, that he out-does most online listicles.
From a plethora of lists, predictions and trends, we've picked a few futuristic trends that Chaudhuri predicts will become cliches in the coming times.
"It would be interesting to do a count of the number of times 'Main tumhare bachche ki maa banne wali hoon' has been said on screen," begins Chaudhuri. He then shrewdly unravels the nature of cliches, love it or hate it, one starts missing them when they stop happening.
Here's a "crystal-gazing" read by Chaudhuri as he figures out which are the dialogues, scenes that are going to become cliches in the coming years.
Exposing a gay relationship
"With more and more films being made on realistic same sex relationships, it is only natural that closet homosexuality will have to be depicted pretty regularly," writes Chaudhuri. He predicts that more and more scenes when a hero/heroine walks in on his better half indulging in amorous activities with his gay/lesbian partner will thrive in coming years. (Remember 'Page 3'?)
Signs of suicide
"More dysfunctional relationships mean more suicide attemps," says Chaudhuri, citing examples from films 'Gangster', 'Woh Lamhe' and 'Devdas'.
"Old man + young woman + Durex," states Chaudhuri, summing up the romance between mature partners in this cheeky equation. "The cliche around this is the forced ridiculing of the elderly member(s) of the family, which brings about a (temporary) relisation of the difference age makes," he adds Chaudhuri. Cliched dialogue alert: "Aapko toh abhi bhagwaan ka naam lena chahiye."
For adultry only
"Till as late as the '90s, the lead players of Hindi cinema either died or got widowed or got TB or took to prostitution or had to smell an anaconda's fart even if their shadows touched during a song on a rainy night," writes Chaudhuri. Enough said.
The Jehadi recruitment
Chaudhuri predicts that after 9/11 Bollywood has adopted a new favourite bad guy, the Muslim terrorist. "Sometimes he's a cardboard composition of villainy and bombast, sometimes he's the chocolate boy dealt with unjustly," he adds.
The flunked hero
Everybody loves the underdog, and roots for him.
Intel inside, Bollywood outside
It is probably becoming mandatory for Bollywood stars to have an active virtual life.