Badrinath ki Dulhania is not exactly the most award worthy movie!
I have always been a Bollywood buff, and as the industry come of age this year with most meaningful movies making the cut to Filmfare Awards Nominations list. I have a bone to pick. How can a fluff movie which in my eyes is about stalking, repressing women and outdated patriarchal norms be on the list with movies as super as Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. I’m talking about the so-called rom-com of the year, Badrinath ki Dulhania.
For Bollywood as we move one step ahead by bringing major issues to theaters in the pretext of a shiny well packaged film (mostly thanks to Akshay Kumar). We have actors who want to become the next Govinda! Even Govinda got tired of the lame joke, no script song & dance act. Then who do young actors with great skills (Varun Dhawan, I hear you) try the nineties film formula? Don’t they realize that stalking a girl is well a punishable crime? Or marriage is not the only thing which girls want?
The psychology of an average boy (and girl) who lives in a rural background is usually cultivated by Bollywood. Yes the need for shiny cars, girl friends et al and when we show them a Badrinath ki Dulhania we aren’t just making them stalkers, we are telling them it’s okay to do all that and much more to a woman who rejects you. We are spreading a message so sinister, Varun Dhawan might have turned into a house-husband in the movie but real life isn’t like that, especially with social pressures. The girl might just end up dead or married to a guy who adores her in an obsessive way!
Sadly, fimlfare on its awards presentation banks on double meaning jokes, gay humour and the likes; would never understand the effect of glamorizing Badrinath ki Dhulaniya.