In almost every romantic movies I’ve seen they’ve all had the same concept. Boy and girl meet, they fall in love, there’s the problem they break up and then something happens to get them back together. This result sets a bar for relationships that may very well be unattainable for girls and even guys.
This is especially true with Bollywood movies, which are my favorite type of movies. Even though I do enjoy these movies, they depict the most unrealistic love stories. Due to this fact, they put a high demand for how a love story is supposed to go in real life. This results in the unrealistic bar set for girls and even guys. Surprisingly enough, Bollywood films are consumed at an incredible rate in countries other than India such as Afghanistan, Indonesia, and countries in Southeast Asia.
A key signature Bollywood movie theme is the random outbursts of singing and dancing. The singing and dancing bring so much happiness and enchantment to the movies. They would be a completely unplanned but totally in sync flash mob. I know I love it, but this, in fact, depresses me knowing I can’t do that in reality without looking like a complete psycho. The way the male characters in these movies charm their way into the hearts of their heroine counterpart makes viewers swoon and get lost in the movie. Sometimes, I have to remind myself it’s not a real love story and to not get my hopes high. Sometimes I can’t help it.
In my childhood, I spent hours trying to figure out if there was a younger version of Shah Rukh Khan, a Bollywood actor. I would even spend time out of my day learning famous monologues from these movies. The way the main characters interact sets a high standard of what a relationship should be, giving unrealistic expectations that only leads to disappointment.
Ultimately, we need to try to remember Bollywood movies are not meant to be realistic. It is created to allow us to escape reality into a world where everything works out. If you haven't tried them out yet, you can find some on Netflix!