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Bling, Boom, and The Grandeur of Festivals in Bollywood

Bling, Boom, and The Grandeur of Festivals in Bollywood

Festivals in Bollywood

Bollywood has always been a source of inspiration for the real lives of us mere mortals. Be it the weddings, or even occasions as simple as birthday parties, things have always been a teensy tiny over the top (coughs*Big B’s birthday party in K3G*coughs). So, of course, even festivals are not yet untouched from the grandeur. From Diwali to Holi, to even Durga Puja, Bollywood has never failed to unleash traditions in the most glorious format.

Take for instance, Diwali function in the Raichand family. Who, you ask? Well, the Raichands of Karan Johar’s ‘It’s all about loving your parents’ ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’. Hundreds of guests, with ladies all decked up in tonnes of gold, and a son returning home by his private jet. Cut to another function just days after probably spending lakhs on this one, and we have Yashvardhan Raichand’s (Amitabh Bachchan) birthday, which is celebrated with, if possible, even more fanfare. Seriously, money raining.

Another festival which is celebrated with an all-white theme, is Holi, and well, it is not the same dirty or even black-faced one which we have in real life, it is the one where heroines are running away in crisp and pretty white suits, with pink and red colours flying all over, resting carefully on their cheeks and forming gorgeous patterns on their outfits. Sigh, if only, life was that much fair to us. Heck, these beauties have greater chances of finding love for they don’t even put tonnes of oil in their hair to survive the wreck of artificial colours. Be it the ‘Soni Soni’ of ‘Mohabbatein’, or even ‘Balam Pichkari’ of ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’, it is an unsolved mystery as to why does the colour always settle on the prettiest parts of the face, not becoming a messy affair ever.

But that one festival that takes away the cake in our list, is Karwa Chauth. A seemingly simple affair has faced the wrath of creativity, expanding the celebrations to infinite limits, with even Kitty parties being thrown on the day so several ladies can chit chat and break the fast together. Remember the ‘Bole Choodiyan’ party of ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’? Well, yeah, you get the gist. Come to think of it, the movie covered almost all possible occasions; Diwali, a wedding, a birthday party, Karwa Chauth, and even a funeral, with everyone suddenly dressed in all white (guess they always have a spare for you never know when you might need it. Duh, the rich Raichands).

However, not all the times Bollywood has been all pomp and show, as far as festivals are concerned. There have been subtle and more realistic performances too. Take for instance the Ram Leela sequence/song of ‘Swades’ which is absolutely beautiful in the simple way it has been portrayed, and even conveys the message clearly, without any ambiguity, that of win of good vs evil, a constant fight amongst our own conscience. Back in the golden era of Bollywood, songs like ‘Aaj Na Chodenge’ from ‘Kati Patang’ and ‘Holi Ke Din’ from ‘Sholay’ had more rustic and realistic vibes of festive season. Who can forget ‘Ang Se Ang Lagana’ from the movie ‘Darr’ with its intoxicating music and sultry lyrics?

All in all, yes, we do admit that Bollywood takes reasonable amount of liberty with the festivals, giving them the grandeur which probably, at times, takes away the essence, and becomes all show.

However, pragmatic or not, we still simply love the hope that the colourful and grand depiction of festivals in Bollywood, imparts. These might be larger than life, not an ordinary person’s cup of tea, but whenever you see these on the big screen, or croon to those songs that have featured these festivals, one can’t help but fall in love with this beautiful mesh of art and culture, with appropriate amounts of bling and fanfare added.

Bollywood, keep adding charm to the festivals.

 

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STOP judging the misery of Bollywood stars. They're as humane as we are

Imagine a situation when you wake up one fine morning, have your cuppa of coffee and then grab up a newspaper in your hand, only to see a BREAKING scandal on the first page which is all about YOU. What would be your reaction? You’ll be shocked and paranoid, right?

The same goes for our Bollywood celebrities too.

They are famous, and we think that they are over-privileged, and so, we rob them of all the humanity we pride ourselves upon. We forget that Bollywood celebrities might also get the same feeling of helplessness when they are pulled into a puddle without any reason; for those just for the sake news. The point we want to prove here is that, we literally rely on the lives of our Bollywood celebrities; what they eat? where are they vacationing/partying? she was so fake during that interview?, and we so love it.

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But on a franker note, do we really know when to not cross the line? Let’s talk about a recent example, that of megastar Amitabh Bachchan. When many media houses reported (not us) that Senior Bachchan had been admitted to Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai; but the truth was something else. The star had actually visited the hospital for a routine check-up as he was complaining about a pain in his lumbar. Later, Big B penned down a poem in Hindi which explained that while he totally understands the photographers’ need for his pictures to continue their work and it is just part of their profession, those camera flashes may act hazardous at times, especially to the eyes, which is why he hid his face with a hat. PERIOD! Have a look at his heartfelt poem below:

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That’s just one of the example, when a problem of a star was not at all sympathised, but was churned into a BREAKING news.

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Even actress Preity Zinta recently became the catch for many media portals when the dimpled beauty was snapped exiting a hang-out spot in Mumbai wearing a ill-fitted dress. And then what, there were speculations that Is Preity Zinta pregnant and is that a Baby bump she is flashing? Like really peeps, now a actress can’t even wear a loose clothing piece, does everything needs to be oh-so gossip tuned?

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When Deepika Padukone talked about her depression story, without a doubt there were fans who sympathised the lady. But over time, there were also many who pointed out the credibility of her confession. Questions were raised and statements were thrown at her which in a gist meant that being a lady who enjoyed so much fame and money, how could she claim of suffering from depression. Clearly, such people just proved their ignorance of the fact that Depression is not just a verb, but actually a mental illness which can claim anyone, irrespective of status, wealth, talent and beauty.

How fickle and heartless we are as audience. We claim to be head over heels in love with our stars and yet when it comes to such times and things, we leave no chance to take a jibe at them.

Few months back Aishwarya Rai Bachchan paid the price of being a celebrity, when paparazzi zoomed and clicked some tacky snaps of the star when she had visited Manish Malhotra‘s residence for dinner, along with her hubby. But instead of being supportive and taking Aish’s side, social media took pleasure out of those GROSS photos. We wouldn’t have reacted the same way if it would have happened with someone close to us, right?

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Yesterday, a media portal bashed Sonakshi Sinha with her choice of ensembles which she wore during her film’s promotion. While we do get that everything cannot be sugar-coated, but we do need to be subtle in the way that even celebs as humans get what we are trying to say.

Forget sympathy, where is the empathy?

Are we affirming the fact that celebrities are rich and so their misery is not at all real? Why can’t we gulp the fact that the problems of our stars are also genuine? Their misery, no matter how public, are real, even in the cut-throat ugly world of glamour. Agreed that they are rich, move in their swanky cars and do what not; but at last they are HUMANS just like you and me.

Lastly, not all celebrities are publicity obsessed. And we should surely learn where to draw a line. TIME OUT!

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Dear Priyanka, it’s high time you starred in a Bollywood Film…

Dear Priyanka,

January 25, 2018, I went to a theatre to watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’. It was a first day, first show. I was keen to see what the director had to offer, after ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

Well, I was quite impressed with ‘Padmaavat’ thanks to the spectacular vision of SLB. Even the actors left a mark. While Ranveer Singh’s Khilji act was outstanding, Deepika Padukone looked stunning as Rani Padmavati and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh impressed us. However, I felt there was something missing in the film, an ‘X – Factor’ that was there in ‘Bajirao Mastani’, but not in ‘Padmaavat’. I couldn’t put things together as what was that one thing missing in ‘Padmaavat’.

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Finally, after wracking my brains and heart for a few days, a box office comparison article on ‘Padmaavat’ VS ‘Bajirao Mastani’ finally gave me the answer I was looking for. It was you, Priyanka Chopra. The ‘X-factor’ in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ was missing from the magnum opus and now a Rs 250 crore plus profitable film ‘Padmaavat’. The subtle yet a powerful performance that you gave in ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

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I then literally went and checked out other dialogue promos of ‘Bajirao Mastani’ that featured you, and understood that not just ‘Padmaavat’, an ‘X – Factor’ from Bollywood has been missing. Bollywood is missing Priyanka Chopra, who is not just a pretty face, but a performer who can make us sit back and notice her.

Your last Bollywood movie was a 2016 release ‘Jai Gangaajal’. Though you were excellent in the film, your ‘Bajirao Mastani’ performance overpowers every other last release of yours.

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There’s no doubt that Priyanka, you are making India proud internationally with the ‘Quantico’ series and three Hollywood films in your kitty, but Bollywood needs you too. Its been more than two years, that your fans are waiting for you to announce your next Bollywood film. We have heard a lot about the films you might take up, SLB’s ‘Gustakhiyan’, Kalpana Chawla biopic, Rakesh Sharma biopic and ‘Fanney Khan’. However, till date, none have been announced as your next Bollywood project.

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Priyanka, it’s definitely high time that you come back to Bollywood, not just for your fans but for Bollywood. I am not saying that Bollywood can’t work without Priyanka and movies won’t be made. But, then the silver screen is missing a performer like you.

After all, as your songs goes, “Dekhi lakh lakh pardesi girl, Ain’t nobody like my DESI GIRL.”

Sincerely,
A guy who misses you on big screen

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