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Redefining disabilities in Bollywood; Hrithik and Yami break stereotypes & smile away to life

Redefining disabilities in Bollywood; Hrithik and Yami break stereotypes & smile away to life

Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam in Kaabil

We had been awaiting the trailer of ‘Kaabil’ since a long time. Reason one being, it marked the return of Rakesh Roshan and Hrithik Roshan‘s team, after a long time, and secondly, there were so many fresh things to look forward to. Fresh pairing of Hrithik and Yami, the music of Rajesh Roshan, Sanjay Gupta’s tight and crisp direction, and a storyline that was a breath of fresh air amongst a mass of stereotypical noisy action. And boy, we were stumped. The trailer promised romance, melody, and thrill. Hrithik’s transition from a man in love to the man who sought revenge looked amazing enough to induce goose bumps.

But there was yet another stereotype that Hrithik and Yami were going to break with ‘Kaabil‘, and that was the portrayal of being a disabled person. Both the protagonists in the movie are visually impaired. Yet, the scenes before your eyes are colourful, full of joy, and never soppy. The zeal of life portrayed by these two makes you forget that they cannot see, and what they feel for each other is the only truth.

Remember the good old Golden years? That was the time when melodrama was at its peak, and being blind sought sympathy for the character, maybe in the form of a mother, sister, or father, who is compelled to resort to humiliating means to justify the disability.

Not anymore.

Just when we thought it could not get better, the title track of the movie, ‘Kaabil Hoon’ was released today. Peppy and vivacious, it just croons its way into your heart. Everything, from the expressions of Hrithik and Yami, to their body language, is perfect for a visually impaired person, but not for a moment do you see it affecting them. In fact, they are like any two people who date, and slowly, fall madly and deeply in love.

There are so many sequences in this one song that make you smile. Be it when these two endearingly keep touching each other’s faces to feel the one they love, or when they try and see the unseen dreams in oblivion, it is just so beautiful. Another very encouraging thing that we see in the song is the way Hrithik uses his sense of hearing to counter the impairment of not being able to see.

They fall, they laugh, they get up, and just carry on. Not for a moment do you see a helping hand around reminding them of the fact that they are sightless. Even the proposal scene is so endearing, that you feel a sting in your eyes, and you feel like clapping like the rest of the people who witness Hrithik getting down on his knees for Yami.

In fact, if we might take the liberty of saying so, the last time we so such a beautiful and endearing chemistry around a couple that suffered from a particular disability, it was Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri in the movie ‘Koshish’, where they played a mute and deaf couple. Hrithik and Yami’s chemistry reminds us of the same.

They sought comfort in each other, and the light from their hearts dimmed the darkness around them. Welcome this new change in Bollywood, and welcome it with open arms. We don’t know how the movie will be, but one thing is for sure from the trailer, and from this first song. We know that this is indeed one better step towards changing cinema in Bollywood.

 

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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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