A recent visit to the movie hall had me staring into the large screen with Saif burning tyres on a race track somewhere in New York, buying stuff on installments, Rani going against her Dad for the man she loves and believes in ("oh so romantic" - did I hear that?? well, whatever!!), the pair settling down having kids, going through their highs and lows and......... a lot of emotional shots which are supposed to make you reach for the box of tissues. And the way they stretch it.......... phew!! This fellow has a phobia with speeding and overnight he comes along and gets to put up a racing team together and go on to win a race, all because of his kid's op. Nice, very nice... but isn't it a bit too far fetched???
Another movie, again a Saif starrer, had him and Preity bickering at each other because of an unplanned pregnancy. Ah!! The bickering was too much at times, and the way it ended what with a radio show helping everyone to look out for some RJ (dat wud b Preity) was again far fetched, but fed the emotion diet of the more than a few audiences.
Oh btw, if you happen to be watching a Sunny Deol flick you might have some chap with inhuman strength bashing up people just because they had teased his sister, and then proceed further to be a cleansing agent, ridding the city (for the time being, the country wide operation is on hold!!) of all the scum.......... And the numberof times you hear a teary "beta', "bhai", "behna" would leave you feel like gagging the the person who convinced you to watch this movie!!
Is dat all you ask??
Alrite then, let me take you into the drawing rooms of an average Indian household. Check out the show on television please. More often not it would one of the serials from Ekta Kapoor's stable or some distant cousin of the particular breed (language no bar here!!). All that you shall have is an overdose of emotional high drama. And worst of all, the ladies just gobble it up with amazing regularity and manage to keep track of the entire show. And again strangely enough the people rarely seem to get any older, though they may end up having their great grand-children!! Ummm................ Can we have that anti-aging formula please???
And so at the end of the day I'm left to wonder why does the Indian audience have to be fed on so much of emotion??? Why does there have to be a love story thrown in for just about every movie. Can't there be a movie simply about say "A Day in Mumbai"?? Or is it that the Indian audience still not ready (a generalisation please) to accept such movies??