We as a generation are maybe not fond of Bollywood, but at some point in our lives, we have romanticized the idea of falling in love like a Bollywood movie. Especially 90s kids. And why they wouldn’t do it. Don’t you know year DDLJ released in? Isn't that enough of a sign?
Well, you got me right!
Some of us are hopelessly romantic and are looking for a fairy tale romance to happen in real life. When people crib about the fact that Rahul was toxic to Anjali and she made the wrong decision of choosing Aman over him, our inner Bollywood buff says, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, koi nahi samjhega!’
When we see Aditya thinking about Geet and dancing in the rain, our heart mumbles, ‘Jab koi pyaar mein hota hai toh sahi galat nahi hota hai!’
When we see Jai run inside the airport, singing for Aditi and winning her back, our inner self cries with tears of joy. ‘Jaane Tu Yaa Jaane Na!’
How will you know if you don't try?
There are numerous instances that invoke our inner hopeless romantic who wants nothing but a real fairy tale love. Forever and Always. But, is it that easy?
Now the realists come on the front seat. When we look at our current reality, all we see as our life is completely opposite of what Bollywood has taught or shown. As we grow older, we say to ourselves that in real life there’s no such Yash Chopra Romance that exists. There are no unicorns, no horses, no Prince Charming, and whatever we had idolized for years fades in seconds.
Agree it or not, we have convinced ourselves that in real life, there are only Anshumans and no Adityas. Our heartbreak has made us vulnerable to ourselves and we are afraid to imagine a fairy tale life. We have suffered through a lot of pain and we simply don’t need another heartbreak in our life.
To be precise, the "Tujhme Rab Dikhta Hai" generation got lost in the "Hook Up Tu Kar Lena" world.
But, do you know that there’s a famous Bollywood saying, “agar kisi chiz ko dil se chaho toh puri kaynaat usse tumse milane ki koshish mein lag jaati hai?’ If I ask you that when it comes to love, what you want in your life, will you be able to answer without fear what your heart really desires!’
In my opinion, NO! Because as stated above, your pain from your real world is more powerful than your idea of romance from your fictional imaginary world. And that’s ok. That’s how normal people should feel and react. But, what if I say that your imagination is more powerful and it can turn your destiny?
To all the hopeless romantics and firm Bollywood buffs, maybe your reality turned you into something you are not, but the love which you have fantasized, EXISTS!
When you look at the old Yash Chopra flicks like Silsila, where Amitabh and Rekha lit the big screen on fire. And what about the time when Shah Rukh Khan raised his hands and made you believe that a guy liked him existed? That you too could find the friendship of Sid-Aisha? That you too would have a reason to dance in the rain with your siginfiicant other?
When you began to grow up, movies like Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar and Wake Up Sid started to make sense and they invoked your inner hopeless romantic human. The proposal scene in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris still gives us goosebumps and who can forget the "Chai Date" Sid and Aisha had on her birthday?
The classic romantic moments from the movies like Om Shanti Om, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Jaane Tu Yaa Jaane Na, Namastey London, Hasee Toh Phasee, etc, to name a few lives in our hearts rent-free.
Call me unrealistic, but I do beleive that when you fall in love, violins begin to play in the background. Dupatta's get stuck in the lining of a kurta and you run into the arms of the one you love, no matter if it is a sarso ka khet or a Switzerland mountain.
Maybe the idea of being in a relationship is painful because of your past traumas, but that’s what Bollywood has also taught, ‘Zindagi ki yahi reet hai. Haar ke baad hi jeet hai!’
Why not give your imagination another try? What if you lost belief too early? What if that Bollywood romance exists? What if you are not Ayan from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil who lost out on love, but Sunil from Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa who found his second love?
Think about it.
If you are reading this, take it as a sign.
Remember if, ‘Maane kabhi kabhi saare Jahan mein Andhera hota hai' then ‘Raat ke baad hi toh savera hota hai!’