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5 characters from Bollywood films that helped us fall in love with ourselves

  • Mrinalini Singh
  • November 25, 2017
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Impact of Bollywood films on our life is so severe that it starts influencing the common man to think more on his way of artificial living decided by others. In most of the cases, it can be seen that this impact is due to the surrounding and not to our own reflection. Such as Queen, which was released in 2014, it was not the quintessential boy-meets-girl love story. It was a love story where the audience fell in love with the character of Rani which was played by Kangana Ranaut, where she fell in love with herself.

Rani (Kangana) was shy and unsure of herself. However, she took bold strides at the end of the movie, and we rooted for the change that had come over her, but she remained the same. And, the audience fell in love with her, with all her faltering confidence.

Kaira from Dear Zindagi: Impotent to love herself, and thus failing to love others, Kaira (Alia Bhatt) reflected much of our pent-up pathos and nervousness. If the movie is about falling in love with life, it is also about not being too harsh on yourself. Meeting and having a conversation with her therapist, Jehangir Khan (Shahrukh Khan) makes her realise life is not about perfection, but making peace with its imperfection.

Piku from Piku: Piku (Deepika Padukone) is perhaps the most arduous female protagonist to like, and even more difficult to dislike. She is belligerent, loud and refuses to see her own fault. Also, she is strangely soft towards her father and breaks into a smile while fighting with him. Piku is all of us. She is also that of ourselves we keep hiding from most.

Shashi from English Vinglish: Shashi (Sridevi) from English Vinglish is as real a character as there could be. She is not at speaking English, is criticized by her husband and her daughter for the same, and yet gathered enough courage to teach herself. However, she succeeds in doing that, and yet she doesn’t distance away from who she is.

Bunny from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: This movie has its share of issues, and they have been acknowledged despite the success of the film. The film gave us unrealistic aim; it did give us a relatable character like Bunny. Obviously, he is selfish, and can hardly see beyond his ambition, but isn’t that true for most of us? By ‘accommodating’ his vision and not giving up on it, he taught us to be ambitious and be okay with it.

Who’s your favourite among them?


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