March 18, 2013

Bromance is in the air!

They say nothing sells better than a heart-warming love story. Add a bit sugar of friendship with sprinkle of spice in form of romance and you have the perfect recipe for a hit movie, even for the most skeptical viewers.  Most of the film makers have been cashed on this formula for years. Boy and girl are friends and at some point in the film, they realize their love for each other.

Moving away from this cliché love formula, filmmakers are also considering the world of male bonding. This is something very fresh to serve and love to relish by viewers. Male bonding or if we can say it ‘Bromance’ definitely not a new formula. Look back, and you have examples like “Satte Pe Satta”, “Amar Akbar Anthony””. 1975 hit Amitabh Dharmendra’s terrific male Jodi in "Sholey"!  Later, movies like “Jhankaar Beats”, “Rang De Basanti”, “Dhamaal”, “Dhol”, “Badmaash Company”, “Dostana”, “Golmaal” series, “Heyy Babyy” and “Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji”, “Delhi Belly” and “Pyaar Ka Punchnama” touched upon the theme as well. The good thing about male camaraderie based films is that, these films also celebrate human spirit and the life.

Now when we talk about todays bromance based films, the spirit of “brothers of life” was fully justified on screen by three small screen actors, superbly in the recent release “Kai Po Che”. A film that came with a smell of fresh air amidst Bollywood’s formulaic heavy –duty masala offerings. Based on Chetan Bhagat’s “The 3 mistakes of my Life” the director Abhishek Kapoor brings back the formula of bromance with a fresh spin. And thank god this year we will see some more films high on male camaraderie. Lets have a look on the these upcoming flicks.

Following "Kai Po Che" is David Dhawan's Chashme Baddoor, a remake of Sai Paranjpye's 1981 cult hit of the same name.Rohan Sippy's Nautanki Saala is about the bonding between two boys, played by Ayushmann Khurrana and Kunal Roy Kapoor, who accidently become friends.The film explores a connection between two people with diametrically opposite mindsets. Ayushmann banks on his desire for nautankibaazi to add humour to the life of Kunal's character who is the very serious sort.
Indra Kumar returns with Grand Masti, sequel to his 2004 hit Masti. Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani and Riteish Deshmukh return as buddies with a slant at fooling around to try and take the genre of adult comedy to its next level. Farhan Akhtar, who rejuvenated the trend of male bonding with Dil Chahta Hai and then returned to explore the genre as an actor in sister Zoya Akhtar's Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, will be back with his next production Fukrey, another all-boys laugh riot.

One more upcoming film I would love to mention here Jolly L.L.B. A social satire on the law system of the country, where a small town lawyer Jolly (Arshad Warsi) is pitted against a hugely successful lawyer,played by Boman Irani. This is not exactly male bonding but the film is surely with full of fun elements. Both are extremely good actors and we can expect a lot from this film.

Male bonding is always an-oft borrowed theme in Hindi films. However, every film has been able to give its unique touch to this theme. Also the theme is multi-faceted and therefore we never seem to get bored of it.

So, cheers to more films on this topic.

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