Reel-Life Bohemians, Real-Life Hyprocrites
Tehelka|30 November 2016

ADHM vs Palm Grove Heights: In cinematic life, two strangers Ranbir and Anushka meet in a pub in London and go on a kissing spree while in actual life back in India, a woman from Barcelona was evicted from her male friend’s home in Gurugram. Is cinema really a mirror of society?

Yashica Jalhotra

While half of the world is still talking about success (or failure) of ADHM (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil), we Indians are trying our best to showcase the hypocritical face of our society.

I have always been a movie person and totally believe that movies are the mirror of society. But this does not seem to be the case with our much-loved Bollywood cinema. Otherwise why on earth would Karan Johar portray life of Indians in London full of ecstasy, love, liberty, live-ins and freedom of expression whereas, back in India, the reality is totally different?

You don’t agree with me. Right?

Ok, I know you have many arguments to put forth. Maybe, partially, you liked the movie or are confused with the ratings, which are labeling the romantic drama as the most overrated movie ever written, produced and directed by Karan Johar. From giving two stars to four, critics are pleading with Johar to deliver a newer, sharper film. One of the most unusual couples — Ranbir Kapoorand Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (though her father-in-law Amitabh Bachhchan has also been in the news for making an odd romantic couple with the late Jiah Khan, 45 years younger to him) also couldn’t make much difference to the movie.

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