A take on the ongoing burning issue of surging electricity bills despite lower power consumption was played through Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor starrer Batti Gul Meter Chalu. The film released a week ago, opened to mixed reviews and so affected its business to an extent. But by touching an issue such as this, Bollywood has added a new feather to its cap of unearthing issues affecting the society. Socially relevant films have been coming every now and then. Of the many to have hit the silver screen, these three have created an everlasting impression on the minds of moviegoers.
Toilet-Ek Prem Katha
Last year release Toilet, with Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Padnekar in the lead, made an instant impression with both audience and critics appreciating the film endlessly. The film showed the reluctance of the society to construct the toilet in their homes as they deemed it unholy. The reluctance led to Bhumi, Akshay’s wife in the film, leaving his husband’s house and going back to her parents. The lead actor Akshay Kumar fought the social stigma existed in his family and elsewhere in the vicinity. He managed to convince all to construct toilets in a series of melodramas that came along the way. Eventually, he got his wife back to the home. The simple tone of the film, aided by a powerful screenplay meant that it grossed around 135 crores at the Indian box office.
It’s been 15 years since the Ajay Devgn starrer Gangaajal appeared on the silver screen. But the memories of the film are still fresh in our minds, isn’t it? The ace director Prakash Jha crafted a masterpiece that showed how the Superintendent of Police, enacted by Ajay Devgn, fought for truth and expressed his disapproval to the stigma of punishing the culprits by spilling acid, named Gangaajal, on their eyes. He had to fight within the police department as well. But his determination to do so was aptly displayed in the film that spelt an impression hard to die down even now. As expected, the movie succeeded both commercially and critically upon its release.
The Rajkumar Hirani-directed 3 Idiots set the stage for a change of thought process of the society towards education and career. The Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan, by virtue of his character Rancho, emphasised on choosing careers based on one’s likes and not on the insistence of parents greatly mirrored by what their peers do to their kids. Probably the biggest eye-opener one could think of through a movie, 3 Idiots rightly bags the tag of a timeless movie, which did more than 200 crores of box office business domestically.
(Guest Writer: Vicky)
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