It’s wedding season in Bollywood! Esha Deol just got hitched and there's the big Saif Ali Khan-Kareena Kapoor wedding later this year. Here's taking you through some iconic Bollywood movie scenes, which best reflect the Indian concept of ‘shaadi’.
A young Salman Khan with a vivacious Madhuri Dixit won over countless hearts in the film 'Hum Aapke Hai Kaun?'. The entire movie revolved around the traditional Indian wedding, and inclusive of the various rituals and traditions.
Movies in a similar vein include 'Hum Saath Saath Hai' and 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham'. Both these films were family-centric and were littered with big names. The former had Salman Khan, Saif, Mohnish Behl & Karisma Kapoor while the latter included Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan & Hrithik Roshan. Weddings are an integral part of such movies. Adding to the drama is the fact that inevitably the groom/bride is not marrying the partner of his/her choice, which makes the wedding more of an agreement for the sake of his/her family. Here starts a roller-coaster ride of emotions, which invariably has a happy ending.
Another movie, which just about fits the above genre, is Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. Shah Rukh & Kajol starred in this one, which helped pushed the duo towards the giddy heights of super-stardom. The entire second half of this movie is based in the bride’s house where she is preparing to be married off to a man she doesn’t love. Enter her lover, the charming Raj. He pulls off all the tricks to make sure he ends up getting the bride. This film was a huge hit in the BO and was an apt rendition of the Indian wedding scene. Haldi, mehendi and mithai with days of dancing and full-on entertainment. What more do you need?
Another movie we choose to mention is the Mira Nair directed - 'Monsoon Wedding'. This one is entirely different from the mainstream Bollywood masala movies. It evolves around a Punjabi family where a marriage is about to happen during the monsoon season. Add an enticing love story and a whole lot of modernity to it and the film fits a unique brand of ‘Wedding Movies’, which genuinely leaves a mark on the watcher.
Other Bollywood movies worth mentioning include Hero- Love story of a spy, Zubeidaa, Raja Hindustani and the KJO directed Kal Ho Na Ho. Karan Johar films tend to have a strong wedding undertone to it. It’s almost as if the story is moving towards a matrimonial ending, even before it starts! Films likes Vivaah and Saath Phere were also very wedding centric, but considering the names given to the movie you can’t expect much more. In Indian traditions, a bride and groom take 7 rounds around a holy fire before they are accepted as husband and wife. This 'mandap' has hence been the perfect setting for many a B-Town drama scene.
In an industry where every story is granted a happy ending, weddings play a huge part. Since India doesn’t seem open to live in relationships, weddings seem the only amicable conclusion to most love stories. Indian weddings are famous for drama and tradition, a fact we’re recognized by. Bollywood represents the epitome of Indian emotion and weddings are an essential part of it.
As fans we just sit and wait for the Baraat to come in. It might not always make sense, but at least at the end of it all, it leaves us with a smile on our faces.