Bollywood v. Livelihood

Bollywood..!!
The very name brings in a fantastic phantasmagoria in the sprightly minds of today's Youngistan..!
It brings into limelight, suave mannequin-like dames, hunks with six pack abs, the Ritz, glitz, glamor and the paparazzi echoing in amidst this couldron of utopian thoughts and actions...
I call it Utopian, because everything is 'perfect' in Bollywood..or shall I say, everything which is there in Bollywood is perfect..!
The girl has a 'perfect' figure, a 'perfect' smile..the guy has a 'perfect' body, a 'perfect' job...
This 'perfect' girl is 'beautiful'...sometimes boisterous though...She is constitently being portrayed as a tool of man and not as a human being...The reason for a guy's depression is the stock market crash..but the reason for the girl's depression is a break-up..! (Why the hell do men think that women depend on them for their lives?!) The hero is a wannabe director and this is appreciated...but the fact that the female lead aspires to be an actress is looked down upon by her very own man..! And this is taken for granted..!
In the Filmfare Award functions, the honors accompanying the Best Actress Award are done away with, without creating much ado about it...But the announcement for the Best Actor Award is made as it is 'THE AWARD OF THE NIGHT'...
Even in this era of legal literacy gaining acceleration like never-before experienced, actresses are paid far lesser than their male co-stars..! And everyone (including the actresses) takes it for granted..!
What a shame on us..! We, the People of India, who so solemnly and devoutly boast of being the largest democracy in the world, who boast of being a sovereign nation, is this the sovereignty, very obliviously behold the sight of this moral and societal decadence, against which we wage the everyday war with life..!
The 'hero' is always physically strong..and intelligent...And if he is not, he becomes the butt of the jester's joke...The 'heroine' is always beautiful, hot and sexy...and most of the times DUMB..! And this mindset has been breeding into the minds of youngsters perennially..!
The result - A society built on the lines of the same old fairy-tales..!
Today, every teenage girl dreams of her 'dream boy' who 'comes to her on a 'white horse' (or a sedan)..Who is all-powerful and all-intelligent..Who will save her from all the petty troubles life throws upon her..and who loves her unconditionally, irrevocably and selflessly..!
Now, all of us know that such girl who sets out to lead her life based on such expectations, is in for a deep trouble..She is surely in for a shattering loss of trust and faith in life itself..! Because, she never knew life in its true manifestation..! She never knew what life is really all about..!
The only thing an average pre-teen or a teen has in his/her mind during their growing years is that, life is all about enjoyment..! Life is all about having fun..falling in love..with the fairy tale notion of 'leading a life happily ever after' lurking behind, and guiding their every thought..!!
Same is the case with the guys..! They breed the mindset that having girl friends is 'cool'...'Taking control' is cooler..'Being macho' the coolest..!
The youth of today is so very enamored by the poisonous beauty of Tinsel Town is that, sadly though, they have fallen prey to mass hysteria...They have stopped being what they are..! They just follow the crowd blindly..Some fashionista or their favorite star or their 'role model' sports a new wear which is considered 'hot' or 'cool' or whatever..and lo! Immediately they 'love' to wear the same apparel...They don't even rationalize into the question of their individual choice..they do not care about whether they personally like it or not...
The youth, so brought up in the world which is so very not theirs and which is so very other-worldly, fail to get a grip on their lives, when they come to face life, in its true unadulterated form..
But, by the time this happens, things would have fallen apart irreversibly..
It is hightime all of us realize that 'Dil to bachha hai ji...Thoda kachha hai ji..' suits Ishqiya and strictly Ishqiya...
All the dreams the movies show about life best suit the imagination and the meticulous direction of the Director...
Movies are pieces of art..and art is forever beautiful...Things are to be learnt from art. But art should not be such that it debilitates the very foundation on which Life rests..!..Movies should be meant for what they are made... entertainment..nothing less..nothing more..!
So, this litigation of Bollywood v. Livelihood favors the respondent Livelihood, in that the Judge, the all pervading Human Conscience, in the light of Justice, Equity and good conscience, has weighed in more points favoring it..!
Life is more important than anything, after all..!
Bollywood is a tiny piece of the gigantic pie of life..which has to be carefully baked by us..the bakers..! All of our pastries and pies are meant to be special and unique in their own ways..! The reason being, we form the master ingredient in all our yummy pastries..!! And, all of us are unique..!
Cheers..! To the beauty of Nature..! In making each of us special in our very unique ways..!
Bollywood calls for a celebration..! But not the cost of our Livelihood..!
Amen.

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