Published On: Sat, Nov 14th, 2015

How Bollywood Made Our Lives Filmi

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Indians woke up to everything from backless blouses to stag travel. Our unanimous mantra is that if it looks good on the silver screen, it’ll rock in real life too. Take a look.

Fashion

From Anarkalis to backless blouses, and men’s polo neck sweaters to leather jackets, Bollywood has set several fashion trends that may fade for a few years but invariably make a stunning comeback. Ditto for jewellery and accessories: If Jodha-Akbar unleashed the Kundan-Jadau mania, Hrithik Roshan made rimless spectacles’ sales spike post Kaho Na Pyaar Hai.

From Anarkalis to backless blouses, and men’s polo neck sweaters to leather jackets, Bollywood has set several fashion trends that may fade for a few years but invariably make a stunning comeback. Ditto for jewellery and accessories: If Jodha-Akbar unleashed the Kundan-Jadau mania, Hrithik Roshan made rimless spectacles’ sales spike post Kaho Na Pyaar Hai.

Weddings

Hum Aapke Hain Kaun! popularised the ceremony of stealing the groom's shoes; Monsoon Wedding started the trend of choreographed sangeet dances in real life weddings, and everybody wants a destination wedding after Yeh Jawaani Hai Dewaani. From the godhi to the doli, Bollywood template multi-day extravaganzas have overtaken regional nuptial nuances.

Hum Aapke Hain Kaun! popularised the ceremony of stealing the groom’s shoes; Monsoon Wedding started the trend of choreographed sangeet dances in real life weddings, and everybody wants a destination wedding after Yeh Jawaani Hai Dewaani. From the godhi to the doli, Bollywood template multi-day extravaganzas have overtaken regional nuptial nuances.

Customs

Watching Bollywood portray Karva Chauth, one would get the impression that it’s a major national festival. Remember DDLJ and Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham? But given that Malayalee and Mizo unmarried girls observe this fast with equal gusto in the hopes of landing a great husband, perhaps it really has become a pan-India festival.

Watching Bollywood portray Karva Chauth, one would get the impression that it’s a major national festival. Remember DDLJ and Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham? But given that Malayalee and Mizo unmarried girls observe this fast with equal gusto in the hopes of landing a great husband, perhaps it really has become a pan-India festival.

Fitness

Featured in Slumdog Millionaire and So You Think You Can Dance, Bollywood dancing is now a mainstream workout, not just in India but globally.

Featured in Slumdog Millionaire and So You Think You Can Dance, Bollywood dancing is now a mainstream workout, not just in India but globally.

Crime

The cops-and-robbers hit flick Dhoom inspired criminals from Delhi to Kerala to try their luck with big and small heists. Similarly, there are apparently around 15 cases of crimes inspired by Special 26.

The cops-and-robbers hit flick Dhoom inspired criminals from Delhi to Kerala to try their luck with big and small heists. Similarly, there are apparently around 15 cases of crimes inspired by Special 26.

Travel

Switzerland’s alpine vistas were discovered in the 1970s—in Bollywood that is, thanks to Yash Chopra. For the next several decades, no Bollywood romance was complete without the lead pair tumbling down the slopes, she in sheer chiffon and he in completely snow-proof boots and jacket! But it was DDLJ that spurred on Indians to travel to Europe in droves. Since then, Bollywood has moved on to more exotic places like Spain and South Africa. We also have to thank films like Dil Chahta Hai and Zindagi Na Mile Dobara for popularising stag travel.

Switzerland’s alpine vistas were discovered in the 1970s—in Bollywood that is, thanks to Yash Chopra. For the next several decades, no Bollywood romance was complete without the lead pair tumbling down the slopes, she in sheer chiffon and he in completely snow-proof boots and jacket! But it was DDLJ that spurred on Indians to travel to Europe in droves. Since then, Bollywood has moved on to more exotic places like Spain and South Africa. We also have to thank films like Dil Chahta Hai and Zindagi Na Mile Dobara for popularising stag travel.

About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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