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TORONTO: The recent trend in Bollywood to produce films on brothers-for- life or friends-for-life is a sure-fire hit formula. The latest film Kai Po Che is based on celebrating friendship among three men.
If I remember correctly, the first movie celebrating friendship or dosti among men was Dil Chahta Hai which, of course, was a fresh and new theme in 2001.
The movie was a super duper hit, with sterling performances by Aamir Khan, Saif Ali khan and Akshay Khanna. It paved the way for the next boyz flick. In 2011, came another movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara glorifying male bonding. Interestingly, this movie was also produced by Farhan Akthar and directed by his sister Zoya Akthar
The movie mapped the adventures of four male friends, with different views of life and going on an adventurous road trip to Spain to seek answers for their inner-most demons.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara was a massive hit and swept major awards, including the President’s award in the most popular movie category. Of course, each of the four friends found answers in the course of the movie which generated a mass hysteria among the urban youth, with many thinking that a road trip could give them the best opportunity to conquer their worst fears.
This year the same theme is once again being glorified in Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che. The formula is again generating great buzz and the movie is on its way to joining the 100-crore club – the benchmark for Bollywood box-office.
I wonder why there is no movie on the same theme involving female bonding. Perhaps, the answer lies in the fact that females can never agree and move on because of constant back-biting, cat fights and bickering among them. Why did God create females in such a way that they can never get along like males?
But since the formula of same-sex bonding is a hit recipe in Bollywood, why doesn’t someone take a bold step and tackle it among the fair sex? Will any of the handful female directors such as Zoya Akthar, Reema Kagti, Gauri Shinde or even Deepa Mehta make a chick flick, celebrating female friendship? If men can do it, why cannot women too bond?