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Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 might have had a box office collection of 260 crores INR and entertained Indian audiences, but it's full of problematic stereotypes.
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 starts with a scene in which the protagonist, Ruhaan (played by Kartik Aaryan) finds an abandoned pink suitcase in a moving cable car and thinks there is a bomb inside it.
Just then, he sees an unknown person (Kiara Advani) wave and gesture at him to convey that the suitcase is theirs. Ruhaan, with the widest possible smile, says, “Bag main bomb nahi hai, bomb ka bag hai,” (There isn’t a bomb in the bag, the bag belongs to a bomb).
Who even writes such dialogues in 2022?
The film might have had a box office collection of 260 crores INR and might have managed to entertain the Indian audiences, but something that we all need to understand is that it still propagated a lot of problematic stereotypes that we, as a community need to do away with.
Here are my (very personal) views on what the film got wrong:
Be it Bollywood films or Indian TV serials with supernatural elements in them, every female witch who knows black magic is either shown to be a Bengali woman or played by a Bengali woman.
I had been hoping that things would change after we all witnessed a Bengali Bollywood actor being witch-hunted and accused of knowing black magic after her partner’s death. However, two years after all the shaming, we have another film that promotes the same concept.
If Bengali girls genuinely knew (or could learn) black magic, they wouldn’t be using their powers to mess with their partners and in-laws. There are many other things that we would want to achieve with all the magic – things that are bigger than petty domestic battles.
…Bonus points if the two are sisters…even better if they are twins.
Despite all the criticism that this recurring sibling rivalry trope has received in recent years, it continues to exist and resurface in every other Bollywood film.
Whether it is Gehraiyaan (2022) or Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2022), we witness a woman falling in love with her sister’s fiance or love interest and then, out of nowhere, turning into her sibling’s worst nightmare. Such films always end with the man suffering. While in Gehraiyaan, the man dies, in Bhool Bhulaiyaa, he gets paralysed for life.
Such tropes do need to stop existing because they make it appear as if women are nothing but jealous beings who are incapable of maintaining sisterhood. Furthermore, they also make it appear as if a woman is the main cause behind a man’s misery.
….as if powerful female ghosts with supernatural powers would need men to receive justice…
In the film, Anjulika (played by Tabu) is a ghost who can easily expose her nemesis and twin sister, Manjulika if she wants to. However, it is Ruhaan who defeats the antagonist and becomes a hero. In fact, Anjulika even has a dialogue in which she says that he did for her something she couldn’t do for herself.
No matter how strong a woman is, why does she need a man to receive justice in Bollywood films?
In reality, that is definitely not how things work.
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I wanted to scream with excitement that my daughter chose to write about her ambition and aspirations over everything else first. To me, this was one of those parenting 'win' moments.
My daughter turned eight years old in January, and among the various gifts she received from friends and family was an absolutely beautiful personal journal for self-growth. A few days ago, she was exploring the pages when she found a section for writing a letter to her future self. She found this intriguing and began jotting down her thoughts animatedly.
My curiosity piqued and she could sense it immediately. She assured me that she would show me the letter soon, and lo behold, she kept her word.
I glanced at her words, expecting to see a mention of her parents in the first sentence. But, to my utter delight, the first thing she had written about was her AMBITION. Yes, the caps here are intentional because I want to scream with excitement that my daughter chose to write about her ambition and aspirations over everything else first. To me, this was one of those parenting ‘win’ moments.
Uorfi Javed has been making waves through social media, and is often the target of trolls. So who and what exactly is this intriguing young woman?
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So is Urfi Javed (or Uorfi Javed as she prefers) famous only for being famous? How does she impact the cause of feminism by permitting herself to be objectified, trolled, reviled?
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