One-sided love stories are not popular in movies. It does not come as a surprise; because all of us, and that includes the pessimists too, love happy endings. After all, we have real life for the not so happy endings.
But a recent movie based on one-sided love and not so happy ending did really well at the Box Office. As you must have guessed, I am talking about Ae dil hai mushkil. The movie’s success doesn’t come as a surprise as given the presence of four smoking hot and hugely popular Bollywood stars, extensive marketing, rave reviews by majority of the critics and not to forget Karan Johar’s reasonably well-deserved goodwill.
Although I personally did not like the movie, I have no problems with it doing well. But I was grossly disappointed by the Box Office failure of another much better movie on the same subject and our underrated movie of today- Meri Pyaari Bindu. Written and directed by not so ‘popular’ Subrotim Sengupta and Akshay Roy respectively, it handled the subject more realistically, but the hero and heroine were not as popular and the director did not have Mr. Johar’s goodwill.
Clearly it is easy to fool the Bollywood audience or may be, my personal taste is eccentric. But nevertheless, I am going to put forward a comparison between the two movies as an endeavor to prove my point.
Meri Pyaari Bindu handled the subject much better with more realistic portrayal of the central characters and situations. While some elements of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil were good and also realistic, the director (famous for his larger than life movies) got carried away in the other parts.
What ruined the movie for me was the portrayal of Alizeh’s character and the populous drama. First of all, who has a name like Alizeh. It can only be a heroine in a Karan Johar movie. Secondly the effort to fit her character in the conventional heroine mould, where the heroine can do no wrong looked concocted and regressive. Her dislike for Ayana’s girlfriend for no apparent reason can be attributed to jealousy alone. That means either she had romantic feelings for Ayaan (which makes the entire movie meaningless) or she was an attention-seeker (which goes against her portrayal of the innocent damsel). The makers of Meri Pyaari Bindu got the character of the heroine Bindu (played by Parineeti Chopra) bang on, beginning from her name. Bindu is an out and out attention seeker and that is why she can’t resist luring the movie’s hero Abhi (played by Ayushman Khurana) head over heels in love with her.
Also copious amounts of drama and the terminal illness angle were out of place and unnecessary.
Meri Pyaari Bindu also scores over Ae Dil Hai Mushkil in dialogues. The dialogues of the former were colloquial and relatable as opposed to the poetic dialogues of the latter.
Aside from the dialogues, livelihoods of the central characters of Meri Pyaari Bindu are more believable and relatable. Abhi and Bindu are writer and aspiring singer respectively whereas Ayaan and Alizeh play filthy rich boy and rich girl respectively.
And last but not the least, my heart goes out for Ayushman Khuranna (as it went out for his character Abhi) for not being appreciated enough for his brilliant performance. His performance was as good, if not better than that of Ranbir Kapoor.
Meri Pyaari Bindu had its flaws, but it was a better movie than Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. And if the latter was a super hit movie, the former at least deserved a decent collection at the Box Office.
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