Bollywood likes to try new stories every once in a while, but I do believe that there’s a classic recipe amongst brown people for a box office win. While I can’t give you all the ingredients, the essentials are no secret:
Ultimately it has to be about family relations.
Someone has to get married.
Someone also doesn’t actually want to get married.
A father gets angry.
Only the boy falls deeply in love and shows it, ‘good’ girls can either be shy or in shock.
One of them comes from a very rich home.
The other one is poor, an outcast, and possibly an orphan.
Eventually they want to marry but can’t.
There has to be a big dance/happiness song. Probably during a wedding or occasion.
There’s also an item song with a famous actress that has nothing to do with anything.
There has to be a song about pain.
At some point, they dance in the rain.
And for Bollywood perfection: Shahrukh Khan is in it.
Scenes in the village/Chandini Chowk.
Couple runs away to get married or make dhundhas.
Someone is from Europe. Probably Salman Khan or Katrina.
Farida Jalal is someone’s mother.
Someone gets a makeover.
They drive very fast cars and are unnecessarily egotistical.
Song in the mountains/some exotic location.
Amitabh is someone’s father.
The end makes you cry the most.
And in the end, it always leaves you with the heaviest feels, and an endless longing for the Bollywood life you never had…