Someplace on the freeway, Alia Bhatt’s Veera stares longingly on the street, hoping she doesn’t need to return to her morbid life. Elsewhere, on one other freeway, Deepika Padukone’s Piku waits enduringly for her father Bhashkor (Amitabh Bachchan) to alleviate himself at a public restroom, to allow them to resume their journey eastward.
Similar to many different tropes expressed and explored in movies, Bollywood has, many a time, posited travelling as a theme with which to advance its characters and the narrative. In each Freeway (2014) and Piku (2015), we see central characters metamorphosing. Usually, there’s an emotional facelift, a deluge of emotions, and a remaining dramatic showdown with self.
A lot earlier than Piku and Veera, there was Shah Rukh Khan’s Mohan in Swades (2004) who skilled these emotions. Torn between his want to carry on to a bit of his previous, and his work — extra city, Western — Mohan oscillates between the 2, oft-held by the roads of rural India, by swa-des.
There’s a track within the movie which holds: “Yun Hello Chala Chal Rahi/Yun Hello Chala Chal Rahi/Jeevan Gadi Hai Samay Pahiya/Aansoon Ki Nadiyan Bhi Hain/Kushiyon Ki Bagiyan Bhi Hain/Rasta Sab Tera Take Bhaiya“. Penned superbly by Javed Akhtar, the track is Mohan’s inside predicament, which unravels later within the movie.
The pandemic yr was one among uncertainties, and 2020 was a yr of virtually no-travel. However 2021 ushered hope; it has inspired travellers to quench their wanderlust by exploring India extra. Worldwide journey restrictions have made individuals look inward, for the primary time in a very long time.
However Indian movies have all the time teased and urged home journey.
Dil Chahta Hai (2001) made Goa extra fashionable, and Jab We Met (2007) made practice journeys heartbreaking, romantic and achingly actual. We danced to Geet’s (Kareena Kapoor Khan) tunes when she professed her like to the mountains in Manali, and wished to be mates with the long-lasting trio Akash, Sameer and Sid, simply so we are able to have profitable Goa plans!
Once we think about ourselves as film characters, nonetheless — looking from our home windows — we’re predominantly in an Imtiaz Ali movie. In truth, the filmmaker appears to have patented this system in most of his movies. Not simply Jab We Met, however even Love Aaj Kal (2009), Rockstar (2011) and Tamasha (2015) have introduced these tropes. In Tamasha, as an illustration, Ranbir Kapoor’s Ved is a corrosive man, sequestered in his ideas, finally making peace and even celebrating his journey.
As a part of the promotions, Ali and his lead actors had even taken a practice from Mumbai to Delhi. “…subconsciously, I’m making an attempt to carry journey as a simile to the journey of life…,” Ali had been quoted as saying then.
Director Ayan Mukerji, too, gave us a style of journey in his 2013 movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, which had the central character Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor, once more) admitting that he intends to run with the wind and stumble and fall, however not cease, ever. From Himalayan peaks to lovely forts in Udaipur — the movie had numerous home journey and self-discovery.
On Nationwide Tourism Day at present, right here’s hoping you journey safely, and quite a bit. However even when you don’t, we hope that the freeway finds the best way to your own home — for you, too, deserve the catharsis.
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