Bollywood has created many stereotypes; one of them is undoubtedly our notion of college. If anyone has ever asked you about your college goals, you may not even batted your eyelids before uttering ‘something similar on the lines of Kuch Kuch Hota Hain‘.
College romance has never been the same after Karan Johar’s directorial debut. This cult movie like many others has depicted everything that Gen X should follow; mini-skirt clad girls, a stud who effortlessly swings between the beautiful damsel and the tomboyish girlfriend who is badly friendzoned, the desi tadka in the form of a famous bhajan all add up to the excitement of what we should do in college.
If ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hain’ has defined college days for Gen X, Yaariyan with an average storyline completely redefined the concept of college for Gen Z. The question that remains unspoken hanging in the air is where in India would you find a college which looks like a dream sequence? And of course, not to mention the hot sassy girls and college dudes who are more of brawns, and less of brains.
When Karan Johar decided to do a movie on young puppy love, he took no inspiration from his first movie. At least Kuch Kuch Hota Hain had a storyline. ‘Student of the Year’ was simply a marathon of lavish sets, expensive dresses, stylish haircuts, destination weddings and a ridiculous competition which makes the movie worrisome. Although it explores themes like love, friendship, peer pressure, student rivalry and competitive spirit, ‘Student of the Year’ has given youngsters major college goals. And one hopeful tiny cell in our brain says ‘can it happen to us?’
One movie which has stood out for the younger generation among the lot were 3 Idiots. This movie had a semi-serious take on the education system as a whole and showed some of the bitter sides of famous educational institutions. This movie was one of the first to explore the theme of bromance. Students who study engineering would find this movie particularly thought-provoking. The best thing about 3 Idiots is that it has an underlying meaningful thought; ‘kabil bano baccha, kamyabi jhhak marke tumahre piche aayega’ [pursue excellence and success will chase you]
Wake Up Sid is one of the best coming-of-age movies and you can totally relate to it. Is there anyone who in those growing up years has never been confused and a bit muddled about break-ups, career decisions and heart breaks? The best thing about this movie is that it never promises an absurd solution. It concentrates on feasible options about life and how one can pursue their passion and still be happy.