When it comes to love, Bollywood has all the right formula for a perfect love story. From a Mughal-e-Azam to a Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, love stories in Bollywood had made a definitive mark on the audience. But of course those were different days. Now is the time for a new-age love story catering to the taste of Gen Z; they are bold, vibrant, unapologetic and definitely different from boy meets girl, falls in love, not approved by parents, fights back, and then lives happily ever after. Let’s talk about 5 new-age love stories which showcased Gen Z as they are.
One of the most talked-about movies of recent times has to be Love ka Punchnama; be warned and do not take your girlfriend for this movie. It definitely guarantees a fight if she does not have that sense of humour and cannot handle what’s going on in a guy’s mind. Luv Ranjan’s take on modern love completely breaks the image of a macho hero, bonding of guys and bittersweet tale of break-ups. This film deals with three different men in three different kinds of relationships with a purpose of capturing the truth about relationships. This bromance takes a candid look at the wretched thing called love.
Before Shraddha Kapoor became quite the famous girl, she was seen in one of the lesser-known new-age love stories Love Ka The End. Shraddha Kapoor realizes that the boy she is dating is a complete womanizer and decides to teach him a lesson. With her friends she hatches a perfect plan. Although the film did not do well in the Box Office, this movie had a fresh take on relationships. Instead of showing the girl in a perpetual state of victimhood, this film tells us that if you are ditched in love, revenge is a dish best served cold.
There are quite a few movies which have explored the various nuances of live-in relationships. Ok Jaanu in recent times has grabbed eyeballs not only because it starred allegedly real-life couple Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, but also because it showed Gen Z’s take on live-in relationships. In a tailor-made role, Aditya Roy Kapoor is a goofy man-child who is also a video game designer. And then he falls head over heels in love with architect Shraddha Kapoor and decides to stay together, but not marry. Commitment phobia is a tried topic , but the various battles of the young couple as opposed to the elderly couple of Naseeruddin Shah and Leela Samson is quite interesting.
And when we talk about commitment phobia one cannot forget Kangana Ranaut-Imran Khan Katti Batti which is loosely based on 500 Days of Summer. Nikhil Advani tries to take a cool approach and bases his storyline on FOSLA or Frustrated One Sided Lovers’ Association. However, this film unlike the original version becomes a mish-mash of various romantic movies. The narrative moves forward and goes back and the only saving grace is Kangana Ranaut in her erratic best. Imran Khan, of course does not live up to our expectations.
And what happens when a couple decides to break away from their socially-accepted norms and decides to do a role reversal in their marriage? Ki & Ka happens. The burning question in this film is whether their relationship will survive personal insecurities and societal ridicule. Can the world that talks about stereotypical gender roles accept Ki & Ka?