Harassment or Romance?

For a long time, Bollywood has been justifying harassment and crimes against women. Bollywood's idea of romance is to pursue a woman continually, touch her inappropriately, grab her, obstruct her path, pass inappropriate comments on her, make her uncomfortable while grouping on her with your buddies and in some extreme cases, even kidnap her. During all the attempts to convey your love to her, the girl's consent does not matter. The most disturbing thing is that the girl falls in love with the hero at the end, and all the passionate attempts are considered the pathway to attain the love of your life. In a Bollywood's love classic "Dilwaly Dulhanya Le Jayenge", the male protagonist, played by Sharukh Khan, made numerous attempts to communicate his intimate feelings for her Female counterpart, played by Kajol. He finds her on a Europe trip and makes every attempt in the book to express his love for her. He passes inappropriate jokes, grabs her, intoxicates her, in short, makes every attempt to make her uncomfortable and in the end, the girl falls in his love. In another Bollywood's classic romantic, "Tere Naam", Salman Khan acting as the male protagonist, not only make the girl uncomfortable by following her, blocking her way or by passing inappropriate comments, he kidnaps her. However, in the end, the girl falls in her love. Moreover, in "Dil", the hero kidnaps the female protagonist and even threatens her to ruin her life by raping her. However, he does not rape her because he loves her, and the girl likes his way by which he expresses his affection for her and soon after kisses him publicly to express her love for him. The list does not end here. Bollywood has a long list of romantic films and love songs that educate the youth about the most effective ways to express their affection for someone. The problem starts when they try to use those ways in the real world. First, all the ways taught by Bollywood are considered harassment and most of the time, the girl develops feelings of hatred instead of love because of those inappropriate attempts. The problem intensifies when the outcome of those attempts does not come as expected, and then the girl is considered rude and egoistic. The egoism or rudeness sometimes supplement hatred, which ends in the form of criminal offences like Rape or Acid Attacks. Women have been and still are facing the disastrous consequences of the inappropriate depiction of romanticism by Bollywood.


Ali Zulqarnain

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