Bollywood is known for its formals and tropes that most of its films reverts to on a regular basis. I thought it would be fun to explore some of these tropes that have been done to death.
Every Bollwood film has a basic formula, a masala that makes it interesting. But the fact of the matter is that Masalas also need to follow their specific recipes to get it right in the end. There are the top five formula or tropes that Bollywood used in most of the movies that I saw growing up.
The most famous one was the Boy meets girl Story. One of them is rich and one of them poor, they fall in love and surprise surprise the rich family does not like it at all. The poor half of the relationship is termed as a gold digger and the couple spends the entire movie fighting against all odds and all is well in the end.(I am not even going to begin listing movies for this one)
Then we had the Daku’s holding an entire village or town to ransom, and the hero, or band of heroes miraculously rescue the entire town in the end, without the help or interference of the police. When the Daku’s graduated to being gangsters, The Police and Goverment was usually in cahoots with the gangsters and our heroes emerged as truly heroic. (Parinda, Hum and so many more)
The there were the ghost and reincarnations. Ghosts (Razz anyone) and rebirths (a la Karan Arjun) happened all the time, and the sole purpose was to avenge their own deaths.
We also had the famous love triangles. This is they way they usually worked. Boy/Girl 1 loves Girl/Boy 2. But Girl/Boy 1 has fallen in love with Boy/Girl 3 who reciprocated the feeling. Now this could go two ways
1) Number 1 decides to kill number 3 and succeeds but ends up losing 2 to death too (usually Suicide) and this goes the Reincarnation way. OR
2) Number 1 and Number 3compete for the affection of 2’s family and during the course of events 1 realises their folly and walks away.
And lastly there were those friendship stories. Two boys or girls are friends and something comes between them. If its love, then look at the paragraph above because thats a triangle. But if it is business or something else then it goes the Ram Lakhan way. Brother against Brother, Friend Vs Friend and that makes the story interesting or rather predictable.
There are so many tropes that bollywood masala movies depend on. Do you enjoy those movies? Which are your absolute favourites? Do you think there are any classic formulae that I have forgotten?
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