Ankhon Mein Teri… Sirf delusions hai! It’s about time we snap out of the exaggerated depictions of love and pursue a more realistic approach to our relationships.
Happily Ever After?
Image: DDLJ/Yash Raj Films
What happens after a happy ending in a story? Did Raj’s child-like behavior get on Simran’s nerves? Could Aditya handle Geet’s neurotic attitude in the long run? Relationships require constant work and there is no happily ever after.
It’s okay to have a partner with meager earnings
Image: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania/Dharma Productions
Be it Student of the Year, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, or Raja Hindustani, having a partner, male or female, who is not financially stable has been normalized. However, when reality bites, financial equality is essential for a healthy and respectable relationship.
Pehla nasha, pehla khumar
Image: Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela/Bhansali Productions
In Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, the Deepika-Ranveer pair fall in love instantly. But this is a very myopic approach as relationships take time and patience to build. The meet-cute trope gives us a false expectation that we need to connect with someone right away.
Physical beauty is a must
Image: Student of the Year/Dharma Productions
The stereotype of a fair, skinny, and fashionable girl and a tall and well-built guy has distorted our idea of true beauty and love. We must let go of unrealistic standards of appearance and embrace people for who they are, not for their ‘Reshmi Zulfein’ or ‘Sharbati Aankhein.’
“Na me bhi haan hai”
Image: Raanjhanaa/Colour Yellow Productions
If a guy is constantly pursuing you despite your incessant pleas, it is not love but harassment. Films such as Raanjhanaa, Rehna hai Tere Dil Mein, Darr, etc, have glorified stalking and toxic masculinity. Creators must learn to depict a no as ‘no’ and not a ‘yes’.
True love lasts forever
Image: Tanu weds Manu Returns/Colour Yellow Productions
We barely see couples getting divorced or breaking up in popular culture as mostly, they figure out how to solve conflicts. Remember Tanu weds Manu Returns? However, in real life, we must know when to let go and move on.
Romance = love
Image: Mohabbatein/Yash Raj Films
We cannot thank YRF enough for transporting us to scenic hills where couples dance in unison. However, the sparks of such romance are not evergreen. Couples have various other responsibilities than just holidaying in Switzerland.
Let us know in the comments if you agree with us or choose to remain a die-hard Titanic-loving romantic.