Ayushmann Khurrana’s rom-com Bareilly Ki Barfi has released in theatres today (August 18) and the star is excited to see the audiences’ reaction to the film. In his interviews, he has said how much he has enjoyed working on this film with Kriti Sanon and Rajkummar Rao and is now waiting for reviews from fans.
But before the reviews (audience and critics) come in, there’s something very wrong about Bollywood films that Ayushmann wants to point out. During a recent media interaction, the actor spoke about how more and more films are glorifying stalking as a prelude to a love story and that it needs to stop.
“Showing stalking in films is not right. It should stop. Actors should put their foot down and refuse to play such roles or mouth dialogues that promote this kind of behaviour or attitude,” said Ayushmann further adding that keeping a film’s plot realistic can come handy in eliminating such elements. ALSO READ: Ayushmann Khurrana: Chandigarh Stalking Case Should Be A Lesson To Women Across The Country
Ayushmann is slowly and steadily championing the realistic cinema movement in Bollywood. And yes, we have to agree with him that realistic films don’t go OOT with their scenes – be it romance or action. While getting carried off a little with action sequences is not an offence, the way our films portray romantic relationships is certainly not something our youth needs. The skewed idea of wooing, that is amounts to stalking and pursuing the woman even when she is not interested, is not and should not be acceptable.
I am glad that Ayushmann Khurrana voiced his displeasure against this. His reaction to stalking in films comes at a time when Toilet: Ek Prem Katha continues to rake in numbers at the box office. One of the aspects of the film that didn’t appeal to the audience was about a 36-year-old Keshav (Akshay Kumar) stalking and clicking pictures of Jaya (Bhumi Pednekar) without her permission. Earlier this year, we saw Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt’s Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya where the guy pursues the girl despite her threatening him to go to the cops. ALSO READ: After Breakup With Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra Talks About His Linkup With Jacqueline Fernandez
Instances that would irk, annoy, scare a girl in a normal, realistic scenario end up with the lead couple falling in love with each other in films. We also saw Raabta where Sushant Singh Rajput’s character continues to follow Kriti Sanon’s until she falls head over heels in love with him. Huh!
We have our hopes pined on actors like Ayushmann Khurrana to help filmmakers get the idea of romance right!