Father’s Day from the lens of Bollywood has special dimensions for all of us. You ask why?
Have you ever heard of the famous Bollywood line from “Agneepath” (1990), “Manzil ko paane ke liye insaan jab apne hi aasoon khoon aur pasine mein lat-pat ho jaata hai toh mushkilen uska raasta kabhi nahi rok sakti” (When a person is soaked in his own tears, blood, and sweat to achieve his destination, then difficulties can never stop his way). This famous line teaches morale and gives strength. These are the values that the South Asian cultures are based on.
From 1990 to 2020, many Bollywood actors have played such great father figure roles.
"Tabiyat theek hai?"
"Lo mummy se baat karo"
If my life were a movie, my Dad has only 3 dialogues.
— hoe burnham (@floydimus) February 15, 2017
Bollywood actors really do influence the South Asian society. And over the years, we have seen Bollywood cinema change. A decade later, in “K3G” (2001), the most favorite son, played by Shah Rukh Khan, stands up for what he believes in, and changes his father’s heart, teaching us that “Kabhi kabhi ghar ke bachche ghar ke badhon ko sahi raaste dekha dete hain” (Sometimes the children of the house show the elders the right path). In the South Asian society, parents and parental figures drive the actions of future generations, and the younger generations are expected to shake their heads and agree to what older generations say and do. However, with this example, it allowed a newer generation to be empowered and make positive changes in society.
Let us see what the decade of 2020 has in store for us. Hopefully, we would get a chance to change history once again.
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On this Father’s Day, remember this great line from “Baghban” (2003), “Ek baap agar apne bete ki zindagi ka pehla kadam uthane mein uski madad kar sakta hai, toh wahi beta apne baap ke aakhri kadam uthane mein usse sahara kyun nahi de sakta?” (If a father can help his child take the first steps in his life, then why can’t the same child support his father in taking the final steps in his life?).
As a son or a daughter, think of all the sacrifices your father has made and thank him for his time and efforts.
Remember, your father will always support your happiness and encourage you like Amrish Puri ultimately did in “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge” (1995), “Ja Simran, ja jeele apni zindagi, ja beta ja…” (Go Simran – go live your life), all while standing as your backbone.
Priyanka grew up in New Jersey. She has a strong interest in exercise science, nutrition, public health, healthcare, and medicine, as she is a physician. She also has an interest in skincare, fashion, dance, and many other aspects of lifestyle, and she loves to spread this knowledge through social media.