Bollywood’s fixation for regional stereotypes is well known. The beauty of any state, religion, region and language can become a trend in Bollywood in no time. From having ladies in sensuous chiffons in Switzerland or Aamir Khan’s Bhojpuri lingo in PK, Bollywood has always relied on clichés.
Filmmakers’ get attracted attraction towards Haryana has a lot to do with the state being in news for all wrong reasons. Depleting male-female ratio, khap panchayat, honour killing, increase in crime against woman have given interesting ideas for perfect filmi-plot. Strong social subtext offers a suitable content driven drama ideal for the fast-emerging multiplex audience.
Narrative highlighting the regional peculiarity adds to the plot and instantly connects the audience with the film.
Navdeep Singh took the issue of honour killing and presented it in a compelling manner in Anushka Sharma starrer NH-10. Anand L Rai captured the fierceness of Haryana through Kusum Sangwan in Tanu Weds Manu Returns.
Similarly, Aamir Khan will unleash the Jatland flavour. In Dangal, Aamir reprises the rustic Haryanvi wrestler Mahavir Phogat. Known for his perfection, Aamir’s portrayal of Phogat will be the real test.
Pankaj Kapoor as the drunkard industrialist grabbing poor farmers’ land by the day and showing his Marxists’ ideologies by the dusk in Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola was apt and unique.
But in their enthusiasm, filmmakers often forget to keep an eye on detail. Seasoned southern star Prakash Raj, for instance, was a disaster as a stern Haryanvi village head in Heropanti.