Women Are Vamps
Apart from being hits, most of LUV RANJAN movies have one major thing in common - and that is glorifying women as super bitches. Women, according to Luv Ranjan are either manipulators, gold diggers, bimbos or perhaps a combination of all three. Divya Ramnani nds out why women are always the bane of the heroes’ life in all Luv Ranjan’s lms.
“No one can keep women happy. A happy woman is a myth.”
People say that, behind every successful man there is a woman, true. But no one ever says that behind every unsuccessful man, there is also a woman.”
Every woman at some point of her life realizes that she cannot spend her life without a driver, bodyguard, servant and an ATM machine - and since she cannot afford them all, she searches for a boyfriend.” – The above dialogues are from PyaarKaPunchnama.
In Luv Ranjan’s latest blockbuster Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, Sonu advises Titu to have flings with hot blonde girls instead of settling down with Sweety because, according to him, she was marrying him just for his fortune. …And guess what, the climax ends with Sonu being absolutely correct about his impression of Titu’s girlfriend.
Critics called the film anti-women, misogynistic. But that didn’t bother me. I was looking beyond the criticism” — Luv Ranjan
Hey, we absolutely don’t endorse this…but Luv Ranjan obviously does, through his movies. The above lines are a few excerpts from the famous Pyaar Ka Punchnama’s seven minute long monologue, ranted by the highly frustrated boyfriend essayed by Kartik Aaryan about his girlfriend. And guess what, in Luv’s next film Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety too, his impression of women is no better. So why does Luv Ranjan keep portraying women as anti-heroes and men as ever suffering heroes?
Let’s start from the beginning… Luv Ranjan, who forayed into Bollywood by directing Pyaar Ka Punchnama in 2011, became a messiah for all the single men who were dumped or those who had girlfriend woes. So powerful was the famous seven-minute rant against women in the film that this particular scene garnered more than a million hits on YouTube. Soon-after his debut film Pyaar Ka Punchnama got an exceptional response, Luv came up with a sequel which again bordered on the same mantra – women are manipulative – and obviously, it raked in the moolah. Likewise, his recent release Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety too has been declared a super hit at the Box office and it has also very successfully made it to the 100-crore club. But the common thread in all the three movies is similar – The protagonists are men who were super innocent and faultless and who unknowingly fall prey to viciously evil, gold-digger women. And surprisingly, this formula worked. And, how!
Women or Villains?
Most of the times in Bollywood films, the antagonists are male and depicted as obsessive stalkers like Shahrukh Khan in Darr or Varun in Badrinath Ki Dulhania or someone as berserk as Dhanush in Raanjhanaa– and all they do is prey on the innocent heroine, but it’s not the same scenario in Luv Ranjan’s world of cinema. Here, it’s the heroine who is the villain, and it is she who makes the male protagonist fall for her. Ask Luv why he seems to have such a twisted opinion of women, and Luv says, “We always knew we were making a film that would appeal to the youth. Critics called the film anti-women, misogynistic. But that didn’t bother me. I was looking beyond the criticism.”
So while Pyaar Ka Punchnama portrayed the girlfriend as wicked and emphasised on the cruelty she unleashed on her long-suffering boyfriend– very well showcased in that famous seven minute long monologue by Kartik where he rants: “Problem yeh hai ki woh ladki hai aur kya problem hai? Problem yeh hai ki main chahta hoon ki meri life mein koi problem hi naa ho; Lekin agar meri life mein koi problem naa ho toh yeh uski life ki sabse badi problem hai… And bull shit she is worried yaar Usse toh celebrate karna chahiye Because this is exactly what she wants…” His latest flick Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, on the other hand, shows how loyal a man is about his best friend and that he can go to any extent to save him from his gold digger fiancé. The main funda of the film revolves around the dialogue, “Ek ladka apni dost aur girlfriend ke beech mein hamesha ladki ko hi chunta hai.” But before women gang up to protest, a little known fact is that though Luv Ranjan is known for
his anti-women films, not many people are aware of the fact that he has also directed a love story titled Akaash Vani starring Kartik Aaryan and Nushrat Bharucha, which focused on domestic abuse and marital rape. But unfortunately, the film was a dud at the Box office. Luv retorts, “The people who call my films sexist or misogynist are the ones who did not see Akaash Vani, if they saw that film and not the Pyaar Ka Punchnama films, they would call me a feminist.”
For a change…
Anti-women or not…what makes Luv stand out is the fact that his movies are different from all the normal, done to death clichéd love stories, in his celluloid world ‘bromance’ wins over romance. The ‘Bro’ code triumphs. Luv says, “Everyone is making a film about what happens till the happy ending, I am telling stories of what happens six months later.” So did Luv Ranjan face a lot of flak for his anti-women stance? Of course, he did have the ‘bra burning’ brigade come up in arms, but he isn’t really affected by it because at the end what mattered for him is audience appreciation. According to Luv, “Philosophically, I have made only two films. Pyaar Ka Punchnama is a franchise. Had they (the villains) been boys, nobody would have raised an eyebrow. Are you trying to tell me that in half the population, you wouldn’t find these kind of women? It’s all about perspective. I think people are trying to intellectualize something that was meant for laughs. Also, if 50 percent of the world is women, is it any way possible that all of them are nice?” Hmmm… definitely, thought-provoking!
So what does Sonu, his Titu and Sweety have to say about the anti-women stance? Nushrat, Luv’s fave heroine, who has starred in all his films, admits, “I have had lots of fights and discussions on that with Luv sir… that it can be made into a film (Laughs!). But on a serious note, he gave me a valid reason saying that he is trying to show what happens when women are bad, and what men go through.” Kartik Aaryan, who plays the heroic hero who continuously bails out his friend from ladki ka chakkar, says, “I play someone who could do anything for his love, and when the same girl behaves badly with him and it is very vicious, my reaction is similar to what any normal human being would give. Otherwise seriously, I have nothing against women and love them.” Similarly Sunny Singh explains, “These films are entertaining. When a person leaves the theatre with the hangover of the film, it means the movie has worked. People are watching our films twice and thrice. But at the end of the day, these are just films… Don’t worry girls, there will be a day when a movie will be made from your point of view.” Well, we’re waiting… And now all our eyes are on what’s coming next from Mr Luv Ranjan’s stable… will it be a Pyaar Ka Punchnama 3 or a sequel to Sonu Ki Titu Ki Sweety? Well, whatever comes, let’s see if Luv Ranjan keeps on the anti-women rant… Agreed, anything new is refreshing… but still perhaps it’s time for Luv Ranjan to think out of his anti-women box and still make it a hit.
I have had lots of fights and discussions regarding portraying women as the villains, with Luv sir…” — Nushrat Bharucha