Women Are Vamps

Stardust (English) - - COVER STORY -

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?

The be­gin­ning!

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.”

Throw­back!

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

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