Romance – The word itself has a very gushy feeling. Romance is a kind of a charm or fascination associated with anything that attracts us in the most alluring manner.
Romance is in the monsoon rain, in the typical smell of mud after the first rain of the year, it’s in the sunset and the sunrise, in the clouds, in the poems, in the stories and in all of those R.D Burman songs that we have grown up hearing.
Funny part is, for some people romance is there even in the food they have on their plate.
But today, somehow with the change in time, our fast paced and technologically upgraded life, our definition of romance has changed. It’s no longer that poetic, rhythmic, simple yet beautiful.
While inventing all the short cuts to lead our lives, we have somehow found short cuts to romance also and that’s the reason why love stories have lost that innocence, purity and virtue in today’s world.
Back in 90’s when films like Hum Aapke Hai Kaun, DDLJ, Maine Pyar Kiya, Dil, Saajan, Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke, Pardes and likewise films released, somehow these films had that innocence of love, the virtue of that relationship, the purity of first, true and selfless love attached to them. And sadly, in today’s films, those very things are missing. May be because, popular notion about ‘love’ is no longer the same. Today’s generation gets into a relationship and breaks up at the same speed as their instant messages take to get delivered on whatsapp.
Our love stories have become diluted now, that innocence and simplicity is missing. Today we talk about complications of relationships and those complications majorly rule our actions, reactions and decisions in life and in return every action, reaction and decision are also complicated.
Rewind your mind and count how many pure, unadulterated and innocent love stories you have witnessed on screen in the last 5 years? The number will either be nil or negligible.
Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai fills the void here. Somehow while watching the show recently and seeing Naina and Sameer’s virtuous and innocent love, I tried to look around myself trying to find a love like theirs around me, both in reel and in real.