12 Years of Khosla Ka Ghosla: The Perfect Portrayal of Middle-Class India

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12 Years of Khosla Ka Ghosla: The Perfect Portrayal of Middle-Class India

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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hen two Delhi lads teamed up for Khosla ka Ghosla, it was a match made in heaven. Jaideep Sahni wrote the characters as if they were people he had known his whole life and Dibakar Banerjee, having grown up in Karol Bagh, could visualise their world as well as he could his own. What they created remains one of the most realistic portrayals of a Dilliwala ever seen on screen.

Twelve years ago, Khosla ka Ghosla set the template for what was to become a new direction in Hindi cinema. Marked by realism, these were films that went beyond the conventional formula of Bollywood — love stories. This little gem of a film focused on the family, and the modest hopes that most of middle-class India has… and how badly those hopes can get shafted.

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