What Bollywood Can Learn About Self-Awareness from Uday Chopra

Bollywood

What Bollywood Can Learn About Self-Awareness from Uday Chopra

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

I

’d forgotten I own a VCD (remember those?) of 2004’s heist-action-thriller Dhoom. It caught my eye while I was in the middle of my year-end cleaning ritual last week. Perched next to the equally dusty Koi… Mil Gaya and Swades VCDs, the film’s cover stood out. As I peered at a fresh-faced Ali (Uday Chopra’s character in the film), I realised that the Dhoom series remains the only taste of Bollywood success that ol’ Udi Chops tasted.

The first time I watched Dhoom was with a bunch of my Class VIII classmates in the chhapri matinee aisles of Chandan Cinema. Ali drew uproarious applause and whistles from said chhapris with his bantai lingo – “Excuse me to please” and “Ali toh say tum yeda hai”. Dhoom was a hit but somehow the Chopra scion – Yash Chopra’s son – couldn’t quite lift the expectations we had thrust upon his brawny shoulders.

READ MORE

Comments