The Expected Ingredients In A Love Story – Indian Cinema.

By Vinamra Mathur.

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“While she could hardly understand what had just happened to her that night, she reached some conclusions before she fell asleep, certain things now made perfect sense; Moon River didn’t sound so syrupy, mistletoe wasn’t such a bad idea, and perhaps dating was not such a frivolous waste of time after all.”

― E.A. BucchianeriBrushstrokes of a Gadfly

Cinema is incomplete without the emotion called LOVE. Ever since its inception in 1913, there has been a palette of love stories, some good, some bad and some terribly ugly.

But all have the following common ingredients that make them truly engaging and enthralling.

Here’s what you need to make a perfect romantic tale-

  1. THE INTRODUCTION

The moment your lead pair is introduced on the silver screen, the entire hall should erupt into catcalls and wolf-whistles (So sorry if it’s empty). If the audiences do not respond to your lead pair with as much passion and euphoria as you’ve written their characters, you’ve already bitten half of the dust. Better luck next time.

  1. THE SONGS

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” -Plato

Plato makes perfect sense. A Hindi film, soaked in saccharine romance and sparkling passion, sans some soothing musical score,  would be like a body without soul. Take any major juggernaut in the history of cinema, from Guide to Mughal-E-Aazam, from Silsila to DDLJ, all have an immortal soundtrack. If your hero doesn’t charm or woo your heroine by singing around trees or at lavish landscapes, he’s not your hero.

  1. THE CONFLICT

All love stories are laced with imperfections and conflicts, and that’s exactly what makes our protagonists flesh and blood and whole-heartedly relatable. Most of us have encountered the emotionally chocking feeling of heartbreak, many of us have been left crestfallen after the unfortunate end of a relationship. Witnessing the same on the big screen can be a deeply moving cinematic experience. The conflict can come in the form of an evil father, a person of high political influence, a second lead who also has his eyes on your lady or even something as unforgivable as infidelity. Give the audiences a conflict they can immediately connect with and see the magic that follows.

  1. THE CLIMAX

They say if the dessert is satisfying, you’re forgiven for the underwhelming main course. The same I would like to apply for the world of movies. Your climax is the acid test whether the film will soar or quickly evaporate from the audiences’ consciousness. Tragic or cheerful, give them a finale they can remember for ages. Either leave them elated with an exuberant ending or shock them with an unconventional and unpredictable conclusion (Just what the Marathi blockbuster Sairat did last year).

But it’s time to celebrate the staggering feeling of love and passion, so please steer clear from all those melodramatic potboilers. If you’re single and don’t have any plans, sit at home and visit or revisit some of the most cheerful and buoyant blockbusters.

 

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