Much bashed for the fact, but mushy love was Bollywood’s identity for a long time. Movies such as Maine Pyar Kiya and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge have outlined the definition of love in the country. Young often defied norms to live out their 'filmy fantasy'. If it was love, it inadvertently found expression via Bollywood films.
Of late, successful love stories have come to depict our practical lives, be it Hum Tum or Love Aaj Kal. Films have become more practical and less romantic in the mushy sense of the word. Bollywood looked like a grown up woman - one who had had her share of chocolates and flowers in her teens but was looking for more of compatibility than just those tokens.
With the experimental new-wave cinema in vogue, Bollywood love story somehow lost a bit of its sheen, however, with movies like Aashiqui 2 and Chashme Buddoor, we wonder if