From Vanraj in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Paro’s husband in Dev.D, to THE ‘Roy’ in Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya and Jaanu’s husband in 96, here’s an introduction to a set of male characters who form the third wheel in their partner’s iconic love stories.
This is not a list that will shatter the stereotype of what a “Bollywood” film is. It is a list of films from the past 20 years, meant to breathe life into it- long films, class conflicts, colour and rage, dance-offs on stage.
Bollywood 2020 in looks like more horror and sports dramas, more Ayushmann Khurrana and Akshay Kumar, the return of Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Imtiaz Ali and our first Baahubali-like mythological epic in Brahmastra
Every time someone tries something new, audiences are amused. Take Mani Ratnam’s dialogues. People used to laugh: “Mani Ratnam padam hero maadhiri pesaadhe.” (As in, don’t speak in those clipped tones.)