Can’t Watch This: Bollywood movies

Romeo and Juliet (1968 film)

Romeo and Juliet (1968 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Back-view Bollywood: multiple

Back-view Bollywood: multiple (Photo credit: Meanest Indian)

Bollywood Dancing

Bollywood Dancing (Photo credit: kevin dooley)

When was the last time you watched something so scary, cringe-worthy, or unbelievably tacky — in a movie, on TV, or in real life — you had to cover your eyes?

Most Hindi movies , that is, Bollywood, are quite unbearable.

From the melodramatic beginning to the soppy endings, they make you groan and head for the door.

Can you blame the film makers? Hindi movies have to be made within the parameters of a formula that appeals to the masses. Stray from it and your picture is punished by the hoi polloi.

The hero or anti-hero takes on the system, romances the girl—they fight and fall in love—, obstacles crop up either in the form of their parents or the villains’ sons/daughters.

The hero and/or heroine is heir to a heritage of hatred between the past generations.

True love transcends all barriers and the two families are either enjoined together or the two star-crossed lovers meet a Romeo-and-Juliet ending.