Gone are those days when families sat together to watch films. Today, one has to think twice before taking parents out for a film. Reason being the amount of vulgarity and obscenity that makes it awkward between this generation and that.
But hey, a decade ago there were films that were cherished and loved by not just the young but also families. From the oldest grandma to the tiniest tot, everybody loved watching those kind of films. They have a genre- Family Drama.
Not going much back into time, lets take a look at films like Hum Aapke Hain Koun and Hum Saath Saath Hain. These were made for the Indian audience with special focus on joint families. They were such great hits that even till date one wouldn’t mind watching it all over again.
It was then Karan Johar’s turn to give family drama a new spin. His films focussed on family and love. Although the main plot of most of his films is love stories, he makes sure he retains the idea of family. His films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hain and Kal Ho Na Ho were super hits. They showed how much family support is needed in the lives of individuals.
A classic example of a family drama is Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. Very modern but yet so traditional. This film spoke straight to hearts of every youngster and the parents of those youngsters. The tagline of the film is It’s all about loving your parents.
After that for a long time there was no major film made on family.Vivah, in 2006, was one film that was made for families. In 2008, YRF came up with their new film Ta Ra Rum Pum which showed the struggle of a family. The film wasn’t a huge success like the previous ones but it sure brought back the concept of family back into picture.
It has been an age since Bollywood has produced a proper family oriented film. The central focus of most films today is love, sex and dhoka!! Sad but true, the quality of Indian cinema is depleting. It would not come as a rude shock if few years down the line one has to search the dictionary to find the meaning of “family drama”