After heroes, villains and vamps drowning their woes in alcohol, it’s now the turn of the big-ticket heroines to do it…onscreen
Yet to recover from your end-of-the-year binge? You may want to take heart from your fave Bollywood films. Getting drunk and making a scene has been a recurring theme in several films over the last couple of years. You may say it went much farther back in time, but we are looking at only the last few years, since the baton was handed over from the heroes to the heroines as recently as that. Amitabh Bachchan’s drunk act in Sharaabi and Amar Akbar Anthony, Dharmendra’s in Sholay and Salman Khan’s in Saajan are legendary, but have you ever seen Hema Malini or Rekha happily downing shots on screen? A Helen or Bindu perhaps, as they epitomised the bad girl, but never our bharatiya naris with whom the hero sang songs and lived happily ever after in the end. But nowadays we are seeing Deepika Padukone, Mallika Sherawat and even Sonam Kapoor getting high on alcohol. Mallika had an entire song dedicated to her drunken avatar – Main talli ho gayi in Ugly Aur Pagli. Deepika brought it back into vogue when she happily swigged away with Saif Ali Khan in Chor bazaari do nainon ki in Love Aaj Kal and with Imran Khan in Break Ke Baad. Priyanka Chopra drank everything from beer to neat vodka in Anjaana Anjaani. These unsteady steps into the hitherto unexplored realm of drunk heroines got on to a more firm footing in 2011 – Kareena Kapoor shook her booty to Criminal after downing vodka shots, Nargis Fakhri got happily drunk in Rockstar’s Katiya karoon, Sonam drinks one tequila after another in Players’ new song, Katrina Kaif drinks straight from the bottle in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and happily sings that she has high on local liquor in Chikni Chameli. Not to forget the very desi heroine Vidya Balan, who drank and smoked throughout the second half of The Dirty Picture. Why this sudden change in heroines’ onscreen behavior? Is it just another instance of art reflecting real life? Or is it just another way filmmakers have devised to bring in the female audiences to the theatres? Either way, do you like this new trend? Tell us!