Published By: Elisa Ghosh

Bollywood movies that broke stereotypes

Bollywood is very much infamous for making the same old movies over and over again, but sometimes it comes up with certain movies that break the stereotypes.

Stereotypical movies in Bollywood are those that show the same old romance and many variations of the same. You can say that it becomes a, “old wine in a new bottle” kind of a thing. But at certain times, we witness some films that break stereotypes and help us to think about the society that we are living in. Now let's read about these movies in short.

Wake up Sid

We often see in Bollywood mature men come like a knight in shining armor and swept the young beauty and they live happily ever after. But in this movie the role is reversed. We see Ranbir Kapoor as a young man child who is utterly irresponsible with his life. But Konkona Sen Sharma, who is much older than him, comes into his life and rescues him by turning him into a responsible person. Not only this, the movie also shows a romance between an older woman and young man, which is generally frowned upon in our society.

Once again

The film made by Kanwal Sethi and released in 2018 showed the blooming romance of two middle aged people who thought of giving love a second chance. Here the male protagonist of the movie, Amar, is a divorced person living alone in Mumbai with the shared custody of his daughter. The female protagonist, Tara, is a widow who’s an owner of a restaurant in the same city and having a son who is about to get married. Amar and Tara get acquainted in the film and with the desire for intimacy and companionship and finally once again they think of love and happiness. This movie broke the stereotype about love and showed that love can come to your life at any age and at any time.


Shifting our focus from Bollywood breaking stereotypes about love and relationship, let’s look at another movie that broke the gender stereotype. We have always seen in movies that men are taking care of family, fulfilling their parent's dreams and becoming the hero. But Piku is such a film that broke this stereotype. Here, Deepika Padukone played the role of a daughter of an ailing father, Amitabh Bachhan, and drove from Delhi to Kolkata to fulfill the desire of her father to be with his extended family in Kolkata. This movie broke the stereotype and told us that daughters can equally be responsible and take care of their family like a son does.

These are the three most impactful movies in Bollywood from my point of view. Which one is your favorite?