I recently watched Sooraj Barjatya's Vivah that released in 2006. It stars Shahid Kapoor (Prem), Amrita Rao (Poonam) and our very own perennially sanskaari Alok Nath (Krishnakant) among many other actors.
The film is about a middle-class family where the father Krishnakant (Alok Nath) has a villainous wife and two daughters, one fair skinned (Poonam) and the other dark-skinned (Rajni). Poonam is his adopted daughter (deceased elder brother's daughter) while Rajni is Krishnakant's own. The movie revolves around Poonam's marriage with Prem.
Watching a decade-old movie now can be a different experience altogether. I noticed a lot of things that were so weird. So I decided to list down all that was wrong with Vivah. Read on to know more!
Krishnakant has two daughters, one, Poonam, who is his elder brother's daughter and the other Rajni, his own daughter. But he only talks to Poonam who is fair skinned.
Rajni's mother keeps applying talcum powder on her face to make her look fairer. Because logic!
Poonam and Rajni are almost the same age but Poonam must be married off first only because she's the prettier one.
Prem has recently graduated, doesn't have a job but his father convinces him to get married first because there is an appropriate age to get hitched, job offers can wait.
Prem and family go to meet the girl for the first time but they carry an engagement ring along. The fastest engagement EVER.
Prem clicked a picture of Poonam without seeking her permission. WOW, no one cares about consent.
They go for vacations and completely forget about their company and family business.
Sexism at its best. Dinner is laid only for the men in the family.
Poonam has a photo frame with a picture of fiance Prem in her room.
Prem has pictures of all his in-laws framed in his room.
No one cares about Rajni because she's dark-skinned and not the bride.
The burning hedge falls on Poonam but there's not a single scar on her face because that's the USP of the film.
All the father, Krishnakant, wants to know is if Poonam will be able to get married the next day and not if she'll survive the injuries.
The doctor says that once someone meets with such a misfortune, their own family disowns them, so the in-laws wouldn't stick around for sure.
Poonam asks the nurse to leave her and Prem alone for two minutes just so they can get married. Because who cares about hospital rules?
Prem can now do Poonam's dressing because he's the husband. F**k the doctors and their medical degrees.
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