Bollywood movies have given us #BFFGoals for decades now and some of them are as iconic as they can be. From Jai-Veeru to Rancho, Raju and Farhan, Hindi movies have given us characters that have become the epitome of true friendship.
But, leave it to Bollywood for messing up one of the purest bonds in the world and failing miserably while trying to portray sachi dosti on-screen. Instead of creating friendship goals in movies that are inspirational, the entertainment industry has often come up with besties who are downright toxic.
No matter how much they try to cover up these so-called best friends’ behaviour in the name of love and concern, fact remains that it’s problematic AF! Intrigued to know what we’re talking about? Scroll ahead.
Here are some Bollywood characters that should not be friends with anyone in real life. NGL, but it is better to have enemies than to have these kinda dost:
Tera Yaar Hoon Main has become our official friendship anthem and we’re not complaining. But, we do complain that this beautiful song about dosti was based on two problematic friends. Sonu (Kartik Aaryan) and Titu (Sunny Singh) were dependent on each other on quite a toxic level and no, we cannot consider that bromance. From blackmailing his BFF emotionally to breakup with his girlfriend to manipulating him into cheating on his fiance, Sonu did it all. The worst part—Titu did almost all of it blindly. That’s the kind of yaar we defs need to stay away from.
From where do we even begin?! This movie is problematic from the word go and there are no two ways about it. But, we were appalled to see Kabir Singh’s (Shahid Kapoor) best friend, Shiva (Soham Majumdar), who was as toxic as the former. Instead of pushing Kabir in the right direction and advising him to consult a therapist, he provided him with liquor and drugs. Also, Shiva asked him to marry his sister! Despite knowing what a train-wreck his BFF was, he was willing to marry him off to someone nice and ruin both their lives. That’s quite terrible advice and we hope that no one ever receives it IRL.
This movie will be a disaster in today’s time as it reeks of homophobia and misogyny. But, that’s a topic for another day because RN, we want to focus on Sam (Abhishek Bachchan) and Kunal (John Abraham). They pretended to be a gay couple (aghhh) and tricked a girl into living with them as a flatmate. They both lied and tried to sabotage their love lives while pretending to be each other’s well-wishers. Honestly, these two were textbook liars and totes unreliable friends.
Both Aman (Shah Rukh Khan) and Rohit (Saif Ali Khan) were problematic and how. While the former convinced the other to fool his crush into loving him back, Rohit lied to his BFF time and again sans any guilt. Honestly, this is the kind of bad company our parents ask us to stay away from.
Akash (Aamir Khan) was toxic and a bad friend and we have proof. He gaslighted Sameer (Saif Ali Khan) into believing that his girlfriends were problematic while the real problem was in these two immature men. He was inconsiderate towards Sid’s (Akshay Khanna) feelings for his crush and mocked him for loving an older woman. We don’t know about you, but we would never wish someone like Akash to be a part of our squad.
Abhinav (Kartik Aaryan) did not cheat on his wife (Bhumi Pednekar) ‘technically’, but that doesn’t mean that he was not an awful husband or friend. And, his BFF Fahim (Aparshakti Khurana) was equally problematic and terrible. While he did call out Abhinav’s questionable intentions, he didn’t do anything to actually stop him. In fact, he became his accomplice by saving him from his wife and his crush (Ananya Panday). Honestly, this is how we help cheaters ruin the lives of others.
No one deserves a friend like Bunny who is selfish, mean and behaves like an entitled brat. He called Aditi (Kalki Koechlin) and Avi (Aditya Roy Kapoor) his BFFs but didn’t consider them important enough to share his career plans with them. He didn’t bother keeping in touch with them but expected them to treat him with the same love and affection when he was back in their lives.
Dumbledore from Harry Potter once said, “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.” We hope that Bollywood takes that into account and comes up with characters that call out the problematic behaviour of their BFFs and don’t act like toxic friends themselves.
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