200 articles, 7 years – What next?

Today my wordpress blog reaches the mark of 200 articles. Should I rejoice or think what the next story has kept in store for my readers? What just started as a mere writing activity in 2009 on wordpress flourished into a compilation of 200 inspiring articles. May be my accomplishment is very small compared to other writers who write and publish their stories every day.

This journey was not easy. This blog writing journey has faced many trials of failures, heartbreaking rejections, criticism and tragic incidents. Many people had suggested me to quit writing. Some had even opinion of my writings that it lacked spice. They were right. My articles lacked spice because I am not a paparazzi columnist or a magazine writer who writes sizzling stories on celebrities and their raunchy affairs. That is not my forte. I believe in writing that is simple to understand and easy on mind. The comments that my readers and friends have poured in my blog has kept my fingers moving.

In dark hours of rejections, I thought of giving up writing. Our abilities are God’s gift to us. What we achieve through our abilities is a return gift to God. God never wants us to rust our skills. Since this writing skill was God’s boon to me, I couldn’t forsake this skill. As my blog post reaches mark of 200 stories, I feel this journey was worth taking.

After 7 years of blog writing, it is time to re-think what next will I offer to my readers? That’s a huge responsibility on my shoulders to live up to my expectations as an inspiring writer who writes motivating and entertaining stories. Hope God gives me strength to continue this writing journey with more zeal and gusto. It is time to head back to my writing table and see which story is waiting for me.

The untold story of Captain Vijayant Thapar

Kargil war wasn’t just a battle between two nations; it was a tragic loss for India to lose great army officers like Padmapani Acharya, Manoj Pandey, Vikram Batra and several unsung soldiers whose sacrifice hasn’t saw the light of day. In the midst of Kargil war, a compassionate soldier showed a helping hand towards a 6 years old girl who had lost her speech due to a personal tragedy. This soldier was Captain Vijayant Thapar who not only laid his life at Kargil war, but also turned a guardian to a girl. This is an extraordinary story of compassion, kindness which will definitely inspire us to extend our support towards the needy ones.

An iconic photo of Captain Vijayant Thapar during his posting at Kargil war

An iconic photo of Captain Vijayant Thapar during his posting at Kargil war

Captain Vijayant Thapar and his team were stationed at a school in Kandi village. Even in the midst of stressful battle hours, Captain Vijayant Thapar would take a time out to connect with the kids of school. Here he met Rukhsana, a 6 years old girl who had lost her vocal powers due to a shocking tragedy. Through the school’s principal, Vijayant came to know that Rukhsana’s father was shot down by unknown foreign mercenaries. This tragic loss was too heavy to bear for this child. She not only lost her speech, but also withdrew herself from other people. After listening to this sad plight of this child, Captain Vijayant and his friend Sepoy Jagmal Singh Shekawat would offer her sweets and toffees. Captain Vijayant had formed a bond of affection with this little girl Rukhsana. For Rukhsana, Vijayant was more than a god-send angel.

Before his final confrontation at Kargil war, Vijayant had mentioned about Rukhsana to his parents in the letter and had also requested them for a monetary help to be provided to this girl. Maybe, Captain Vijayant Thapar had a premonition of his martyrdom and so in his final letter he had poured his affection to his family. The letter turned out to be the last letter of Captain Vijayant Thapar. But before dying, he also cared to see that Rukhsana was provided a monetary support.

Captain Vijayant Thapar attained martyrdom on 29th June 1999 while fighting with the invaders. Captain Thapar and his company were assigned to capture the point ‘Tololing Knoll’ from the invaders. The skirmish with invaders cost the lives of many courageous officers like Captain Padmapani Acharya. In this bloody battle, Vijayant Thapar was hit by explosives. This brave hero breathed his last.

Captain Vijayant Thapar was awarded the ‘Vir Chakra’ posthumously. As promised, the parents of Vijayant have been providing a monetary support to Rukhsana. The kindness of Captain Vijayant Thapar not only restored the vocal powers of Rukhsana, but also gave her a hope to lead a happy life, blessed with education. The little Rukhsana is now happily pursuing her education at a government school. The parents of Vijayant Thapar met Rukhsana and gifted her mobile phone so that she can stay in touch with them.

‘By the time you get this letter, I will be observing you all from the sky enjoying the hospitality of angels…donate some money to an orphanage and keep giving Rs 50 to Rukhsana a month.’ – Excerpt from the letter written by Captain Vijayant Thapar.

A rare pic of little Rukhsana and Captain Vijayant Thapar during Kargil war

A rare pic of little Rukhsana and Captain Vijayant Thapar during Kargil war

Rukhsana still remembers her soldier friend who not only befriended her, but also gave a lease of life to her shattered dreams. For Rukhsana, Captain Vijayant was an angel who came to earth to restore happiness in her life. Really, soldiers are true heroes. Even in his final moments, Captain Thapar thought about the future of this child. Though movie stars earn crores of rupees through endorsements, they hardly pay a heed to lend a helping hand towards needy ones.

I salute the courageous spirit of Captain Vijayant Thapar and all the brave soldiers who took bullets on their heart to safeguard the nation’s front from enemies. There are still many stories of unsung soldiers which are waiting to be known to the world.
This article was a small effort from my side to bring you the story of Captain Vijayant Thapar. It was a great honour writing this story.

A wake up call against honour killings

‘A pair of star-crossed lovers take their lives’ – excerpt from William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy ‘Romeo-Juliet’

William Shakespeare was the first author to highlight the issue of honor killings in his romantic tragedy – Romeo & Juliet. Despite aware of their warring families, their children fall in love only to die horrifying death. The circumstances force the lovers to end their lives on a tragic note. Even today, love marriages are not acceptable, especially in India. Though Romeo-Juliet’s story ended with suicide of lovers, but today’s young lovers are killed miserably by their parents. This heinous action is termed as ‘Honour killings’.

The recent 2016 Marathi motion picture – Sairat highlighted inter-caste marriage and honour killings. The movie was applauded by both critics as well as audiences. A fisherman’s son Parshya falls for Archi, a politician’s daughter. Obviously, this relationship is not accepted by the politician. The lovers elope, rebel and get married secretly. The climax ends on a disturbing note when the girl’s family kills both Parshya and Archi. Movie – Sairat is inspired by several honour killings case. Even today inter-caste love is a taboo in India. Every year several lovers are brutally murdered somewhere in the name of honor killings. According to statistics, 1000 honour killing cases are reported every year in India. Though love starts on a happy note, it definitely ends on a violent note in India. Even after several years of independence, our people are still stuck to false honors, customs, religion and traditions.

In countries like U.S, children are left free at age of 16 by their parents. They are free to choose their partner. Once the son completes his graduation in U.S, he is gifted a car by his father. There is open-mindedness among parents and children in foreign nations. Even a girl is given freedom to choose her partner. She can learn, travel and party freely with her friends. But in a conservative family of India, a girl has to reach home by 7 pm. Even if she unmistakably decides to marry a boy of a different caste, either the girl is severely thrashed or the boy is kidnapped and beaten to death. For a family in India, their honour is greater than their child’s happiness. They would prefer to kill their daughter, but never sacrifice their emotions for their child. This is grim fact that honor is greater than emotions in rural and urban areas of India.

The most shocking case of honour killings occurred in India in 2007. A newly wed lovers – Manoj and Babli were kidnapped and brutally murdered by the girl’s family. Manoj and Babli had rebelled against their families and got married. Even the boy’s family was against this relationship. The killing of this couple was ordered by a khap Panchayat, a religious based council in rural villages of Haryana. Though the accused were arrested, but the lovers paid a high price at the cost of their lives. Especially in rural areas of India, such heinous judgments are passed by the Panchayat. I strongly feel that law system should take severe actions against honour killings and put a stop to these violent brutalities.

The 2015 movie – NH10 was loosely inspired by Manoj and Babli honour killing case in which couple witness an honour killing. Though the couple tries to protest against the incident, the killers become hell bent to kill their witnesses. The 2012 Yashraj movie – Ishaqzaade was based on inter-caste love conflict where the couple shoot each other to avoid falling in hands of their blood thirsty families. Even the 2010 movie – Aakrosh focused on topic of honour killings. The most recent movie on honour killings was the Marathi movie – Sairat.

Strict laws on such actions like honour killings will take time to implement in our country. Even if the laws are passed against such crimes, every year somewhere innocent lovers will be killed. My article is just a reminder of the horror crimes happening in our society. It won’t change the system.

The real courage lies in letting your children choose their soul mate. It takes guts for a kind hearted father like amrish puri to let his  daughter simran run away with her raj. 

‘Jaa beti, jee le apni zindagi’ – lines from movie ‘ddlj’

The diary of Captain Manoj Pandey

‘If death strikes before I prove my blood, I promise, I will kill death’ – excerpt from the diary of late Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey (25 June 1975- 3 July 1999)

Photo of late Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey

Photo of late Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey

Kargil war is marked as one of the bloodiest battle fought on Indian soil, claiming lives of many brave Indian soldiers like Anuj Nayyar, Vikram Batra and Manoj Pandey. Despite being hit by bullets, these brave soldiers gave a furious reply to invaders by striking them out with bullets and recapturing all the points that belonged to our nation. Kargil war was a tense situation for India. All the official holiday of army officers were cancelled. All the young army officers – Vikram Batra, Anuj Nayyar and Manoj Pandey were assigned different points to recapture from the enemy. Captain Manoj Pandey was assigned to recapture Jubar top during the mission – Operation Vijay.

Portrait of Captain Manoj Pandey

Portrait of Captain Manoj Pandey

Even the chilling cold, fatiguing battle hours couldn’t deter the spirit of Captain Manoj Pandey. He always found time to record his thoughts in diary, expressing his love for nation. From his childhood, Manoj was always enthusiastic to know the stories of patriots from his mother. During his interview at Service Selection Board, he was questioned – Why do you want to join the army? Manoj replied by saying “I want to win the Paramvir Chakra. Manoj Pandey not only qualified the interview but also joined the 1/11 Gorkha Rifles Unit. His words in interview proved true. He was awarded the Paramvir Chakra post his martyrdom at Kargil war.

Operation Vijay and final martyrdom – Captain Manoj and his team captured many points and Batalik sector was one of them. They outnumbered the enemies with their strategic valor and dare devilry. He proved his dare devilry in capturing the point of Jubar Top during Operation Vijay. 3rd July 1999 was going to be a historic day in life of Captain Manoj Pandey. Braving the chilling weather, Captain Pandey and his team marched on to recapture Khalubar point from invaders. He took the task of confronting the enemies from right while his rest of team took position of attacking the enemies from left side. He pounced on the enemies like a tiger, ripping them apart with his weapon. The enemies were no match to this brave heart. He killed four soldiers on Khalubar points. But this skirmish left Manoj fatally wounded on shoulder and legs. Despite facing the wounds, Manoj was firm on driving away the intruders. He destroyed all the bunkers of enemies with his bullets and grenade.

The bullet wounds and heavy grenade explosions in this action finally struck a deathly blow on Manoj. This brave hero finally collapsed on the battlefield. Even in his last moments, he was motivating his soldiers to slay all the enemies. The Khalubar point was recaptured, but Captain Manoj Pandey was no more.

The weather conditions on battle front are so worse that many soldiers face breathing problems due to low oxygen while climbing high mountain peaks. Even the weapons get frozen due to cold. If you hold a frozen weapon, the skin may get ripped off. Imagine what situations these soldiers go through. As a civilian, we are too lazy even to go office on Monday mornings. Nowadays majority of youngsters are keen to get settled in foreign countries with a fat salary in some multinational company. Is this patriotism? After growing up in India, people leave their parents and their nation for a luxurious life in some foreign nation.

For today’s generation, heroism and smartness is going on bike trips to Ladakh, wooing hot chicks and cheering cricket players on stadiums and enjoying cuisines in restaurants. This is not heroism. During Kargil war, Captain Manoj Pandey even stayed empty stomach during war times. He cared more for ammunitions than food rations. Sadly today’s generation hardly pays any heed to the great sacrifice made by soldiers like Captain Manoj Pandey.

Late Captain Saurabh Kalia who sacrificed his life during Kargil war

Late Captain Saurabh Kalia who sacrificed his life during Kargil war

Prior to the war at Kargil front, a brave Indian soldier was taken captive by the invaders. His name was Captain Saurabh Kalia. Captain Saurabh was the first army officer who got the hint of invaders marching towards Kargil. During a skirmish with the enemies on 15th May 1999, Captain Saurabh and his team fell short of ammunition. They were taken as prisoners of war by the invaders. Captain Saurabh and his fellow team were tortured for 22 days and finally killed. Captain Saurabh’s body was handed over to his parents on 9th June 1999. Sadly, very few people are aware of sacrifice of Captain Saurabh who died as an unsung hero for nation.

The role of Captain Pandey was played by Ajay Devgan in movie LOC

The role of Captain Pandey was played by Ajay Devgan in movie LOC

Kargil war was victorious but had lost lot of brave soldiers like Saurabh Kalia, Vijayant Thapar, Padmapani Acharya, Manoj Pandey, Anuj Nayyar and Vikram Batra.

Snapshot from Amar Chitra Katha book which featured Manoj Pandey's story

Snapshot from Amar Chitra Katha book which featured Manoj Pandey’s story

In movies and books – The role of Captain Manoj Pandey was played by Ajay Devgan in 2003 movie – LOC: Kargil. Even Amar Chitra Katha published a comic book based on life of Indian soldiers. Manoj Kumar Pandey’s story featured in this Amar Chitra Comic book.

Captain Manoj Pandey was awarded the Paramvir Chakra posthumously. His valor was an inspiration to every Indian. Through this article I want to pay homage to all the Indian soldiers of Kargil war who laid their life for sake of nation.

I conclude this article with these words written by Captain Manoj Pandey in his diary.

“Some goals are so worthy, it’s glorious even to fail”.

Jai Hind
Prashant

A tribute to Captain Vikram Batra

‘Yeh Dil Maange More’ – lines spoken by Captain Vikram Batra

A rare pic of captain vikram batra during kargil war

These lines aren’t written by any advertising copywriter. These lines were coined by Major Vikram Batra which he used as a coded message after conquering every point from invaders. Captain Batra showed his dare devilry in Kargil War, facing the bullets and attaining martyrdom at age of 24. When civilians like me were pursuing degree to become a corporate slave, Captain Batra had already become a legend.

Very few people are blessed to become war heroes and Vikram Batra was one of them. Batra’s code name was ‘Shershah.’ Military officers are given this code name to communicate with their senior authorities. Instead of opting for a merchant navy job, Vikram enrolled for army at Indian Military academy in Dehradun.

batra vikram

His dare-devilry raised him to the position of Captain. In 1999, when Kargil was invaded by Pakistan, Captain Vikram Batra was assigned to recapture the peak 5140. Captain Batra with his team ‘Delta company’ ascended the highest peak 5140 confronting chilling cold, fatigue, exhaustion with only one goal in mind – free Kargil from the invaders. While climbing this peak, Batra and his team faced the bullets from the enemies. Despite all this, Captain Batra and his team reached the top and threw grenades. Captain Batra slayed three soldiers in deadly combat which left him seriously wounded. The mission of capturing point 5140 was successful. Along with his delta team, Batra went on to recapture several points – 5100, 4700 and 4875.

‘Every man dies, not everyone really lives’ – lines from movie Braveheart

Capturing Point 4875 and final martyrdom – This was one of the most challenging and toughest peaks to capture for Captain Batra and his team. Climbing a 16,000 feet high peak was highly impossible task for any ordinary person. Braving the obstacle of heavy fogs, Captain Batra and his team climbed the 16,000 feet high peak on 7th July 1999. The delta team attacked the enemies and took control of point 4875. The large heartedness of Captain Batra was witnessed by his team when he took bullets on himself while saving one of his members from delta team. During the attack, he pushed aside his Subedar friend and faced the enemies’ bullets because he cared for his friend who had wife and children. This brave tiger of Kargil breathed his last while capturing the point 4875. His uttered the last words ‘Jai Mata di’. Operation Vijay wouldn’t have been successful without the efforts of Captain Vikram Batra and his delta team.

Photo of Captain Anuj Nayyar who died fighting the invaders in kargil War

Photo of Captain Anuj Nayyar who died fighting the invaders in kargil War

Captain Anuj Nayyar was one more brave heart who laid his life in Kargil war along with Vikram Batra. Captain Anuj Nayyar was recently engaged. During the war time, Anuj handed over his engagement ring to one of his friends to keep it safe till he returns. He never wanted the ring to fall in hands of enemies if he was killed. Sadly Anuj never returned back to get his engagement ring. He was the only child of his parents. It was very traumatic experience for his parents to bear the loss of their son. Unfortunately government never pays heed to the family of the soldiers who laid their lives for country.

A rare pic of Captain Batra during his college days in Chandigarh

A rare pic of Captain Batra during his college days in Chandigarh

Even Vikram Batra had plans to get married to his fiancée once he returned from war. But good fortunes were not in side of Vikram. He returned wrapped in Tri-color flag. Before going to war, he had promised his parents that he would return either by hoisting the flag on Kargil or come wrapped in ‘Tiranga’. His fiancée never got married. She devoted her life to teaching. Vikram’s gifts and letters were prized possessions to her. Sadly, no one bothers to know what happened to a soldier’s family after his death. Batra’s parents were badly collapsed after hearing the news of his son’s death in Kargil war. They had twin sons – Vikram and Vishal. Vikram’s parents realized why God had given them twins. One would serve for country while other would take care of them. Vikram Batra was awarded ‘Paramvir Chakra’ for his sacrifice defending Kargil from invaders.

On the 10th death anniversary of Vikram, his twin brother Vishal Batra visited Leh Ladakh. He took a gaze at the high peaks of Kargil where Vikram Batra died fighting with the invaders. Vishal Batra in his interview with Barkha Dutt mentioned about the last letter of Vikram.

Vishal Batra remembers his twin brother Vikram on his 10th death anniversary

Vishal Batra remembers his twin brother Vikram on his 10th death anniversary

‘Life is at total risk. Anything can happen here. Take care of yourself and Mom & Dad. My picture has appeared in Times of India’. Keep a copy for me. I want to see it once I am back.” – Excerpt from the letter of Captain Vikram Batra to his brother Vishal.

The photo of Captain Vikram Batra featured on front page of Times of India on 2nd July 1999. He was standing with an anti-aircraft gun and weapons in the photo.

Photo of Captain Vikram Batra's parents

Photo of Captain Vikram Batra’s parents

Vishal Batra even met Sub Major Raghunath Singh, the survivor of Kargil war. He broke in tears when he saw Vishal Batra. Since Vishal was twin brother of Vikram, everyone saw the reflection of their commander Vikram in him. Raghunath recalled the moments of war. Actually it was Raghunath who was rushing to save a junior officer during the firing, but Vikram stopped him and took the initiative to save the junior officer. Since Vikram knew that Raghunath was a family man, Vikram couldn’t risk the life of Raghunath. In the action of rescuing the junior soldier, Vikram was fatally shot with a sniper rifle by the enemy. Even Vishal Batra had dreams to join armed forces, but later settled on to become a banker.

A letter enclosed in an envelope is a precious gift for a soldier who reads this letter and even narrates the letters to his friends. He is far away from his family, friends but his heart is always close to them. Sadly, today’s youngsters won’t realize the value of letter because they are too busy messaging on Whatsapp. Only a soldier like Captain Vikram Batra can realize the emotions of words written in the letter.

In movies – The role of Captain Vikram Batra was played by actor Abhishek Bachchan in J.P.Dutta’s movie – LOC: Kargil which was based on Kargil war.

Times Group has recently published a book on Captain Vikram Batra which is penned by his father G.L.Batra in his memory of the great son of motherland

Times Group has recently published a book on Captain Vikram Batra which is penned by his father G.L.Batra in his memory of the great son of motherland

In Books – Vikram Batra’s father G.L.Batra has written a new book -Paramvir Vikram Batra:Shershah of Kargil which is published by Times Group Publications. In this book his father recounts the memories of Vikram right from his childhood to his martyrdom at Kargil.

Amar Chitra Katha released a comic book on Indian soldiers in which Captain Vikram Batra’s story was presented. Hope someday a full-fledged biopic is made on life of Captain Batra and his fellow soldiers – Anuj Nayyar, Manoj Kumar Pandey who died for nation’s pride.

Snapshot from Amar Chitra Katha which featured Vikram Batra's story

Snapshot from Amar Chitra Katha which featured Vikram Batra’s story

Someday I will definitely visit palampur, the hometown of captain vikram batra and offer my respects to the statue of this kargil hero who took a bullet on his heart for our nation. Palampur is now a sacred place where great heroes like vikram batra and Major Somnath Sharma lived. 

This is a small effort on my side to remember Captain Batra and all other soldiers who freed Kargil from the invaders. Please do share this article with all your friends.

Jai Hind
Prashant Badiger

Hilarious filmy formula

‘Beta aaj maine tumhare liye aaj gaajar ka halwa banaya hai’ – iconic lines from Bollywood movies.

These dialogues and the delicious ‘gaajar ka halwa’ (a sweet dessert made from carrot) reflect the unconditional affection of a filmy mother for her son who has happily returned after bagging a job. Nowadays I hardly get to see or hear such emotional scenes that were once a benchmark in Bollywood. Let’s take a trip down the memory lane at the hilarious dialogues, situations and scenes that made every Bollywood movie a success at the box-office

1) Getting separated at childhood – 

Brothers and sisters getting separated at fair or in trains was the most used formula in Bollywood. Especially they used to get separated when the villain killed the hero’s father and kidnapped one of the kids. These same brothers are grown up as heroes. Needless to say, one is a cop while other is a thug. After some dramatic situations, these both the heroes realize that they are real brothers separated at a ‘Mela’ (fair). ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’, ‘Yaadon Ki Baarat’, ‘Rampur Ka Lakshman’, ‘Haath Ki Safaai’ were some of the movies that were highly successful at the box office. To add more drama, one of the heroes would take the bullet on himself to save his family.

2) Revenge dramas – 

A hero isn’t a hero unless he fights a bunch of goons hired by the villain in the godown styled house. The 70’s and 80’s Bollywood revenge movies had a hero with a happy family. The kid aspires to become a cop when he grows up.
But situations aren’t in his favor. His father and mother are miserably killed by the villain. Either the hero’s father was a witness to the crime committed by the villain or he was a union leader fighting for rights of workers in a mill company. (This formula was successfully used in movie ‘Deewar and Zanjeer’).

Circumstances force the hero to become a criminal and in the climax he ends up taking revenge. The most hilarious part of revenge movies was the romance between the hero and the villain’s daughter. God knows why the hero always ends up loving the beautiful daughter of villain.

3) Adorable Bollywood moms – 

‘Mera paas maa hai’ – these were the iconic lines spoken in the movie ‘Deewar’ which went to on become epic in history of Indian cinema. Bollywood moms were always doting, affectionate, and hyper-emotional who would even scold God’s idol in temples. From sewing clothes at night to working as labour at construction sites, Bollywood moms sacrificed their personal interests so that their son would get educated as a cop, lawyer or doctor. But to her surprise, the hero always chooses a rich man’s daughter as his wife. To add more drama to the plot, the daughter is actually the daughter of the villain. But this Bollywood mom keeps her hatred aside to accept the daughter as her ‘Bahu’. These Bollywood moms are the first target of the villain for kidnapping. Sometimes these moms are even killed by the villains.

If we hadn’t Bollywood moms, the heroes wouldn’t have found the goals in their life – to grow as cop, beat the villains, romance the heroine and relish on gaajar ka halwa and besan ke ladoo made by his mother.

3) Bollywood sisters –

 God knows why are the sisters are the first targets of lecherous villains like Ranjeet, Gulshan Grover, Sudhir and Shakti Kapoor. The sexually hungry villains always prey for hero’s younger sister. Between the clash of the hero and the villain, it is the hero’s sister who pays the price by getting gang-raped. To add more intensity to the movie, she gets molested either on Raksha Bandhan or day prior to her marriage. Unfortunately at such situations, the hero is never present. (Either he is too busy romancing his heroine or has gone to buy a rakhi). Mostly the villains were either the lusty zamindars or the rapist grocery owner.

Needless to say, she commits suicide by jumping from the building or by throwing herself in front of a running train. To avenge the death of his ‘Pyaari Behna’, our hero even turns into a dreaded dacoit called ‘Shera’, ‘Jwala’ or ‘Laakhan’. Sadly, nowadays such melodramatic and ‘bechari’ sisters no longer exist in today’s movies.

4) Love stories –

 Two heroes falling for same heroine was a successful formula tried for zillion times in Hindi movies. In first situation, two friends love the same heroine.
Friend number 1 realizes that his other friend too loves her. The friend number 1 sacrifices his love for friend number 2. If the friend is like Rajendra Kumar, you may stand a good chance to bag the hot babe  Rajendra Kumar was popularly known for sacrificing his love.

In second situation, the first hero accidentally dies only to come miraculously alive after interval. Now the heroine is left figuring out in puzzle. Should she go back to hero number 1 or stay happily with hero number 2. In both cases, one of the heroes must die (either by drinking poison or die fighting with the villain)

5) Stone-hearted Father-in-law/Heroine’s father – God knows why a rich businessman’s daughter always falls for a poor mechanic or an unemployed hero who lives with caring & sanskaari parents like Alok Nath and Nirupa Roy.
Initially after some disagreeable arguments, the rich man decides to meet the poor hero. The hilarious part about the scene is that the rich man is always ready with a blank cheque to offer it to the poor hero. I wonder if the rich man was working earlier in a Janta Sahakari Bank  Instead of accepting this attractive offer, the hero talks of ideals, values and gives a good lecture on love to the rich old man. (Seriously I would have ditched my GF for this lucrative offer. These roles of stone hearted businessmen were played by popular actors like Pran, Pinchoo Kapoor and Madan Puri.

6) Sanskaari Babuji/Idealistic Bollywood father –

 From Balraj Sahni, Satyen Kapoo to A.K.Hangal and Alok Nath, Bollywood fathers are highly respected for their ideals, values and traditions. Surprisingly at salary of 1000, this Bollywood father was competent enough to feed his four children and wife. Fondly called as ‘Babuji’, the idealistic dad would never want his son to become rich by earning through wrong means. Obviously this would lead to clash between the idealistic, sanskaari father and the son of modern values. This idealistic father will never sacrifice his ideals even for lakhs of rupees.

 No matter how worse the situations may be, Babuji will never bow down before anyone. In the climax, the hero finally bows down before Babuji and carries on the legacy of ‘Sanskaars’.
Sadly, these Bollywood formulas are getting extinct day by day. I just wanted to refresh the memories of old school Bollywood by writing this article on the successful storylines and characters created by Hindi cinema’s filmmakers. Hope someday these Bollywood formulas will make a comeback someday.