As Inder Kumar smilingly approves, "we had male bonding even in the past in films like Sholay and all but it comprised only to the new trend that has a whole bunch of gag masters." In yesteryear's movies dealing with male-bonding, sacrifice and even accepting death for friend was the core of the relationship. One can recap well the friends doing favour for each other quite silently in films like Sholey, Dosti, Yarana, Dostana and even in Tamil show Anbesibam.
With arrival of Munnabhai M.B.B.S. and its more appreciated sequel Lage Raho Munnabhai or the other movies like Dil Chahta Hai, Garam Masala, Hera Pheri followed by the sequel Phir Hera Pheri et all have re-defined the horizon of male-bonding in Indian cinema. Making fun and leaving an everlasting giggling twitch on the audience are all that seems to be the agenda of the trend.
Indu Merani believes, "such kind of trend can only work in comedy films. As we all know guys have lot of fun when they go out together and showing that fun on silver screen gets enough attention". It's the fun of boys that turns to be the fun of all producers collecting well with sometimes selling almost nothing but witty and cracking lampoons. And that vogue may not work well for long as Merani adds, "...but it can only work in a particular type of movies and not everywhere. Personally speaking, I would hate to see such movies again and again".
But Rakesh Roshan, the new trend setter with his Krazzy 4, is all there looking at the issue from another point of view. "Most important thing in a movie is the content. If the content is good it will do well. It has got nothing to do with male bonding," reasonably describes the director. Recent films like Rang De Basanti and Iqbaal are enough to support the truth explained by Rakesh Roshan.
But at the end of the day people loves simple entertainment that easily comes from films following the Hollywood fun makers like Hot Bubblegum or American Pie. At the same time we can't ignore that deshi boys are also playing well on the imported tune. Inder Kumar has no problem facing the truth as he says, "Bollywood has always followed Hollywood and we cannot rubbish this truth".
Whatever be the truth behind the funny-ketchups of trendy comedies, boys can't stop having fun and people will never regret enjoying them. Thus, even no entry can't stop giggling partners reaching their male-bonding crescendo by doing some unforgettable hera pheris.