Do you know there are Bollywood inspired things that would land you in jail if you try them in real life? Wondering how can our favorite movies and favorite stars teach us something illegal? That is the kind of craze that Bollywood has in India. Everyday things and actions we engage in are sometimes influenced by what we see in a movie or because we saw our favorite star do it. As much as we love being filmy, or how much ever crazy we are about our favorite actors, there are certain things in these movies that are absurd, unacceptable and, at times illegal. These are the kind of Bollywood things that would land you in jail.
Here is a list of top 10 such bizarre things, which if we did in real life, could lead to jail time or maybe inside a mental asylum.
Most Bollywood movies portray stalking as a ‘romantic’ thing. In real life, if you continuously follow someone or keep a tab on their activities, under the ‘Right to Privacy Act’ this is one of those Bollywood things that would land you in jail. So, please, don’t be inspired by movies like Raanjhana or countless others where the guy pursues the girl despite her saying ‘no’.
2. Marry/forgive the one who raped you
Remember that scene from Jaani Dushman where everyone tells Manisha Koirala to forgive some guys for sexually harassing her? Or the endless number of movies where a rape victim ends up marrying the guy who raped her? Yes, that’s not quite acceptable in real life and is, in fact, one of those Bollywood things that would land you in jail.
3. Pretend to be someone else
While assuming someone’s identity to woo the opposite sex may be successful in the Bollywood movies (remember RHTDM?) please bear in mind that it is illegal in real life and will surely lead to jail time.
4. Tearing off your clothes in public
We have seen a lot many actors stripping off or tearing their shirts to show off their body just before (or even during) a fight with the villain. In fact, we even have a song Kurta Phaad Ke around this. This is illegal. So, maybe, refrain from doing it!
5. Call someone “Chammak Challo”
While it’s a commonly used term and even has a few songs dedicated to it in Bollywood movies, it is a legal offence to call a woman by that term. Under IPC Section 509 it insults a woman’s modesty.
6. Dancing on a train
Chhaya Chhaya put ‘dancing on a train rooftop’ on everyone’s bucket list. But, not only is doing so in real life is life-threatening, but if done without proper permissions and authorization, its one of the Bollywood things that would land you in jail.
7. Grabbing a girl without her consent
Kissing, touching, or grabbing a girl without her consent comes under sexual harassment. While many Bollywood movies show this off as something that impresses the girl, doing so in real life is one of those things which will land you in jail. Not just kissing or grabbing the girl, even dangling a bra in front of her falls under sexual harassment, so don’t do what Raj did in DDLJ.
8. Physical or Verbal Abuse
Many Bollywood movies portray abuse in a such a manner where the actor successfully woos the opposite sex by physically or verbally abusing them. In the aftermath, she even reaches out to help him out of such behaviour. In real life, no sane person would do so just for ‘love’. Not to mention, if that person informs the authorities about such abuse, it could very well land you in jail.
Drinking is quite often shown off as a ‘cool’ thing in Bollywood movies and if even the actor has a drinking problem it is shown to be acceptable (Aashiqui 2). In real life if a person misbehaves under influence of intoxication, it is one of the top things that can land you in jail.
10. Kidnapping or extortion
There have been a few movies, where the protagonist kidnapped the girl because she was not willing to be with the guy, or to prove his masochism (Tere Naam) or as part of a prank (Khiladi). These would be illegal activities and things that will certainly open the doors of jail.
Next time you are inspired by a movie and want to do something your favorite actor did on-screen, remember that it might be one of the things that is illegal and can be your ticket to jail.