Full-time romantics: In a nation of job seekers
Hindi film characters are busy falling in love, or fighting for justice, or serving the nation. When did you see one worry about a job?
Mukkabaaz brings to life the desperation evident in the thousands of postgraduates who vie for lowly government jobs
Growing up, when the Hindi film was especially close to my heart, my mother and an array of Bengali relatives warned that I was going to be useless in the real world. “They do nothing; only fall in love and waste time… completely useless people," they said. The Bengali mind is utilitarian. Ten years into a career that has been shaped by the insecurities of the global economy and baffles most of my family (“She gets paid for completely useless writing!"), I realize they had a point about Hindi films and its ideas about work. People rarely worry about jobs (or work) within the bubble that is Bollywood.