Why we love bad boys
25 Mar 2013 Hindustan Times (Mumbai) [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] KAVITA AWAASTHI
The regular mama’s boys are boring, whereas with bad boys, the audience relishes their antics.
in real life, women on television seem to invariably fall for the bad
guys. They have a swagger and a don’t-give-adamn attitude. And in spite
of their rough-hewn characters, the women can’t resist them. Consider
the list: RK, Vishnu, Prithvi, Sultan, Arnav, Viraj and Daata.
are also men like Sooraj (Diya Aur Baati Hum), Viren (Ek Hazaaron Mein
Meri Behna Hai) and Naitik (Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai) who hardly ever
speak up, even if their wives are wronged. The bad boys, on the other
hand, are independent thinkers, not influenced by their mothers or the
women in their lives.
Case in point:
RK (Madhubala) was brash and dominating with Madhu. He bullied her into
marrying him and even pretended to be a changed man. But then he dumped
her. Madhu has somehow managed to find herself another bad boy, this time a don named Sultan.
Uttaran, Vishnu is an impersonator pretending to be good. Jagya (on
Balika Vadhu), on the other hand dumped the village belle Anandi for an
educated Gauri; he also humiliated and blamed Anandi for all that is
wrong in his life. These characters, in effect, have managed to shock
their lady loves, and if effect, audiences as well.
there are those who are bratty and rude on the outside, but have hearts
of gold. Arnav Singh Raizada (Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon), Prithvi
(Junoon) and Daata (Laagi Tujhse Lagan) might scream and shout at the
women around them, but are morally upright.
why do we love them? The regular mama’s boys are boring, whereas with
bad boys, the audience relishes their antics. Also, like in real life,
women on TV want to change these boys. Unlike in real life, though, those on TV always succeed.
Credit -Hindustan Times (Mumbai) Paper
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