‘Kutte, Main tera khoon pee jayoonga’ was one of the most famous dialogues in Indian Cinema. When the young dashing actor said it to the evil villain, everybody watching the film in the cinema hall, had their blood boiling and their hearts pulsating. The audience despised the negative character (played by a talented actor) and swore eternal vengeance upon the poor actor. I know its clichéd now to use such high impactful dialogues with the same intensity as our actors did in the 70’s. The protagonists were perpetually angry and their fight were generally with the evil villains, dacoits, zameedars or perhaps a smuggler, all of which depicted the devils of the society that existed during that era. But today’s dialogues are more boastful, liberal and are mostly about the characters emotions rather than the society at large – ‘sorry kehna hai na, toh dil se kaho’ – ZNMD.

The 70’s and the 80’s cinema showcased the filmmakers backgrounds and the society that they lived in; there was poetry, hard hitting dialogues and soul touching music and similarly today’s films are about this generations Directors; be it either the foreign returned ‘desi’s’ who choose to shoot film in foreign locations or the current cult breed of talent house depicting Indian rural towns in an overdose of local politics, blood and violence.

Every generation makes their own clichés and kills the ones created by the earlier generations. They(clichés) have been spent and their times are gone but they did make us cry at one point of time and at least they could be laughed upon today. We shouldn’t be killing them just yet with our virile retribution.

A friend of mine, whom I spoke with recently, was perplexed, when I asked her what’s new and exciting in her life? She replied with the familiar odd enthusiasm, that was known of her – She said  saying her life was dull and boring, she worked hard from 9am to 5pm and longed to get back home to look after the new born baby. Life for here was running from one responsibility to another, achieving as much as possible with the limited time and the limited energy her body allowed her. Walking in her multinational office, with a resignation letter since last three months she’s been able to fulfil every commitment she made with life and the people around her. I have always know her as this competitive, diligent worker, an ex-colleague who turned into a dear friend whom I admired, but today she found solace not in the job promotions or salary hikes but living as the average house wife, raising a child and managing her work, husband and other commitments. In short she told me she ‘wants’ to live an average clichéd life.

We today yearn for the original; a song, a movie or a TV serial. Today in the digital world, it doesn’t take long before the original is played and replayed a zillion times by the radio, news channels and on the world-wide-web. Soon the original is reduced to yet another cliché, awaiting its natural death. We are the masters of copying, patronizing and sharing borrowed stuff, but mere beginners when it comes to creating. Honestly there isn’t anytime left to do that, because otherwise who’d upload the digital kaleidoscope of the banal yet digitally enhanced happy life. Everybody has an awesome life according on facebook and we feel envious about our friends and families connected to eachother through cat 5 cables. How can they have a happy life while I slog my ass, deal with office politics and live through traffic jams and domestic issues? The worst part is- however closely we maybe digitally connected with friends and family, in reality we are miles away from the true picture. That’s why we don’t visit our families that often, take a stroll with our partner on the beach, visit the local garden with our kids or watch a Bimal Roy classic with our Dad. That’s all very clichéd and we don’t want that.


Its clichéd but is nonetheless refreshing and enriching at times. Remember clichés are clichés for a reason man. Well I didn’t say that, it was the character who played ‘Samrurai apocalypto’ in ‘Californication’… Sometimes you can afford to appreciate the clichés and keep it simple, keep it stupid…



2 thoughts on “Clichés

  1. Hi Raj…interesting article and well written….now who is that average cliched housewife friend u’ve written about ? 🙂

    • It’s our common friend. I had spoken to her one evening while she was on her way home, rushing to get back home after a hard days work to take care of her baby. She seemed surprisingly content with her tiring routine and she mentioned she was happy living the simple average life…

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