We all have watched GODFATHER and continue to watch it, whenever it is shown on any of the television channels. Apart from the fact that it has a riveting story line, what endears and invites us again and again to watch it is the fact that it underlines the importance that family has to be given, in fact the whole series is built on the role that the family plays in the evolution of an individual and it governs his existence in the society.
GODFATHER may have been the fictional account, but fact of the matter is that the family is the basic construct that gives meaning to the life of an individual.
It is more so pertinent to all the business entities, politics etc., and even though one may have rebelled from the family in the times of crisis, it is the family that provides the helping hand. In the world of Hindi cinema as well, as it is celebrating its 100th year, families have played an integral part in carrying forward the legacy of Hindi cinema.
Here is a look at few such families of Hindi cinema, the caveat being that the families that have been selected as a test case are those that have conducted them with utmost grace in facing a crisis, but have not expressed view on a controversial matter:
If there is one family that has conducted itself in a poignant and stoic manner, it is the Bachchan family which comes out top. Right from the time when Big B was mired in the Bofors controversy to his political affiliations, matters pertaining to his son and daughter-in-law no dirty linen has been washed in the public and this is the reason why his fan following continues to increase with each passing day.
One could argue whether the family of SRK ought to be included under this category, but indeed it has to be, as SRK family also has hurtled from one controversy to another but has never lost the poise and the equanimity and reached a status that is worth aspiring and emulating for. SRK family has diligently protected the family from the prying eyes of the media to allow the kids to lead a normal life and it is a pointer to the fact that the family has not lost its middle class values.
The stature that Salman Khan has reached today would not have been possible were it for the fact that his family stood behind him like a Rock of Gibraltar, especially the father Salim Khan who has been a source of continuous support, inspiration and also protection during the times of crisis. No wonder, Salman Khan still continues to live in his small house as it is where his family lives, especially his parents.
Salman Khan has leveraged his brand equity to help out his brothers, Sohail and Arbaaz, his brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri and scores of others who need help. Were it not for the patriarch of the family Salim Khan, BEING HUMAN as a brand may not have evolved, as it was Salim Khan who gave the idea to Salman to go to a different model to promote Being Human, it is through the profits that he earns through his films.
Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor's family should be proud about the fact that they have given a new superstar to the film industry, who would be carrying forward the legacy of the Kapoors. It is the upbringing that they have especially provided to Ranbir Kapoor which is holding him in good stead, and not letting success go off the head.
It was evident after the phenomenal success of YE JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI where Ranbir Kapoor attributed its success to Ayan Mukerji and in the same manner to Imtiaz Ali after the phenomenal success of ROCKSTAR. The fact that Ranbir has a superbly balanced head on his shoulder is a tribute to his parents who have brought him up in a nice manner.
The example of Jeetendra's family has been included here, as this is the family which has defined the new paradigms of development, first by creating new verticals to capture the television industry and then to enter into film making and affirming the presence in a determined way.
The fulcrum of this family, lies with the ladies of the family, Shobha Kapoor and Ekta Kapoor who should be credited for being the largest employers in the film industry. Were it not for this family, the immense opportunities that have opened in the entertainment sector, would not have become a reality, and the family has never talked about this contribution to the industry.
Shatrughan Sinha's family has been included as it is the family which has taken upon itself to allow the daughter of the family Sonakshi Sinha to step into the arena of acting and have fully supported her in her endeavors.
This aspect needs to be highlighted, as the industry otherwise is conservative and it does not allow the daughters to be a part of the industry, but Sinha's have flown against the tide and in the bargain have given a new super star to the Hindi cinema in form of Sonakshi Sinha.