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10 Rules of Indian Film Making


1) Two brothers separated in childhood will always grow up on
different sides of the law. The law-breaker, however, will
suddenly turn over a new leaf before the end, bash up the
villain (who is the *real* bad guy), and be pardoned for all
his sins before the last-scene family reunion. (This is
possible only if he has a heroine - see rule 2 below).

2) If the number of heroes is not equal to the number of heroines,
the excess heroes/heroines will a) die b) join the Red Cross
and take off to Switzerland before the end of the movie.

3) If there are 2 heroes in a movie, they will fight each other
savegely for at least 5 minutes (10 if they are brothers).

4) Any court scene will have the dialogue "Objection milord". If
it is said by the hero, or his lawyer, it will be overruled.
Else, it will be sustained.

5) The hero's sister will usually marry the hero's best friend
(i.e. the second hero). Else, she will be raped by the villain
within the 1st 30 minutes, and commit suicide.

6) In a chase, the hero will always overtake the villain,
even on a bullock-cart, or on foot.

7) When the hero fires at the villain(s), he will never a) miss
b) run out of bullets. When the villain fires at the hero, he
will always miss (unless the hero is required to die, as in
rule 2).

8) Any fight sequence shall take place in the vicinity of a
stack of a) pots b) barrels c) glass bottles, which will
be smashed to pieces.

9) Any movie involving lost+found brothers will have a song
sung by a) the brothers b) their blind mother (but of course,
she has to be blind in order to regain her sight in the climax)
c) the family dog/cat.

10) Police inspectors (when not played by the hero) come in two
a) Scrupulously honest, probably the hero's father - killed
by the villain before the titles.
b) Honest, but always chasing the anti-hero (as in Rule 1),
saying "Tum kanoon se bach nahin sakte", only to pat him
in the back in reel 23. Usually, this inspector's daughter
is in love with the anti-hero.
c) The corrupt inspector, (usually the real villain's
sidekick) unceremoniously knocked about by the hero(s)
in the climax.


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