Basketball is a popular sport in India, with a multiple club league system, as well as men’s and women’s national teams, who cherish the fundamental aspect of the game. However, basketball in Bollywood, the Indian film industry, is a different story.
Why is Basketball in Bollywood Trending?
Bollywood action movies are known for having very exaggerated special effects and scenes, often defying the laws of physics and logic. A recent example of this is a basketball scene from an unnamed Bollywood movie that has gone viral on social media, sparking curiosity and amusement among viewers.
The video, posted by a reddit user, shows a basketball scene from a movie possibly released in 2003, starring two famous actors. The video does not reveal the plot or the context of the movie, but it is clear that the scene is meant to showcase the extraordinary abilities of one of the characters.
In the video, the video character performs some incredible feats on the court, such as double spin with about dribbling, floating in the air after stepping on someone’s head, and making an NBA Jam-like shot. While the moves were incredible they also broke most of the laws of physics and basketball.
The video has received over 20K upvotes on reddit, as well as being shared on other social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. Many viewers who are fascinated and bewildered by the absurdity of the scene have compared it to Space Jam, a 1996 movie where basketball legend Michael Jordan teams up with Looney Tunes characters to play against alien invaders. However, unlike Space Jam, which was intended to be a comedy and a fantasy, the Bollywood movie was meant to be a serious and realistic drama.
Should Basketball is Bollywood Be More Realistic?
The video has also sparked a discussion about the representation and perception of basketball in India and Bollywood. Some viewers theorize that basketball is not a widely played or understood sport in India, and that Bollywood movies often portray it inaccurately or stereotypically. Some have argued that Bollywood movies should do more research and respect the rules. Others feel scene is a great example of artistic expression and cultural diversity.
The reactions to a short basketball clip from a Bollywood movie is one of the many examples of how social media can amplify the peculiarities and eccentricities of different cultures and industries. The amount generated interest and entertainment among viewers, as well as the debate and criticism is intriguing to see. Basketball in Bollywood is truly a different phenomenon.