Ram Kapoor starring television show 'Bade ache lagte hain' is making the rounds in social circles and has frequently been a trending topic on the internet for blazing more than a few new trails.
While some stunts did not go down well with the audiences, like the first ever lip lock on Indian Television between Ram Kapoor and Sakshi Tanwar, another has given middle aged men a new hope.
There is still a taboo associated with unmarried men who have
the big '40'. They are often labeled as losers or
commitment phobic. The ones
who are a little better off
are called 'playboys'.
Superstar Salman Khan is the best example. The 46 year
old actor has been in many relationships, but none seem to
have lasted very long, though the actor refuses to
be discouraged. Bollywood PR specialist
Dale Bhagwagar says;
"Marrying Salman Khan is a dream thousands of
girls live with. Salman has said it earlier that he believes
in the institution of marriage, so I don'tthink he wouldn't
marry at all."
The trend continues all over the world including East Asia
and thewestern world. According to U.S. Census Bureau
statistics, in 1980 only 6 percent of men between 40 and
44 had never been married; in 2008it was 16 percent.
Even the Indian government is waking up to the fact
that marriages shouldhappen only when thetime is right.
In fact many believe that the government should encourage
people to stall marriage until they are absolutely sure.
"If by campaigning for two-and-a-half months, a political
party can convince one billion people that it will provide
them good governance, they can convince people that
marriageshould happen only when the boy and the girl
are ready" says Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad,according
to The Indian Express reporter Toufiq Rashid on July 14th 2009.
Coming back to 'Bade Acche Laggte Hai', where Ram Kapoor,
a man in his 40s marries Sakshi Tanwar, a woman in her
late 30s;it has fueled the dreams of many an unmarried men.
Funnily enough, while the name of the show means 'I like them a
lot', itcan also betranslated as 'I like them older'.