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Can We Move On: From the Trope of the Feisty Small Town Girl Obsessed With Upward Mobility

Can We Move On: From the Trope of the Feisty Small Town Girl Obsessed With Upward Mobility

In Can We Move On, we revisit old tropes and question whether they have any remaining cultural relevance.

The small-town setting is a Bollywood goldmine, with the industry churning out film after film involving rural, tribal, or semi-rural regions — be it the beloved Gangs of Wasseypur series, critically-acclaimed political Shakespearean adaptions like Maqbool and Omkara, or the lighter, sweeter romance and slice-of-life stories like Bunty Aur Babli and Bareilly ki Barfi.

Within the confines of the last category exists the feisty small-town girl, who has big dreams for her future. She’s sharp, manipulative, and driven towards a single goal — launching herself like a rocket towards success and upward mobility. Babli (Rani Mukherjee) from Bunty Aur Babli wanted to be Miss India; Aarti (Kriti Kharbanda) from Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana tops every exam she’s ever written; Vaidehi (Alia Bhatt) from Badrinath ki Dulhania wants to travel the world as an air hostess; Meghna (Priyanka…

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