India is one of the few countries where arranged marriages are still popular. 74% of Indians believe in arranged marriage – NDTV Ipsos survey. The fact that Indian mythology had a character who is considered as the God of love is a recognition of the fact that it is natural for men and women to get into a relationship outside marriage. A more modern history of dating in Indian culture can be found through Bollywood movies.
Other research studies have generally supported the idea that arranged marriage are still preferred over dating as a means to find a partner. Movies have always reflected the changing social norms with respect to dating and relationships.
Movies of that time reflected a widely held cultural norm in India about how a man and woman should interact outside the norms of marriage. The storyline involved a woman who leaves her unfaithful husband to stay with the man she falls in love with!
Dating was unheard of and frowned upon even in major cities. The 1970s and the 1980’s The 70s and the 80s were characterised by the angry young man.
With rising income levels, growing employment opportunities for young men and women, exposure to foreign culture via TV and the Internet, exponential growth of cell phones/smartphones, dating as a concept started growing roots in the metros.
Storylines in movies also changed tracks to dating, the dilemma of commitment, live in relationships and break-ups.
Of course, if you are moving with a western crowd, you need to catch up on all the western dating slangs such as ghosting, Netflix and chill, curving, monkeying to name a few. Life of Line organises blind dating events across major cities in India.
Considering the fact that dating is a new concept in India, blind dating or speed dating is not yet popular among Indians.
Love and relationships were just a sidekick in most movies as most movies were action-oriented.
The 1950s and the 1960s The early Bollywood hits in the 50s and the 60s such as were about sending a social message with the love story or romantic relationship in the background.