Nation’s maturity depends on the movies that are popular
Why is Bollywood becoming garbage? Perhaps the most overrated and underrated question at the same time we ask ourselves or friends or anyone while discussing Hindi movies. Actually, we want to ask such questions to our celebrity producers like Karan Johar, Rohit Shetty, and many top celebrities who have the magic formula to make 100 crore movie just by snapping the fingers. Of course, I can proudly say as a writer, I can write a better script than such billion rupee club movie makers. Well, come to the point of discussion about Bollywood movie where we can make a lot of noise, and that’s what the main objectives of this article.
From the Golden era to the worst time period
From Dadasaheb Phalke’s Raja Harishchandra in 1913 or Ardeshir Irani’s commercial success Alam Ara, the first sound film and in fact, this is the first Bollywood movie that got such success- Hindi film industry has come from a long way. The Golden era that we used to say from 1940- 1960, where Bollywood produced some of the finest movies in its history that include Aurat which was the first Indian movie nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and unfortunately lost by a single vote. It is hard to believe that the same industry is now producing garbage in the name of entertainment and people are watching it too who are the actual culprit.
If you think the Hindi film industry just started making craps before few years, we are sorry for you because probably you are unaware of the Golden (Read worst) 90s era. Except few masterpieces, the entire industry had only one script. In case you don’t believe, watch a few movies, you will realize that the situation was out of control, but it was the good luck of the makers that social media and internet were absent and people didn’t have any platform to criticize. Or lack of knowledge due to the absence of multiple resources like we have now a day.
The same revenge story, the killing of parents, rape of sisters, or some twist like brothers were separated due to antagonist conspiracy or if these are not enough, then reincarnation was the last Bramhastra. Don’t forget about the protagonist’s fighting against the injustice done by the antagonist. If corruption is a chapter, I love one movie Anniyan (Aparichit-Hindi) though this is a Tami Movie, and dubbed in Hindi. Even it is a mediocre movie from one angle still a good one, and far better than Bollywood anti-corruption movies. The revenge drama continued with horrible dance steps until the entry of Hrithik Roshan with the same story plot but some good dance steps. Though we are fortunate to watch some good movies ahead of their respective times like Black Friday, Gupt, Kaante, Khaki and a few others but they are like the lotus in the mud.
The era of Six-pack and it continues
The pre-2000s era was about biceps and chest, but the post-2000s is all about the six-pack and became a trend just after the blockbuster Ghajini.
As the industry is growing, the quality is decreasing slowly, and now we reach a stage, where we can predict the movie is a waste of money even before watching it. Still, people are going to watch it! For whom? The protagonist? Who has a chiseled figure with six pack for sure and belongs to a family that has a close relationship or influence over Bollywood personalities, and does some stunts even Lord Hanuman would amaze after seeing these. Then there is a female actress who always dreams about the lead hero, but he doesn’t care and we such scene especially Salman Khan movie. The actor seems to forget about acting after Tere Naam and London Dreams and refuses to come out from his comfort zone even after the disastrous result of Tubelight and Race3. I know about the box office collection of Race3, but that is not the success and even his fans are unhappy. Probably, we Indians are the only one in the entire world where prefer hero instead of the content of the movie and for the sake of our favorite celebrity who is no less than a God, we are going to watch and swear to make it a blockbuster. Then the producers and actors are celebrating by chest thumping that their movie entered in the 100 crore club.
Titanic? We have Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Maybe after watching Titanic, Karan Johar decided to make a unique love story, and then we got a masterpiece like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. If Raja Hindustani, Ishq were not enough for us, we had one more reason to hate the industry. How beautifully they made a movie where an eight years girl understands her father’s affection for his college time best friend, and after watching it now we realize that something wrong with our choice of movie. Even though my movie choice is not the love stories, Titanic I still like and wish Bollywood ever able to make something like this. After the glamorous item numbers, countless songs, and of course some Michel Jackson steps without the shirt (audience demand!), if they have some time then the story comes into the picture. At one side we have the movie like Jab We Met and on another side Love Story 2050 and Bach Na Ae Haseeno.
The current situation feels like the makers are out of ideas and they have two options like copying some quality content from other languages and second are biopic movies. The immense success of Sanju inspires some makers to make movies based on the people who don’t have any contribution towards the society. Though every life has a story, however, biopics are meant for those people who have made the nation proud at somehow, and they tend to ignore it. That’s why we have movies based on Sanjay Dutt, Arun Gawli, Haji Mastan, Abdul Latif and the list goes on. The makers are not the sole culprit, we audiences are responsible too because we prefer masala entertainment instead of quality content.
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