The below post first took birth as a comment by a SearchIndia.com blog reader szm on the Bachna Ae HaseenoÂ thread. To give it greater visibility, we are reproducing itÂ below as a separate post.
Dear Searchindia and all other bloggies
Refering to the latest “offering” from the YRF camp, namely BAH (actually should be “BLAH”), it is really hard to believe that this stalwart studio had brought us gems such as Veer Zara, Fanaa, Hum Tum, KANK, etc.
Notwithstanding, no other Bollywood studio has brought a well meaning, well deserved, original movie this year, leaving us die-hard movie fans with a bitter taste in our mouths, and sincerely wondering how can Bollywood be regarded as a reputable film industry when this year no hindi movie received commercial and critical acclaim.Â
Jodha Akbar, despite the hoopla, was a poor offering from an acclaimed Oscar nominated director, it was more the hype rather than content that caused people to go and see the movie.Â
When movies such as Singh is King, Welcome, Partner, Apne, Namaste London, etc. are hailed as box office success, then one must really question the standards by which Bollywood movies are judged.Â These movies are utter rubbish with absolutely no thought to content.Â These movies are only “successful” at the BO because some girl makes great eye candy and the hero is some over the top, melodramatic buffoon in costume.Â Â
Even The Last Lear was more like the last bore, because AB, Preity, Arjun, etc are not cut out to do English cinema.Â Once again, despite the hype and critical acclaim (from arty moviegoers)the movie failed to inspire.
Have the days of good Indian cinema gone completely?
Forthcoming movies, guaranteed, are just rip offs from Hollywood movies namely, Robot definite ripoff from Beowulf (going by the storyline); My name is Khan ripped from the pages of I am Sam, Blue a carbon copy of Into the Blue.Â
Are Indian filmakers stuck in some box or timewarp that they cannot come up with an original idea.Â
Do we blame the general population out there when they think that Indians are “mindless” sheep, blindly following each other? Their movies certainly add weight to this assumption if movies such as “Dhoom2, Singh is King, Hey Baby, Welcome, etc.” are considered box office hits.Â What does this say about the mentality of the Indian moviegoer?
I do agree that Hollywood has had its fair share of stinkers (past & present), but they have also produced a fair amount of well deserved hits, which has only served as more rip-off material for Indian filmakers.Â Their sad attempt at sci-fi & futuristic fantasy is abyssmal…everything imbalanced and over the top (Love Story 2050; Drona, etc (seen the stills..hardly inspiring).
Yet it is these actors that are hailed as “stars”…Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Aishwariya Rai, Bipasa Basu, Ranbir Kapoor,etc. Is India so short on talent that these “actors” (i use the term loosely) are offered as the best that Bollywood has to offer.Â No wonder most of these stars can never make it big in hollywood becuase it would take a lot more than a last name, great body and pair of green eyes to make it to the A-list.Â
I am no snob, but believe me these “stars” will not even make it pass the first audition never mind a screen test.
The only reason why Ash is so sought after is becuase she has notoriety…had she not been beautiful she would never have survived on her “talent” alone.
A film critic recently noted that India has no place for a Michelle Pfeifer or Meryl Streep, namely talent is wasted. How true when actors such as Rani, Tabu, konkana, etc are regarded as fading stars becuase they are truly talented but cannot find decent material to showcase these talents.Â They are no longer brand ambassedors for products because their movies do not perform well at the box office.Â
Would Tabu fare well if she had donned the Katrina or Kareena style of acting. Or if Rani had done a Bipasha style role in Race of BAH..i doubt it. These actresses are talented artists who thankfully had not succumbed to accepting these mediocre roles.Â The Katrinas, Kareenas and Ash’s will always be in demand, for Bollywood is stuck in a rut of running around trees, shedding their clothes and glycerine tears, and gyrating their hips.Â
Is it any wonder that even their award shows are limited to “Bollywood blockbusters”, that IAFFA (supposedly the Indian version of the Oscars) only consider “bo blockbusters” being worthy of awards, that Kareena Kapoor could walk away with a Best Actress award for Jab we Met, Ash & Hrithik walks away for the Most Glamorous Couple, Priyanka Chopra wins an award for her contribution to cinema (what contribution is really beyond me), yet the true gems of Indian cinema is overlooked and thus remains hidden.Â What hope is there that these stars will ever come close to the talent of people such as Madhubala, Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman, etc.Â
Watching these old movies are so pleasurable and mesmerising that u are left wondering where did Bollywood go wrong….
– by szm