Everything about India is bizarre – Its people, its politicians, its culture and, of course, its movies.
Let’s take the Indian movie business, for instance.
It’s no secret that Indians are insanely crazy about movies. The sight of their favorite star (Rajinikanth, Sharukh Khan, Salman Khan etc) or a fair-skinned item girl jiggling her tits on the screen transports Indian movie fans into an orgasmic frenzy of whistles, dances and shrieks.
It’s also no secret that India makes more movies and in more languages (Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, and Bengali) than any other country on Planet Earth.
Plus, if you take into account the Hollywood releases Indians have the greatest movie choice in the world.
Yet Indian box office returns are pitiful compared to other countries with a far smaller population.
Take a dekko at the above chart and you’ll see some really weird stuff. South Korea with a population just 4% of India’s has nearly the same box office collection as India.
Why Low Indian Box Office Numbers
I do not believe ticket prices are behind the pathetic box office collections in India.
Movie ticket prices have shot through the roof in Indian cities, particularly at the new multiplexes.
In my view, three main reasons account for India’s pathetic box office numbers.
* Rotten Indian Culture: India is populated by two kinds of people – the rotten degenerate corrupt and a slightly less corrupt lot. Indian movie-makers frequently resort to theft and every other dirty trick in the book to churn out movies. And well aware of the rotten behavior of Indian film producers, Indian chutiya movie-viewers (rich or poor) often resort to piracy to see movies be it via Torrent downloads on their laptops or bootleg DVDs on their big screen TVs.
* Poor Quality of Indian Movies: Indians for the most part have no class! Not surprisingly, the overwhelming majority of Indian movies are garbage. Or as SI likes to put it, Indian movies are made by philistines for the sole viewing pleasure of philistines. Unlike Korean or Chinese movies that have an audience far beyond Korea or China and their diaspora, viewership of Indian movies is restricted exclusively to Indians. Talented film-makers and actors like Anurag Kashyap, Irrfan Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Anupam Kher, and Supriya Pathak Kapur do not have many takers for their work. Simultaneously a growing number of Indians (not the diaspora but Indians living in the homeland) are getting disillusioned with the quality of Bollywood movies and turning to European, Korean, Chinese and American films. This obviously has an impact on box office collections in India.
* Movie Fatigue: India also produces far too many movies. Week after week, a slew of movies come out in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu etc. The sheer numbers plus competition from Cricket matches induce fatigue even in avid moviegoers.
No Change Imminent
I do not see any big changes happening in the Indian film industry in the foreseeable future.
Indian box office numbers will continue to remain pathetic.
Piracy will continue at its current rate.
Bollywood and its smaller siblings will continue to churn out the same trash at a frenetic pace.
And more Indians will develop a passion for quality Hollywood, European, Korean and Chinese films that they will obtain by means legal or illegal.