The bigger our stars, the more ridiculous sometimes their comments.|
Take for instance, recent comments by Indian movie idol Big B (a.k.a Amitabh Bachchan) on Oscars and creativity in Indian films.
"Whereas we respect the Oscars and what they are, our creativity is the best," Big B had the gall to tell reporters in London recently.
What was Big B smoking when he made those remarks?
Despite churing out a prodigious quantity of movies every year, creativity is an aberration in Bollywood films where plagiarism of Hollywood movies and formulaic creations run rampant.
Die-hard Bollywood fans have endured decades of abuse at the hands of incompetent film makers intent on dishing out the same tripe, movie after movie, year after year.
Collateral, Man on Fire, Fight Club, oldboy and Nueva Reinas are just some of the Hollywood/foreign movies that have inspired recent Bollywood movies.
When Bollywood directors draw so heavily from Hollywood/foreign movies or fall back on banal love stories, creativity is the first casualty.
On the issue of Oscars, never mind Big B's Big Bakwas. An Oscar is the Gold Standard of recognition in the global movie business.
Although Bollywood (by which we refer here to the entire Indian movie industry) makes more than 1,000 films a year, no Indian film has ever won an Oscar. A disgrace, indeed.
Prudent folks will dismiss Big B's comment on Oscars as sour grapes. And rightly so.
As for his comments on the superior creativity of Indian film makers, it must surely rank among the most ridiculous this decade.
Who's Big B trying to fool?
Amitabh Bachchan is a legend in India having acted in over 100 movies including such blockbuster hits such as Sholay. His recent movies include the highly acclaimed Black (co-starring Rani Mukerji), Waqt, Ek Ajnabee and Family.