Thursday, June 30, 2005

Musings of a Movie Buff

(The following post was written as an email to me by my roomie A, who happens to be a fellow movie buff. His sentences rightly reflect the plight of Indian Cine Goers, who watch movie after movie, in a desperate attempt to stumble upon at least one good movie. Needless to say, more often than not, they are disappointed.)

Erosion in Talent

The biggest star of the millenium Amitabh Bachchan, will be seen in a role cut out for himself in Ram Gopal Varma's "Sarkar'. Then there is Amir Khan's "Mangal Pandey". After that, it looks like the industry will have releases that will test the patience of the indian moviegoer.

For an industry that churns out 300 odd movies a year, it will be imperative to maintain that number, come what may. There are enough good stars and there are budding stars.We can expect the number count being maintained. But not quite sure of the quality of movies. As such the movie industry has s become quite fragmented.There is the RGV clan of movies which keep experimenting with untouched themes. There is the (Karan)Johar - (Yash/Aditya)Chopra clan who have money to pump in and make big budgeted chocolatee movies, with a rich & larger than life image, and the Shahrukh Khan factor being common in all of them. There are others: Madhur Bhandarkar who dares, Sanjay Gupta who is india's Quentin Tarantino (albeit self-proclaimed).

The industry which was purely talent based, has now turned out to be family based. Thus no matter whether a star son/daughter can act or not , he/she is in the business of movies. Ridiculous! To top it up, like every job needs experience, such stars continue to gain experience at the cost of the indian audience, delivering timely flops friday to friday. Punctuality redefined!!

Let there be no bias towards any actor, but there are others in the industry who with their NSD backgrounds, have struggled to make it to movies and this very fact is a testimonial to their passion for acting . It is surprising and quite sad that such actors are not given enough opportunity to act and in the process, we lose out on some wonderful performances. To name a few: Manoj Bajpai, Irfan Khan, KK Menon, Rajpal Yadav of the current time & Om Puri, Ashis Vidyarthi, who have been there for a long time now. In short sweet tone I believe (and I am sure many movie-lovers will agree) that, its a better feeling to watch Manoj bajpai/Irfan Khan/Rajpal Yadav; than watching some of the star sons exhibiting their pathetic attempts at acting. (With due respect to Vivek Oberoi, Ritesh Deshmukh, Tusshar Kapur, Jimmy Shergill, Zayed Khan, Fardeen Khan, Imran Hashmi, Asmit Patel etc)

Vivek Oberoi, I feel pity for. His affair with Aishwarya gained him the Coke ad. He copied Elvis Presley and did it so bad that it is being cleaned up by Rajpal Yadav with the same look. Fardeen Khan, didn't seem to have learnt anything from the two powerful actors AB and Om Puri while in "Dev". Sanjay Dutt, Mahesh Manjrekar duo looked promising once upon a time, but now, I think they have other plans in mind (making movies like 'Musafir' which cast a doubt about the mental health of the director). Hope to see Mahesh Manjrekar's revival in Viruddh (if it is saved it will be for AB). The RGV factory identifies talent and here the movie is bigger than the star, which makes the intense driver in "Company", Rajpal Yadav to get a full fledged role in a forth coming movie. Take this: Saif Ali Khan entered the industry in 1992 with "AashiQ Awaara" and in 2001 "Dil Chahta Hai" he did make an impact, thanks to the hair stylist and the hair gel company. Then on, he is doing very well. He was good in Parineeta,undoubtedly. There are similar stories of others and there are others that are in the making.

I seriously have no movie to wait for, except "Sarkar" and the Rajpal Yadav movie. What movies are you waiting for???


Blogger //pukercense// said...

well, ur friend pretty much summed it all up...

but u didnt mention the bhatt camp? :)
how could anyone leave them out...i mean the municipal recycling factory of bollywood...they've got their own portrayal of that.. the've got their own portrayal of lust...the guy (mostly emraan hashmi) almost pounces at the mouths of those chicks like he was hannibal lecter and they chained and starved him for months before shoot....

i never saw a portrayal of 'lust' like that least that much of theirs is original...they'd better patent it.

And as for Sanjay Gupta, he better stick to music videos...he's good there..his movies r nothin but well made music videos with some dialogue in between...and as for being on par with tarantino..the guy can keep dreaming.

He left out Saif's Ek Hasina Thi, he played his character really well, it was in this movie we got to see a whole new side of him...i dont know what's taking Homi Adjania so long..but im waiting to see him in 'Being Cyrus' another movie to look out for...

all in all, true we dont have many movies to look for...but with the multiplex boom i hoped we'd get to see short films or independent films by some independent filmmakers...but sadly, thats not to my place at least.

3:47 AM  
Blogger Deba said...


Thats a nice review of a review. Good job.. Yeah, how can we forget the Bhatt genre? Whenever I see a poster of those movies (normally dont dare to watch such movies), I wish I had a movie-maker uncle like Mahesh Bhatt. Sanjay Gupta does compare himself to Tarantino (I saw this in at least 2 interviews) - but any serious movie goer knows that he is hallucinating..

As per Ek Hasina Thi, it came after DCH, right? My friends point was to show that it took Saif a decade to shine and after that he has been maintaining pretty well till date.

Thanks a lot for ur valuable comments. And thanks for visiting.

5:02 AM  

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