Hollywood-Bollywood.

This post is an outcome of a lengthy and intriguing chat I had with one of my friends.He only watches English movies and it takes immense amount of persuasion to make him go see a Hindi movie and I was wondering why.

I am a movie geek and I have seen loads of English,Hindi and Telugu films.I took a keen liking to some of the Hollywood flicks I saw and then found it increasingly difficult to appreciate hindi movies because the plots were so haywire.It baffles me because there is this whole ‘mob mentality ‘ in our country.If something succeds everyone wants to use that very formula.Aping the west has become such a common point in every filmaker’s profile though they give it the name ‘inspiration’.Why doesnt Do Beegha Zameen or Mother India inspire them as much as say Godfather inspires RGV or Old Boy inspires Sanjay Gupta.I saw the movie Karam a few weeks back and was so happy to see the visual brilliance of the movie.Then I happened to see Quentin Tarantino’s work in Kill Bill and realised that Karam was ‘heavily inspired’ by the technicalities of the former.Rang De Basanti is one of my all time favourites because I loved the whole getting inspired by the freedom fighters as they were portraying the characters thing(Siddhart being the other reason!!).The time shift and the dialogues in the time shift were awesome.Then I saw Jesus Of Montreal and although the movies are miles apart in terms of story the whole time shift thing is a direct lift though I wouldnt term it a copy.

People keep saying Karan Johar films are sappy and Sanjay Leela’s is to magnamopous etc etc.They are original.They are Indian.Dancing,festivities,relations,emotions are all part of our lifestyle.I love the fact that he chose to remake Devdas -an Indian classic, and told it from his perspective.Don was a great remade movie to watch too.Munnabhai MBBS was on the lines of Patch Adams but the franchise came back strong with Lage Raho which was so Indian.KANK was criticised from all quarters but things like that happen.Lagaan was a brilliant film and deserved to go to the Oscars.RDB – maybe but people out there had seen Jesus of Montreal and were not so amazed by the movie though it was exceptionally told.Omkara would be my choice for the best film of 2006 because it was an incredible adaptation.Desmodana’s handkerchief became Dolly’s waistband.It was inspired from a book.A lot of movies in the West are inspired from books.On the contrary only a few in India.That is why a Maqbool or an Omkara or even Pinjar are delightful works of art.Guru may not be Mani Ratnam’s best but it was a great move to make the strory of an industrialist.
I think that with multiplex cinema taking such a leap , more and more independent films will be made and people will take a liking to them. I love Indian films and churning out the maximum number of movies per year is not the criteria.I guess big banners should take it on them to ensure creative minds get the platform to let their work get an audience.

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17 Responses to Hollywood-Bollywood.

  1. Bhanukiran says:

    Interesting post it seems as if u have done research on movies u sound more like a movie critic providing us with a very detailed summary of recently released movies ….Continue blogging

  2. Pankaj Saini says:

    a post on movies…………how am i not going to comment on it..hehhe……..Bollywood movies……..yuck…..yuck……..though I am not entirely denying the presence of some shear talent and good scripts……..but still………..I just luv to watch Aamir perform….but then why he does movies like Fanaa………Amitabh…..I am tired of watching him……..it’s just too hyped…….I want quality act…and movies……..I love Nana Patekar’s …….. the bollywood flicks you mentioned here are good ones……i watched Guru today itself……….it was nice too……..but after watching Johny Depp in Pyrates……..and Merryl Streep in the devil wears prada……I am not able to settle for anything less than that…………. the directors like…… Clint Eastwood……. Steven Speilberg………. Martin Scorcese…….. Quentin Taranto……. Woody Allen………and of course…….. Francis Ford Coppola………….. Peter Jackson………… I can’t really tolerate……… Mahesh Bhat’s…….or Karan Johar’s……… Mani ratnam and RGV are still tolerable….but rest……………but there is smthing new to my movie mania………..I’ve seen two telugu movies….they were simply amazing………….. Bommarillu……..and Boys……… why can’t Bollywood create smthing like that…….or all the creativity is gone………….all i will say is………cheers to Tollywood and grow up to Bollywood…………..

  3. Trisha says:

    I find it difficult to appreciate bollywood too, there is a deep lack of talent which is very heavily due to the fact that most kids in our country up wanting to engineers. doctors and likewise. Most of the smart brains end up in professional colleges. Very few smart people take up fine-arts or humanities because they want to. Its usually the crowd who were not good enough in calc probably end up doing sth like music or theatre. So here we are with movies like aap mujhe acche lagne lage and ppl like ekta kapoor.

    But in hollywood are directors who’ve studied movies, been trained in art. Is it any surprize to see the difference. But then bollywood movies have a whole different purpose and audience. But a lot of times they just make me bore off to sleep. bah.

  4. Karan says:

    “KANK was criticised from all quarters but things like that happen”
    Where buddy?? cant c that in India atleast
    But the post wa nice, as in, even I like Hindi movies.

  5. Prateek G V says:

    You missed Iqbal. Absolutely flawless. (I being a true Hyderabadi love watching Nagesh Kukoonoor’s movies). Nice post!

  6. Deepti says:

    Agreed that Karan Johar’s or Sanjay’s movies might have an Indian touch but they are so much glossy and regular and over-done that I dont prefer to consider them as movies representing Indian Film Industry..There are movies directed by Madhur Bhandarkar and Nagesh Kukoonoor which I like a lot..

  7. Saw Sivaji? …………. it’s awseome! …………… you’ll forget scorcese and eastwood and actors like depp and streep ………. rajni beats his standards all the way ……………. btw the Guru released a few years back was much better than guru released this year ………………………………………………………… watch {$X}ollywood where $x = {a, b, c, d, …. , x, y, z} – {b, h} ………………. agreed Rajni boss is gr8 but actors like upendra, balakrishna and mamooty rock!………………………………………….. btw KAIRALI RESTAURANT ROXXXXXXXXXXXXX πŸ˜› You forgot movies like Mother india…….. pakizaah………… mughal e azam ……………………another all time rock star is Mithun Chakrabarthy……………… i feel like dancin when i hear th e song “I am street dancer”…………………….. tollywood doesn’t need movies ………………. I saw 300 (mudu wandalu yodulu) in telugu and i can swear ……………… swear that tollywood is going plces …………………Sparta will run away …………………… so is Srilakshmi Ganapathy Productions who have a picture in cameo …………………….. Terminated-4 the rise of Balakrishna……………… Epic movie………… Scary Movie …………. American Pie 5………………. riaise the level of movies considerably …………………..

    ps : don’t forget Upendra’s movies ………………. Mamooty can wait………………
    pps : i heard prasad imax is now showing Spiderman 3 in bhojpuri by GaanvWaala Productions for our very own bandhus and bandhvas…………………………………
    ppps : Breaking News …………… Bulletproof Vijaykanth video is there in the lan …………….. check it out in dc++……… totally roxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    pppppps: watch loc, refugee………………….. pakistani and indian govt sat down and discussed border problem after watching that movie………………………..
    pppppppppps : Breaking news 2 : Aishwarya Rai will be in Heroes……….. don’t worry she’ll be a Herione……………. maybe she’ll kickass………………
    pppppppppppppps : nice post btw (formality) ………………….. continue blogging(ofcourse you will not stop if I don’t say that) ……………………. Nice english (did i say something wrong)

    In the end……………………….. this is not a COMMENT ………………..this is SPAM ….. idi SPARTA ………………………………. in this chaos don’t forget to watch Aastha channel daily ……………………………………. do yoga daily …………………… shit! i’m diverting from movies …………………….. Also watch drug addicts like Marissa Cooper …………… invincible people like Claire …………………… Peyton Sawyer………….. brooke davis …………………..

  8. sparta says:

    i hav never seen such a comment ……..!! the person who wrote this rocks…yeah i hav watched bullet proof vijayakanth ..thnx for downloading it….wat a video ..heroes(and heriones)are nothing in front of him.

  9. Namrata says:

    @colgate wateve’ – cool comment but who are u???

  10. ivan says:

    @vinzamuri.. babu bhanu.. eevida movie critic oo kado teleedu kaani.. nuvvu maatram ammaila blogs critic ani artham authondi.. πŸ˜‰

    @saini.. dood r u kiddin.. is tht calld a commnt.. if u had sth so big.. mail it to namrata she’d ‘ve postd it in her blog.. comments r public ta tell the otha readers sth more abt the post.. may b sth thy can’t percieve on jus readin the post.. if ur fingers were itchin so much, go play in the traffic..

    @karan.. cudnt u see it newhere.. human relations r so sensitive man.. u mightnot ‘ve seen ’em.. but thy do happn.. who knws.. ur spouse mite fall in luv wid me someday.. πŸ˜‰ kiddin.. u can’t blame her thn.. coz u’ll see it urself tht feelins n relations r so complicated indeed..

    @pgvijay.. m wid u.. iqbal wasnt jus flawless.. it was outstanding..

    @deepthi.. thy mite b glossy or whateva.. but thy’ve got the biggst share in movie business.. thy r the movies tht’re considerd to b indian, worldwide.. undoubtedly..

    @colgate.. man.. who eva u r.. ‘u jus rock n kairali rox too ;)’- thts wat the mischievious man in me says.. but miles ki miles rasesaav pani paata ledaa.. nuvvevaro telisindi ante paina kinda paste chestharu janaalu..:P

    @namrata.. sorry.. em thochaka pothe.. ee post chadivanu.. comments chusaka react avvalanipinchi, m postin ths commnt.. u shud b a scorpion rn’t u..?? saw many of their traits in u..

  11. Reading ur post a long tima after it was written… A few days ago we were also discussing the good movies made in India and we dont realise it but there are hordes of awesome hindi movies just that those old classics are not advertsed today so we dont know much about them pictures like 2 aankhen 12 haath , awara and scores of movies like them and in the comedy genre there are several movies which were madein 70s and 80s which can gine any movie a run for its money.. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron… a magic which cant be recreated in decades and Amol Palekar movies… They were just so good simple and classy…

    And talking about experimenting…. It is not very easy for a director to make a movie completely diff coz most of the people in INdia want a masala movie… After all how many people will go and see 3 Deewarein in a theatre and for that matter a Swades with Shahrukh Khan and Ashutosh Gowarikar to boast of wasnt a hit coz it didnt have any masala element… and obviously directors will tread the path where money is abundant coz MONEY MAtters… πŸ™‚

  12. Karan says:

    @ivan, i wud love it if ya come up vid examples. My question was where does it happen in India

  13. ... says:

    more posts pls

  14. Pankaj Saini says:

    @ivan:: dood!!!!! go check the dictionary meaning of COMMENT and then come to me!!!! this is a public channel……..and if you’ve read something….means you’ve spend a valuable time of ur day on it…..and you gotta give ur feedback!!! btw ur annoyance at the big comments make me wonder if you actually read the post or just check comments….and then comment yourself something like ,” good work…..keep blogging…” ….as most of the people do to fetch the readers to their blogs…… dood get some life and let others do what they want to!!!!

  15. A very good blog, I loved it. I have forwarded this blog to all of my friends. Please keep posting such a nice stuff.

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  17. Gautham says:

    so whats the point ?

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