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.