Bollywood in the last few decades has undergone a massive change. As films have taken up a more experimental pathway, the content has become less soulful, less touching. It has been quite a journey towards celebration of a masaledar Dhoom 3 from a more heartening Rang De Basanti. A Koimoi Reader, Suneil Barkat traces the rugged pathway that has reconstructed Bollywood today.

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There was a time when Bollywood movies used to be three hours long, filled with at least 10 songs and used to have a story line that made no sense but still touched our hearts. But, one thing that made us care less about the aforementioned points and leave the theatres with a smile was – The Happys The Endings.

Come 2014 and as more inspiration is drawn from Hollywood, somewhere down the line I believe Bollywood has lost its touch and has lost its way.

Now, before you jump to the comment section and start blasting this article, allow me to present you my perspective and what I actually mean. Take a look at Dhoom 3 or Krrish 3. While the two movies have been the highest grossers and have set new records, look deeper down, inside your heart and tell me if this is what Bollywood means to you?

I admit, that the whole idea of Bollywood movies is to make you escape the reality and enjoy it! But…really!? Krrish 3 and Dhoom 3 are awesome movies backed by a stellar cast and their performances. But take a look at movies like The Lunchbox or my personal favourite movie A Wednesday.

Krrish 3, Dhoom 3, The Lunchbox and D Day Movie Poster
Krrish 3, Dhoom 3, The Lunchbox and D Day Movie Poster

For me A Wednesday was a movie that not only managed to convey a strong and important message but it also had some amazing performances by Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Aamir Bashir and Jimmy Shergill and moreover with a modest budget. In fact, I feel that it was a movie that the recent film Jai Ho! wanted to be but sadly it failed. It was a film that may not win any awards for originality but in a market saturated with masala films, it seemed fresh. Same can be said for movies like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Taare Zameen Par, Rang De Basanti that touched the masses. But do you know what the real difference between A Wednesday and Rang De Basanti was? Unfortunately, running after stars is what Bollywood has changed into.

As moviegoers we have been reduced to nothing more than puppets who rush to the cinema halls, only when our favourite actors feature in that film. Chennai Express is a classic example of modern times. Seen in the industry as a game changer and a movie that set new records at that time (now broken by Dhoom 3), CE was heavily promoted by Shah Rukh to the extent that you could not see any reality show/series/advertisement on the Television without SRK.

Honestly, I cannot blame the guy for doing that, he is only marketing the product he put his heart and soul in. But seriously, Chennai Express’ true success, according to me, lay in its heavy marketing. Nothing else.

Same thing goes for Salman Khan movies, but at least the actor has fun while playing the role and fans enjoy him more than his movies. However, we can’t change the fact that before Jai Ho! and ever since Wanted, his movies have been the same. Why? Fans love it and lap it up.

Another thing which annoys me more is the use of special effects in the fight scene. This is why D Day and Madras Café, even Commando are the most respected ones because the action sequences are believable. But then movies like Son Of Sardaar shows a man flying when hit by Ajay Devgn. I know we are supposed to escape reality and all but when you are not showing Ajay as a superhero, is the special effects really needed?

My point is that yes, there will always be a market for movies like Dhoom 3, Chennai Express and Krrish 3 since they are loved by the masses. But movies like D Day, A Wednesday and The Lunchbox, don’t earn as much because they are not backed by heavy marketing, big stars and special effects.

Bollywood has changed and we are to be blamed for it completely. Let’s admit it! We have been asking, for all these years, that Bollywood movies should change! They should be as sleek and stylish as Hollywood! We should one day meet its standard! And here we are.

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30 COMMENTS

  1. No i am not agree with the article.
    I dont think there is something wrong in K3 & D3.
    Because these films are made for just entertaintment & they did it well so worked.

    Salman’s previous movies also had high entertaintment values(Except BG & D2) so all worked.

    On the other hand Srk’s some films had almost zero EVs like Ra.1,D2 & JTHJ so all did limited business despite festival release.
    Also same with CE & it only worked due to huge promotions & back to back holidays.

    Now get back to Jai Ho,its not a typical Salman film,released on non holidays & ticket rates are not hicked as like other film hence after all this expecting huge from it is not fair.
    So i think what it earned is might be below expectations but not bad.
    Because if you see how many films crossed 125 crs mark then you will get there are 6 Salman films whereas other actors have just 1 film each.

    So i think audience looking for entertaintment & not the msg or creativity.

    • chennai express worked because of publicity and trash like d3 and k3 worked because of high entertainment value….r u high???

    • and one more thing boy u said that CE worked because of back to back holidays…CE had 1 week for it income next week was another superstar movie OUTIMA after that madras cafe and satyagraha….and it was released in 3700 print in india……
      whreas DHOOM is a brand..it needs no introduction…people will go to watch dhoom atleast once because of curiosity and DHOOM 3 had straight 18 days free run in the cinema halls ..no big movies was released after that and one more thing DHOOM 3 was released in 4500 print in india only .
      and talking about krissh 3 we all know that it has not even crossed 200 cr….this site has listed fake collection

    • See this is the real problem. every movie you mentioned above were of same class. i would say it “brainless entertainment”. but you backed all movies excepts SRKs.. reason is not what you have mentioned but only that you are a SRK hater.. Here every moviegoer blindly follows one superstar and hates his rivals.
      I mean c’mon guys why it a movie needs to be brainless in order to be a good entertainer in bollywood? Did movies like inception and dark knight not entertain you? or those were brainless too?

      you just copied a masterpiece “The prestige” and murdered it. On the name of magic show you are just singing & dancing. There was noot even a single locker breaking scene in movie…and many more…this is what you call “entertainment”..

      Please stop following stars…follow good movies..thats all…

    • Rohit.. I think you are a bullshit & has shit of thoughts …
      Yes, I m very much angry…
      It’s not about salman, SRK, Amir..
      The article is all about a direction towards actor, acting, message, society.. & fun is that when you know yourself & reality. not about just good dress, money spend on songs or cartoon like activity goes on for 3 hours movies like BODYGUARD, READY DABANG. etc…I know you are never good at mathematics. you are only good at english… bade baap ki bigde he aulaad…
      chewngum chaaba and ladki dekhe… non veg bolne waala kutta.. he tu.. jiski bajese aaj aise movie chal rahi hai…

      • But Bodyguard was a very nice movie with a heart touching romantic story + superb action + wonderful comedy and amazing music (specially: Teri Meri); Ready was a good comedy, family drama with attracting music; But Dabangg?? how can u trash Dabangg?? It was listed as an all time cult movie with great entertainment and superb performance by Salman Khan (one of his best performances), only because this film has all the elements of entertainment u can not trash the film, Dabangg was AN ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER film with a nice script as well and people accepted the film whole heartedly, critics also gave good reviews about the film, so Dabangg was a critically and commercially acclaimed film! And one question to u: Why u abuse others for their opinion?? everyone is entitles to an opinion, its his/her thinking, if u think opposite of one readers comment that doesn’t mean u should attack and abuse the other person, i think it is not right brother! Keep calm, movies are ment to entertain the people, so for these time-pass things don’t make yourself bad in front of others’ eyes!! Now, its up to u whether u accept my words or start attacking me and abusing me as u did before to the other reader!!

        • Listen, Mr. rohit, u r right that abusing others on others comment is not justified. I apologige for that. But if you are so much brainy & damn gud human. how can you think to such lower level movies. why can not you see, such STAR like SALMAN never ever has acting skills & or got any FILMFARE award till date. bcoz, entertainment never based mindless jokes or similar kind of movies. always remeber different movies like PAAN SINGH TOMAR, GANGS OF WASSYPUR, BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG, ROCKSTAR, SWADESH, RANG DE BASANTI, LAGAAN, BARFI, CHAKH DE INDIA, 3 IDIOTS etc are the movies are real kind of entertainment. Do not behave yourself like rikhsaw puller. I do not how you choose such movies which has no story, no acting, no sense of humor nor any real actions.

  2. yes I m totally agree with you. but there are some persons who cares a lot about these small budgets movies. for eg. believe it or not irrfan Khan is my favourite actor. I enjoyed these movies sooo much.

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