Let’s check the boxes of a Bollywood Blockbuster.
• A-List actor with more abs in each successive movie.
• A-List actress with lesser clothes in each successive movie.
• Music – and that mandatory item number – which is aimed at being played in clubs and marriages.
• A dialogue. Sorry, THE Dialogue.
• Bombay Times front page ad.
• Bombay Times front page interview (usually a deep, philosophical conversation with the star or the director).
• A-List actor with abs and A-List actress with less clothes looking down at you from every hoarding in the city.
• Item song being played on every radio channel (while you are driving to and from work) and on every music channel while you’re having dinner.
Did someone say story?
Every once in a while there are good movies like Lagaan, Chak De India, Jodha Akbar, Bhulbhulaiya, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Tare Zameen Pe, Queen, Bhag Milkha Bhag, Barfi, Gangs of Wasseypur, Munnabhai MBBS, but aren’t they too few and far between to put the halo of ‘cinema’ over the industry? Shouldn’t every second movie be just as great in terms of narrative and story? Even so, would these good movies ever be mentioned in the same breath as classics like Mughal-E-Azam, Sholay, Pyaasa, Mother India, Deewar, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron? Perhaps only Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and Andaz Apna Apna would.
Or is it your argument that Entertainment, Humshakals, Chennai Express, Dabaang, Singham, SOTY are a valid excuse for cinema as entertainers?
Point is, are we mutating into a specie which will never be able to appreciate the slowness, epicness, layers and depth of movies like Guide and Kaghaaz Ke Phool? Are the new generation entertainers doing an irreparable brain damage?
How much is too much, folks?
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