Is Bollywood Dumbing Us Down?

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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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Adi..

11 Sep 2014
Adi.., wrote: Correct debate question... Bollywood is 100 percent dumbing us down..This is equally complemented by the dumb music (honey singh) and literature (chetan bhagat) and journalism( oornob goswami) and ..... But i guess this is happening world over hollywood with its multi million dumb superhero franchisee movies and equally dumb mtv vh1 musi of katy perrys and nicki minaj .. Dumbing down is becoming a world phenomenon and no just an Indian one.. Meaningful music from europe, iran korea are so difficult to watch in a mvie theater....

Radha K..

11 Sep 2014
Radha K.., wrote: Yes, it's pretty screwed up, and it's only going to get worse. Movies reflect the society and society reflects it back. The deadlock doesn't seem it's going to be broken ever. India just doesn't have the culture or the intellectual capacity at mass level to appreciate anything more than Kick or Chennai Express. I think it's because people are so frustrated with their lives, their daily problems, that when they thing movies, they thing entertainers. Not anything heavy. There is enough heaviness in their lives and in movies they only want candy floss. I guess that's the reason these movies work.

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02 Feb 2015
Ankush.., wrote: It is 100% true that Bollywood is dumping our mind. While we debate that movies that are released on several occasion like eid will gross more money even though it is as crappy as people watching it but there will always be less debate on good movies. I think some community people needs to grow up and start to watch sensefull movies. Some people argued that movies like PK is the freedom of artist and hence need not to be opposed but I want to tell them that insulting any religion is like insulting it's followers. Islamic people like Aamir Khan is creating conflict between the Indian people, and his movie is truly can be called as PK(Pakistani Kafir). Where does the freedom of artist goes when a magazine insults Mohammed (a prophet not god), and people of this religion swears to take the life of the great authors and artists.

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