Disclaimer : This is a result of watching some boring Indian Cinema for the past few weekends.The author of the post(who’s all for the creativity *air quote*)would like to express her choler on the ape culture followed in most movie productions.
As I was watched Night-Out on TV,I mused why Indian Film Industry failed to interest me as much as the Big H did .What’s it that Hollywood has, that Bollywood doesn’t (I’m pretty sure the answer to this is a non-exhaustive list).
#1 on the list was the lack of genres in Indian cinema.As far as my memory fetches,I only remember seeing movies that had a blend of 3 to 4 of the genres(masala) like drama(family moments-watch Kabhi kush kabhi gham,you’ll see ),romance(hero & heroine) action (stunts by the villain who plans to woo the heroine) sprinkled with a bit a cheesy comedy(which could be a separate timeline on the movie).I feel that this coercion is majorly accountable for the débâcle.The one-many(1 movie->many genres) mapping methodology should cease if we are to improve.Compared to this,Hollywood flicks stick to a particular(/minimal) genre(s) and beautifully finish the job.At the end of the movie you can’t help admiring the way the movie was made!
There’s no doubt as to which industry has the upper hand when it comes to creativity,awesomeness and the big bucks..
Before making absurd claims about Bollywood and it originality or its popularity compared to Hollywood. How about first coming up with an original name for Indian film industry?
Bollywood is rip off of Hollywood. The nation which can’t even come up with an original name needs to be quiet instead of making themselves a butt of joke by making absurd claims that they are more popular then Hollywood. :-/
Movie making is not just money its art. Before even thinking of money you need to have a concept which comes without any cost. Once you have a great concept money can always follow. The thing is Indian movie productions just want to make a masala movie and just get away with it. Hollywood does a hell lot of research for minutest things. They do a research on location,research on character(his life,his actions,his mannerisms),research on how extras fit in) . I don’t think there is problem with money with bollywood,when they can spend 50 crores on crap movie like devdas they can always get money. Till now actors like big B,SRK,Hritik have never done a role which depicts a real life character : Eg:-
Tom cruise in born on the 4th of july(he played Ron Kovic)
Philip Seyomor Hoffman in CAPOTE(he played Truman Capote)
Leornardo in The Avaitor(Howard Hughes)
Russel crow in A Beautiful Mind(John Nash)
You talk about money ,The blair witch project was shot on a handy cam..That’s what I call creativity. You dont need money all you need is creativity to think and come up with new concepts. We always end up imitating all the crap of West..
Krrishh – batman mixed with the gown, flying and fighting style of Neo from Matrix
Koi Mil Gaya – a clown like “Jadoo” which is a ‘comic’ imitation of Spielberg’s wonderful E. T.
Ayan – Catch me if you can
vamanan – Enemy of the state
Ghajini – Memento
Nayagan – Godfather
Aniyan – Tell me your dreams(Sidney Sheldon)
Kismat Connection – Just my luck
ATM – Final Destination
Guru – Aviator
3 roses – Charlie’s Angels
I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more to this list! Leave your additions in the comment section
However….Equally preposterous is the claim that Hollywood is original.If you watch some Japanese anime or movies,you’ll see how much material Hollywood takes from them..Remember Kill Bill? Read the Manga (graphic novels) called Lone Wolf and Cub, which was written in the 1970’s, and you will see where all the ideas for that movie came from. Matrix? Heavily inspired by the anime Ghost in the Shell.Though I don’t disagree that Bollywood produces crap. It does, but I think Hollywood does much better, though they do produce more excellent material, and their crap is just done better.
The Best of Indian Cinema (My rating,in no particular order) :
In K*d, Chennai 600028,Saroja,Anjali,Roja,Mozhi,Varanam ayiram,Anbae Sivam,Dasavadharam,Mouna Ragam,Nadodigal. In Tamil almost all of Director Mani Rathnam’s&Venkat Prabhu’s,Actor Kamal Hasan’s are must-see’s !
In B*d Amir Khan is my personal favourite when it comes to productions..Tare Zameen par is Class 1 material ! Apart from that Black,Race,DDLJ,KKHH,Slum Dog Millionaire(The Oscar Award Winner) are worth every penny!
In H*d,Adam Sandler in Comedy,Steven Speilberg in Scifi,Audrey Hepburn in Classics,Julie Andrews in Musicals,Anne Hathaway in any genre are a few of my favs.
Total worldwide Bollywood revenue: 1.3 bn USD
Titanic gross: 1.9 USD
Total sum of all bollywood movies gross is 2/3 of single hollywood movie.
<-Stats that can be projected.(Therefore,you cant say its outdated)
Well this is the end of my compare and contrast round.Time for some image exemplification that was lying in some far off corner of my mailbox.
Bollywood vs Hollywood cute similarity of funny connection
Most of the image contrasts are brilliant and I love the Tom Hanks Vs Amir Khan contrast.And the last one – MJ Vs SRK is really funny
Before I wind this up,I must give due credit to Indian Film Industry for inventing a new genre that we Tamilians like to call ‘Mokkai’..There’s no dearth of this genre in recent times especially with the ilaya thalapathi and Thala at work.All hail Mr.Sam Anderson (The God of this genre) – Watching these padams(movies) with pals can be fun..watching it alone can be a nightmare!