The giant Mumbai-based sobriquet in India named “Bollywood” laid its first stone in the 1930s with the gratefulness of Dadasaheb Phalke. Bollywood represents Hindi film industry which, now, has become the largest film producing hub delivering approx. 250 movies per year including several Indian languages. The revenue generated through movie tickets is growing at a kickass rate. But has Bollywood got the worthy notability across the globe yet? An international award ceremony organized by AMPAS every year named “Oscars” honors the hard work of all the sobriquets. The categories for the fellow awards are headed by:
- Best Picture
- Best Director
- Best Actor in a Leading Role
- Best Actor in a Supporting Role
- Best Actress in a Leading Role
- Best Actress in a Supporting Role
- Best Animated Feature
- Best Animated Short Film
- Best Cinematography
- Best Costume Design
- Best Documentary Feature
- Best Documentary Short Subject
- Best Film Editing
- Best Foreign Language Film
- Best Live Action Short Film
- Best Makeup and Hairstyling
- Best Original Score
- Best Original Song
- Best Production Design
- Best Sound Editing
- Best Sound Mixing
- Best Visual Effects
- Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
- Best Writing (Original Screenplay)
But the reasons why Bollywood hasn’t pulled off any of the categories since then are:
Too much of focus on one hero
So if you recall one of the nominated-but-not-won movies of early days, LAGAAN, the entire movie is focused on the “hero” Aamir Khan, as “Bhuvan”, and no other artist. Why? Weren’t the other players and actors contributing to the cricket game or the entire movie itself? The reality is each and every role had its own importance which was lucidly neglected and all the audience remembered was “Bhuvan”. This was the biggest drawback because of which the movie could not retain its glory in Oscars.
Lack of gray characters
Nobody can deny that Bollywood movies have a villain and a hero. Well, the true stats show that a normal human has both positive and negative traits. Let’s take Taare Zameen Par, where, again, Aamir Khan and Darsheel Safary were the heroes with only phenomenal flaunting qualities but on the other hand Darsheel’s dad was the harsh villain guy who wasn’t able to understand his child’s problem at all.
Never-ending Parade of songs
Now how dare you point this out? Aren’t movies made only for entertainment? Aren’t item songs and illogical scenic songs giving peace to our mind? NO. The unnecessary inevitable one-after-another sequel of songs sometimes just breaks the flow of the story and we are lost in the harmony back there. They can be cut down to a digestible number.
Happy happy happy ending
Is it a curse that a story cannot be concluded without a happy ending? Or if this doesn’t happen, the audience will throw rotten eggs and cry out of anger or leave the theater dishearten? In most of the Bollywood movies, the hero after beaten up to death will come back to life again just to defeat hundreds of men and then he might die or live peacefully just for the sake of “Happy Ending”. Hello? The magical almighty spares this unbelievable trial.
Where? Where, my friend, can you see the dots connected? It is fine when we find brainless-comedy occasionally but if it is seen every now and then, it has to be given thumbs down after witnessing nerve-pain.
Heavy-loaded budgets and foreign locations are not the only things public is looking for. Gone are those days when audience used to accept and giggle on “anything” that was screened. No doubt many directors have created a history that is still marked on the pages but that 90% of cliché has to be put under serious observation for change.