“Old Indian movies are like seasoned wine…the older they get the better they seem- Not because of their brilliance rather because of the shitty movies that are being made today”
“The amount of effort that is spent for each bit is tremendous – from artists, technicians, technical assistants and everyone involved; U know, even Karan Johar works his ass off to shoot a single scene in his movie…unfortunately the common viewer doesnot seem to appreciate it enough!”
“One problem with Indian Cinema is that we don’t have enough tragedy to take inspiration from”
Hello, im back…again 😀 and this time with something that has been buggin me for a long time now…As a foreword – This post is not a consequence of my state of mind after watching Panjaa and SriRamaRajyam ( 2 BLOCK BUSTER, SUPER HIT Telugu movies in 2011) back to back! Though I might express that frustration in the post :D. The topic is too huge and especially close to me to wrap up in one go, hence I’ve decided on adding a sequal 😉
I’ve presented three statements by people I find being worthy of being mentioned and I’m going to address them as we move along…
For starters – a brief history of time (not the Hawking’s one). Film has been a very popular medium of expression since a long time with the emphasis on very being pretty recent. It’s a global art form which is also a science due to the technical aspects involved that need continuous study n practice. As with all major fields in world history, there have been great movements that have shaped the bone and muscle of films. Be it the minimalist Neo realism (Italy) or the Expressionism (Germany) or Iranian New Wave (Persian Cinema) etc., each though short in lifespan, have shown how creatively the medium can be used to express ideas and emotions to the viewers. A dive into these styles of film making reveals that all these styles have something in common…they all came into existence through some adversity. Like the poverty post World War II in Italy forcing film makers to go minimal on resources pushing them to make films on the streets giving birth to Neo realism! They all arose from pain, from tragedy of some sort.
Here I make my first point…The third statement was made by my professor while talking about Indian Cinema in film study…Sounds very true! Countries that are often credited with great film history have all seen great adversities in their own past and to them culture is handed over by their land. A Fritz Lang could only have come from Germany…true, but this influence is not limited to the home terrain. Don’t trust me? Just try googling where Htich got his cock from…Okay that dint come out so well (No offence to Hitchcock…im a big fan 😐 ). But the point is- it is not tragedy that is missing in our cinema now but the ways to portray it. Our film makers of yester years have taken inspiration from these famous styles and have adopted them into their works of Indian tragedies (very loose sense of a tragedy here). Why do you think even after 100 years of cinema history and even after having the highest number of film output per annum only a handful of Indian ‘Directors’ are actually revered as true ‘film makers’ and have managed to set a unique style for themselves? Among these only one individual did ever get the highest honour for a civilian in India – Bharat Ratna (Satyajit Ray). And it is any ones guess that no contemporary director comes anywhere close to this list. It might seem that some where some director might have read the script upside down and luckily managed to grab a commercial success out of crap (happens often these days) and every other donkey is diligently following his tracks by feeding us the same sort of crap with a few new spices (artists). By this time you must have realized that there is something really wrong with modern Indian Cinema, if not you either live in the matrix or you are a fan of Karan Johar!
The second quote was from a well known film maker in a film workshop that I was really fortunate to attend. He did really leave a mark on me…not with this statement though :D. To be true to the man he is right by all means! A lot of effort goes into making a movie…First there is the story guy (story/script), then the direction guy (director), then comes the guy with the money (producer/financers), then the guy who sets things where they should be (cinematographer), the location scouts (production managers), the camera guy, the actors, the makeup men, the choreographers, the light men, the assistants, the editor, the publicity guys etc. (phew!) They all put inhuman effort to make a movie…no kidding. But to ask a viewer to appreciate this is like asking Justin Beiber to sing like a guy! The audience is entitled to appreciate the end product of the effort and not the effort itself! And there are movies that are rightly appreciated for what they are!(not the over rated bolly stuff here). So sir, I have to disagree with you on this point to the defense of general audience.
And the first quote was something that struck me as I was drafting the post. Now assuming you have read the entire thing, it seems to be self explanatory :D.
Before I doze off il leave you with a fun fact – The only true contribution of Indian cinema to world cinema is…any guesses? Yes, Katrina gets it right – the item number! Now, where would we be without those 😀