we can mark a huge difference if we compare the movies of 50’s and 60’s to the ones that are made today. With changing time, people’s mentalities have been changed and they have got much influenced by the west.
Right from the dress sense to the criteria of affection display, everything has changed and that’s something Amitabh Bachchan’s wife veteran actress Jaya Bachchan pointed out while praising Bimal Roy at a session on the legendary director at the Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star.
She expressed that earlier filmmakers used to present art and creativity to their audiences and elaborating the same the 68-year-old actress said…
“Filmmakers at that time, created art. Today, it’s a business and all about numbers. Everything is thrown at our face. People have forgotten subtlety. Open display of affection is considered smart… sharam naam ki toh cheese hee nahi hai (people are no longer ashamed). Now, it’s about big collections at the box office, Rs 100 crore films, first weekend collection…It’s all Greek to me.”
We can take the example of Ranveer’s upcoming flick ‘Befikre’
Jaya Bachchan who has given us some amazing films like “Guddi”, “Abhimaan” and “Silsila” questioned the representation of our country and its culture in the characters of the movies that are made today. She also said that there are a few films that are made today to represent the culture of India.
“I don’t know why. Maybe, they are richer countries and are considered more progressive. But I think the Indian mind is very progressive.”
“People like ‘Aligarh’ and ‘Masaan’ because they show the real India and real problems of India.”
The legend’s wife Jaya Bachchan shared that how filmmakers are making aggressive movies. Also, she said that Bollywood has just become a place where films get released to do business of crores.
Bimal Roy’s son Joy Roy, who was also part of the session at the film festival, said that the difference between a vamp and a heroine has been demolished.
Bollywood has married to money…
“Earlier, there used to be a vamp and a heroine. But now, there is no need for a vamp because the heroine does exactly what a vamp does. She wears itsy bitsy clothes and dances, does item songs,” he said. “Regional cinema stays true to India. It’s Bollywood that is married to money. Bollywood is mostly made by Mumbai centric people influenced by the West, even their thought process is western. They look at western cinema. That’s why there are so many rip-offs (of western movies).”
Where Jaya Bachchan and Joy Roy pointed out at the changing culture of Bollywood popular screenwriter and editor Apurva Asrani said that the audience also needs to take the responsibility.People does not turn up for regional movies or the movies that are besed on the Indian culture.
“Recently, ‘Court’ was playing at a festival and very few people turned up. We, as an audience, need to take the responsibility ourselves instead of pointing at Bollywood. The industry… it is also a trade. They are catering to you.”
Both Bollywood and the audience are responsible for making the regional movie culture fade away. People need to understand their responsibility and make their coming generation aware about their culture by making them watch those movies.
Everyone like the added masala from the west in the movies that are made today but can we forget the golden movies like Kabhi Kabhi, Silsile, Nadiya ke paar, Prem rog ever?
What do you think about the changing culture of the hindi cinema? What kind of movies do you like? Do share your views with us in the comments section below! 🙂