Indian Hindi Cinema: An Excerpt
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Indian Hindi Cinema: An Excerpt

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The economic liberalization of the late nineties ushered in massive changes in the Indian society; some glaring and some remarkably subtle. The arrival of MTV, Internet and the MNC culture on the scene helped in bulldozing a lot of cultural boundaries. While the change has been pronounced in the lifestyle of Indians, its influence on contemporary Indian cinema has been subdued in comparison. Majority of the Indian movies offer the same fare, in a glittery twenty-first century package. However this decade has witnessed the emergence of “New Wave” cinema which has been eroding the great divide between Mainstream movies and the so called “art-house” movies.

The growing awareness of the Indian audience about the trends of world cinema, masala movies with a stereotype story and a clichéd ending have not been received with favor by the audience and critics alike. Big budgets, bigger banners and even bigger stars have not able to rescue the fortunes of movie without a strong script. Visionary film makers with brilliant off-beat themes have scripted success stories with hitherto unknown actors and a shoe-string budget. Cross over movies with radical and unconventional scripts have been well received by a “niche” urban audience.

The content of the movies has changed dramatically in this decade. Movies on the formula based romance-action-family drama, and glittery family weddings are not lapped up by the audience as they were fifteen years ago. Movies dealing with the diverse themes of autism, MMS scandals, rock bands are finding appreciation with the mainstream audience while garnering critical acclaim. Sex sells, as it is much evident from increasing cleavage and bikini scenes. The greater use of technology in visual effects, sound engineering and animation effects have made movies more appealing to the multiplex crowd. There has also been an influx of big corporations into the film industry making the environment more conducive to professionalism.


Daring movie-makers such as Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Bannerjee, Sudhir Mishra and Madhur Bhandarkar have been proving the concepts that were erstwhile considered taboo are now both commercial and critical success. Mainstream stars such as Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan have been foraying constantly into unconventional themes with appreciable reception.

Cinema is a mirror of our society. As our society has been opening to new values and ideas so also the movie industry, so also the movie industry is shaking of those chains of inhibition and making itself amenable to the original sin of question and search.

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Comments (4)

Brilliant discussion. Indian cinema is very popular in Britain. You should do an article on Satyajit Ray too.

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Definitely!! You gave me the idea of my next article. Thnx !!

Great review of Indian film

In bollywood, there are only two stars who are still in a good form- aamir and SRK. A very few bold directors (those whom you mentioned). These days, all young actors and the stories are navigating interest in watching bollywood films. They are being duplicated and westernized. Movies are lacking originality.