Ben Kingsley and Rohini Hattangadi starred as Mr. and Mrs. Gandhi in Sir Richard Attenborough's Gandhi. It was the first major recognition for them and both won BAFTA awards for their performance and then split ways. Ben Kingsley went on to act in both TV and cinema playing memorable roles directed by the likes of Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese and was eventually knighted to become Sir Ben Kingsley for his contribution to the art. Rohini Hattangadi was last seen playing a wicked mother-in-law in a weepy soap on Zee TV. This, my friends is the difference between Hollywood and Bollywood – we make our best talent play wicked mother-in-laws! So what is the reason for the long, painful and continuing death of Indian cinema? Ok, not all Indian Cinema but the ones with a sensible script, good acting and an original theme?
In the spirit of true Indian democracy, the most culpable reason is you – the NRI. We resident Indians are doing everything in our power to abstain from going to those theatres. Do you think we enjoy the weepy afternoon soaps or the replays of the IPL? Do you think following the 24x7 news channels is fun? Do you think we are excited to vote for the next Indian Idol? No! And yet we put ourselves through all these! Have you ever wondered why? Because we want to punish the bad movies, that’s why! And you people are destroying all the fruits of our abstinence by going to that multiplex near you!
Consider a typical Saturday evening. You go to a multiplex with family or friends to watch yet another dumb Bollywood flick with hummable music. For you it might be a calm quiet evening of entertainment for 10 dollars, something to relive old times and connect to your roots with a dash of desi. But have you ever wondered how these movies are actually made? The opportunity cost and the collateral damage that they bear?
By buying one ticket for 10 dollars, you are encouraging people like Karan Johar to make brainless potboilers set in London or New York. By buying a ticket for 10 dollars, you are denying talents like Rohini Hattangadi and Paresh Rawal a chance to perform to their full potential. By buying that one ticket for 10 dollars you are making a combination of pathetic script writing, half thought plots, zombie acting and crappy humor into a profitable venture. By buying that DAMN TICKET FOR TEN DOLLARS, you are giving the film makers A CHANCE TO GET AWAY WITH BAD FILMS! *takes deep breath to regain composure*
NRIs, you are supposed to be the brains that have drained from this country. You are supposed to be the “smarter” ones and yet you are the ones who make Akshay Kumar the highest tax payer of Bollywood year after year! It just doesn't make any sense… You are forcing us to reconsider the intelligence of your diaspora! The only way we can force them make good movies is by punishing the bad ones. It’s your chance to make a difference… PUNISH THE BAD MOVIES!