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Hollywood Vs Bollywood

Hollywood Vs Bollywood

March 18, 2010

Is it fair to ask why Bollywood films don't match up to Hollywood standards? Or do they?



With both the Filmfare Awards and the Oscars just finished, what better time than now to deliberate on that eternal question that dominates so many of our heated dinner table debates – do Bollywood flicks really match up to Hollywood standards? Given that this topic inevitably sends emotions running high with everyone busy trying to get their points of view across, the end result is almost always a huge pandemonium; much screaming and shouting, with people at each other’s throats trying to seek agreement to their point, convinced they are the right ones. So the only way, I’ve realized, I can get my views across without rude interruptions and someone telling me to shut up, is by putting my thoughts to words. A clever way to curb dissent and make people listen to you, isn’t it? You can of course choose to disagree in the comments section.

Taking just the films nominated for the Oscars (Avatar, The Blind Side, District 9, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious, A Serious Man, Up, Up in the Air) and the Filmfare awards (3 Idiots, Dev D, Kaminey, Love Aaj Kal, Paa) as respective benchmarks of excellence, I would argue that Hindi films are way below any remote judgment of distinction despite an overall improvement in their quality in the past decade. With the exception of Dev D and to an extent Paa (which was off putting because it was almost like a buy-one-get-one-free family package), none of the others even ventured towards anything faintly meaningful or different. If you limit your definition of good cinema to ‘entertaining’, then yes, 3 Idiots was reasonably entertaining (can’t say the same about either Kaminey or Love Aaj Kal), but do any of these films display histrionics in storytelling, direction or performances? Absolutely not!

Of course there was Firaaq (which I haven’t watched) that got the critics award, but the fact that this was the only thought-provoking, serious film of the year whose primary motive was not just entertainment is a sad comment on an industry that produces over 1000 movies annually. I went through the list of movies that released last year and the only other film that I personally thought was a good attempt was Zoya Akhtar’s Luck By Chance. Most of the others gravely insult your intelligence and aren’t even funny if that’s what you are looking for! In fact there haven’t been more than two or three good films in any given year ever since I can remember going to the cinema. And this is after the supposed reincarnation of Bollywood films, after those 2 decades (the 80s and 90s) where Bollywood ceaselessly embarrassed itself year after year with terrible movies.

Coming now to the Hollywood films that dominated the Oscars – I was awestruck simply by the range of subjects on display, from fantasy to war to human estrangement to an alternative look at history to obesity and racism, and so on and so forth. And if you’ve noticed, none of the nominees were mindless entertainment or repackaged teenybopper love sagas made with the primary motive being box office successes (with the exception of Avatar maybe, which despite its weak storyline was a feat, a labour of love). Almost all of them had brilliant performances, interesting storylines and demonstrated a genuine understanding of the craft, not to mention the huge deal of research that had gone into maintaining the authenticity of the setting and getting the look right.

I often wonder why there is this huge difference in quality when we compare Hollywood with Bollywood. Why can’t we seem to move beyond mindless entertainment and tackle more challenging, thought-provoking subjects?

Many would say our films have different compulsions and different budgets so drawing equivalence would be unfair. I disagree. An engaging script (which can be entertaining as well) is the essence of any movie – and that’s where we fall back in comparison with Hollywood productions. We are on par with any film industry in the world when it comes to the technical aspects, but no amount of money can save a film if it has a weak script. Most filmmakers seem to be taking people’s intelligence for a ride by rehashing old wine in a new bottle, compensating a good storyline with snazzy locations and big stars, and that isn’t working anymore!

It’s time our makers took more risks and made movies with some conviction (half of them look like they are desperately trying to get the ‘Hit’ formula right!). Bollywood is in grave danger of caricaturing itself, because our films are so hopelessly out of sync with reality. (All that singing and dancing only happens in films!) Perhaps it’s time to grow up, and the first step would be to clear the misunderstanding that reality is boring, that only fantasy works in providing entertainment!

C’mon, our real lives are a lot more interesting than some banal love triangle!

39 Comments

  • maxq nz (@maxqnz)
    By
    maxq nz (@maxqnz)
    25.02.12 07:04 AM
    Another fascinating article. I'm not sure if Hindi cinema even knows what it wants when it comes to "reaching Hollywood standards", but I do know that there are many excellent films being made throughout India, by film makers who are not trying to either rip off Hollywood films or ape their style. As an example of which, I REALLY, REALLY hope that you've seen Firaaq by now. I am a total Nandita nut, and have been ever since Earth:1947, but despite owning more than her films, in most of the languages she's dome them in, I think my all time fvourite of her films is the one that is truly HER film, the one she doesn't appear in. Firaaq is a fine film, even if I'm biased by both my fondness for Nandita and by the friendly conversations I had by email with her co-writer, Shuchi Kothari. For me, Firaaq is an example of what can happen when a film maker concentrates on telling their story as well as they can, without being distracted by external considerations. Although I have read many times that Nandita was VERY naraaz at the way Firaaq got shafted in promotion for awards consideration.
  • sandeepkoivila
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    sandeepkoivila
    07.11.11 10:14 AM
    indian movies is not only these hindi movies so called bollywood.in other film industries like malayalam releasing much better than them even matching with hollywood even technically quite dull due to it's low budget.now a days tamil movies even better than hindi movies.look this year how many hindi movies can say good except a znmd or dehibelly.the blockbusters like bodyguard,ready, singham were remakes of mal,telugu,tamil respectively.they lack creativity and freshness. how they can match with hollywood?
  • HARRY
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    HARRY
    20.10.11 11:15 PM
    I think you are right on some point NIKHIL because you can only cook the same dish so many times, and then it becomes boring and this is what bollywood is doing . The real writers are not given the chance to exibit their work and most of the bollywood stuff is made by the same bunch of writers and subject matter be comes stale. Due to this closed circle new talent is not recognised as talent.

    Like you said it's not about the bugget it's about the quality and i think it's bocome poor over the years and also it's not value for money like it's used to be, it's same cost as hollywood film for the end user.
  • iray
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    iray
    03.10.11 01:52 PM
    Hollywood is the BEST.Bollywood is biased,it should be renamed as 'BIASED'WOOD.
  • Meera Sundararajan
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    Meera Sundararajan
    16.09.11 11:09 AM
    That was a real nice analysis. Yes, Hindi films are maturing over the years as the audiences are- so we have films like Luck by chance, Rock On, Rocket Singh , Wake up Sid, Shagird, Ganga Jal, A Wednesday etc.But we also have these awful films like "Kabhi Kushi KabhiGam"type of so called "family dramas" that flood the theaters. I think a lot of this is because of the NRI audience who are stuck in some time machine where they want to see India the way it was when they left it - immature in terms of accepting the grey elements.. If the Indian film makers are clear about who their target audience is and if that decision points to India then you will see more of the better quality films and not silly things about shaadi songs and Karva Chauth!
  • Mohd Sohaib
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    Mohd Sohaib
    14.05.11 03:45 PM
    I Am indian but i am a big fan of Hollywood Movies because their{Hollywood Filmmakers} way of given a Massage is amazing.Spiderman,Inception,This kind of movies isn't based on real life but Connected with real life & give a lots of massages with Great Entertaining script Acting Of Actors & amazing Visual effects .You Feel Amazed after watch full movie.Lets Take more exapmle from Hollywood's great movies.Wall-E is a great Animation movie the character of wall-e wins your heart when you watch this film.this is only a animation character but when you watch the act of this character you will never forget this.Some people say that animation and superheroes movies only for children but Hollywood movies {Spiderman,Wall-E} proves them wrong.It's very bad but it's true that Bollywood filmakers Can't make this kind of animation movies.I watch bollywood animation roadside romeo & it is very bad film not only animation bollywood filmkaers can't make real superheroes movies because they think superheroes means action,romance,stylish,handsome etc etc.I watch Krrish & Drona {bollywood} this kind of superheroes movies are for children.
    Peter parker {Spiderman} Character much better and real then Krishna In krrish.When you trying to find diffrence between this 2 chracters you will understand peter is best than krishna{krrish}.GREAT POWERS COMES WITH GREAT RESPONSIBILITIES Says uncle ben to peter parker in Spiderman film but when you watch Krrish you will understand it's only for making money.not only some words the whole series {Spidrman-1,2,3} have a big messages. SRK Production Ra.One Will become third {Bollywood} superheroes & I am sure this will be same as previous bollywood superheroes like Drona & Krrish because i watch trailer.I Wish to explain bollywood filmakers that who is best but as i know every human think he is right So THEY NEVER UNDERSTAND that THEY NEED TO GROW UP.
  • amritha
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    amritha
    03.05.11 11:52 PM
    I liked your take! To tell you the truth, some of the Indian blockbusters which are so hyped about make me cringe in shame, and I felt that I'm the only one in the theater reddening to that extend. Our movies are based on egoistic pompus fantasies about ourselves (our star fraternity), and there fore often disconnected from reality. The worst part is, it's got huge audience. Why cant our movie makers make an attempt to make inspired entertainers /serious films with real script about real emotions and with a desire to deliver art! Even our action sequences end up being funny when they are meant to be serious. I could go on :)
  • palashj
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    palashj
    03.05.11 01:55 AM
    Hollywood definetly produces better materials than Bollywood
    For the past one year i m greatly into Hollywood films and they really have great content.
    But bollywood is catching in content.Just see low budget movies of Bollywood like Phas Gaye Obama,Dharm,Tahan,Blue Umbrella,Tere Bin laden,Oye Lucky Lucky Oye,Well done Abba,AAmir etc.
    I admit that the content of Starry Bollywood movies is pathetic but its improving.
    However,Hollywood has stories in all dimensions from politics,sports,love,wars,sci-fi and their animation films are billion times better.
    Bollywood is losing its audience to Hollywood its true as Indians get more and more globalized.
  • Vivek
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    Vivek
    24.04.11 04:34 PM
    WTF..Another comparison and another NRI.. Common grow up.. If you dont want to watch dont watch.. Dont sermonize..
  • Sunil Shibad
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    Sunil Shibad
    25.02.11 12:19 AM
    @Rajiv: Forget it but read thsi:

    First draft as a sociological phenomena which is now a dangerous cult. How? Mental destruction .


    Here I take Big B as an example.




    The Church and Cult of the Bollywood: a country of fanatical followers devoted to all things Big B, dancing, caller tunes and gossip of Bollwyood. While there are no shortage of Bollwyood fanatics who eat, think, and breathe stars and films , members of the Cult of Bollywood take their devotion one step further and believe in Bollywood and films is reality. The leader of this Cult is Amitabh Bachchan and is believed to have failed their fanatics , the film fraternity and the nation . Time and again.I n other words, he does nothing for theri fans or our nation. His stinginess is quiet known with the insiders.

    They now say Bollywood is India’s religion.

    Just like Lord Krishna, Jesus Christ, Buddha, and Guru Gobind Singh, Amitabh Bachchan contains key elements but he is more a cult leader than great souls who made better for mankind.

    * The call to adventure: Gives up a job as freight broker for the shipping firm, Bird and Co., based in Calcutta (Kolkata) to pursue a career in acting.

    * Helpers: The late great Prime Minster Indira Gandhi, Nargis Dutt, Khwaja Ahmed Abass .

    * A wondrous journey: Blockbuster films from Zanjeer to Sholay to Trishul to Shakti .

    * Trials: Serious injury during Coolie film shooting, banned by press and vice versa

    * More helpers: Fans praying during injury, Sahara. bails ABCL out .

    * Apotheosis: Bachchan is anointed as the film industry's seer, a prophet.
    * Flight: Semi-retirement from 1988 to 1992

    . * Resurrection: Bachchan hosts Kaun Baneja Crorepati from 2001 to November 2005,.

    * The boon that restores the world : his progeny Abhishek Bachchan and subsequent hits/loss masquerading as hits.

    Bachchan is often portrayed as saintly and ascetic. He is often referred as a God and Big B. He is a non-smoker and vegetarian . .

    I notice how film lovers frequently referred to as religious in character. Film lovers talk about "passion for films". Bollywood. NRIs consciously or sub-consciously perceive being "persecuted” in a Hollywood and Western dominated world and rebel by seeing a Bollywood film. And here, Bollywood lovers’ "sacrifices" make for their choice of a normal, stable career and pursue to be actors, directors and scriptwriters.

    It really strikes a chord. They indeed feel they’re a “minority” and they're suffering for their beliefs against their parent’s “orthodox” generation. There's a feeling of martyrdom that has been cultivated tacitly by Amitabh Bachchan, Indian film industry and media.

    Bollywood lovers often invoke moral reasons for their choice of film. To some, it's nothing less than our great motherland stepped in culture versus the rest of the “imperialist” Western world. Sonia Gandhi, Raj Thakare, Mayawati, Mulayam Yadav, Amar Singh ans assorted politicians who crossed swords with him are satanic, the "corrupt politicians ," motivated solely by vote banks" . On the other hand, Amitabh Bachchan and others actors have a noble undertaking . The actors save India from terrorism to corruption to education and everything in between . They preach on TV channels to newspapers

    Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan actually wave to “devotees” and give “darshans” from their balconies! This often have NRIs more than poor rural Indians.

    Bollywood and Amitabh Bachchan have cult traits, full of zombie fans slavishly devoted to and all its works.

    I feel fans would quaff poison if Amitabh Bachchan commanded it. Why in South India fans self-immolate themselves if their actors pass away.
    More than that Bangalore fans were raising ransom money when the late Raajkumar was abducted. In fact Raajkumar was one of the richest in South India. But they raised over $5 billion.

    Jesus was crucified for what his beliefs. Lord Krishna said, "Stand up for the truth”. And asked Arjun to do the same. Lord Rama sacrificed for his father, gave up the kingdom and stayed in a forest for 14 years. Buddha gave up his kingdom and indeed was an ascetic. Guru Gobind Singh fought for our nation. Chattrapti Shivaji Maharaj batlled for our nation too .

    Why not pray to Amitabh Bachchan? Indeed he quietly loves the title “God”!

    The power to supplant traditional religions in people’s lives is tremendous. New research has shown that a cult has achieved the same impact on the human brain as religion as shown in MRI and CT scan tests


    I would explain fact after fact why Bollywood mania was infiltrated into India by NRIs and ethnic Indians living overseas. (They acount of 40% of revenue!) Why the birth of the Web in 1993, gave them a channel to project their loss of self image on to India. But then again , how can I debate with fanatics in India and around cult followers around the world who are scared of the truth?
  • Rajiv
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    Rajiv
    24.02.11 04:27 PM
    Sunil,
    You wrote "Stop teaching me Bollwyood. Who are you? Genius of Mumbai? I do live in Mumbai! Have you met one actor? Personally? I am tired of saying there is a difference of Indian film ( pre-1990) and Bollwyod"

    I am expressing my views similar to you and others. Bollywood has nepotism, I agree, show me a place which doesn't? I don't claim to be genius, nor do I live in mumbai? The views expressed are my own. I agree there is difference between holly and bollywood and so are similarities. what point do you want to prove?
    Pl. direct the same questions to yourself which you asked me. Are you a genius of bollywood and hollywood? Does living in mumbai make you one? or meeting actors make you one?
  • Sunil Shibad
    By
    Sunil Shibad
    24.02.11 08:26 AM
    Here is one I wrote it as a satire but sadly a lot if is based on true.


    How to be a great Bollywood scriptwriter.



    Without ado, here is how to be a great Bollywood scriptwriter.


    1. First accept that you can never, ever be an actor Bollywood. Ever. You are not related to anyone in Bollywood or won a Miss India beauty pageant . You have a better chance to be the first Indian to walk on the Moon than to be a Bollywood actor.

    2. If you are born in a Bollywood family ( Kapoor khandaan are first among all nepotism equals) or winning a Miss India beauty pageant gives you the moral right to be an actor. No merit needed. Wipe out the good old days of self-made actors. Self-made actor is an oxymoron in Bollywood. Why do you think India is called “superpower”? Be proud of the fact that Bollywood is a superpower in nepotism. Never dream of being a Bollywood actor. Paranormal studies show that God tried to be a Bollywood actor but after hundreds of screen tests, He could not get a break into Bollywood and returned to heaven.


    3. Now find your niche market (it is not important to know the meaning of “niche market”. MBA-types will confuse you by spouting jargon). You will intuitively target your niche if you want to survive in the Bollywood film business. Your niche is “scriptwriter”.

    4. Immediately resign your day job. Do not moonlight as a Bollywood scriptwriter. Day job will make you lose your focus. Working and paying your taxes tells all that you are not serious about how you want to be Bollywood scriptwriter. Bollywood producers, directors and, above all, stars will say, “Uska time pass karta hai, ma ki aag.”

    5. Earning a cent is a blasphemy. Cultivate the starving-artist-in-a-garret image.

    6. Urge your former colleagues to get out of the rat race. But do not forget to go on taking loans from them. What are friends for?

    7. If you are living in South Mumbai (be it Malabar Hill, Breach Candy or Cuffe Parade) , shift to Andheri, Lokhandwala or Versova. If you are living anywhere in India or even New York’s Manhattan, you have no option but to rent a flat in aforementioned areas. Worldwide scientists have not found the cause but all agree that the air of Andheri, Lokhandwala and Versova changes your blood circulation to make you come up with brilliant Bollywood film script ideas. In fact, medical experts around the world call it “Urge To Be A Great Bollywood Scriptwriter Syndrome”. There is no known cure according to doctors.

    8. Coming up with an original idea is a cardinal sin. Ripping off ideas is order of the day. “A Wednesday” and “Khosla Ka Ghosla” are exceptions that prove the rule.

    9. Always sit in coffee shop. Tea is passe. Go for espresso or cappuccino. Look like you got a writer’s block and quit staring from your laptop but in fact ogle at a girl in the coffee shop.

    10. If your friends you meet over a cup of coffee – they pick up the tab, not you – and say you are “filmi or “star-struck” or “Bollywood obsessed”, reply saying, “ I have a passion for films.” Just go on saying, “ I have a passion for films.” It is your credo: passion for films.

    11. If anyone says, “I can recall great Hindi film screenplay writers like Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Gulzar, Javed, Salim, Vijay Tendulkar, Shyam Benegal, Kamlesh Pandey and so many but of late, I just can’t name a scriptwriter.” Nod your head and say, “I agree. There are no good scriptwriters these days but I will revive the art of scriptwriting in India. Be patient. Support me. It is not for me. It is for India’s screenplay writing. Mark my words, I will put our country’s screenplay writing craft on the world film map.”

    12. If some genuine screenplay writer bounces a script idea off you, simply kill it off. Just say, “Sure it is good but will it be understood the film in Jhumritalya?” Or say, “As your friend, may I be honest? It is mediocre. I expected better.” However once that poor, honest genuine screenplay writer is moving on to working on another idea, you write the script and even copyright it. Pass it off as your idea.


    13. Drop names of directors. Not of Indian directors. Casually talk about Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola, Akira Kurosawa, Federico Fellini,, Ridley Scott and Brian De Palma like you are close friends. If anyone doubts it, whip out our cell phone out and say, “Steven? Do you want speak to him?” If that pesky insists, say you cannot get through to Steven and blame congested network.

    14. It is crucial to have a good rapport with your DVD library. He will recommend foreign films. Without DVD libraries, you might as well commit career suicide. Forget you’ll be a Bollywood scriptwriter. Just work in a call center .

    15. Find an obscure film. It is important these days to see Korean, French, Japanese and other foreign language films as many these days do not openly rip off Hollywood. Plus Hollywood studios are aggressive these days and may sue you.

    16. If you are too lazy to pick up a film from your DVD library, just download screenplays. There are hundreds of screenplay websites around the Web. Why did they invent the Internet? For you. Only you. Google too was developed to help you find screenplays. Technology is your friend.

    17. Genius perspiration to locate which script to clone is 99%. Downloading it is 1%.

    18. Alternatively, see the unheard of film on DVD. Smoke. Drink. Pause DVD film. Write. Smoke. Drink. Pause film. Write. Smoke. Drink. Pause. Write. Go on till you pass out and get a hangover next day.

    19. If you are multilingual, watch Marathi and Gujarati plays to inspire your script. Do not bother sharing credit with the playwright. Forget money.

    20. Now your script is finally penned down, tell all you got hatke se idea when looking at the verdant grass in Lonavala.(Lonavala is a staple. )

    22. In case anyone says it is a copy defend by “great minds think alike”, “ it is a coincidence”, “nakal kar ne ki liye akal chaiye”, etc. Use your imagination. It is your fundamental right to copy script ideas.

    23. Offense is the best of defense. Just with a deadpan face say , “Hollywood is jealous of Bollywood. In fact they copy our ideas. Did you not know?”

    24. Now hawk to an investor. More often than not, they are NRIs and ethnic Indians living in foreign countries who have never stepped on India's shores . Your biggest problem is that from who you are going to borrow money? You need cash to buy another DVD.

    25. Do the round of meetings. "Script play reading session" is from yore years. Move with the times. Use the word “meeting”. You will feel self-important. After days, months, maybe years of pleading and begging producers, directors and stars, your screenplay will be green lighted. Beg for money from your father-in-law’s sister’s daughter-in-law to buy 10 DVD copies.

    Well now your screenplay will be a super duper hit. If not, persevere.
  • Sunil Shibad
    By
    Sunil Shibad
    24.02.11 08:16 AM
    @Rajiv Stop teaching me Bollwyood. Who are you? Genius of Mumbai? I do live in Mumbai! Have you met one actor? Personally? I am tired of saying there is a difference of Indian film ( pre-1990) and Bollwyod (post-economic reforms) You NRI Bolwyod rationalizer. You all are laughed at as a “filmi” and over years now in Mumbai despised supporting petition to Sanjy Dutt who bombed my city. What about him? I hope the US FBI arrest you! See why his visa is banned in US. You know nothing! As for nepotism, Bollwyod takes the cake. They don't deliver. Let us say politics. They can vote you in and out. Cricket? You have to perform or dropped. Businessmen? I know many who lost what they got? Pilot? Doctor? Do pass the exam. NRUI and ethnic Indians are known as films by actors! Do you know that? No. 40 % of Bollywood revenue is generated from overseas! NRis are into Bollwyod or some religion. They never inetregate with US mainstream. Only set up 1,000 blogs on films! And don’ty get into asinine arguemnts. My nation’s motto is : In Truth Lies Victory. But you run away from the truth. In fact you are a menace.

    Here is a question:


    Has any American actor get was arrested and involved in the world's worse serial bomb blast? It was on 12 March, 1993. He was found openly deploying RDX bombs and was indicted of taking part with Pakistan ISI? He was arrested (conisder that very few stars get arrested. So bear in mind that he was thrown for about a year in isolation jail. I can't find any Hollywood actor is involved in something like 9/11 or Oklahoma bombs? Is there? In openly collusion , planned and executed this:: :

    Quote:

    After the Bombay Blasts in 1993, which Ibrahim organized and financed, he became India’s most wanted man. After that incident, most of the his key Hindu mobsters and even old vangaurd Muslims went against him bringing down his empire. In 2003, the United States Government declared Dawood Ibrahim a “Global Terrorist” and pursued the matter before the United Nations in an attempt to freeze his assets around the world and crack down on his operations after significant diplomatic lobbying by the government of India.

    I want honestly. Even Hanoi Jane did not bomb New York.

    http://pibillwarner.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/indian-muslim-mafia-don-dawood-ibrahim-still-runs-the-show-in-bllywood-heroin-trade-and-the-stolen-car-racket-in-dubai-uae-by-bill-warner-private-investigator/

    I am eye witness to this one.
  • jesus_in_denial
    By
    jesus_in_denial
    03.02.11 12:29 AM
    Get out of your cocoon ,dear !
    Bollywood is full of nepotism.
    John Abhraham is a model by the way and can't act for sure....
    You don't need talent to survive in Bollywood.You need connections !
    And an intellectually blind audience to admire the crappy performance.It is not that Bollywood is shit.It is that people out here cannot understand nicer films even if their lives depends on it.....
    Do you actually believe people out here would have ever understood and admired movies like ' Inception','Shutter Island','A Beautiful Mind'if an Indian rendition of these movies already existed ?!Even the so-called educated youth of our country would'nt have give a shit...(Robert Pattinson rules,after all !!)
    It is our bad taste to be blamed....
    Just look at our horrible tele-serials..and taking about american serials...
    Go watch some of the episodes of 'Prison Break' and then come and join the discussion.I guarantee you will change your perception about Hollywood once and for all......
  • Rajiv
    By
    Rajiv
    31.01.11 06:18 PM
    I can think of some of the superstars, Shahrukh, Amitabh, John, Akshay, Anupam Kher, Jackie shroff, Dharmendra, Rajnikant, Bipasha, Deepika, Katrina, etc. what connection do or did they have with film fraternity?

    There of course are quite a few who are related, namely, Abhishek, Hritik, Ranbir, Kajol, Sunny, bobby, Sonam, sanjay dutt, etc.

    There are many others who are connected and wanted to make it, such as Kumar gaurav, mimo (son of mithun) esha (daughter of hema), many producers, directors actors have given a launching pad to their children. There are a few who succeeded, there are many more who didn't! Parents would want to support their children, whats wrong? I am not sure whether you have children or not.

    Parents support so do relatives, however eventually its upto the capability of the individual whether they are upto the mark.

    Is it only true in film business? Ross Perot, George bush, Henry ford family, husband and wife clinton, the legacy of kings and queens, etc.
    Why just point out bollywood.
  • Soum
    By
    Soum
    31.01.11 06:08 AM
    Bollywood is after all a family bussiness. No place for talent or strangers.
  • Sunil Shaibd
    By
    Sunil Shaibd
    23.01.11 08:47 AM
    How to be a great Bollywood scriptwriter

    1. First accept that you can never, ever be an actor Bollywood. Ever. You are not related to anyone in Bollywood or won a Miss India beauty pageant . You have a better chance to be the first Indian to walk on the Moon than to be a Bollywood actor.

    2. If you are born in a Bollywood family ( Kapoor khandaan are first among all nepotism equals) or winning a Miss India beauty pageant gives you the moral right to be an actor. No merit needed. Wipe out the good old days of self-made actors. Self-made actor is an oxymoron in Bollywood. Why do you think India is called “superpower”? Be proud of the fact that Bollywood is a superpower in nepotism. Never dream of being a Bollywood actor. Paranormal studies show that God tried to be a Bollywood actor but after hundreds of screen tests, He could not get a break into Bollywood and returned to heaven.


    3. Now find your niche market (it is not important to know the meaning of “niche market”. MBA-types will confuse you by spouting jargon). You will intuitively target your niche if you want to survive in the Bollywood film business. Your niche is “scriptwriter”.

    4. Immediately resign your day job. Do not moonlight as a Bollywood scriptwriter. Day job will make you lose your focus. Working and paying your taxes tells all that you are not serious about how you want to be Bollywood scriptwriter. Bollywood producers, directors and, above all, stars will say, “Uska time pass karta hai, ma ki aag.”

    5. Earning a cent is a blasphemy. Cultivate the starving-artist-in-a-garret image.

    6. Urge your former colleagues to get out of the rat race. But do not forget to go on taking loans from them. What are friends for?

    7. If you are living in South Mumbai (be it Malabar Hill, Breach Candy or Cuffe Parade) , shift to Andheri, Lokhandwala or Versova. If you are living anywhere in India or even New York’s Manhattan, you have no option but to rent a flat in aforementioned areas. Worldwide scientists have not found the cause but all agree that the air of Andheri, Lokhandwala and Versova changes your blood circulation to make you come up with brilliant Bollywood film script ideas. In fact, medical experts around the world call it “Urge To Be A Great Bollywood Scriptwriter Syndrome”. There is no known cure according to doctors.

    8. Coming up with an original idea is a cardinal sin. Ripping off ideas is order of the day. “A Wednesday” and “Khosla Ka Ghosla” are exceptions that prove the rule.

    9. Always sit in coffee shop. Tea is passe. Go for espresso or cappuccino. Look like you got a writer’s block and quit staring from your laptop but in fact ogle at a girl in the coffee shop.

    10. If your friends you meet over a cup of coffee – they pick up the tab, not you – and say you are “filmi or “star-struck” or “Bollywood obsessed”, reply saying, “ I have a passion for films.” Just go on saying, “ I have a passion for films.” It is your credo: passion for films.

    11. If anyone says, “I can recall great Hindi film screenplay writers like Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Gulzar, Javed, Salim, Vijay Tendulkar, Shyam Benegal, Kamlesh Pandey and so many but of late, I just can’t name a scriptwriter.” Nod your head and say, “I agree. There are no good scriptwriters these days but I will revive the art of scriptwriting in India. Be patient. Support me. It is not for me. It is for India’s screenplay writing. Mark my words, I will put our country’s screenplay writing craft on the world film map.”

    12. If some genuine screenplay writer bounces a script idea off you, simply kill it off. Just say, “Sure it is good but will it be understood the film in Jhumritalya?” Or say, “As your friend, may I be honest? It is mediocre. I expected better.” However once that poor, honest genuine screenplay writer is moving on to working on another idea, you write the script and even copyright it. Pass it off as your idea.


    13. Drop names of directors. Not of Indian directors. Casually talk about Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola, Akira Kurosawa, Federico Fellini,, Ridley Scott and Brian De Palma like you are close friends. If anyone doubts it, whip out our cell phone out and say, “Steven? Do you want speak to him?” If that pesky insists, say you cannot get through to Steven and blame congested network.

    14. It is crucial to have a good rapport with your DVD library. He will recommend foreign films. Without DVD libraries, you might as well commit career suicide. Forget you’ll be a Bollywood scriptwriter. Just work in a call center .

    15. Find an obscure film. It is important these days to see Korean, French, Japanese and other foreign language films as many these days do not openly rip off Hollywood. Plus Hollywood studios are aggressive these days and may sue you.

    16. If you are too lazy to pick up a film from your DVD library, just download screenplays. There are hundreds of screenplay websites around the Web. Why did they invent the Internet? For you. Only you. Google too was developed to help you find screenplays. Technology is your friend.

    17. Genius perspiration to locate which script to clone is 99%. Downloading it is 1%.

    18. Alternatively, see the unheard of film on DVD. Smoke. Drink. Pause DVD film. Write. Smoke. Drink. Pause film. Write. Smoke. Drink. Pause. Write. Go on till you pass out and get a hangover next day.

    19. If you are multilingual, watch Marathi and Gujarati plays to inspire your script. Do not bother sharing credit with the playwright. Forget money.

    20. Now your script is finally penned down, tell all you got hatke se idea when looking at the verdant grass in Lonavala.(Lonavala is a staple. )

    22. In case anyone says it is a copy defend by “great minds think alike”, “ it is a coincidence”, “nakal kar ne ki liye akal chaiye”, etc. Use your imagination. It is your fundamental right to copy script ideas.

    23. Offense is the best of defense. Just with a deadpan face say , “Hollywood is jealous of Bollywood. In fact they copy our ideas. Did you not know?”

    24. Now hawk to an investor. More often than not, they are NRIs and ethnic Indians living in foreign countries who have never stepped on India's shores . Your biggest problem is that from who you are going to borrow money? You need cash to buy another DVD.

    25. Do the round of meetings. "Script play reading session" is from yore years. Move with the times. Use the word “meeting”. You will feel self-important. After days, months, maybe years of pleading and begging producers, directors and stars, your screenplay will be green lighted. Beg for money from your father-in-law’s sister’s daughter-in-law to buy 10 DVD copies.

    Well now your screenplay will be a super duper hit. If not, persevere.

    ~Sunil Shibad. All Lefts Reserved.
  • youssef
    By
    youssef
    10.01.11 08:57 PM
    CONSULT WIKIPEDIA AND YOU WILL
    SEE YOURSELF
  • youssef
    By
    youssef
    10.01.11 08:56 PM
    WHERE ARE THOSE HOLLYWOOD OR THEIR BIASED OSCARS YOURE TALKING ABOUT FOR ME FFARE IS MORE OBJECTIVE THAN OSCARS
  • youssef
    By
    youssef
    10.01.11 08:54 PM
    Devdas (Hindi: ??????) is a 2002 Hindi film based on the Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay novella Devdas. This is the third Bollywood (Hindi) version and the first colour film version of the story in Hindi. The film is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and stars Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, and Aishwarya Rai in the leading roles.

    At the time of its release, Devdas was the most expensive Bollywood film ever produced, with a reported budget of Rs 50 crores.[3] The film was released in six alternative language versions: English, French, German, Mandarin, Thai, and Punjabi.

    Shahrukh Khan's performance as the rebellious alcoholic Devdas is often considered one of his best performances, and won him a Filmfare Award. The song Dola Re Dola became a hit with its unique dance duet between Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit.

    The film won five National Awards, ten Filmfare Awards including Best Film, and received a BAFTA nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. It was also India's entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. It was ranked #74 in Empire magazines "The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema" in 2010
  • youssef
    By
    youssef
    10.01.11 08:52 PM
    THIS IS MY ANSWER WHERES HWOOD ISEEONLY SHAHRUKH KHAN HERE NO HWOOD

    Shahrukh Khan (Urdu: ??? ??? ???, Hindi: ??????? ????; born 2 November 1965), calling himself and often (for instance on all his DVDs) being credited as Shah Rukh Khan, is an Indian film actor and a prominent Bollywood figure, as well as a film producer and television host. Khan began his career appearing in several television serials in the late 1980s. He made his film debut in Deewana (1992). Since then, he has been part of numerous commercially successful films and has earned critical acclaim for many of his performances. Khan has won thirteen Filmfare Awards for his work in Indian films, seven of which are in the Best Actor category, thus establishing himself as one of the leading actors of Hindi Cinema. In 2005, the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri for his contributions towards Indian Cinema.

    Khan's films such as Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Chak De India (2007), Om Shanti Om (2007) and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) remain some of Bollywood's biggest hits, while films like Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Veer-Zaara (2004), Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006) and My Name Is Khan (2010) have been top-grossing Indian productions in the overseas markets, making him one of the most successful actors of India.[2] Since 2000, Khan branched out into film production and television presenting as well. He is the founder/owner of two production companies, Dreamz Unlimited and Red Chillies Entertainment. Khan is today considered to be the world's biggest movie star,[3] with a fan following numbering in the billions[4] and a net worth estimated at over Rs 2500 crore (US$ 540 million).[5] In 2008, Newsweek named him one of the 50 most powerful people in the world.[3]
    Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (Hindi: ??????? ????????? ?? ??????; English: The Big Hearted Will Take the Bride), also known as DDLJ, is an Indian film. It premiered on 19 October 1995 and was released nationwide on 20 October 1995. The film, a romantic comedy, marked the directorial debut of Aditya Chopra, and stars Shahrukh Khan and Kajol.

    Earning over Rs 580 million in India and Rs 175 million overseas, the film became the biggest Bollywood hit of the year,[3] as well as one of the biggest Bollywood hits of all time.[4] The movie remains the longest running film in the history of Indian cinema. In February 2009, the film set a record by completing 700 weeks of continuous play in Mumbai theatres.[5] On 20 October 2009 the movie completed 15 years of non-stop running.[6] As of late 2010, it is still playing at the Maratha Mandir.[7]

    The film was included in the Cinema India showcase, "The Changing Face of Indian Cinema", which toured the United States in July and August 2004.[8] Indiatimes Movies ranks the movie amongst the 25 Must See Bollywood Films.[9] It was also listed among the only two Hindi films in the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die list (the other being Mother India).
  • Debjyoti (DJ)
    By
    Debjyoti (DJ)
    26.11.10 08:56 PM
    I agree, people will always complain that why such comparison...take an example Bollywood made 'Ashoka' which sucked sky high while Hollywood produced 'Braveheart' thats the difference.

    Movies which changed the world
    Forrest Gump
    Life is Beautiful
    Saving Private Ryan
    Shawshank Redemption
    District 9
    Downfall (German)
    Brotherhood (Korean)
    Soldier of Orange (Dutch)


    Even their serials are so good like HBO Miniseries Band Of Brothers, 24, Friends, Prison Break, X Files...its simply endless.....
  • sonny
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    sonny
    27.09.10 10:55 PM
    ok my last comment, honest - bollys prob is that it seems to be trying too hard to appeal to NRIs and the middle classes than the its core indian audience. it has very little connection with reality anymore, just like hollywood.
  • sonny
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    sonny
    27.09.10 10:52 PM
    in fact, american cinema is prob the weakest these days. you want good films, theyre just as likely to come from places like france, south america, spain, or even england, than the states.
  • sonny
    By
    sonny
    27.09.10 10:50 PM
    the thing is though, hollywood isnt exactly the greatest standard to measure anyone up to these days. and its out of touch with reality in its own way too, but it at least tries to base itself in some form of reality, but bollywood is happy to not really do that, and totally go to town with fantasy all the time. farrukh dondy said something good about this a while ago in the guardian.

    bollys prob is that its not as convincingly diverse as hollywood. not as much range. there are good non mainstreamed indian films, you just have to dig for them, and theyre harder to find and less frequent. and bolly attempts at 'serious' cinema these days falls flat (eg my name is khan). its trying too hard to get respect and cred when that is just not what its about.
  • Akash G
    By
    Akash G
    07.09.10 05:13 PM
    I agree with in almost all cases, except in your reference to Kaminey, which one of the best thrillers in Hindi cinema till date(trust me, I am no fan of Bollywood and I live on American cinema). Dev D may have been innovative, but it was far from refined. It was lauded because of the theme it dealt with.
  • Nithin Raj Palal
    By
    Nithin Raj Palal
    19.08.10 02:53 PM
    Very True! And they call it The New Wave in Indian Cinema. This new wave consists of many inspiration from international cinema. I've boycotted Bollywood movies terrified of loosing the experience of watching its original. I'm aware I don't need a brain to make a Bollywood movie only kidneys. But, unfortunately I've no other option to become an international filmmaker other than starting out here.
  • Rajiv
    By
    Rajiv
    18.08.10 03:59 PM
    How about Karthik Calling! a wonderful subject.
    Talking about subject, have you seen Tahaan, a story about a mule and young boy, Dumkata, a story about two young brothers.

    If you are critiquing, have you seen them all.
  • bluelotus
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    bluelotus
    07.08.10 01:51 AM
    Most of the hollywood films are trash.
    Those that are good are not commercially
    successful. Hurt Locker is a pointer to that.
  • Bijal
    By
    Bijal
    07.07.10 07:47 PM
    I think to this I just want to say that Bollywood is getting there... We don't have many films that can take on Hollywood but this is on the rise. For example, Lagaan and Taare Zameen Par were nominated for an Oscar. Disney bought the rights for TZP and have marketed it in the UK and US to all audiences. Also the asian influence in Hollywood is on the increase... We've had Gurinder Chadda doing her thing for years now but how can we forget the impace Slumdog had. Recent example is Kites... even thought it didn't do too well there were two versions, the 'western' version being shortened with less song and dance.
    We may not be there yet but the ideology is there and so is the talent.
  • aakanksha
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    aakanksha
    02.07.10 07:33 PM
    I do agree with you, nikhil. Bollywood films are rather weak in mostly everything and are totally pathetic! But even Hollywood churns some rather bad films. Hollywood by no means is a perfect film industry.
  • Kaushik Chatterji
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    Kaushik Chatterji
    07.06.10 11:10 AM
    Filmfare being a popular award given by a film magazine isn't even worthy of a comparison with the Oscars. Also, you are clearly biased towards Hollywood. It's obvious that you'd look for even the slightest positive in a Hollywood film while overlooking all its obvious fallacies, while when it comes to Bollywood, every aspect has to be inch-perfect. It's pretty useless to get into specifics 'coz clearly you'll turn a blind eye to any argument, no matter how much merit it has.
  • Godof86
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    Godof86
    22.04.10 04:11 PM
    Flawed comparison, IMHO. The Filmfare awards are not given by a jury from a reputed body like the Academy of Motion pictures, but by a film magazine. It is worthwhile to compare the Oscar with the National awards.
    And the winner, Antaheen, is a fine movie, talking about loneliness and the wait for a perfect relationship. And for a movie on internet relationships, it is not cheesy like You've Got Mail, by far.
  • Hitesh
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    Hitesh
    20.03.10 12:43 PM
    @nik

    yea i do agree on that..........but i think cinema is getting much more realistic now days....
  • theishu
    By
    theishu
    19.03.10 09:14 PM
    Oh so glad that there's finally an article on this topic :)

    I must say I agree with Nikhil on Hitesh's comment. To add further, India did have some really meaningful content films, but few and far between. Cases in point: Filhaal, where surrogate motherhood is explored as a non-taboo option. My Brother Nikhil (not Inamdar), which is one of the first -and few - movies on homosexuality.

    It's not like Bollywood doesn't have any meaningful content or intelligent writers (or smart ticket-buyers for that matter). The sad part is that we continue to glorify films that are made only for profits. How else does one explain a 'Best Film' category and a 'Critics' Choice' category?
  • Gori Girl
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    Gori Girl
    19.03.10 08:12 PM
    LOL I'd rather watch a trashy Hindi flick than a trashy American one, but then I'm sick of trashy American films. Some of my favorite films are from India -- though I don't think that Deepa Mehta's work can be considered Bollywood.
  • Nikhil
    By
    Nikhil
    19.03.10 07:38 PM
    @Gori Girl - Which is precisely why I took only the good ones from each side as 'benchmarks' and didn't even mention the bad ones. Also for arguments sake try and compare Hot Tub Time Machine with a Kambakth Ishq for instance (In this case the worst possible from both ends) and I am sure the former is still a lot better...

    Hitesh - I still think an 'Indian centric' film like you say, can be more meaningful than what is currently on offer!
  • Hitesh
    By
    Hitesh
    19.03.10 06:47 PM
    can't compare.......may be on technical basis but not content wise............both are two different world....the content or the bases on which they can make movies is much more vast.....like they can explore the animation, sexuality, real life heroes and horror genres much better .......where as Indian Movie Industry is more about India....the movies are much more closer to us doesn't matter the content is stolen from other other movies.......
  • Gori Girl
    By
    Gori Girl
    19.03.10 06:09 AM
    Oh, I don't think you're being fair to Bollywood. The stuff at the Oscars and the Academy Awards is in no way representative of the dross that Hollywood usually turns out.

    Your point about weak script is why I stopped watching all but a very few Hollywood movies at all, ever.

    Hot Tub Time Machine is more an example of Hollywood's usual standards than the Oscar fare ever is.

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