We follow Indian cinema closely as its is part of our life. And when it comes to Hindi movies people are crazy for their favorite actors and actress. Earlier movie are made with fresh song and fresh stories. But nowadays we see the worse of story then ever. Year 2017 was even worse than 2016 when it comes to Hindi movies. With multiple disappointing trips to the movie theaters, we kept hoping for a miracle which never happened.
Some movies like Lipstick Under My Burkha, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha amongst others in this otherwise dull year. The rise of these smaller films is not happening for the first time and when we look back at the illustrious history of Hindi cinema, we can find evidence.
The 70s were dominated by the scripts of Salim-Javed. The larger than life aura of Vijay, the angry young man who was against the establishment and the one whose morality couldn’t be classified into black and white, these were some of the essential elements of the movies in those days.
And while the audience lapped up these films, there was another wave that probably did not find as many takers but it was noticeable enough to find a place in the history of Indian cinema. This was the era when films with realistic characters were made on a smaller scale but their simplicity clicked with the audience and found a place in their heart.
The Amol Palekar starrer films like Rajnigandha (1974), Chhoti Si Baat (1976), Chitchor (1976) and many of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s films like Chupke Chupke (1975), Mili (1975), Gol Maal (1979) were released alongside the Sholays and Deewars. The big ones certainly dominated but the little ones gathered their fandom as well.
We used to say these lines that history repeat itself and the current scenario, it would be fair to say that Hindi cinema is undergoing a similar phase right now. 2017 has been the year of content-driven cinema. Multiple listicles have credited films like Bareilly Ki Barfi, Shubh Mangal Savdhan, Jolly LLB 2 as the best films of 2017 and the same listicles have also been quick to bash the likes of Jab Harry Met Sejal. But what is the reason behind this shift in audience’s perception?
In every other interview given by Hindi film personalities, they keep insisting on how stories are the real heroes but the same people keep contradicting their own statements over and over again with the products they deliver. Same was the case this year.
But we can say that movie like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Lipstick Under My Burkha, Newton, Mom, Maatr are some of the movies that we can say are changing the monopoly. But there is a flip side to this as well. Hindi cinema is a firm believer of formulas. So we can say that there are directors who are still experimenting with the direction and we are watching new stories. And audience out there are supporting movies like this. What do you think about Indian cinema nowadays scenario tell us. For more updates keep following Circle of Bollywood!