23 October, 2020

Thirsting For Pyaasa

What we make today is not cinema but superficial, downright dumb drivel

R. Prasad
Thirsting For Pyaasa
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My purpose in writing this column is to raise a voice of dissent in the atmosphere of smug complacency that surrounds the Bombay film industry these days. The fare on offer in cinema halls around the country includes a lot of films that, though slickly produced, are superficial, unimaginative and even downright stupid. They cannot really be called cinema—they are more like 'lifestyle' ad films or, worse, promos for Bollywood stars. What makes me even sadder is that the people behind these films are highly talented. They are collaborating in an exercise that is designed only to titillate and totally dumb-down the audience.

Let us take the example of music. For the cinema purist, music may be non-essential, but it is one of the fundamental ingredients of Indian cinema. Isn't the degradation of a great tradition audible and obvious to all? Thank god for Rahman. Then, take the content of most films—the idea that Bollywood is doing anything radically different is a notion spread by people who have no idea of the history of Indian cinema....

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