Friday, September 6, 2013

Can India ever make it to OSCARS?

India is a country where two things are considered the chief ingredients of entertainment, One is Cricket and the other one is Cinema. Since this post is about Cinema, so I will talk only about cinema .
India has given birth to legendary actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Dev Anand, Pran Sahab, Rajendera Kumar, Dharmendra, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Hirthik Roshan, Irffan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui etc. All these actors are iconic and unmatchable. Each one of them has a unique style of acting that can keep anybody spell-bound for hours. Yes!! It is the same crazy India where people shout in theaters when Amitabh Bachchan takes an entry, It is the same India where girls go crazy even in dreams about Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan, It is the same India where romance is substituted with Rajesh Khanna and Shahrukh. For your surprise I would like to tell you all readers that Shahrukh Khan is the most famous and most commercial actor in the world even above than Lenardo de caprio, Tom cruise, Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage etc in terms of popularity.

The houses of these superstars have become tourist places for the people. Every sunday Amit ji comes out of the house at around 6:30 PM to meet people at his residence 'Jalsa'. People come in thousands just to see a glimpse of the actor.

I am not a person associated with film business but as a good audience, I always clap when I see a good movie and I always hate myself for wasting my money if the movie turns out to be bad.
According to me, a film is a director's  and writer's vision and spell bound performance of the actors in it. If the story is good and the performances are not good, the film will not work and vice versa. Here in this post, I am not doubting the talent of any actor or director but I would like to throw a light on the content of the movies and the way of filming them.
In the early 70 or 80s , the story of 90% of the films at that time used to be almost the same. Either of the hero or heroine does not belong to a good family and the other is rich. Then they fall in love with each other, either of the one's family member does not approve of this love and hence a rivalry starts. In the end either the villain dies or there is a mutual understanding between the two parties and there was always a happy ending to the love saga. Then there come an era of 90's and early 2000 where the same love stories were presented with a different angle but the theme was almost the same. The highlighting point is that Love stories have always been an integral part of our film making and that is being continued even till date. Every Friday movie lovers go to cinema halls in hope that this time they will not get depressed but more or less the scenario is still the same.

Even the film makers place a safe bet on love stories as they have gone deep into Indian roots, so they usually hesitate to experiment with different kind of cinema.
Then there come directors like Anurag Kashyap, Bejoy Nambiar, Debakar Benarjee and Zoya Akhtar who took it as a challenge and brought a whole new experience of cinema for the Indians. Their movies did not boast of big stars like SRK or Aamir but the content was so powerful and the actors(even they were not recognized faces in the beginning) were so convincing in their roles that audience accepted them with open arms.
Films like Dev D, Lootera, Udaan, Shanghai, Taare Zameen Par, 3 idiots, Chak de India, Paan Singh Tomar, Gangs of Wasseypur are the benchmark films in Indian Film industry which has proved that ultimately it is the content of the film which matters and Indian audience is hungry for a new kind of cinema. 
Every time  we see in Oscars, there are films submitted from all over the world of different genres but only a few of them are lucky to be awarded with the oscars.
The prime reason behind an indian film not being awarded Oscar till date is the one I stated above, but now the picture is changing. Actors like Irffan Khan have proved their mattle in both Bollywood and Hollywood and is working in offbeat films which are definitely oscar materials. Now his film 'Lunchbox' is being considered as a strong contender for OSCARS and I hope this time it will bring accolades to Indian Cinema.

The need of the hour is that we need more directors like Anurag Kashyap and Debakar, we need more actors like Irffan and Nawaz who are ready to work in different kind of films and more writers like Amol gupte who are ready to depict their off beat vision. Image of Indian Film industry is changing and I hope in coming years we will see an Indian movie winning Oscars every year or so.

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