If you ask our youths about their all time favourite movies, it will not be surprising that you get most of the names from Godfather Trilogy, LOTR and Harry Potter series, some flicks from Brazil soil and very few flicks from Bollywood. And when you are being curious to know the reason, you get standard answer that the movie had a long lasting impact because of its powerful script ,excellent direction and it was not just an entertainment movie. This is what our bollywood directors boast in the promos of every coming movie and add the super performance of the actors and great music also. So why there are not enough bollywood movies in the top favourites of our own Indians.
The reason is clear but hidden in those standard answers which we fail to see. Its not only the powerful script and superb direction which makes a movie GOD MOVIE, but the intentions behind making the movie, the subtleness with which a movie touches the hearts of millions, the easiness with which a movie takes you to the peak and leave to first wander then think and finally debate endlessly.
Most of us go to watch a movie for few hours of entertainment and the movies which top our fav list are those which were not just entertaining but beyond it. It is kind of contradictory but this is where most of our producers, directors and script writers do fail to catch the unheard voice of audience. Bollywood gives us what we want, not what we need. Bollywood not acting as a doctor who does a check up first then prescribe the medicine accordingly.
This was my take on why we lag when it comes to quality movies, but something happened this weekend which shook me totally and made me rethink about the maturity of the bollywood.
Thanks to UTV motion pictures which supported the powerful script of “Mumbai Meri Jaan” and “ A Wednesday” .
There are things common in these two movies and shares differences too. The commonalities are both are from UTV motion pictures, released in the same month, bring out the ill effects of terrorism, take Mumbai at the centre of the story and towards the end made people think think and think.
Lets talk about the differences, MMJ is about how the people from different strata of society are affected by the Bombay Blast and how little adjustments in thinking and responsibilities of the same people can remove the stigma of terrorism. In first half ,there is a natural flow of all the consequences which all Mumbaikars went through after the blast and In second half it does a great job of conveying the acts of a responsible citizen. It also brings up how media and anti-social elements kill the already dying spirit of city. Not going into each role & character, I would say Director Nishikant Kamat has successfully conveyed a message to the audience that it just take a change in the attitude of people to get rid of this stigma and we need to act responsible at the time of crisis as Government can’t clean up mess everywhere.
Take a note when I say Government, specifically our Police system can’t clean the mess everywhere and we need not be totally dependent on them. This is where “A Wednesday” starts from and brings up the issue of a common man living through the fear of blast everyday and tolerating this flaw of the system. It goes one step beyond MMJ and asks our system boldly that how long a common man has to make the little adjustments in his attitude and life, not depend on the system, clean up the mess daily when whole country is ruining due to flaws in the system. It shows what a common man expects from the system and what he can do if system fails to provide safety to his life. Anupam Kher and Naseeruddin Shah have given one of the best performances of their life and Director Neeraj Pandey has kind of dropped a bomb in the bollywood making this kind of movie. The straight 100 minutes of sheer thrill poses a lot of questions to the system which MMJ did to the common man.
We know what Holistic Approach means, if you really want to understand this approach not minding shelling few bucks, I recommend watching these two movies in succession- MMJ and then A Wednesday, it tells you how message is conveyed holistically.
With these kinds of movies, the folks from bollywood have shown signs of maturity and I abode well for the new era of bollywood movies.