Are Bollywood movies shit? With today’s generation, there’s a notion that Bollywood movies are total shit as they mainly revolve around love triangles or over melodramatic love stories or some cliché action sequence between the hero and villain. Whatever the story may be a love angle, a comic character, some Superman stunts and zero logic is a must in every film. True?

Well, it is the truth but partially. Come let’s try to understand that Bollywood movies are way more than just being shitty (in the positive aspect).

WHY BOLLYWOOD MOVIES ARE CONSIDERED SHIT?

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Tumbbad (2018)

Over the last few years, there’s a perception among the movie buffs that Bollywood movies are nothing when compared to its Tollywood or Hollywood counterpart. Initially, it was all about Hollywood but after Bahubali series, Arjun Reddy and KGF has left everyone flabbergasted and now all are extensively talking about why Bollywood is failing to make such major impact.

Yes, ofcourse certain Bollywood movies are a total crap. For instance, in 2018 Thugs of Hindustan (being the top budget films ever produced in Bollywood), Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se or Race 3. It’s so disappointing to see when the most renowned actors like Aamir Khan, Salman Khan or Amitabh Bachan accept films with crappy script lines, zero logic, impractical stunts and a film totally copied from films like Pirates of Caribbean, just for the sake of money. Even the studio, VFX and soundtrack were copied. And it’s sad to acknowledge the fact that most of them made an immense profit out of them. We as an audience encourage the makers by spending our money on such films.

But on the other hand 2018 was probably the best year for Bollywood. Great cinematically appealing films like Mukkabaaz, Union Leader, Beyond the Clouds, Raazi, Andhadun, Tumbaad, Blackmail, Sonu ki Tittu ki Sweety, etc came up. The list is big and each and every story was gripping, appealing and entertaining. These were the movies with engrossing scripts, appealing soundtrack and under professional direction.

andhadun movie poster

WHAT WENT RIGHT AND WHAT WENT WRONG….

We presume that a lot of things just go wrong but that’s not the case. They are all fake prejudices. We just consider that every other film that comes up is trash and for those who don’t criticize Bollywood movies in any form, I feel you should leave this blog right now as this is not for you. So, based on our fake prejudices we claim every other film to be trash but that actually is not the case. We miss out all those great films that Bollywood has been producing. In 2018 we missed out films which deserved Oscar nominations. Yes, you heard it right.

If we as an audience do not watch these films in theatres they struggle to make profit. They are already low or medium budget films and hence go unnoticed or ignored. What I wanna say is that if we want Bollywood to evolve we should encourage these types of films. It’s great to see actor/actresses like Rajkumar Rao, Ayushmann Khurrana, Vicky Kaushal, Irfan Khan or Alia Bhatt signing up for quality content.

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A scene from Karwaan (2018)

But such films too struggle on box office just because they don’t have any of the mega Bollywood star cast in it. Just like the way Sohum Shah’s films are doing now. He is one of the most professionally talented actors of this era who spent years behind Tumbaad which was a masterpiece. It deserved to go for the Oscars (at least I think so). The acting, sound, VFX, scripting, directing, scene works and almost everything was more than just perfect. A gem it was. But still, his films like Tumbaad(2018), A Ship of Thesis(2012),  etc struggled.

Here is his interview from the Stardust

PRESUMPTIONS

Now we are talking about this only because films like Mulk, Lust Stories, and Love per sq foot and etc blew the audience by their content and storyline. Streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime are providing the required exposure and promotions. People like me are talking about this socially only because films like Soni, Love Sonia, Karwaan exist in Bollywood.

Don’t just call Bollywood movies trash just because you ain’t watching or supporting the right film. Great cinematic films exist deep inside, just like diamonds you have to dig deep to extract them and trust me it will be worth your time.

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Anubhav Kumar Das

Anubhav Kumar Das

Anubhav is the owner of Forever Pieces. He is a published author and poet. He is a part-time freelance writer and maybe found strumming the guitar for gigs on festive weekends. Besides all these, he is also an exhibited artist and photographer.

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