Do you know that the Real Cinema is a reflection of society? The storyline, plots and dialogues more often than not are inspired from the nearby surrounding. However, a certain agenda driven Islamo-communist lobby hijacked the Hindi Cinema industry.
Their propaganda trampled the soul of Cinema and gradually alienated audiences from the big screen. The insider-outsider debate, Covid pandemic, OTT and the unfortunate Sushant Singh Rajput fiasco aggravated a scary situation for Bollywood.
Flops after Flops, is Bollywood on the verge of inevitable doom?
The Hindi Cinema Industry was among the worst sufferers of the covid outbreak. All the so-called superstars kept postponing their mega budget films in the hope of a grandeur opening at its theatrical release. However, even when the covid outbreak subsided, nothing went in favour of the Urdu-inflicted Hindi Cinema Industry.
The Stardom culture has come to a grinding halt. And therefore, the so-called superstars like Aamir Khan are caught shedding crocodile tears for their miserable past statements and acts. However, their lamenting acts have no takers at all. This is pretty evident from the fate of films released this year.
Nearly 75% of the films released in the first-half of this year proved to be a box office disaster. All the set standards of Bollywood could not save themselves from the ultimate humiliation at the theatrical release. Evidently, films like Gangubai Kathiawadi -flopped, Shamshera – flopped, Laal Singh Chaddha – a monumental disaster, Akshay Kumar’s multiple releases – failed miserably and the shiny bubble of Brahmastra was busted, courtesy of the shoddy past of its star casts.
The last major release, Brahmastra did everything possible to blunt the Sword of Boycott trend. Its PR team threw big numbers, presented a rosy picture but, in the end it could not prevent the inevitable. It failed to achieve break-even point in its complete run time.
Why did the tables turn on Bollywood?
For a very long time, Bollywood cabal have shoved down its agenda in the garb of artistic liberty and freedom of expression. The core agenda of the movie was wrapped around Hinduphobia. The cabal paid no heed to the feedback of general public.
This glaring truth can be witnessed in the iconography of most villainous characters who committed unspeakable horrors, while parallely carrying out Hindu rituals. On the contrary, minor roles were always added in the plot line to eulogise other faiths and present a twisted representation of Secularism. This has been the major reason for the debacle of the Hindi cinema industry.
Pankaj Tripathi found the panacea for Bollywood’s misery
Pankaj Tripathi has completed two-decades of successful career in the Entertainment industry. He has played many iconic roles, be it Akhandanand Tripathi in Mirzapur aka Kaleen Bhaiya; Sultan Qureshi in Gangs of Wasseypur or ‘Sattu Bhai’ in Ludo and Madhav Mishra in Criminal Justice. This versatile actor has personified all his roles and has cemented himself as a maestro in the acting field.
That’s the reason why his advice holds more value to the entertainment industry. Recently in an interaction with a radio channel, he expressed concerns about the fate of Bollywood. He has analysed the reason for the dismal performance of Bollywood in the past few years.
The anguished actor stated that he is worried about the content in the mainstream cinema. He gave clear and precise advice to Bollywood to end its misery. He stressed that Bollywood should start giving more importance to their writers.
He said, “If I talk about myself over the last 15 years, my taste in cinema is very distinct. I see some Malayalam films and some Bengali films, but I only see a few in mainstream Hindi cinema. Maybe the audience changed after the pandemic because they watched a lot of OTT. There are stories from all over the world on these platforms, and the audience may be improved their taste and thought ‘what are you presenting to us?'”
Furthermore, he highlighted that not all the south films have done well in terms of business. However, they have not shied away from experimenting and come up with quality content in their journey.
He added, “People talk about the South but I was recently reading a report that only these 3-4 popular films have worked. I don’t remember correctly but there were 100 films made and only 3-4 worked. But Hindi mein jis kism ka kai baar mainstream cinema mein kaam hota hai, content pe, writing pe, mujhe hamesha chinta hoti hai (But the kind of work that is done in mainstream Hindi cinema in terms of content and writing, it always worries me).”
Additionally, he said that his advice to budding writers and production teams would be to invest at least 1 or 2 percent of the total budget in writing. He accurately stated that writing is the essence of the film and urged the Hindi Cinema Industry to treat writers properly.
Importance of Screenplay and legendary scriptwriters
It is an open secret that without engaging screenplay, a film can’t deliver its intended message or purpose to the audiences. A messy and hay-wired screenplay of a terrific story will always be trampled by a better screenplay of a simple story and powerful dialogues.
Well, to be clear from the outset we won’t be talking about the Saleem-Javed duo who were the actual culprit for this shoddy business in the Hindi Cinema Industry. The damage done by this duo is beyond moral comprehension, and we won’t waste time unraveling their dirty tricks rather, we are focusing on the legendary writers who penned down iconic scenes and dialogues.
Notably, many cinema lovers might not know this but Saurabh Shukla came to limelight not because of his comic timing or acting skill. In fact, he made his presence felt with his mighty pen. He wrote the famous songs of Satya that several generations danced on. After that he never looked back and ruled the industry with his writing as well as acting.
Second, if the name Neeraj Vora doesn’t ring a bell then don’t worry. You might have heard these dialogues over and over again. “150 rupiya dega”, “Mast joke mara”, “Utha le re baba”, “Maal kidhar hai”, these epic dialogues were a creation of his genius mind. These have given birth to priceless memes thanks to one man, Neeraj Vora. He went on to write scripts for famous movies like Rangeela, Hera Pheri, Khatta Meetha, Hungama, Chup Chup Ke, and Golmaal.
Third, V Vijayendra Prasad personifies all the traits that a legendary script writer needs. His creative genius has given birth to films like Vikramkudu, Manikarnika, ‘Thalaivi’ and the recent blockbuster film RRR. Now, he is working to make films and web series on Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) which will bring the entire Bollywood cabal to its knees.
Further, other great screenwriters include Prasoon Joshi, Neeraj Pandey and Manoj Muntashir, among others. The list of great screenwriters in Bollywood is too long to sum up in one place and all are equally worthy to produce a masterclass. Yet, the bollywood picks up crass writers who pen down dialogues like “Light me jo roshni hai”.
If things like this continue further and Bollywood ignore the sane advice of Pankaj Tripathi like it did of the audiences, it will seal its fate forever. If it wants to have success in the remainder of the year, it should start focusing on good content free of hinduphobia and propaganda. This can only be achieved by employing people who let their pen do the talking rather than lecturing audiences in glamour or PR shows.
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