Saturday, April 11, 2009

Changing trend of Indian Movies

Although Dilli-6 may have not got the box office collections or the critics acclaim, the changing trend of the "message" in the current breed of Indian movies is clearly visible. The concept of poor boy rich girl has been long blabbered in the Hindi cinema, and finally after the slamming by audiences of such movies, a new trend of giving a more realistic message is emerging. Slumdog millionaire was criticized for being a westerner's view of poverty in India, the Indian view of problems (not alone poverty) have been better but with a poor execution. The origin of communal riots showed in Dilli-6 and the focus on the roots was particularly good, but over dramatization and a slow story (very slow) killed the movie. Movies should be like whirlpool- even after you watch the movie it should still suck you in, a feature found in Ghajini.

Another movie, which caught my attention was Aloo Chaat starring Aftab Sivdasani, Kulbhushan Kharbandha and Aamna Shariff. The movie talks about intercaste marriage and how this couple of manages to overcome the prejudices of the groom's parents. The change is refreshing and execution is better with humour being chosen as the carrier to deliver the message. Farhan Akhtar's Luck By Chance also manages to do the same and its message though being less commonplace has a very deep meaning and impact. The rags to riches story of a person who dreams of being an actor and ultimately being one tells that it is important or remember your roots. Though it did not do very well, the movie too lacked the pace and the grip. While Ghajini's, DDLJ's are rare the movie with message like Rang De Basanti, Munnabhai duo need to focus on the execution so that the message is delivered more effectively.