Monday, July 01, 2013

State of Bollywood

I realise this isn't my usual topic but the last couple of weeks Bollywood films has been the topic of discussion between myself and my work colleague.

How is it possible to sit through 3 hours of what appears to be a really badly told storyline trying to imitate Hollywood? I recently I watch Yeh Jawaani Hai Zindagi, like most Bollywood movies I found it unconvincing. The development of story and feelings of characters I found abrupt. The dillia wali girlfriend was an out of context in relation to the story in the film. Although the best thing about the movie has to be the soundtrack. Mein udna chahta hoon, dorna chahta hoo, girna chahta hoon could not buy it. The boy clearly does not take after his father...

I miss the movies of 50s-70s, 80s was a fun era, 90s was dominated by cheese (still fun) but naugties lost it and is still losing it. Jo Jeetah Wohi Siqandar still remains one of my all time favourites.

September will be time to bring arty southasian movies to my work place. Recommendations welcome. Most likely dominated by films from Kolkata and South India but open to Bollys if you can convince me :)