Top 10 Reasons why Bollywood Sucks
Bollywood often does not find takers in the international film fraternity. What is it about Bollywood that is so resentful to someone who’s not from an Indian descent? What is it that utterly lacks in Hindi films that comes across as a major turnoff? Bollywood, at many levels may have performed well and has even impressed one too many, but why is it that it’s often associated with low-grade cinemas? Here are ten reasons why Bollywood has taken a back seat worldwide.
10. Why u no act?
Katrina Kaif might be mighty pretty and raving but the truth is that she is absolutely monotonous and sucks at acting. Now who is going to watch a movie for 3 hours just because it has a pretty face? This applies to all those debutants in Boolywood. New age actors like the actors on Yaariyan, Diana Penty, Sayali bhagat and Tamannaah Bhatia from Himmatwala, do’nt do their part of acting all well at all. All these actors have done is look pretty in their movies. Now, how long are we going to stare at pretty faces and curvaceous bodies? Time to have some real actors who can carry on real drama on screen.
9. Can we please do away with the clichés?
It is an acknowledged fact that the Indian mind craves the clichés like none other, but does that really give the filmmakers the license to be in a comfort zone and not explore anything else? Agreed that movies like DDLJ, Kuch Kuch hota hai or Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham always strikes a chord with the audience and never fails to impress them but don’t you think it’s getting a little too blasé for the audience? Why is it that hardly any movies in Bollywood have something different in terms of the story or even the way actors portray the characters? Tried and tested, they may why do they always make way into the Bollywood scene remains a mystery to many. If we do want to want to watch a good old cliché we might just put on a DVD of an old SRK movie and enjoy it, definitely not pay to watch the same old blab in a new movie. Clichés are a thing of the past man, time to move ON!
If it’s not a cliché, it’s gotta be a copy. Most of the Bollywood movies survive merely because they have been extensively inspired by Hollywood movies. The most amusing thing about Bollywood is that the inspiration doesn’t stop at Hollywood. It takes most of its story lines from down south. Where is the originality? Be it Dhoom 3 which had most of its trainers, stuntmen or makeup artists or technicians from Hollywood, or Chennai Express which was unabashedly inspired from South Indian flicks, Bollywood movies don’t offer anything that is truly their brainchild anymore. Audience are really bored with this string of inspirations, so filmmakers, think a little bit, maybe?
7. The word ‘logic’ doesn’t exist in my dictionary
Yes, logic has slowly taken an exit from the Bollywood movie scene. Movies like Himmatwala, Besharam, Phata poster nikla Hero, don’t make any sense at all. Do they really think that they can feed the audience any nonsense and make it a huge hit? No, not happening bro, not at least a decade past the 21st century. Why is that we see little of movies like Black Friday, Udaan, Maqbool or Aamir? Why is it that filmmakers shy away from making sensible movies? The audience likes to watch good stuff, a good story with decent characters and great actors. So it’s time that directors like Kunal Kolhi and Rajkumar Santoshi take a back seat and the sensible ones take the reigns.
6. Sex and intimacy still continues to be a taboo
In Bollywood movies, it is still common sight to see two flowers brushing against one another in place of a couple that is about to make out or get intimate with each other. Another reason why Bollywood is struggling in front of Hollywood is that most Bollywood films, no matter how passionate a love story, the lead actors shy away from passionate lovemaking scenes or even intense intimacy. With more than a decade into the 21st century we still encounter intimate scenes covered by the brushing of roses and rustling of leaves. We all know that a good love story makes sense only when the intimacy between two lovers and the intricacies of their relationship is depicted in an explicit manner. Now what sense would movies like Friends With Benefits or No Strings Attached made any sense without those intimate scenes between the lead actors? If a scene demands intimacy, so be it. It’s time we get rid of those flowers and get real people on stage.
5. What’s with the direction?
Some Bollywood stories may have a great story to tell but it fails miserably because of the direction. For instance, the movie Cocktail seemed to have a good story with a great sense of fashion from the leading ladies Deepika Padukone and Diana Penty, but what was the director doing when the movie was being filmed? The story failed on so many levels merely because the direction failed to depict the story in the light of what’s happening between the characters. The intimacy between the lovers went absolutely haywire, and the friendship between the girls didn’t come across as natural, at all. So better direction maybe?
4. There’s virtually no movie that passes a message to the audience.
With movies like Besharam, Phata poster nikla Hero and Himmatwala or even the latest Race 2, Bollywood has nothing to say to the audience lately. Movies like Udaan, Rang De Basanti, Lagaan or Taare Zammen Par are truly a thing of the past. Movies these days are all about bling, a high sense of fashion, perfectly choreographed dance sequences and exotic location sets. The movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani might have done well at the box movie but what’s the point of making such a movie? No one is going to remember it like the way we remember Taare Zammen Par or A Wednesday. Where are movies that actually communicate with the audience, movies that are trying to pass a message to its viewers? Exactly, why Bollywood doesn’t make it to even the Oscar nominations anymore.
3. Glorification of the hero
This particular thing is often noticed in many Bollywood movies. The story, direction, the actors and everything in it might be great but for one thing, the way the story ends, by glorifying the hero to no end. Take for instance, the movie Lakshya, which a great script, great actors in the form of Hritik Roshan and Preita Zinta but it seemed to fail towards the end and why. It almost seems amusing that Hritik Roshan single-handedly, after surviving the enemy’s wrath, goes all the way to the check point, despite being gravely injured and manages to hoist the Indian flag. Yes, it all seems a bit too exaggerated which is only done to glorify the hero. Can we get a wee bit realistic and stick to the story at hand?
2. Dressing sense.
One thing that Bollywood designers absolutely don’t get is that no everyone can afford designer clothes like they do. Even if a character ails from a simple middle-class family, she is seen wearing expensive designer gowns and chic formals to the office every day. Do they not know that the middle-class income does not allow them such kind of luxuries? Take for instance, the movie Billu Barber, in which Lara Dutta played the role of a barber’s wife. She was seen wearing Nalli sarees throughout the movie. Now, in which world does that make sense? Most of the movies have this thing in common, the characters are often out of their roles. To put it in simple words, poor people cannot afford fancy clothes. So Bollywood fashionistas, food for thought?
1. Songs, why?
One element that is a certain turn-off in Bollywood flicks is the way the way they incorporate unnecessary dance sequences where there is no requirement absolutely. The songs maybe great but why? There can be movies without sound tracks that interrupt the track of the movie.