Bollywood- the unsung industry
Bollywood! And boom! What did you just imagine? Flowers, romantic songs, slow motion action, loads of melodrama and of course Manish Malhotra’s magical wardrobe. And just like that comes the greatest names as Aishwarya Rai or Amitabh Bacchan. It gave us the all-time favorite Jodi’s such as Shahrukh and Kajol or Hema and Dharmendra. A dJ without Badshah’s songs or a wedding night without YJHD songs- is as incomplete as Hindi movies without an item song. But what Bollywood actually is in its own definition? Hindi cinema, often known as Bollywood and formerly as Bombay cinema, is the Indian Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai. It is the most popular film industry here in India. Indian cinema is the world’s largest film industry in film production, with an annual output of 1,986 feature films in 2017.
Bollywood is its largest film producer, with 364 Hindi films produced in 2017.
The most popular commercial genre in Bollywood since the 1970s has been the masala film, which freely mixes different genres including action, comedy, romance, drama and melodrama along with musical numbers. It is a form of art with the ability to entertain, educate, and reflect and shape our sense of who we are and our understanding of the society in which we live in.
Unlike Hollywood, Bollywood is full of realistic movies which are deeply inspired by our day to day life. Movies like ‘Article 15’, ‘Andhadun’ or ‘My Name Is Khan’ are some of them shedding light on day to day problems of a normal person’s life. Whereas on the other hand movies like ‘Mary Kom’ or ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ are the one depicting the struggle path towards success. Do you know that nearly 100 million enthusiasts worldwide see Bollywood films in over 13,000 cinema halls every week! And apart from this one can enjoy almost every sort of movie that they like without actually repeating them. Why? Because the Bollywood gives you a whole set of new movies releasing almost every Saturday. The drama-dripping movie songs blare from cell phone dial tones, radio shops, and cars passing by. No Indian wedding is completed without Bollywood songs. Apart from this Bollywood has become a real hotspot for all the masala- one needed in their lives. Want to break random boredom- why not watch “Mohabbatein”. Want to propose your girlfriend? Rewind the scene from “Kal Ho Na Ho”. Wanna have a perfect attitude? Go get a pro tip from “poo” in “Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gum”. Your one store solution to all the cranky problems- withstand within the boundary of Hindi Cinema.
Indian society consist of many norms, values, and cultures- one being the role played by an individual in the society. In our society the dominant form of ideology that how women are seen as subjected-as either the nurturing mother, the innocent wife, the vamp or the educated modern women. They are very rarely seen portraying the main role. Often the Bollywood industry just fits male centric movies- where only the male is seen gathering all the importance. It’s a patriarchal system that is followed in our country India, here the women are seen as an property of their father in their birth home and after the marriage the rights are transferred to her husband and later on to her children, which is well seen in the movies like “Miss India” where Nargis Dutt was seen portraying the lead role. And it’s not the case with 90’s but it can be seen in the latest hits also such as Kabir Singh. Also women are mostly subjected to nudity and a subject to fulfill male desires. In Indian movies it is very often seen that the women which is considered perfect is the one most decent and the one who is ready to sacrifice herself in order to protect the male counterpart. Seriously? A passionate women who is confident enough in doing what she wants to is always seen in a bad light and such is a reflection of the society and a reflection on the society. For being a desirable women, we are teaching our daughters to always obey the male command and be ready to sacrifice their own happiness. All these thoughts and mentality should be challenged and worked upon immediately as movies are the one influencing our kid’s day to day behavior.
Thus, Bollywood itself is a mixture of all the positive and negative attributes. One can either learn or influence from it, depending upon the gravity of interests. It can offer a great experience of learning and simultaneously a vast sea of bleak. If message is not delivered properly it can invite misunderstandings among the viewers very easily. Whereas on the other hand you can escape in a wonderland and forget your worries for those brief three hours. So movies can be really good and bad- it all depends on the eyes of the viewer. How we grasp the message portrayed- makes the movie bad or good for us.