QualitiesModern Indian flicks are a dizzying cocktail of humor and romance. Notable stars like Kareena Kapoor and Shahrukh Khan bring a blend of sexuality and talent to the screen while performing inevitable future dance hits. Brightly colored costuming and shorter run times remind viewers of India’s rich manufacturing tradition while retaining the attention of perpetually busy young adults.
Current pieces still adhere to a trend of social commentary, but the subject matter is relatable to modern society. The approach ensures that younger viewers do not tire of their traditional cinema. Instead of the fight for independence from colonization, young adults enjoy tales of flight from oppressive parenting.
Public OpinionMany viewers enjoy the direction of modern Bollywood cinema. A number of young people took to user forums to recall their experiences watching older films. Long-winded pieces facilitated boredom while the lack of color remained a point of contention during a time when color imaging is de rigueur. One thing that many seem to agree on was a lack of substance that current pieces failed to provide.
Audiences questioned whether movies released in a post-90s era would have the same staying power as earlier pieces. While one could place emphasis on a variety of factors, all fingers seemed pointed in one direction. For better or for worse, the mainstreaming of Bollywood cinema made a substantial impact on feature releases.
Bollywood Goes HollywoodYoung Bollywood stars are attractive, famous and rich. Even the most die-hard fans will say
that many simply cannot act or got better with time. Modern films seem to take a cue from Hollywood and cast based on looks instead of talent, with opposing results. On the one hand, audiences flock to see eye-candy that results in a bigger box office haul. Unfortunately, many movies, especially those featuring stars during their earlier years, are not very good.
Modern Bollywood offerings are a reflection of progression occurring within the industry. Unlikely headliners including adult actors Sunny Leone and Priya Rai entered the Bollywood limelight. Directors are starting to incorporate the English language into many flicks, with a few featuring all-English dialogue. The future looks bright for Bollywood, but traditionalists hope the advances do not eliminate the genre’s core essence.