As 2016 is coming to an end (which we all badly wanted!), it fills me with a sense of introspection, “Was 2016 really that bad for Bollywood”? As I ponder over this question time after time, the answer I get is very bleak yet satisfying, “Yes, it was not that good but it was not that bad either”.
With the last release ‘Dangal’, the dangal-ed controversies and disappointments of 2016 seems to dwindle away and we see 2016 as the ‘changing year’ of Bollywood for all the right reasons.
Though Bollywood had fewer “100 crore” films it was high on performances. Isn’t it a good sign, already?
Bollywood has realized that ‘Rohitshittyism‘ doesn’t work anymore, content is the king.
We, as the audience, are no more in awed delight with star power. Whether it is Salman or Shah Rukh’s film, if the script is illogical and abrupt, criticism will be loud. The same thing happened with ‘Fan’, even though SRK was exceptional as the stubborn Gaurav, the story line had so many loopholes that the movie completely sank at the box-office.
The film looked like a boring chase between a lunatic fan and an egocentric star. Where was real fanism? Where was the passion?
Bollywood doesn’ hide from reality anymore. Plus, it is ready to fight for it.
The Censor board has been a pain in the ass for filmmakers for years, especially for art directors. But Anurag Kashyap refused to bow down before these uncreative souls and shouted at Pahlaj Nihalani’s face, “Teri keh ke lunga”.
Aur li bhi!
He questioned the incompetence of the censor board and with him stood half of the film fraternity. Why hide the truth in ‘cuts’, Pahlaj? Even people want to be aware of the notorious deeds of their society and shadowing it is like slaughtering reality.
Kashyap was high on ART and Pahlaj Nihalani was high on sanskaars. We know, who was being fuddu?
Finally, Bollywood love stories got a makeover but very mushkil se.
‘Ek tarfa pyar ki taqat hi kuch aur hoti hai … auron ke rishton ki tarah yeh do logon mein nahi bati … sirf mera haq hai ispe’
The moment Shah Rukh said these words, it redefined the way we saw unrequited romance. When our generation was zoned in the concept of friend-zone, this movie gave us a deeper perceptive of how lonely, beautiful, powerful is one-sided love. It made us embrace the fact that unrequited love is a form of unconditional love, not a sign of weakness.
Dear sequels, you are no more invited.
Sequels suck. The same old cast molded into a dumb and prolonged script just because the previous installment was a wonder. ‘Rock On 2’, ‘Housefull 3’, ‘Ghayal Once Again’, ‘Force 2’ and ‘Jai Gangaajal’ — they all bombed at the box-office. Why? All they had was a star-studded cast but no novelty factor.
Farhan saying to Shraddha, “Mujhe pata hai script bakwaas hai, concert promotions se paisa kama lenge, niraash mat ho”.
Bollywood is going beyond number games. Who is the queen of Bollywood? Who is the current No.1 actress?
We realized that these tags are a mandatory thing. First, it was Kangana, then came Deepika and in 2016, Alia took the game a notch higher with ‘Udta Punjab’ and ‘Dear Zindagi’. From this year, let’s stop labeling actors as No.1 or No.2, let’s label their performance.
For all the joy, shocks and surprises in 2016, thank you, Bollywood.