APOLOGISE for your masala, Bollywood!

I am not a big fan of Bollywood movies. Only few films that come rarely are realistic. Rest is a mixture of fantasy, make-believe, heroism, machoism, where the actress is just an eye candy to the He-MAN actor.

I want Bollywood to apologise. Apologise for the crap you’ve filled people’s head with for all these years. Apologise for the larger than life hero of your dull witted movies. Apologise for making people believe that one good guy could beat up ten guys and still come out unharmed.

Here one guy and a girl couldn’t beat up six guys. Welcome to reality.

For long you’ve sold your crap to the gullible people of India, and made super stars out of wanna be struggling actors.

For long you’ve shown that the good guy becomes the hero by saving a girl from getting raped. He is NOT doing the girl a favour. No sir! It is his moral obligation.

It was you, oh despicable Bollywood, who has played a major role in reducing women to a mere object of desire.

First a lover was sobriquetted as “Chaudvi ka chand”. Then came “cheez bari hai mast mast”.
Now it’s “Chammak challo”, “jumping-um, humping-um”, “munni badnaam” and “Sexy Sheila”.

All you are is a money minting Juggernaut. All of you. Lyricists, musicians, the women who agree to this objectification.

No. I am not an intolerant bigot. But every industry has a social responsibility. Where is yours?

Admit your part in this. And apologise. I don’t care how rich a superstar you are. I don’t care in how many exotic locations your have you bungalows. But you all are equally responsible. If not more. Apologise.

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14 comments on “APOLOGISE for your masala, Bollywood!

  1. Beechmount says:

    Amen to everything you said.

  2. Amen, indeed. How is Bollywood looked upon at in Canada?

    • Beechmount says:

      The same way you look at it-unadulterated BS, exception being on the West coast-especially Vancouver, where a lot of Indian immigrants have settled-many of who suck in Bollywood movies by the shovel full. Go figure how a serious minded person would watch that kind of–well, you know what I mean. They should produce movies that educate people instead, but I guess many just want to live in never-never fantasyland, which is why Bollywood still exists. Give me a bloody break, please.

  3. Couldn’t agree more!

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  5. Shah Shahid says:

    I guess you judge the majority of Hollywood based on the works of Michael Bay, Beyonce Knowles, Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, Steven Segal and other gratuitious and fluff artists?

    FYI: There have been just as much of an era of unrealistic action from Hollywood as there have been in Bollywood. Action stars such as Stallone, Bronson, Segal, etc… perpetuated the incredibly unrealistic action that is still prevalent in Hollywood. THE EXPENDABLES comes to mind.

    The problem with Bollywood, along with the commercial and mainstream industry which are completely guilty of everything you accuse them of above, is the sensationalism of, self admittedly, ill informed audiences such as yourself.

    Yes, the mainstream successful drivel consists of immoral and inappropriate fluff which the public eats up. However, there are equal parts of intellectual, social and morally conscious cinema coming out of India as well, which goes ignored, ironically by the same people complaining about the state of Bollwood.

    Instead of spreading the word about amazing works like ENGLISH VINGLISH, I AM, MY BROTHER NIKHIL, etc… we’d rather pick up our pitch forks at what we see on our limited cable subscription to the ZEE Network while living outside of South Asia.

    There is such a thing as Supply and Demand. It’s as much our faults, as the audience flocking to see the latest SRK starrer, while Sudhir Mishra needs established ‘stars’ in his movies for us to pay attention.

    The movies are made for us, as long as we fill up theatres in hoards to see the latest Indian import shake it, there will always be business men trying to provide that for us.

    • Where am I saying that Hollywood is not guilty of the same?
      Where am I saying that good films don’t release here?
      Why do you accuse me of not spreading the word about good films and only criticising the bad ones? Since I last checked a person in India is free to decide what to criticise and what to endorse. Yes you are right. I criticise the bad bollywood. I’ll always do. There’s nothing stopping me. Neither your comment nor the likes of you who come with pre conceived notions and totally miss the context. Who tells you I don’t queue up for a Sudhir Mishra or an Anurag Kashyap?
      Listen if according to you i’m ill informed, why did you just give me a “follow”? Please feel free to leave my blog. If you’re so repulsed kindly “unfollow”. I have my own brand of writing and my own friends and readers from all around the world. Feel free to leave. Have a good day.

      • Beechmount says:

        Just ignore this ignoramus. He is suffering from a rare form of narcissism.

      • Shah Shahid says:

        I followed you because I enjoy reading / discussion various perspectives. However, it’s ironic that you talk about freedom to criticize, yet you get so offended at my criticism of your stance. My comment in no way was an attempt at ‘stopping’ you, yet you tell me to leave your Blog. Double standard much?

        You seem to have gotten personally offended at my points, despite me including myself in my references to the audience of Indian films. (“we”, “us”.)

        Secondly, I only accused you to being ill informed, based on you saying you’re not a fan of Bollywood. I took that you mean that you don’t follow every film which releases, marketing strategies, international impact, or focus on the domestic and overseas business side of the Film Industry. If I’m wrong and you do keep track of all that, then I apologize.

        Getting back to the topic: If you are deliberately choosing to ‘criticize the bad bollywood’, despite being aware of the good, then generalizing an entire Industry and demanding they take responsibility for the actions of others… then you are being as irresponsible as a writer / journalist / blogger, as the people you are complaining about.

        It’s as insulting to the people producing good, morally conscious cinema from India, when you group them in with the rest of the ‘money minting Juggernaut’, as it is to you to be grouped in with the same audience who hollers and whistles at the latest item number in Theatres.

        And you seem to be missing the context of your your own post. I thought you had an issue with the vulgar and immoral content of Bollywood films? So I’m not sure why you brought up Anurag Kashyap in this discussion, considering the content of his films are very crude and violent, and not at all an example of socially responsible cinema?? Are you now talking about films that are considered artistically & critically good?

        Your response further punctuated my point. The Audience of such films that you claim to dislike, and the sensationalist and selective Media (news, websites, radio, blogs posts such as yours) are just as responsible for the state of Bollywood, as the people who are producing such questionable content. If WE didn’t fuel the the publicity of the bad, while the good got ignored, then such movies wouldn’t be commercially viable.

    • “If you are deliberately choosing to ‘criticize the bad bollywood’, despite being aware of the good, then generalizing an entire Industry and demanding they take responsibility for the actions of others… then you are being as irresponsible as a writer / journalist / blogger, as the people you are complaining about.” – makes a lot of sense.

      Perhaps i’ve should’ve named this post as being addressed to “bad Bollywood. Generalisations are dangerous. Just as I can’t take responsibility for all the bad blogs……..you get the drift.

      I mentioned Anurag because his films in a way portray reality. I love the way how he portrayed some parts of India in his Gangs…. Films.

      But then again was he promoting vulgarity? I Don’t know.
      Does Art follow life or life follow Art? Seems to be a vicious cycle..

      But if you read my post again you’ll find that my problem is not with vulgarity but with objectification of women as just eye candies or sex bombs.

      What I like about Anurag’s Gangs series was that women were given stronger roles. Stronger than what some Superstar actresses are given.

      I don’t know if the geographical location he’s trying to portray is THAT matriarchal, though. Or is it a figment of his imagination.

      I got offended at your criticism because of the words “ill informed audiences such as yourself”. That I believe was a personal slight. You may not agree with me, you may question my stand, but when you venture into personal slights, you only validate impulsive responses such as the one I gave.

      Well, what can I say? I don’t consider myself to be an intellectual or a seasoned film studies expert, but just as a viewer, I try to line up for films which tend to get ignored.

      I get angry when such films don’t arrive as frequently as I would like them to. And in the meanwhile there’s a procession of mindless movies that anyway make good money.

      The audiences don’t complain either. So I am inclined to believe THAT procession is Bollywood and NOT the minority that doesn’t get audiences.

      Again you’re right when you say if we didn’t watch such movies they will not get made. I can assure you I don’t watch such crappy movies. But can I assure that no one will watch them? No. Can I take responsibility for those who watch them? No.

      So I guess I cannot generalise the industry here, just as the audience cannot be generalised. I should’ve named it as being addressed to “BAD BOLLYWOOD”. End of story. Barring the personal slight, your comments were enlightening. Have a good day.

      • Shah Shahid says:

        Glad you agree about generalizations.

        Don’t get me wrong. I love Anurag Kashyap films, but the problem with blanket intolerance is that you can start nit picking anything and everything to ridiculous proportions as being a bad influence and at fault for things wrong in society. (I.e. “The internet features readily accessible porn objectifying women, so we should ban the internet.”) An exaggeration, but you get my point.

        With Kashyap, you can make a point that Manoj Bajpayee’s character in GOW portrays a notion to the rural youth of India that it’s OK to have multiple wives/partners, or that violence as a means of problem solving is acceptable, etc. It’s a slippery slope.

        Regarding the ‘ill informed’ comment, I meant more that, like you yourself mentioned, that you’re not an expert. It wasn’t meant to be offensive or personal. Let’s chalk it up to misunderstanding due to the tone of your article + me generalizing about you as well.

        We live in a day where BIG BOSS is a more exciting show for the audiences than SATYAMEV JAYATE, which boggles my mind.

  6. Shah Shahid says:

    @ Beechmount:
    Yes, I’m the one with narcissism, when my response to the topic and points, was met with personal offence.

    And I’d rather be genuinely ignorant about something which can be learned about later, rather than deliberately CHOOSE to ignore one side of the issue.

    • Beechmount says:

      There is a saying here in North America: “If you can’t stand the heat in the kitchen, get out.”

      The whole subject of good or bad movies is not something I wish to waste my time on.

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