Indian film industry has withstood Hollywood storm: Javed Akhtar

Writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar, who has been part of the Indian film industry for more than four decades, says so far only Bollywood has not suffered at the hands of Hollywood.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | 1:26:31 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar, who has been part of the Indian film industry for more than four decades, says so far only Bollywood has not suffered at the hands of Hollywood.

"Hollywood is such a powerful film industry that it has ruined film industries of the world. Wherever Hollywood films reach, the original film industry of that nation got ruined, except India. Our film industry is flourishing be it Tamil and Telugu films," the 67-year-old said here at the music launch of "Ye Khula Aasman".

The Indian film industry turns 100 next year and Akhtar is happy that it is spreading roots across the world.

"Our films are showcased in around one 30 nations abroad. The number of nations that view Hindi films is increasing and this is not an ordinary thing," said Akhtar.

"We have made some good and bad films. We have made some excellent films as well. I think Indian cinema is at such a point that the future can only be bright and in another 10 years it will reach great heights," said Akhtar, who has penned songs for films like "Mr. India", "Tezaab", "1942: A Love Story", "Dil Chahta Hai" and "Refugee".

Akhtar forayed into Bollywood as a scriptwriter with "Yakeen". Later he joined hands with Salim Khan and the duo together wrote blockbusters like "Zanjeer", "Sholay", "Yaadon Ki Baraat", "Deewar", "Kranti" and "Don".

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Posted on: 26 April 2012 at 1:42am
Actually its Hollywood which is in the dumps now. In the last 2-3 years very few blockbusters have come out of Hollywood! They dont make movies like Titanic anymore. Most of the recent releases are insignificant in their domestic collections here in the US. Only news from Hollywood is which star got married or divorced and who had how many kids.

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Posted on: 25 April 2012 at 3:39am
ahahahahahaha Yeah Right! *Rolls eyes*, Wake up hun.

No more exists family friendly organic indian themed movies like back in the 90's. So dont feed us BS of Hollywood not ruining bollywood. In most ways, the story telling has bettered but the stories now days suck and are not indian. So blaaah on you B'wood.

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