At the moment, Bollywood has been taken by the unanticipated extent of success garnered by the couple recent releases, Kahaani and Paan Singh Tomar.
The box office collections of these two films are being celebrated because they are the proverbial underdogs. Without the obvious A-list star casts, established directors, previously acclaimed screenwriters, generous budgets, and overall gamble involved in giving such off-mainstream projects a chance, they have won over critics and audiences alike.
What they all both in common which has presumably cast the spell is something the industry has been missing for a long while: stories worth telling, told worthily. Be it the mysterious search for mommy-to-be Vidya Bagchi's husband in Kahaani, or the thus far untold biography of an athlete turned dacoit in Paan Singh Tomar, both films have succeeded in breaking away from the skin and sparkle driven formulas that had become all too frequent a sight in the past several years. The films have also been characterized by natural, unassuming performances from their leads, and unique low-cost promotional strategies.
With the division between commercial cinema and art cinema diminishing, this trend is being hailed as the beginning of a great new chapter wherein films will be forced to live up to high expectations of substance rather than just style.
For a future of bright cinema that can indulge the thinking audience, we
hope a new breed of directors with novel ideas to break the monotony of remade,
rehashed, or recycled films will burgeon hereon!
Editors: Fariha & Naseem
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the indian audience has grown up over time.. not many people want to waste a good 1000 bucks on a film which has amazing starcast but nothing as far as storyline is concerned..its better to wait a month and watch an average-same old story served okayishly in a new bottle on tv!..movies like kahaani and paan singh tomar did not had a big starcast but had gripping storylines and amazing performances!..hoping for more such movies in future and less of movies like agent vinod!
PS-with big starcast I mean a lot of famous stars in single movie and do not imply Vidya is not an a-lister coz i will be a fool to say that for an actress who had two superhits recently and that too all on her shoulders!..hats off to Vidya !!
Edited on:01 April 2012 at 4:54pm
Trust you to get caught up with this Jauhar - but hallelujah to the conclusion...!
Vidya is, and was an A-lister. However, an "obvious" A-lister in Bollywood is not a term to define Vidya, never was - because that usually does refer to the kind of list Deegie below was mentioning. IMO, that's all the article was implying... jus' saying...!
yup i think vidya is one of the best actress bollywood has got after kajol madhuri rani... and if she is not an a lister then the above mentioned are also not a listers...lol...
@Deegie - thank you for that note. It's only occasional that we at BC have the pleasure of readers who can "read" between the lines =) The irony of readers defending an actress with a difference of subtlety - yet unable of deciphering similar subtle undertones! Sigh.
But thank you, again. Your comment did more than make up!
(editor of the article)
@ Deegie - IMHO, Vidya is already an A-lister, much before Kahani and TDP. Or were the movies Ishqya, Paa, and others made in a different universe. Maybe the problem here is that Vidya can actually act and most of the others on the List mentioned by you can't. If they are really the present -day A-listers, then I must say that the fate of the Indian film industry is indeed bleak.
The article says obvious A-list: female (Kareena, Priyanka, katrina, deepika, sonam). Vidya's immense popularity showed after dirty picture. Kahaani was already on floors. She did not belonged to the A-list then. Article is therefore right according to me. Love the content of article. Hope industry finaly gets the audience need for good stories and performances
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