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Vir Sanghvi: Bollywood deserves praise

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http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1653118,00300001.htm

Nice and right on the money. I saw it in today's Hindustan Times (newspaper) and felt like posting it here. He makes some valid points:

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At the India Today Conclave, many people asked Karan whether he wanted an Oscar. Others wanted to know when India would produce a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or some kind of crossover film which would reach mainstream Western audiences. Karan's response was that, in his experience, when you tried too hard to cross, it was usually over.

I tend to agree with him. One of the strengths of Hollywood is that nobody bothers how a film will play in Hong Kong or Hyderabad. They make their movies for their domestic audiences. And if the rest of the world wants to enjoy them, they are welcome to buy tickets.

So it is with Bollywood. India remains the only non-American source of global popular culture. When Shah Rukh Khan travels to many Third World countries, it is as though a hurricane has struck. Even in New York, where Shah Rukh was recently shooting at Grand Central Station (for Karan's new movie), the authorities were blas about the security that would be required. After all, they said, Tom Cruise had just finished shooting for Mission Impossible 3 there and nobody had bothered the crew. As it turned out, the moment people — not just Indians, but Asians and Africans of all nationalities — found out that Shah Rukh was in the building, the crowds became unmanageable and the shoot had to be aborted.

It would be a mistake for Bollywood to change itself in pursuit of the Yankee dollar. To do so would be to compromise on the fundamental character of our movies and on all the things that make Indian popular culture a craze all over the world. Yes, all right, our films may not gross as much as Titanic. But they gross more than enough to keep our industry going. And each year, our producers find more and more global success.

My concern is that we sometimes deny Bollywood the credit it deserves as an ambassador for India. Ultimately, the reason America dominates the globe today is not because somebody like George Bush has the military muscle to launch an ill-advised invasion of Iraq. It is because American popular culture — from movies to music to jeans to pizza — has come to rule the world.

Its only rival is Bollywood. And I think we should celebrate that success. And take pride in it.

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Read entire article, it is informative.

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Posted: 18 March 2006 at 11:37pm | IP Logged
Bump! Everyone needs to read it.
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Posted: 18 March 2006 at 11:47pm | IP Logged
Bollywood( I hate that term Angry Angry ) aint no ambassador for India.Personally,I don like want our people to go the hollywood.

But ppl like RGV might succeed in hollywood.A Karan Johar would never,who watches his boring dramas Dead
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Posted: 18 March 2006 at 11:56pm | IP Logged
I think we need to coin some term for Indian Film Industry, simply calling it "Indian Film Industry" won't do. I hate when some actor/director tell that his/her ultimate dream is to win oscar. Dead
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Posted: 19 March 2006 at 12:12am | IP Logged
Eggjactly,Abhi Angry Angry
Who wants to win that Oscar..we should give up this obsession wth the Oscars n the Grammies Dead Dead
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Point 1: Fascination with Oscars

Frankly, I don't understand this. 30-40 Academy awards are given to American films made in the USA. Out of the rest of the 190 countries in the world only 5 are chosen as nominees and only one gets the best foreign film award. Are you telling me there are only 5 good films made by the rest of the world?

I don't really blame the US AMPAS for this. It is their award and they rightly give it to the best in their country. Do the Bollywood award shows ever give awards to foreign films? Also, why can't the Indian film fraternity be satisfied with the numerous awards handed out in India every year.


Point 2: Making good films.

At the same time blaming our inherent song and dance routine for depriving us of Oscar is not correct. We are rarely making good films nowadays. Where are the great directors of yore: Guru Dutt, Bimal Roy, Satyajit Ray, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Vijay Anand etc…

Guru Dutt made some wonderful movies with great songs: Sahib, Biwi Aur Ghulam & Kaagaz Ke Phool. Satyajit Ray received Oscar lifetime achievement award (not that I think it is necessary to affirm his genius). His nomination was backed by 70 filmmakers worldwide. True talent thrives – with or without song & dance.



Edited by mudabid - 19 March 2006 at 12:22am
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Even the Oscar and grammy award ceremonies are so boring...look at the glitz at our award functions Wink LOL LOL

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