Originally posted by -ksh-
Originally posted by Skepblun
So called intelligent films like TZP and CDI aren't entirely and actually intelligent either. They have to spoon-feed the issue to audience, rely on overdose of emotion (attachment to maa in one film, attachment to motherland in another), fudge facts (anyone who knows psychology, would tell TZP is not an accurate depiction of dyslexia!), put songs and rely on stereotypes/caricatures to bring the sensible subject down to audiences' level. Little wonder that the commercially successful sensible films are also called pseudo intellectual cinema.
What's an artiste supposed to do then? If he or she doesn't bring in money at ticket counters he's considered finished. For money he has to stick to image or do a silly, formuliac film or use 10 times more brains to simplify a serious issue and make it palatable to audience (even that gets them only a medium gross, no records, just some respect among upper middle class).
So in other words nothing short of a documentary is sensible? And nothing short of record breaking collections is a success? Then I would take films where I am spoon fed, overdosed with emotions, facts are fudged, characters are streotypes/caricatures, the movie has songs till the movie comes down to my poor intellectual ability.
Look it is not my POV. Rather I was trying to see how artistes are treated. TZP, RDB may have succeeded but trade and industry didn't take Aamir Khan seriously as a star with those. He had to give a Ghajini. And when he went that route they alleged he did a dumb film or kicked off a crap trend!
Also, he did not get unanimous appreciation. Lot of people (masses and less educated ones) couldn't connect to a TZP at all and started finding Aamir too serious. Whereas absolute, hardcore intellectuals find him a pseudo and take out dozen plot-holes in his films.
On TV, this Balika Vadhu show claims to be about child marriage but it only sugar-coated and glamourised it, with half the brutal realities of the issue not even shown or mentioned (if they can't picturise scenes on kids). The male lead is no different from an Ekta Kapoor serial - same case of polygamy and several women in and out of his life.
So what intelligent or different entertainment is talked of? And how much does it pay the artiste?
No one considered Ajay of any consequence as a star till he gave his back to back 100 crore hits. So what's the hue and cry over quality then?
Ideally we should not look down upon a film which has medium gross at BO. But that's not how reality is, is it?