Posted: 06 May 2011 at 2:59pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by smartie_pants
well lets call spade a spade...every "hit" in the history of cinema had something which connected with the audience, something which entertained them, something which made them involved into the proceedings...
an immensely offensive pak-bashing gadar was a massive hit...why?? maybe ppl liked watching sunny deol, maybe they liked the OTT screaming and the action, maybe they LIKED watching him bash ppl up with a handpump...who cares if it makes sense or not?? as long as ppl are ready to spend their money on the movie?????
similarly with all the golmaals and tees maar khans...yes they are stupid, yes some ppl didnt find them funny...but the MAJORITY did...and thts wht matters at the end of the day...its the entertainment business...the end question is : can u make atleast 80% of the audience WANT to watch ur film for the 2.5 hours?? i know tht dosent qualify it as a good film...but we have to give merit where its due because these films atleast managed to fulfil their basic purpose... entertaining the majority.
a common man dosent care much for layered characters, wonderful camerawork, haunting background score, the directors vision and all those intricacies. All they care about, is whether they got their money's worth or not. which is why, despite all the wonderful performances and gr8 technical detailing of films like raavan, guzaarish and saat khoon maaf...the general audience prefer a dabangg or an om shanti om...because they are what i would call "paisa vasool" entertainment. are they silly, YES...are they ridiculous, YES...are they also incredibly fun and entertaining? HELL YES.
but with the former films...are they beautifuly made? YES, are they high on artistic merit, YES...are they entertaining the majority? urm...NOPE.
@bold:I don't think that's true at all. Majority of people I know who saw TMK absolutely hated it and I cannot say I blame them. Is it even possible to connect with a film like TMK? Personally I couldn't connect with even 1% of any of the characters portrayed in that movie but like someone mentioned above, Akshaye Khanna did a good job although unfortunately it wasn't enough to make my cinematic experience any better. I really regret going to watch the film despite having a free ticket to watch it. Like I mentioned already this film was ALWAYS going to be a hit. When you barely spend anything on a film, have Fahrah Khan promoting the film, have an extremely catchy item song along with Barbie Doll Katrina Kaif who may not know acting but knows how to look pretty along with the perfect release date then you've automatically got yourself a hit. Although it may have got the majority to come and watch the film..I strongly disagree that it successfully managed to entertain the majority.
Gadar was pak bashing? I haven't seen the film in a very long time but I don't remember it being 'pak-bashing' while watching it although I could be wrong.
Regarding your last para..true but it's sad that the Bollywood audience is not yet ready to truly appreciate all of that. It's the reason why films like Dhobi Ghat simply can't work in Bollywood despite the fact that I think it was a great film because the audience aren't willing to accept just a documentary..they want a proper ending, a happy sappy romantic story where the hero and heroine are deeply in love. I do however see that changing in recent times and it's why we get an opportunity to see so many films dealing with so many different subjects lately. I really do wish Bollywood would stop making idiotic films like Action Replayy..at least films like Golmaal made me laugh a few times! I still don't understand why most people liked Dabaang and why it was a super hit because it seemed like a really bad rip off of some Hollywood action film but I still think TMK was one of the worst films Bollywood has seen.