did u guys see Show?
It was a clean and refreshing narration for a change what say?
was indeed very relieving to watch a movie with such a clean and
entertaining narrative. A castaway from the routine melodrama
and mindless heroic stunts. It was amazing the way the director
held our gaze on screen and diverted our full attention to the
story instead of the good-looking guy/gal in the next seat. The
movie was perhaps a perfect example of a beautiful film with good
screenplay sans stars (and please note this).
I spoke of show because this was the latest "offbeat movie"
I spoke to friend of mine about going to this movie
initial reaction I got was "arey offbeat movie hai yaar
kya dekhenge bas two characters and that's it
get boring than that"
But did give in after all the
coaxing and convincing that went in. But come to think of it even
I would have probably reacted in the same way had I not seen the
prior interviews and promotion and heard about the National Award,
in fact I actually think all of us would have responded the same
cinema is called the mainstream cinema and movies like Show,
Hu Tu Tu, Kalapani, to name a few and to a large extent cinema
done by Smita Patil and Shabana Azmi are considered parallel cinema.
are probably considered parallel cinema because they don't get
released every Friday with masala elements and item numbers in
them and do not even compete for the awards in the main categories
of them end up either winning National Awards like Show and a
few others or they go completely unnoticed.
most of us don't really bother to watch them probably because
we miss Urmila dancing in Manish Malhotra's ensemble swaying away
to Sandeep Chowta's tunes
.or Mahesh Babu in a Rocky.S' cowboy
outfit singing nenu okadini oka vaipu lokam oka vaipu and
exuding oodles of star persona, and that is one of the reasons
why off beat cinema has so few takers as such. But I think its
ok to stop and ponder over movies like these once in a while as
only when we actually mull over cinema of this sort we realize
that each one is a master piece in its own right and though being
far from entertaining sometimes, it actually speaks of real world
and practical problems so different from the mindless storylines
we see currently
not that they are down market or to the
actually takes a lot of moral fiber to brave and make cinema like
this especially when you know you don't really have a market other
than film festivals and if lucky enough the National Award jury,
but a few fateful movies vanish with out even a trace left behind.
thing I couldn't help but notice is Vishwanath and his movies
u cant exactly call him a commercial movie maker as all his films
dealt with some cause be it in a small or a big way. Who can forget
the enchanting Swarnakamalam where Bhanu Priya ingenuously
says ardam chesukorooo and the bewitching Apadbhandavudu
and Swayamkrushi that made all of us fall in love with
Chiru all over again for the histrionics he displayed or the unforgettable
Zubeida by Shyam Benegal
and no this wasn't mainstream
commercial cinema...Far from being it, it didn't even have the
feel of it. These movies were beautiful not just the in the way
they were made but also the way they were narrated.
why is it that there is still no solid market for this stream
of the industry?
to forget the recent sensation Lagaan it wasn't made in
the regular masala way with all the commercial elements to its
rescue, yes it had a fantastic musical score and Amir Khan but
that alone wouldn't have been sufficient for the movie to pull
of the stunt of being a stupendous hit like it turned out to be.
the myth that ordinary audience was not mature enough to accept
parallel cinema was to be questioned then it would never be answered
as if u take a closer look Lagaan had cricket as its punch line
and that's what perhaps that made it click with the common man
how long do the makers have to find excuses like cricket and National
Awards to attract people to the theatres.
sure not many of you know of a film called Tiladaanam,
it is a movie made by a Telugu man which won international acclaim
at the recent Pusan film festival, it was awarded and applauded.
The man in spotlight who is now the cynosure of all the film fraternities
admitted in one of his interviews that he almost had to beg people
to watch that film in India and Indian film festivals.
this step motherly treatment? Its either that the Indian audience
has to grow up or the makers have to make and market their work
in a much more appealing way for it to reach across to a larger
Either ways it's a loss to cinema lovers who miss out on masterpieces
that don't see light of the day, as there is no market, which
means financial loss
financial loss huh it could make even
Bharat Shah have an attack insomnia and spend sleepless nights
musing over the losses.
let's hope we see a revolution (this word reminds me of an ad
of a popular mixer where all the women go "we want a revolution"
I'm not very sure about everyone wanting one because some don't
even care like that friend of mine
but this I can say for
sure that we need a revolution :-) we need to encourage this kind
of cinema and treat it with equal ambience as mainstream cinema.
Prerna Rao how you liked the article.