The term “movie” reminds me of 1 or 2 hours of getting lost in make-believe worlds. But, it seems that bollywood movies are starting to forget that term. I don’t hate Bollywood it’s just that the stories aren’t good nowadays. Hell who am I kidding to captivate an audience for 2 hours is becoming an impossible task for the industry. Be it movies of any genre it’s starting to feel as if we are not even trying to be innovative. Comedy movies have the same formula i.e. Lots of bad puns, weak story, bad acting etc. As for horror movies I guess this problem is seen in both Bollywood and Hollywood movies. Nobody is understanding the fact that a horror movie doesn’t succeed because of just “jump scares”. I’ve seen many horror flicks in both the categories and I’m starting to see a pattern that movie makers are just trying to scare the audience by placing jump scares.
A few days ago I saw an Australian movie called “The Babadook”. Now this movie had minimal jump scares, for me there were none but yeah I guess there were one or two jack-in-the-box moments. That film made me tense, I mean I could feel the stress the character was feeling. Now most people will say that “The Conjuring” was a good horror movie. I won’t deny but for me “The Babadook” will remain my most favorite horror movie. It shows that if you have a good story supported by some good actors the movie will turn out great. The sad thing is “The Babadook” has only 6.5 rating or something on IMDB.
The next thing is action movies, I guess these movies just thrive on cars bursting, people jumping at impossible heights etc. For me I guess action movies need a good balance of both fight sequences and story. “The Expendables 1” had very less fight sequences and the story too wasn’t that great which I didn’t enjoy even though the cast consisted of veteran actors. Then they improvised in “The Expendables 2” which had a I won’t say very good but a satisfactory story and the action scenes were good. “Die Hard” is the most loved action movie franchise. But, I guess they just lost interest in the series when they made the fifth one. Bollywood movies, well I won’t say anything about the action movies as the audiences blindly love the action movies and I feel as if I say anything against it people will kill me.
Trailers are the most important mediums when it comes to the time before releasing the film. Trailers can make or break a movie. I remember people complaining about the movie “Drive” starring Ryan Gosling saying that the movie doesn’t have the action scenes as shown in the trailers. People went expecting a “Transporter” kind of movie and got entirely something different. Hence, my advice to you people is that if you avoid watching the trailer to a movie it kinda keeps your expectation meter to neutral which is a good thing or if you do see a trailer and if the trailer is good according to you try to keep your expectation a little lower as sometimes what you see isn’t what you really get.
Stories. We i.e. Bollywood need better stories, either we are making remakes of Korean or American movies or even if we try making a movie on our own we keep the following things in it :-
- A rural setting.
- An educated or sometimes uneducated protagonist.
- A very uneducated antagonist.
- A heroine who is always pursuing some Medical degree.
- Lots of songs.
- Adding a make out scene as Emraan Hashmi has made kissing on the screen cool.
- Action scenes.
- An essential requirement of the heroine getting kidnapped or the protagonist’s Mother/Father getting killed.
- Again lots of action scenes
- Either the villain understands his mistake and is spared or gets killed.
- The End.
So you probably now understand that we need a lot of new fresh ideas. The movie “Kahaani” showed that if you have a deep and engaging story people will pay to watch that movie even if it doesn’t have any action scenes, very expensive special effects and songs. There are many great Bollywood movies which were loved by the audiences which had minimal action scenes, quite less songs such as A Wednesday, Special 26, Kahaani, Oh My God (OMG!), Taare Zameen Par, Black etc.
The above examples show that if you don’t make haste in the writing process and aren’t releasing movies to just earn money but rather give a good story to the people you will get returns in the form of credibility, as you gain more credibility people will not hesitate to see your movies. I’m not saying that getting returns on the film is not important, this actually reminds me of the trend people have started. Even if the movie is really pathetic people will only see the profit movie had made on the box office. I remember I saw “Ra.One” and that movie was a catastrophe (Sorry SRK ) but people were rather interested in how much money it made. People need to understand that there is a difference between mobile phone companies and movies. Mobile phone companies keep releasing phones on a monthly or bi-monthly bases as they keep on adding new features to it, that’s ok for phone companies. But, when it comes to movies you don’t dish out sequels just because the first movie was good. This really idiotic thing pisses me off either movie makers don’t know the meaning of sequels or they think the audiences are too dumb. Sequels are meant to continue the previous film either by continuing from a cliffhanger or making a new story but keeping the same characters and the same universe while acknowledging the story of the first movie.
“Jannat” was a good movie. I don’t know why they made “Jannat 2” it had nothing to do with the first movie it just had the same lead actor in it and that’s it. The movie could have been called something else but they wanted to cash on the success of “Jannat” so what we get is “Jannat 2”. This should be a wake up call to all the movie makers that the audience is not dumb, we do notice such things.
On a final note I would like to say that if you make a good movie people will pay to watch it, be it Bollywood or Hollywood. If you’re making movies just so you wanna earn money then you need to seriously re-think your philosophy.