Beautifully vulgar


written by Shreya at in category Social with 12 Comments


Beautifully vulgar

“Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world” – Jean Luc Godard.

So I went to the watch the movie “kis kis kyu pyar karu” and while I was coming out of the hall after seeing the movie I heard 3 boys talk “kash main bi hero jitta lucky hota toh apni bi chandi hoti”. I feel sad for them. I feel sad that the only thing they could take out of the movie was the vulgar thoughts. The movie was a sheer entertainment with no intention to tell people to get 3 wives with 1 girlfriend. My say is not to criticize the movie but to tell what our generation has been learning form the movies.

Movies and Indian cinema do play a very vital role in our life. By saying that it’s just entertainment, I think we are portraying a very false image of Indian cinema. It’s more than entertainment. If a person is sad they go see movie, if a person is happy they go see movie, if a person is alone, they go see movie. Be it with family or friend or with better half, when it comes to entertainment we opt for movies.

People do get inspired by Indian cinemas as we know about the Indian cricket team who got inspired by the movie Chak de India and had put their best foot forward. But as there is positive stuff, so is the negative stuff as the news had read a 7 year old girl kills the baby of her neighbor because the child’s mother had scolded her.

Another story reads, after the launch of the movie the twilight saga. A 13year old boy had bitten the girl in his class; after the principal got into the matter he learned that the boy had bitten 10 kids in one month. When contacted, the boy’s father said that it was his son’s love of the ‘twilight’ film that made him bite his fellow students.

India had been the oldest film industry in the world, it even makes largest amount of movies in the world. But there has been a dramatic shift in the style of film making due to globalization of film. This has caused concerned with conservative Indians. The Indian industry which chums out around 800 films per year has come under scrutiny for producing films that were deemed too ‘sexed up’. Bollywood consisted of escapist musicals with common storylines of good vs. evil and boy meets girl. The films were generally family orientated and the plot kept simple so that even the rural villager would find it easy to relate to. There has however, been a gradual shift in film style that has threatened the values and of the Indian society. The current Bollywood formula has some causes for concern because the transplantation of western ideas has led to extreme vulgarity with high sexual innuendo and unnecessary violence in the films. This argument begins with the comments made by the Film Federation of India, a regulatory body that presides over film content. They complain that the films made in Bollywood were too westernized and are degrading and diminishing India's true cultural identity.

Another is the case for duplication of popular Hollywood films. If you point to any new Bollywood release you can bet that there existed a Hollywood original, somewhere down the line. Koi Mil Gaya is a befuddled remake of ET and other recent films like Bhoot (Ghost) saw the emergence of an Indian Exorcist and Raaz (Secret) was taken from 'What Lies Beneath '. This 'highlights worrying dependency of the Indian film industry.

Films like 'Oops' and 'Boom' have caused a lot of controversy in India. Oops deals with the story representing two male strippers, a concept so vague and unfamiliar to the Indian audience that there was rioting in some cinema theatres iN an attempt to ban the film. Boom shows the three main female leads strut through most of the two hour film in little more than bikinis and are frequently the target of crude sexual remarks.

The criticism to the change in film style also comes from the religious groups who feel that Bollywood films are degrading traditional values. But I think the loophole in the Indian cinema is the audience. They are sadly not mature enough to understand that not every movie has a message for them. The movies which have nonsensical, Sexist, Homophobic, illogical, immature themes gets mind bogglingly successful. When and how will it change? Youth channels like The Viral Fever and All India Bakchod are trying to change the mentality and also show the stupidity that persists in Indian cinema/TV. Aren't we far away from becoming a logic-appreciating audience?

I’ll answer that it’s not anytime soon because those who go and watch movies like Happy New Year and Chennai Express in theatre and those who go and watch Rajinikanth's movies in theatre (and bathe his statue in milk) when all he does on screen is sheer buffoonery (or because he is an extremely humble, good person in real life)?

If that so, then we have problems, those movies' equivalents are Transformers and Twilight series, and they also rake in mega bucks in USA and China. Sure, those movies come with swashbuckling action scenes and a sense of sophistication Bollywood can't dream of, but even with all that, they are a colossal insult to the art of cinema and deserve to be thoroughly trashed, but are not. 

It’s very sad that Indians audience does not appreciate the good movies much. There are many embarrassing movies like singhum series, golmaal series, and etc which make in millions while genuinely nuanced, subtle, thought-provoking movies like Lunch Box, Vicky Donor, A Wednesday, Haider earn a mere fraction of their revenues.

 Why so? A substantial part of the Indian audience is uneducated, or barely educated, their lives dictated by poverty and tribulations of day to day life. So for entertainment, they see movies with proverbial hero, a ravishing heroine, some villains with the sole reason to get beaten black and blue, few cars getting rolled down the hill side, some gravity defying actions (vintage South Indian movies), the heroine dancing seductively in few songs, and voila, there day long tension and toiling gets rewarded!

 Indian audience does know how to appreciate good movies, but they form a minority of the overall population, because they have had the privilege of good education, background, upbringing to be able to appreciate them. These numbers are much higher in U.S.A and other western countries, thus along with bad movies, these movies are also greatly appreciated, both critically and commercially.

As India being one of the largest movie producing country and due to its wide acceptance it can be easily used to portray India’s art and culture. Most of the country’s population watches movies; hence it should generate revenue rather than harming the society.

Let’s make sure when you go see the movie; you only learn the good aspect of the movie and not the bad ones.

BE THE CHANGE TO SEE THE CHANGE

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Comment by Naveen

I love what that you've spoken about the crass that people shove down our throats in the name of cinema.. But let's not blame the movie makers, it's us who go for the movie that makes producers churn out the crap.. Case in point you went and watched the movie.. Their job is done...

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Comment by Naveen

let's not blame the movie makers, it's cinema goers who make them believe that they can get away with murder.. Case in point you watched the movie

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Comment by tarsemsingh

We leave in a country where porn stars are more famous then real stars.

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Comment by ankush jain

Good read!!! Every Year hardly one or 2 movies found good, majority are one timer watch. This indian cinema standards needs to be improved.

 

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Comment by Mahesh Readdy

Actually! a bit of yes, a bit of no... Shreya!

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Comment by P K Porwal

See, every movie maker want to make profit. For that he has to portray what market demands. One of compulsion may be vulgar song dance sequence. No doubt, director put all his efforts to justice with original story and some of his own creativeness.

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Reply by Shreya

i agree uncle but they have the power to portray something better.

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Comment by Krima Shah

You are so right...... There are a lot of talented people in our country who can actually make some nice "original" movies rather then just the copy or as they like to say "homage" they pay.

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Reply by Shreya

thank you.

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Comment by Anjali Sinha

Well Said, Well Described

The standards of Indian cinema are getting down day by day, only make the money is the mantra of Bollywood players. How they can play with the centiments of the indian society, they know very well. Entire family can't sit together to watch the movie, It is becoming seamlessly difficult for our culture to accept Hindi movies.

Keeping aside the action and drama, the vulgarity depicted knows no bounds. India has always been known for its culture. However it’s rare to find movies based on any culture. Thanks to the media and the hype created of the celebrities personal lives, youngsters get influenced in the wrong way. The movies that depict extreme violence, murder cause mental harm to children. Teenagers become easy fashion victim of the skimpy dresses worn. Most of the movies show extreme drama which may hurt sentiments of people. The comedy movies, most of the times over do the humor by making a mockery of reality.

But at last i will say, we have no other option to watch, what they are making we have to accept.  Just we can raise our voice against.

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Comment by Ciciya

D Sunday reality check :) Great efforts girl. An unusual article of not just a castel of criticisms in d air but a well explained one.

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Comment by Mitesh Shrimali

The top 10 highest grossers in Indian cinema are
Dhoom 3 - 560 Cr
Chennai Express - 463 Cr
Krrish 3 - 395 Cr
Ek Tha Tiger - 350 Cr
3 Idiots - 312 Cr
Yeh jawaani hai deewani - 307 Cr
Dabangg 2 - 250 Cr
Bodyguard - 230 Cr
Dabangg - 215 Cr
Jab tak hai jaan - 211 Cr

Except 3 Idiots, none of the movies have a strong story line or thought process while making, but still have raked crores.
Many novel movies like OMG, Vicky Donor, Jolly LLB, Paan Singh Tomar get very less box office share even though they are of more quality and entertaining.
Won't this force the producers and directors to make similar mindless movies or remake south Indian movies, dipping the Bollywood Industry to new lows?

 

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Comment by Mohit

Yeah!!! The debate on the Vlugarity of the Indian Cinema. Shreya, I appreciate your another splendid article, but maybe I differ a little from your thoughts, maybe you can correct me if I am wrong.

If you all remember, we have a sensor board with some of people who decide what we can see and how much the movie makers can show in the actual released movie (in theatres). The sensor board should show some sense of responsibility towards the nation and the society. I consider visual vulgarity to be secondary and audio vulgarity to be the primary concern. You might have heared about lots of vlugar songs of Yo Yo Honey Singh, and other singers too. But what about the main stream bollywood movie songs like "Party all night ... " and the likes. The sensor board first allows such double meaning songs, that rules the chartbuster, but later the songs gets sensored after some people starts criticizing the double meaning in the lyrics.

I consider TV as the main source that is in reach of everybody, be a child or a matured person. This is the source where it is necessary to sensor things. Adult movies get proper sensor by issuing an A grade to the movie, but what about the contents shown and played on TV??? Nobody thinks of it - movies will play in theatre not more than 4 weeks (on an average), but the vulgar contents/songs/etc will be shown on TV 24x7 for lots of years.

One more thing, I would like to add, the vulgarity (adulthood) in the movies is not the reason for the change in mental thinking of boys towards girls or girls towards boys. I personally feel, that the Indian cinema has inspired lots of us (even me somehow or the other), be it any type of movie: Romantic, Action, Thriller, Horror, Comedy, Super Comedy (like Kya Kool Hai Hum series, Masti series, Golmaal series, and the likes), but the main thing is how do you take all those contents.

Taking it for entertainment only, is what I assume everybody should do. The sci-fi movies are not reality but still we believe in the technology shown therein. Its our thinking and our personal reaction to whatever we see. Apart from movies there are lots of things that are responsible for the vulgarity (that is in more easy reach to the youngsters: their friend cirlcle, their way of thinking and much more).

Finally, I would like to say, the sensor board must focus more on the contents shown on the TV and should issue proper grades and timing to such serials/movies on the TV. And, we who, consider ourselves as matured and responsible citizens of India, should always try to motivate our young brothers and sisters to identify the GOODs and BADs from all such things.

I am a big fan and follower of BIGG BOSS. To lots of people this is the most vulgar reality show. But, I have never consumed bad things shown on this show (like fights, back-stabbing, bad words, or any such bad thing), it totally depends on how you take the show contents. Its an entertainment reality show, let just keep it for ENTERTAINMENT ONLY.

MATURITY IS, HOW WELL YOU REACT TO WORST SITUATIONS AND YOUR NEGATIVE SURROUNDINGS !!!!

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Reply by Shreya

well said sir. and no you are not wrong . this is technically a free country. we all have rights to speak up and have your own views regarding the tv and movie. but yes we need maturity to think differently.

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Comment by Anuja

Hi Shreya very gud writing over this toppic. But I have mix reaction over it. Yes Commercial cinema has definitely degraded somewhere but Independent or say low-budget cinema is better than ever... I also can assure you that Indian cinema is not completely degrading. Its all upto us where you have been served with healthy and unhealty food in your plate and you will have to choose the right one rather than creating verdict over good and bad. Likewise You just have to pick right movies to watch... and should take gud things from it......

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