India is a country where films and celebrities are a craze among the public. People look on to them, imitate them, and in extreme cases, worship them! Yes, you heard it right . There are celebrities like Rajnikanth and Khushboo who are/ were worshipped. Khushboo even has a temple dedicated to her name. Now how absurd is that! But it’s true.
Aren’t they humans like us? Then why this obsession over them? They are doing their profession like any other person does but the only difference being they are celebrities and are always in the limelight for whatever they say , whatever they do , whatever they wear and so on! And that’s a pretty terrible life. They enjoy no freedom. They need to weight their words before they speak, they need to go under the knife to maintain their looks even though It means to play with their life and harm their natural looks in the pursuit of staying youthful.
One still hears news of youngsters running away from their homes to meet their desired star or to debut in Bollywood films which result in getting trapped in several rackets and spoiling one’s own life. Admiring film personalities are all fine but not at the risk of losing one’s own Identity.
And if you ask me , i personally feel these film stars are the biggest hyprocites. They say one thing and do something else. At times of crisises they do not even stand with their own fraternity. They evade taxes and inspite of earning crores of rupees through films and endorsements they do not contribute anything towards the development of their own country. Only big talks and no action!
And if you talk about acting , better is to say nothing at all! The current generation is a misfit to the industry. And that’s due to nepotism. They are in Bollywood only and only due to their connections and due to the fact that their fathers, mothers, uncles , aunts, cousins and so on have made a name for themselves in this industry and so this makes the entry for these so called ” new gen” easy.
Heroines have no substantial role to play in movies other than being the arm candy , dabbing on make-up and wearing outrageous clothes and are in a ” bare-it-all” competition with their counterparts. A sad state of affairs. Gone are the days of heroine -centric movies like Damini, Sajjan, Chaalbaaz where in the heroes were sidelined by the actresses performance and the whole movie was known for the work of the heroine rather than their co-stars and the hero.
Better not to talk about the lyricists of today. One’s ears bleed hearing the songs of today . I mean , how low can you get??But still amidst these crap comes a movie once in a while by stalwart directors like Sanjay Leela Bhansali or a Shoojit Sarcar which gives you hope that good movies can be created if one has the will to. Good songs, good direction, costumes, locations are never compromised under their direction and you know you will never regret watching their creations. And a sense of paisa vasool, happiness , goosebumps and a worthwhile experience is felt when you go watch their movies. And that’s how it should be . After all Bollywood is all about tamasha, spice , masala and bits of sorrow, happiness, laughter and a cocktail of various other emotions.
Actors are mere puppets in the hands of a director. And a talented director can make even the worst actor bring out the best in them . But sadly , actors choose crappy scripts and mess up with their careers . As a result of which their downfall is predicted and stardom slowly depreciates.
Hopes of watching good cinema seems to be declining and I can call myself lucky to have been blessed to have watched movies of substance and of talented directors , actors and actresses and I feel sorry for the generation of today that they get to watch movies of sub-standard quality which never seem to be improving now or in the near future.