Dilwale, really?

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Keeping aside the intolerance issues, the movie: Dilwale was indeed a one-time-watch or perhaps, not (heart breaking truth). Do movie directors still think that we need no-brainers for entertainment when we are watching TV series like Breaking Bad, GoT, True Detective, to engage ourselves?


A couple of days ago, I watched Baazigar, Swades, Chak De India and missed the Shah Rukh who acted, lived the roles and redefined the Indian cinema gifting us an anti-hero, a coach, a self-realised NRI-return.

23slide2Perhaps, the audience was not ready entirely for such movies. But now we are.   We no longer watch movies and think who cares, let them direct. We now have a choice: the Internet. Look at the way the internet has revolutionized the content: good Indian Standup comedians, TVF vidoes and their seasons take on real life issues. People are opting for entertainment which is realistic yet fun. You do not need MS office wall paper settings to woo us. Even movies like Dum laga ke haisha can be enjoyed in the same breath as the sensitive Piku or the grandiloquent Bajirao Mastani.

Early this week, Shahrukh in an interview  said that “They are making movies for the entire family to sit and watch.” Perhaps, Chennai Express was a family movie but not Dilwale.  Even the actors seemed tired of doing similar roles in similar sets. Their exasperation was apparent on the large screen too. Despite having all the ingredients right: soulful music (songs: Gerua and Janam Janam), comedy, good actors – Boman Irani, Shahrukh, Kajol, Sanjay Mishra, the recipe was only a despicable comic success. (why was Johny Lever having such a terrible not-so south Indian accent?)

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